Amy has a passion to help others influence positive behaviours and practices in the workplace. Amy has spent over 15 years consulting and advising businesses on culture, engagement and risk, and knows all too well the positive and negative impacts behaviour and workplace practices can have on workers’ psychological and physical health and wellbeing. Amy works with organisations to identify and improve the psychosocial safety climate to achieve a mentally healthy, cohesive and productive work environment.
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.
Anthony Davis is a lawyer’s lawyer. He advises lawyers and law firms in the United States and internationally in the areas of professional responsibility, risk management and every aspect of the law governing lawyers. Anthony is the author of books, numerous scholarly articles, and the bi-monthly “Professional Responsibility” column in the New York Law Journal.
Anthony is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law, teaching “Professional Responsibility Issues in Business Practice.” He is a past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and a Member of the American Law Institute (ALI).
Anthony frequently presents on a variety of professional responsibility and law firm risk management topics for law firms and other organisations, including ABA sections, the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the New York State and New York City Bar Associations.
Hugh is an experienced legal practitioner and law teacher, with some thirty-nine years’ experience in both the teaching and practice of Law. Following graduation from the University of Queensland in 1979, Hugh was employed as an academic at UQ, before embarking upon a full-time career as a barrister in 1982.
Throughout his time as a legal practitioner, Hugh was also a part-time lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, the Australian Catholic University and Central Queensland University. Hugh was in continuous legal practice in Australia and Internationally, until accepting a permanent appointment as a Senior Lecturer with Central Queensland University in 2006.
Hugh joined the Bond University Law Faculty in 2010. He has teaching expertise in Taxation and Revenue Law, Civil Legal Practice and Procedure, Evidence Law, Company and Association Law, Contract Law and Ethics and Professional Practice.
Hugh’s principal areas of legal practice were in Commercial Law, Estate and Succession Law, Corporate Insolvency and Bankruptcy. Whilst in practice as a barrister, Hugh was regularly retained to act on behalf of Company Liquidators and Trustees in Bankruptcy, as well as numerous corporate clients involved in complex legal disputes. He was appointed to the position of Director of the Bond University Professional Legal Training Programs in 2015, a position that he held until 2019.
Hugh is the co-author of the Lexis Nexis text ‘Civil Procedure Law – Questions and Answers’, which was published in 2016 and the author of ‘A Civil Litigation Practice Manual’, which was published by Thomson Reuters in 2018.
Hugh’s current areas of research involve:
Civil Procedure Law reform in Australia
Taxation and Revenue Law teaching
Corporate and Enterprise Governance
Instructional on-line learning for Insolvency Professional
Bianca is a partner with FCB Workplace Law and was in charge of setting up FCB Group’s Brisbane office. Bianca has been providing clients with industrial relations and employment law advice for over 15 years. Bianca is an Accredited Specialist in workplace relations law and was placed as a finalist in the 2018 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for Mentor of the Year.
Bryan was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1992 after completing degrees in Commerce and Law at the University of Queensland and articles of clerkship. Since then he has pursued post graduate study at QUT and the College of Law in the areas of estate planning and wills and estates generally.
He works almost exclusively in the area of wills and estates and trusts, including estate planning, elder law, estate administration and estate disputes. Bryan has a special interest in helping parents who have a child with a disability, with their estate planning.
Bryan is a regular public speaker and has had the privilege of presenting papers for the Queensland Law Society, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, The Tax Institute, the Hong Kong Office of CA Australia, the South Australian Law Society, LexisNexis and Legalwise and workshops for the College of Law. Bryan was one of the early members of the Queensland Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and presently serves as Deputy Chair for the regional body called STEP Australia. Further, Bryan has been a Fellow of the Tax Institute for a number of years and is currently a member of the Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee.
