Special Counsel, East Coast Injury Lawyers, and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld
Helen has more than 15 years’ experience in the area of plaintiff personal injuries and is an accredited specialist in personal injuries law. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2001 and has during the course of her career worked for a large national firm as well as smaller boutique practices. She specialises in several areas of personal injuries, including WorkCover, MVA, public liability and medical negligence.
Justice Bowskill was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland on 10 July 2017. Her Honour previously served as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland from November 2014, in that capacity also sitting as a Judge of the Children’s Court of Queensland and the Planning and Environment Court. Her Honour served as the Associate to the Honourable Justice Drummond of the Federal Court of Australia in 1996, and completed articles of clerkship with Minter Ellison in 1997. Her Honour was admitted as a solicitor in January 1998, and as a barrister in July 1998. She commenced practice at the private Bar in Brisbane in July 1998. Her Honour took silk in November 2013. As a barrister, she practised widely in public, administrative and commercial law areas, with a particular focus on Native Title law.
Scott Falvey holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Bond University and a Master of Health and Medical Law from the University of Melbourne. Scott has completed further studies in mediation, negotiation and leadership at Harvard Law School in the United States of America. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 1994. Scott is a Principal of McInnes Wilson Lawyers. Scott leads McInnes Wilson’s Employer Liability and Workers Compensation team. His current practice involves the representation of insurers in personal injury litigation throughout Queensland. He has a special interest in insurance litigation involving workplace injuries. Scott previously authored the Workers Compensation Law Manual (Queensland) with Gerry Mullins and Greg Senior. In 2017, Doyles Guide rated Scott as one of Queensland’s pre eminent Workers Compensation and WorkCover Lawyers. Best Lawyers recognised Scott for his work in insurance law in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia. Scott has served on the Queensland Law Society’s Accident Compensation Committee and was elected to serve on the Council of the Queensland Law Society from 2002 to 2005. Scott is a Past President of the Sunshine Coast Law Association. Scott previously served on the Human Research and Ethics Committee of the University of the Sunshine Coast. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the School of Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Partner, Moray & Agnew Lawyers and Chair, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee
Michael has been practising in all aspects of personal injuries law for over 25 years. He practises predominantly in the field of compulsory third party litigation. Michael is the current chair of Queensland Law Society’s Accident Compensation Tort Law Committee.
Luke is a Partner in the Mills Oakley Not-for-Profit team in Brisbane and has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector. He has developed a particular expertise assisting institutions in responding to claims of child sexual abuse under a restorative justice framework and in accordance with best practice principles identified by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Additionally, Luke acts for survivors of abuse in claims against government institutions, assisting them to obtain either common law or redress justice outcomes compassionately and giving them assistance in finding healing in their lives.
Luke is at the forefront of the development of the (imminent) Australian Modern Slavery Act and assists Australian organisations in their preparations for compliance with this new and important law.
Luke holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University.
Anna joined Maurice Blackburn Lawyers almost eight years ago after spending 12 years at Minter Ellison on the Gold Coast. She is passionate about of the pursuit of justice and is dedicated to assisting clients to achieve solutions and outcomes through pursuing their legal rights and remedies. Anna has practiced in insurance litigation and commercial litigation for 19 years and has litigated in a range of courts including Queensland’s Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and District Court, the Federal Court, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, the High Court of Australia and the High Court of Hong Kong. Anna is an Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow at Bond University where she has authored and lectures the post-graduate subject Expert Witness & Dispute Resolution. Anna is the Immediate Past President of the Gold Coast District Law Association and a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Murphy Schmidt Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld; Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board
Luke is an Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) and also practises in Succession law. He is Deputy Chair of QLS’s Tort Law/Accident Compensation Committee, and have served on the Practice Management Committee and Personal Injuries Conference Committee.
Luke represented QLS at Parliamentary inquiries and committee hearings, in negotiations with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and WorkCover, CTP reviews, WorkCover Stakeholders’ Reference Groups and QIRC interest groups. He is committed to serving the profession.
Outside the law Luke have held the following positions: Deputy President, Board Member of Royal Life Saving Society (1994-2004), Deputy Chairman, Board Member Holy Spirit Care Services (2007-2014), and Member Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee and Chairman Inaugural Young Professionals Committee.
