Director, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Chair, Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Kara is the Director at Best Wilson Buckley Family Law and former Senior Legal Associate to the Chief Justice of the Family Court in Melbourne. Kara is a family law accredited specialist and a member of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee. She is a member of the panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers in Queensland and a member of the University of Southern Queensland Law Faculty Advisory Committee. Kara has been recognised for a number of years as a leading Queensland Family Law Practitioner by the Doyle’s Review of Australian Lawyers and in the last two years has been named as the only female Preeminent Family Lawyer in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region. Kara was also nominated as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Family Law Partner of the Year Awards in 2016.
Director, BGM Family Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Family Law); and Member, Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Dan has been a family lawyer for 17 years, commencing, as a co-director, Gold Coast based family law firm, BGM Family Lawyers, in 2017.
In 2013, Dan was awarded the Sandra Paul Memorial Prize for results secured in the College of Law’s Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) Program.
Dan is a guest lecturer in family law at Bond University and has served as an executive committee member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland currently as Vice-President, for the past 9 years.
A collaboratively trained lawyer, Dan is also a member of the Gold Coast Collaborative Law Group. As from 2016, Dan has been recognised as a leading Gold Coast family lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.
Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Shane was admitted in 1992 and worked as a general practitioner for several years before joining the Ipswich City Council in-house legal team. In 2001 he moved to the in-house legal team at Queensland Building Services Authority, taking over management of the team in 2006. During this time Shane served on, and later chaired, the Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee. Shane joined QLS in 2014 as Manager, Advocacy and Policy/Senior Policy Advisor and now works in QLS Ethics and Practice Centre as an Ethics Solicitor, providing bespoke ethics sessions and ethical guidance to the profession as well as publishing articles in Proctor and on the QLS website.
Director, Pippa Colman & Associates; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Pippa was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and practises on the Sunshine Coast in a family law practice which she founded in 2001. Pippa and Margaret Rimmer established the Sunshine Coast Family Contact Centre in Maroochydore in 1995 and in 2001 they were recognised by the Supreme Court and Queensland Law Society. Pippa is a lifetime member and past president of the Sunshine Coast District Law Association and is also a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor.
Judge Demack was appointed as a Federal Magistrate in 2008. The Court became the Federal Circuit Court in 2013. Judge Demack was formerly a barrister in private practice in Rockhampton. She holds degrees in law and in social work and had earlier worked as a social worker. At the time of her appointment she was a member of the Children Services Tribunal, which was then the Queensland Tribunal with responsibility for reviewing decisions made by the statutory child protection department, and had been a member of the central Queensland parole board. Judge Demack has a particular interest in parenting matters, child protection issues and parents being assisted with the resolution of their disputes.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Solicitor, Pippa Colman & Associates and Chair, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee
Kirsty practises in the area of family law and elder law. At present she divides her time between coordinating the University of the Sunshine Coast Law School’s clinical placement program at the Suncoast Community Legal Centre and as a family and elder lawyer with Pippa Colman & Associates in Maroochydore. She also tutors part-time for the Law Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Since 2014, Kirsty has been the chair of the Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee and was elected as Councillor on the Queensland Law Society Council for 2018/19. Kirsty is contributing to a series of articles, and a text on elder law in a human rights framework with colleagues at QUT.
Special Counsel, Damien Greer Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Laws and Arts, a Masters in Law and a Masters in Taxation Law. She has been a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist – Family Law since 2001 and is also an Approved Arbitrator.
Wendy specialises in complex financial and property settlements and identifying tax minimising opportunities to maximise financial outcomes presented by a marriage breakdown. She is expert in asset protection strategies and business succession planning in a family law environment.
Wendy is a member of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Committee, the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators, and is a Fellow of the Tax Institute.
Principal, Small Myers Hughes; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Co-Editor of The Family Law Book
Craig is a principal at Small Myers Hughes Lawyers on the Gold Coast.
An accredited specialist in family law, Craig was awarded the program’s highest achiever in 2015 as, “a recognition of his true level of expertise in this area.”
He is also a co-editor and director of the national family law publication, The Family Law Book. Now in its 10th year, the service provides succinct, up to the minute law and commentary; monthly notable case summaries; precedents; and access to the renowned legal help line panel, where Craig and his colleagues provide tailored, interactive guidance to subscribers.