Barrister, Queensland Bar and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
Caite Brewer has been a barrister and a solicitor for more than 25 years. She is 1 of only 4 Queensland Law Society (QLS) accredited specialists in succession law at the Queensland Bar and was the highest achiever in her graduating year. Caite was named “Market Leader” junior counsel in Estate Litigation in the 2019 Doyle’s List. She is a member of Hemmant’s List and a regular presenter at seminars on wills, estates and trust law issues. Her particular interests are in contentious probate matters, will construction and rectification cases, informal will applications and superannuation disputes.
Principal, Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors; President, Caxton Community Legal Centre; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee
Dan practises in criminal law, corporate crime and professional discipline. He has a long association with Caxton Community Legal Centre, where he is currently the President. 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 and 2018, Dan was the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Human Rights Working Group. 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.
Darlene took silk in 2017. She is a member of the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP) and a current committee member of STEP Qld. She has practised in the area of succession law for many years. In 2017 she joined Chancery Barristers and Mediators, a group of barristers dedicated to succession law. She has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide in the area of estate litigation for a number of years including 2019.
Deputy President, Queensland Law Society; Legal Practitioner Director, Shearer Doyle; Chair, Queensland Law Society Access to Justice Pro Bono Law Committee
Elizabeth Shearer is a Legal Practitioner Director of Shearer Doyle Pty Ltd which operates specialist family law practice, Doyle Family Law, alongside Affording Justice. Affording Justice is an innovative practice that fills the gap between free legal services and traditional legal representation. The service provides discrete task representation to individuals and small business facing the legal problems of everyday life.
Elizabeth has held many leadership roles in the profession with a focus on professional practice and is currently appointed to all States and Territories’ Professional Standards Councils, a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor, a member of the Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee, Professional Conduct Committee, Practice Management Course Committee and Chair of the Access to Justice Committee and a member of the Supreme Court Library Committee.
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.
Georgina has over 15 years’ experience in workers’ compensation and insurance litigation. Georgina acts for workers’ compensation self-insurers and has been the preferred WorkCover Queensland panel provider for many state and national employers across a broad variety of industries. She has significant litigation experience and has been involved in many successful cases before the Queensland Court of Appeal, Supreme and District Courts and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. Georgina is also a member of the QLS Accident Compensation / Tort Law Committee.
Chief Operating Officer, Misso Legal Consulting and Senior Professional Services Consultant
Originally a chartered accountant I have enjoyed senior management roles with law firms for the past 23 years including Trilby Misso, Slater & Gordon and Shine. I am currently a member of the Queensland Law Society Practice Management Committee, I am a regular contributor to Proctor on practice management issues and I am a life member of Australian Legal Practice Management Assn.
Director, LOD Innovation and Member, Queensland Law Society In-House Counsel Committee
Jemima is Director, LOD Innovation (formerly lexvoco). She is an experienced lawyer, executive and company director and advises clients on a range of corporate and commercial legal issues, as well as delivering legal operations consulting projects. Prior to joining lexvoco, Jemima worked in-house in corporate and government organisations and had a litigation background in private practice.
Lawyer, Comedian and Co-founder of The Chaser & Giant Dwarf, Creator of The Checkout
Julian Morrow has made a career of public nuisance in various forms, co-founding satirical media empire The Chaser and joke company Giant Dwarf, as well as making TV shows including The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Hamster Wheel and The Checkout. His work has been nominated, unsuccessfully, for many awards, and prosecuted successfully in many courts.
In recent years, he was taken to claiming credit for the work of others as Executive Producer of Lawrence Leung’s series Choose Your Own Adventure and Unbelievable, Eliza and Hannah Reilly’s Growing Up Gracefully and Sarah Scheller & Alison Bell’s The Letdown (which on the 2018 AACTA Award for Best TV Comedy).
In 2012 and 2013 he lowered standards at ABC Radio National as host of Friday Drive, a program which led to huge career opportunities for its Monday-Thursday host, Waleed Aly.
In 2015, Julian foundered Giant Dwarf theatre at 199 Cleveland Street Redfern, a venue which has been described as “absolutely hilarious” by his accountant.