Chief Executive Officer, National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ) Agency
Sally has a track record of delivering excellence in public service that spans 30 years across the federal and state governments.
Her efforts have led to improved outcomes for Queenslanders (and Australians more widely) in areas including regional economic and infrastructure development, social inclusions and environmental protection.
She has a sophisticated understanding of the strategic policy and program process which she applies to varied and complex multi-discipline challenges.
Sally is acknowledged as a reformer and driver of change who empowers others to perform at their best through innovative thinking and collaboration.
Melissa was admitted to practice in 1998, and commenced her career acting for insurers in motor vehicle accident claims both in Qld and NSW.
In 2005 she saw the light, and ever since has specialised in Plaintiff litigation, spending the last 15 years fighting against insurance companies and other large organisations to obtain justice for her clients.
Her work since then has encompassed workers compensation, motor vehicle accident and public liability claims, and she led the superannuation and disability insurance team at Maurice Blackburn for almost 5 years.
Since moving to Shine in 2011, she has worked exclusively as the Senior Associate in the Superannuation and Life Insurance Team.
Her work involves assisting clients with their TPD, income protection and trauma claims, and that encompasses work right from the very first stage of claims lodgement, all the way though to litigation and running trials.
She works not only in the Queensland jurisdiction but manages claims and litigation in NSW, Victoria and WA.
She is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, a member of and presenter at the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA), and currently serves on the executive of the ALA’s Special Interest Group for TPD claims.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Principal, Travis Schultz Law; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries), Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee
Travis is the principal of Travis Schultz Law and has expertise as a commercial litigation and personal injury lawyer in the areas of workers’ compensation, motor vehicle and public liability law. Travis’ career has seen him become managing partner of an established firm (by the age of 27) and then continued to grow that entity to a total staff of 76 at the time it was sold in 2014.
His service to profession includes two terms as president of the Sunshine Coast Law Association, life membership of the Sunshine Coast Legal Service, membership of the Human Research Ethics Committee of University of the Sunshine Coast, and membership of the QLS Personal Injuries Specialist Accreditation Committee and Accident Compensation Committee.
Travis is highly motivated to ensure access to justice is accessible for everyone in the community.
Partner, Mullins; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee
Cameron was admitted as a solicitor in 1990. Cameron has practised extensively in torts law and became an Accredited Specialist in personal injuries law in 1998. Cameron joined Mullins in 1999 where he has been a partner since 2000. He practises primarily in workers’ compensation, public liability and compulsory third party claims. He has been a contributing editor to LexisNexis looseleaf service Personal Injuries Queensland (Work Injuries) since 1999, has sat on the Queensland Law Society Personal Injuries Conference Planning Committee (from 2004 to 2016), the Queensland Law Society Symposium Planning Committee and the Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Reform Committee, and delivers seminars to clients and the profession on personal injuries law.
Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee
Greg holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Management) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is currently undertaking a Master of Law (Health Law) through QUT and focussing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and National Injury Insurance Scheme. Greg has practised solely in plaintiff personal injuries since 2007. He is deputy chair of Queensland Law Society’s Practice Management Course Committee and is President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Lawyer’s Alliance.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Supervising Lawyer, DWF (Australia); Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board
Kara specialises in personal injuries law, and is passionate about supporting ongoing development of legal professionals. She has worked as both a plaintiff and defendant solicitor in Brisbane, Browns Plains and Townsville.
Her current focus is working with large insurers in Queensland to effectively and efficiently manage a wide range of claims from statutory decisions through to major or catastrophic claims.
Kara is currently in her second term as a Queensland Law Society Councillor where she is able to contribute to the profession through her role on Council and various committees, including the Supreme Court Library Committee, CPD Committee and Specialist Accreditation Board.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Practice Chairman and Principal, McInnes Wilson Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld
Paul is practice chair and principal at McInnes Wilson Lawyers Pty Ltd. He is a member of the Audit and Investment Committee and is the Queensland Law Society nominee director to Lexon Insurance Pte. Paul is keen to promote the use of technology for member services, particularly through webinars and other online products and quality training for graduates, and supports Queensland Law Society’s role working with government to create good legislation. Paul is chair of the Queensland Rugby Union Judicial Committee, a Judicial Officer to SANZAR, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former Board Member of the Brain Injury Foundation.