Sessional Member, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)
Les was admitted to the Bar in 1979, and shortly thereafter took up a position as a legal officer in the office of the Official Solicitor to the Public Trustee, initially acting as counsel.
Les represented the Public Trustee in all areas of the law, but mainly in the areas of property law, securities, trusts and succession, and disability law.
In 1996 Les was appointed as Official Solicitor to the Public Trustee. He retired from full-time employment in 2004 and took up a position as a sessional member of the then Guardianship and Administration Tribunal. Les remains a member of the Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal, still dealing mainly in the areas of guardianship, administration, and powers of attorney.
Les has lectured in various legal subjects at a number of TAFE Colleges over the years, and has delivered many presentations to members of the public, and professional associations.
Director, Cornford-Scott Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld; Chair, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee
Angela is the director of Cornford-Scott Lawyers Pty Ltd and an Accredited Specialist in Succession Law. She has worked in the area of succession law for over 20 years and has a particular interest in estate planning, trust matters and estate administration issues. Angela is the current Chair of the QLS Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Committee. Angela is a member of STEP and a previous Chair of the Queensland Branch. She has lectured for QUT, the College of Law and is a regular presenter of seminars. Angela also co-authors the Lexis Nexis practical guidance publications in Succession law and Elder law for Queensland.
Senior Associate, Estate First Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
Kylie has almost exclusively practised in succession law from the outset of her legal career; predominantly focusing on the areas of estate planning and enduring powers of attorney. Kylie regularly presents on estate and succession related topics to financial advisers and accountants, as well as to her peers. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours.
Barrister, Queensland Bar; Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee; Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee
Rob practiced as a solicitor in Queensland for 35 years before commencing practice at the Queensland Bar in May 2017.
Rob specialises in deceased estate, trust and disability law issues, particularly family provision applications, construction, rectification and cy-près applications and solemn form proceedings. He is also very experienced in guardianship and administration matters and the special requirements for persons with a legal disability.
Rob successfully achieved Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation in Succession Law in 2005 and again in 2013 (being required to requalify after working as a Staff Officer with the Australian Army which included operational deployments to Egypt and Afghanistan).
Committees of which Rob is a member include the Queensland Law Society Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee and the Succession Law and Elder Law Committees. He was named as a recommended counsel in Doyle’s Guide of Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Junior Counsel – Queensland 2018.
He is a part time sessional member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Head of Succession and Elder Law, Wilsons Lawyers and Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee
Michele is the Head of Succession and Elder Law at Wilson Lawyers. A self-confessed succession nerd, Michele has a passion across all areas of wills, estates, succession and elder law. Having dedicated her career to the study and practice of succession and elder law, Michele’s area of expertise include complex estate planning, estate administration, estate litigation, retirement villages and aged care accommodation, granny flat and family agreements, capacity and guardianship. Michele has a Masters of Law specialising in Wills & Estates and is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Succession Law Committee and STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners). Michele is also the founder of the successful LinkedIn Group ‘Australian Succession & Elder Lawyers’ and writes regularly on case law in this practice area through her blog at micheledavis.com.au.
Brian practises in elder law or law for older people and their families. He has written many papers and given numerous presentations to a broad cross section of audiences in Australia and overseas on the expanding landscape of elder law. He is the deputy chair of the Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee, a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Succession & Elder Law Committee, an international member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys of America, a Doyle’s Guide leading lawyer in succession law and listed in Best Lawyers for retirement and seniors housing law.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Senior Associate, FC lawyers and Member, Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee
Admitted in 2013, Chloe is a Senior Associate at fc lawyers, practicing in succession law. Chloe is also a Queensland Law Society Councillor.
Chloe identified an area of growth for her practice in succession law and has focused on developing her skills and expertise in this area. She has recently completed her Masters in Applied Law majoring in Wills and Estates with the College of Law. Chloe is committed to becoming a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law.
Chloe is a keen participator in her local community. Chloe is director of Spark Bureau Ltd, a not for profit support hub on the Sunshine Coast, a board member of Uniforms 4 Kids and a committee member for the Australasian Council in Women and Policing.
Fred is the Principal of the Estate Law team at McInnes Wilson Lawyers. His practice involves acting as independent administrator and litigation guardian in contentious estates. He and his team also advise in relation to estate planning, estate and trust administration and litigation (both in the courts and QCAT). His clients include individuals, trustee companies, accountants, financial advisers, charities and other law firms.
Fred is a regular contributor to industry publications and presenter on estate and trust related matters.
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.