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.