Over the years, Julian has interviewed countless people whose cache he tries to cash in on in his CV including Edward Snowden, Christopher Hitchens, Sting, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, Marc Newsome and the curator of TED Chris Anderson.
Due to the unavailability of several respected media commentators, in 2009 Julian was invited to give the Andrew Olle Media Lecture, an honour he later demeaned by creating The Annual Inaugural Chaser Lecture.
At the 50th Annual AWGIE Awards in 2017, the Fred Parsons Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Comedy was awarded to Julian Morrow by the event’s MC, Julian Morrow.
Head of Legal, Coal, Pacific National and President, ACC Australia
Karen is a senior lawyer who has spent much of her career working in-house. Karen is currently Head of Legal – Coal at the leading rail freight provider in Australia, Pacific National. Karen was also elected as National President of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia in November 2017 and is the Chair of the Board.
Before joining Pacific National, Karen worked in various roles at an ASX Listed company – from legal counsel to policy advisor, contract governance manager to governance lead on a major transformation project. During this time, she gained extensive experience managing legal risk, negotiating and communicating with customers and executive stakeholders, and translating regulatory and contractual requirements into business-friendly process and systems.
Prior to working in-house Karen practiced at a mid-tier law firm in Brisbane for a number of years.
In her role as ACC Australia President, Karen is committed to ensuring that ACC Australia has the tools, services, connections and education offerings members require to assist their organisations to succeed in transforming their businesses in the digital age.
Karen is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and promotes flexible working arrangements for all. Her passion in life is her two young children, Nathaniel who is 6 and Aiden who is 3. Karen enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.
Kate is the Principal of Denning Insurance Law. She is an Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) and Doyle’s Guide Recommended Public Liability Lawyer. Kate acts for businesses and individuals in personal injury and insurance law disputes. Kate was previously Special Counsel at McCullough Robertson Lawyers and has also worked as in-house counsel for Australia’s largest compulsory third party insurer, the Transport Accident Commission. Her past clients have included workers’ compensation insurers, general insurers, CTP insurers and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to her practice, Kate is an Adjunct Lecturer with the College of Law, teaching the College’s Practical Legal Training program.
Practice Group Leader, HR Law and Chair, Queensland Law Society Industrial Relations Committee
Kristin is the Practice Group Leader at HR Law. 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, professional services and start-up industries.
Kristin is the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Industrial Relations Committee and sits on the Board of Caxton Legal Centre.
Kristin is recognised as a leading lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law through her inclusion in Doyle’s Guide and the Best Lawyers Australia list.
Luke has specialised predominantly in franchising law for over 6 years since his admission into practice, acting for a diverse range of franchisors and franchisees.
He is an active member of both the Queensland Law Society Franchising Law Committee and the Franchise Council of Australia Legal Committee. These Committees allow Luke to keep on the forefront of the latest developments in laws affecting franchising, and to contribute towards government submissions on topical issues facing this highly regulated industry.
Petrina is a Senior Associate at MinterEllison, Petrina specialises in construction and infrastructure disputes and has extensive experience ranging from security of payment adjudications and sub-contractor’s charges through to large complex claims.
Although now specialising in Construction Law, since being admitted to practice in 2002 Petrina has gained a diverse range of experience in all aspects of commercial litigation including contractual, partnership and lease disputes, as well as trade practices actions in both the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland.
Petrina is currently undertaking her Masters in Construction Law at the University of Melbourne and tutors in Construction Law at the University of Queensland. Petrina is also a member of the QLS Ethics Committee and in amongst all of that, finds time to do stand-up comedy and comedy writing.
Professor, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology
Lindy Willmott is a Professor in the Law Faculty at QUT and a member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. She researches extensively in the health law field, particularly at the end of life. She has co-authored multiple texts as well as the website ‘End of Life Law in Australia’, and is involved in empirical research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Lindy co-leads a project funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health to provide legal training to medical specialists, and a project funded by the Victorian Department of Health to provide legal training to medical practitioners on voluntary assisted dying. She was previously a member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission and part-time member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Lawyer and Member, Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services Law Committee
Randal retired from legal practice in 2016 but remains active in his committee memberships of the Queensland Law Society.
