Queensland University of Technology; Consultant, Gadens; Non-Executive Director, PEXA and Member, Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee
Professor Christensen has practised, published and lectured extensively in all aspects of property transactions including land contracts, commercial leasing, community title and allied subjects in Queensland since 1990. She is a consultant to Gadens and a member of the Queensland Law Society Property and Development Law Committee.
Executive Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills and Accredited Specialist (Property Law) – Qld
Leone is executive counsel in finance, real estate and property at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), specialising in real estate transactions. She has extensive experience in real property transactions and development projects across Australia.
Leone works with many major property development companies and property trusts advising on the acquisition, disposal, development and leasing of real property assets. As part of HSF’s pro bono legal program, Leone enjoys providing legal advice to a number of pro bono clients including St Vincent De Paul, Ronald McDonald House and Youngcare.
Leone is a member of the Property Council of Australia Diversity Committee and the Tax Institute, and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House (SEQ) charity.
Julian has more than twelve years’ experience in property and business law with a focus on property sales/purchases and leasing in large, medium and small firms. Julian has presented and chaired property seminars for Queensland Law Society and Legalwise and tutors property law for a postgraduate PLT course. Julian graduated with a Law/Business double degree from Queensland University of Technology in 2004.
Peta is a founding Principal Legal Director and Owner of Toowoomba’s newest and most innovative law firm, Enterprise Legal. Enterprise Legal is the first and only law firm in the Darling Downs region to offer absolutely all of its services on a fixed fee, capped or retainer basis, providing an unprecedented level of fee-certainty for clients, which is a crucial factor in creating accessibility to legal services for small business owners.
Peta has practiced exclusively in business and commercial property law for the duration of her career and as such, she has worked on thousands of business and property transactions. Peta has extensive experience advising a range of business clients, from ASX-listed corporates to ‘mum and dad’ business owners.
Peta’s particular passion lies in supporting and enhancing small to medium-sized local businesses and the people behind them and it was this passion which was one of the main driving factors behind Peta and her business partner starting Enterprise Legal in September 2017.
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.
Partner, McCullough Robertson and Accredited Specialist (Taxation Law)
David was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce at the University of Queensland. He also holds a Master of Taxation through the University of New South Wales; where he graduated first in his class. David is one of only five taxation law specialists in Queensland.
Legal Practice Director, Cooke & Hutchinson Lawyers and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Gary has been a part of Cooke & Hutchinson Lawyers for over 40 years, having been in partnership with his brother, John Hutchinson, from 1978 to 2005 and, since 2007, with his son Dan.
He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1975 and was later admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 1991. He has also acted as a Senior Counsellor of the Queensland Law Society since 1994 and was made a life member of the Queensland Law Society in 2017.
Gary moved to the Redcliffe Peninsula in 1977 and has developed a wealth of experience in many of areas of the law. He now dedicates himself exclusively to his large client base of retirees, small land owners, investors, institutions, large tenants and developers in the areas of commercial law as well as business advice and property transactions.
Gary has also played an important role in a number of strata title developments in recent years, including Peninsula Park retirement villages. Most recently, he had a crucial role advising on the development of the exciting Dolphins Central shopping precinct at Dolphin Oval as well as the North Lakes Central development at North Lakes.
Gary is passionate about his community and is committed to protecting his clients’ interests and obtaining the best possible outcomes for them. His long term dedication to the Peninsula and now North Lakes has led to numerous long term client relationships and a local reputation that is second to none.
Gary takes enormous pride in the reputation of the firm and is committed to ensuring Cooke & Hutchinson continue to provide the highest standards of service to all their valued clients.
Legal Practitioner Director, LaBlack Lawyers Pty Ltd; Accredited Specialist (Property Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Property Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
Legal Practitioner Director for LaBlack Lawyers Pty Ltd, Simon practises exclusively in Property Law in Queensland. In 2017, he became one of the few Accredited Specialists in Queensland Property Law. He assists organisations and private clients in all property law related matters including property acquisitions and disposals, commercial property matters including leases, developments, transactions and disputes, subdivisions and developments and retirement village leases. He has acted as a specialist consultant to the profession and as a Court-Appointed Statutory Trustee for Sale.
Sylvia is a director of Big Law, located at Strathpine, Brisbane. Sylvia has practised exclusively in the commercial and property areas for the last fifteen years. Sylvia has experience in assisting clients with all property law related matters including acquisition and disposals, leases, assignment of leases, subdivisions, developments and body corporate matters. Her experience extends to dealing with medium to small business clients and her approach is to find practical solutions for those clients.
Robert is a Senior Solicitor in the Risk Team at Lexon Insurance and plays an active role in the development of risk management tools. Robert has developed and run the industry first System Testing program in several practice areas since 2014 which have been conducted in hundreds of legal practices across Australia. These are designed to help practitioners identify and manage any system gaps that can result in claims for professional negligence. Robert was admitted as a solicitor in 2005 and regularly presents at the QUT PLT Course and at QLS Conferences.
Peter has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial property practice, including residential and commercial property sales and purchases, drafting contracts for and managing bulk conveyancing for property developers, complicated property projects and major mixed-use developments. He also has considerable experience with development and joint venture agreements, financing structures and planning advice.
Principal, Wilson Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Commercial Litigation) – Qld
Les Power is a director of Wilson Lawyers Pty Ltd. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1997. Since 2001 he has specialised in commercial litigation. In 2006 he was in the first group of successful applicants to obtain specialist accreditation in commercial litigation. Les has experience in complex, high value, property and business critical disputes. He has a keen interest in ethics and is a regular presenter of papers on ethics.
Chief Operating Officer, McCullough Robertson Lawyers and Member, Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee
Kim is the Chief Operating Officer at McCullough Robertson and for more than ten years has implemented innovation projects and driven cultural change aligned to strategy. Before that, Kim spent 15 years as a client facing lawyer, so has a unique understanding of the challenges facing clients and lawyers, and insights into how law firms operate.
Her experience as a lawyer, combined with her current responsibility for operational functions across Finance, IT, Business Development and Marketing, HR, PMO, and Risk and Knowledge Management means Kim has a unique perspective. This, and working with the firms’ practice group heads and across several sector focus groups, has given Kim a platform to recognise opportunities to develop solutions focused on improving client experience, employee engagement and financial performance.
Kim believes in doing things differently, learning something new every day, and embracing change as an opportunity. She is also responsible for coordinating the McCullough Robertson’s Community Partnerships Program, is a Director of the McCullough Robertson Foundation, a Director of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) and a member of the CEO Institute.