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.
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.
The Honourable Yvette D’Ath is the member for Redcliffe, elected on 22 February 2014. Ms D’Ath was appointed Attorney-General and Minister for Justice on 16 February 2015. She is also leader of the House in the Queensland Parliament.
Prior to entering the Queensland Parliament, she served as the member for Petrie in the Federal Parliament and prior to entering federal parliament she worked as an industrial advocate.
Frank is the head of the integrated communities team at Hynes Legal.
He has extensive experience in strata law across the body corporate and management rights industries, and is an active participant in both industries, regularly presenting to and working with key stakeholders.
The Honourable Catherine Holmes was sworn in as Chief Justice of Queensland on 11 September 2015, having previously been a Justice of Appeal. Her Honour holds the degrees of B.Econ (ANU), B.A. (Hons), LLB, LLM (Advanced) (UQ). She was admitted as a solicitor in 1982 and as a barrister in 1984, taking silk in 1999. While in practice, Justice Holmes was at various times a part time member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, Deputy President of the Queensland Community Corrections Board and, during 1998 and 1999, Counsel assisting the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse. Her Honour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland in March 2000. She was the judge overseeing the Court’s criminal list for some years, and was the judge constituting the Mental Health Court from February 2005 until May 2006, when she was appointed to the Court of Appeal. From 16 January 2011 until 16 March 2012, Justice Holmes was the Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland Floods 2010-2011.
Neroli Holmes is the Deputy Commissioner at the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland. She has previously been the Registrar of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal (now part of QCAT) and has also held the position of Acting Commissioner and Legal Officer in the Commission.
Her current role involves her in numerous projects addressing systemic issues to improve the services and conditions of those groups experiencing discrimination and other breaches of the Anti-Discrimination Act, and in providing advice on human rights issues in Queensland. She manages a number of ADCQ teams including the regional offices in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton.
Prior to working with the Anti-Discrimination Commission and Tribunal she worked in a number policy roles in the Queensland Government in the Office of Premier, and in the former Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs (now the Department of Communities).
Earlier in her career she practised law in Queensland working in several legal firms where she specialised in defamation, industrial law and personal injury cases. She has also worked in the United Kingdom as a legal advisor and solicitor to a number of statutory authorities. She is a graduate of the University of Queensland with a BA/LLB (Hons).
Rolf is the Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Law Society. He has over 20 years’ human resources and leadership experience working in large international legal firms throughout Australia and Asia. He has expertise in organisational strategy, creating sustainable, high performing organisational cultures, performance coaching and leadership. Rolf is the former chair and a current member of the Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group and is a faculty member of the QLS Practice Management Course.
Partner, Page Provan; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Member, Queensland Law Society Equity and Diversity Committee
Stephen is a partner of Page Provan, Brisbane. Admitted in 1987, Stephen became a Queensland Law Society accredited family law specialist in 1996. Stephen is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. He is an international representative on the ART Committee of the American Bar Association, and has spoken and written nationally and internationally about family law, including surrogacy. Stephen was awarded LGBTIQ Activist of the Year in 2015. In 2016 his firm received one of the Queensland Law Society’s Equity and Diversity Awards, in part because of his Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Blog.
Magistrate Jacqueline Payne graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland Institute of Technology in 1983 before commencing her Articles of Clerkship with Brisbane commercial law firm, Power and Power. Admitted as a solicitor in March 1986, she was the first indigenous Australian to achieve this distinction in Queensland and subsequently worked with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation (QEA) for Legal Services.
After establishing her own law firm in 1996 and working for a total of 14 years in criminal defence, Jacqueline was appointed Queensland Magistrate in April 1999, which marked the first appointment of an indigenous Australian to a judicial position in Queensland. Jacqueline currently presides in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Bill is the President of Queensland Law Society and a criminal law Director of Potts Lawyers.
Bill is a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor who provides confidential guidance on professional and ethical problems. He previously served as president of the Society in 2016 and is currently a Director of the Law Council of Australia. Through these roles, as a leader of the profession, he has worked to support the rule of law in a time of significant change and has advocated for better resourcing of the courts to improve efficiencies in the management of matters.
Bill is passionate about promoting Queensland Law Society as a dynamic and respected membership organisation. As a member and leader of Council, he has achieved successes in advocacy, reductions in insurance premiums and invigorated our engagement with government.
Practice Group Leader, Employment and Workplace Relations, Hynes Legal and Chair, Queensland Law Society Industrial Relations Committee
Kristin is the Practice Group Leader for Employment and Workplace Relations at Hynes Legal. She has over a decade of exclusive experience as an employment and industrial relations lawyer and predominately advises business in the retail, hospitality, aged care, health & fitness, engineering, strata management, professional services and start-up industries. Kristin is the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Industrial Relations Committee. She is a board member for Epilepsy Queensland and is also a volunteer coordinator at Caxton Legal Centre’s employment law clinic. Kristin’s recognised as a leading lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law through her inclusion in the Best Lawyers Australia list and in Doyle’s Guide.
Principal, Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee
Since 2005, Dan has focused his career on criminal law and professional discipline. He has a long association with Caxton Community Legal Centre, where he is currently the Secretary. He regularly presents at criminal law seminars and as a guest lecturer at universities. He has been published in various law journals and in legal texts. In 2016, Dan was the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Human Rights Working Group where he was heavily involved in the campaign for a Human Rights Act in Queensland. He is a member of the Society’s Ethics Committee and also a current member of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.