Randal is a Fellow of the Governance institute of Australia and is a contributing author to its publications, as well as a regular facilitator and lecturer for a number of its governance risk and compliance related forums and activities.
Randal chairs the University of Queensland’s (UQ) Law School Pro Bono Centre, is a regular lecturer for the UQ and USQ Law Schools, an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland’s schools of business and law and is convenor of UQ Law’s Adjunct and Honorary Professors.
Until his retirement, Randal was the lead partner of Clayton Utz’s national governance and compliance division. In this role he advised extensively in the public, private and NFP sectors on governance, legal risk and compliance issues including the establishment and enhancement of compliance management systems (particularly those focussing on financial services reform, anti-money laundering, privacy, retail credit and related issues).
Randal is the co-author of the Standards Australia official guide on AS3806 (the Australian Standard on Compliance Programs), the consulting editor of the looseleaf services “Australian Legal Compliance” (CCH), the co-author of the Compliance chapters in the leading CCH texts “The Essential Guide to Financial Services Reform” and “The Essential Guide to Australian Anti-Money Laundering Reforms” and was the Law Council of Australia’s nominee to the technical drafting committee that developed an International Compliance Standard for the International Standards Organisation ( AS/ISO 19600 : 2015 )
Richard was called to the Bar in 1980 and took silk in 1998. His practice focuses are common law, insurance law, land law and confiscation of criminal profits.
He was counsel assisting the Queensland Hospitals Inquiry in 2005, and was president of the Bar Association of Queensland from 2009 to 2011. He was president of the Medico-Legal Society of Qld from 2016 to 2018.
Richard is the lead author of two texts, namely Civil Liability Australia and The Annotated Civil Liability Act 2003 (Qld).
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.
The Honourable C E Holmes AC 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.
The Hon Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace was admitted to the NSW Bar in December of 1978 and practised as a barrister until her appointment to the bench of the District Court of NSW in July 1997.
As a judge of the District Court of NSW her Honour presided over both Criminal and Civil trials and held a commission as a Deputy Chair of the NSW Medical Tribunal. She is a Council member of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, a member of the Australasian Institution of Judicial Administration and a member of the Australian and International Associations of Women Judges.
Her Honour is a Director and Chair of the Board of the Australian Advocacy Institute (AAI) and has been a member of the teaching faculty of that Institution since its inception in 1991. She is a Faculty member of the Advanced International Advocacy Course, Keble College Oxford and her work with The Honourable Society of Inner Temple London has included instructing at the New Practitioners Advocacy Workshop, 2013, 2015, 2016. She has instructed at the AAI Advanced Teacher Training Program, UK Advocacy Training Council in London 2013 and at the AAI workshop on Advocacy for Victims of War Crime, International Criminal Court, The Hague 2013.
Justice Jackson was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland in October 2012. Called to the Bar in 1977, his Honour was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1990. During the following 22 years, his Honour’s practice was directed predominantly towards substantial corporate and commercial work.
In August 2014 his Honour was appointed as chair of the Queensland Law Reform Commission.”
Justice Walter Sofronoff is a graduate of the University of Queensland. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees.
He was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1977 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988. Before being appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Justice Walter Sofronoff QC served as a member, Vice-President and President of the Bar Association of Queensland Committee (1994-1996). His Honour was a member of the Queensland Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (1999-2004), President of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal (2001-2005), member of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve (2003-2014) and a member of the University of Queensland Law School Advisory Board (2014–).
He was also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Queensland and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.
From 2005 to 2014, His Honour served as the Solicitor-General of Queensland.
In 2015, His Honour was appointed Commissioner of the Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry and in 2016 he led a review of the parole system in Queensland.
Justice Walter Sofronoff was appointed President of the Court of Appeal on 3 April 2017.