Former Facebook CEO for Australia and New Zealand; Founder, digitalceo.com.au; Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company and Executive-in-Residence, Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of NSW, Sydney
The world has gone digital, but Australian business risks falling behind. As advisor, mentor and speaker, Stephen partners with Australia’s business leaders to help them master digital strategy, culture and leadership, and build innovative, global, billion-dollar businesses.
Stephen is the former Facebook CEO for Australia and New Zealand, where he guided Facebook’s unprecedented rise from quirky Silicon Valley start up to media and technology titan.
Working with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook’s Silicon Valley leaders, his tenure at Facebook saw the Australia and New Zealand business – including Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp and Oculus – grow to become one of the most successful Facebook markets in the world.
Stephen is a seasoned business leader, with a career spanning over 25 years across consumer products, retail, ecommerce, automotive, financial services, media and technology. He has served in senior executive roles at global leaders Westfield and Inchcape, and at Australian consumer products giant, Lion.
Today – as founder of global advisory The Digital CEO, Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, and Executive-in-Residence at Asia-Pacific’s leading business school, the Australian Graduate School of Management – he partners with the senior leaders of some of the world’s leading companies to help them build world-beating strategies, capabilities, culture and leadership, including Qantas, nab, Westpac, Macquarie Bank, ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank, IAG, Suncorp, Telstra, Wesfarmers, AMP, CUB, Brambles, Google, DellEMC, Lenovo, Seven West Media, MCN, QBE, Hollard, BAT, JB Hi-Fi, Bunnings, Flight Centre, Mirvac and the Australian Government.
As a speaker, Stephen has a unique ability to excite audiences on the power of technology, the future of business and the new paradigm of 21st-century leadership. He is an inspiring personality on the highest-profile stages – including TEDx, the Australian Governance Summit and AMP Amplify – and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Knowledge Nation 100, top innovation leaders in Australia.
Mr Stephen Scheeler appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.
Legal Practitioner Director, Shearer Doyle; Chair, Queensland Law Society Access to Justice Pro Bono Law Committee; Member, Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee; Member, Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee; Member, Queensland Law Society Professional Conduct Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Partner, Carter Newell Lawyers; Chair, Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee
Andrew heads Carter Newell’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. He has over 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and assists a wide variety of public and private sector clients in the conduct and resolution of substantial and complex commercial disputes. He is actively involved in reforms and education relating to the practice of litigation, and has gained particular expertise in developing and utilising technology to deliver more efficient and cost effective outcomes for clients.
Andrew is the current chair of the Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee, and has recently been appointed as a member of the newly formed Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee. He been consulted by the Supreme Court of Queensland in relation to its technology and litigation practice directions, and has also contributed to a recent forum in relation to digital hearings in the Federal Court. Andrew has been recognised in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia as an Alternative Dispute Resolution, Competition Law and Litigation Lawyer, and as a Leading Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers in Doyle’s Guide 2018.
Consultant, Robbins Watson Solicitors; Former President, Queensland Law Society; Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
Christine Smyth is the former president of the Queensland Law Society, having served as its, immediate Past President in 2018, President in 2017 and Deputy President in 2016. Christine is a QLS Accredited Specialist (Succession Law), one of a handful of the thirteen thousand Queensland Solicitors to achieve this status, and Consultant at Robbins Watson Solicitors, a highly respected Gold Coast law firm.
In addition to her role within the QLS Council, Christine’s leadership contributions include membership of STEP Worldwide and the STEP Mental Capacity Global Special Interest Group. Christine’s ongoing commitment to excellence in client service and technical skill, has seen her recognized by clients and peers – with the prestigious Doyle’s Guide awarding her Leading Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyer and Queensland’s Leading Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Lawyer awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Christine’s other leadership contributions include membership of the QLS Executive Committee, Executive Management Committee, Audit and Investment Committee, Proctor and Symposium planning committees. Christine was also the inaugural chair of the QLS Council Corporate Governance committee. Christine has extensive board experience. In addition to her positions with QLS Council, Christine has experience on the Lexon Insurance Board and as Director of the Law Council of Australia in 2017.
Christine’s other leadership positions include prior roles with STEP Queensland committee and General Editor for Lexis Nexis’ Retirement and Estate Planning Bulletin.
A highly regarded succession law expert, Christine is widely published, having a regular succession law column in the QLS membership magazine Proctor, various publications in STEP worldwide Journal, and is a regular columnist in the Tax Institute of Australia’s journal. In October 2017, Christine was awarded the Creating Change Award by Women in Business Awards of Australia. In November 2016, Christine was one of only five people appointed to the Queensland State Government’s Better Regulation Task Force with a view to giving back to the community.
Christine is also a regular seminar and conference presenter for industry bodies including QLS, STEP, Legalwise, TEN and the Cemeteries and Crematorium and Funeral Director Associations.
With a legal career spanning over 25 years, Christine is a passionate advocate for solicitors (with a focus on their welfare), a long-standing mentor, utiliser of technology and flexible work practices – all while honouring tradition and experience to achieve ethically grounded business viability.
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.