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.
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.
Anthony Davis is best described as a lawyer’s lawyer. Mr Davis is a member of the Lawyers for the Profession® practice group and his practice focuses on the laws that govern lawyers. He advises attorneys and law firms on legal professional and ethics issues, law firm creation, merger and dissolution, risk management and loss control.
Mr Davis is a Lecturer-in-Law at the Columbia University School of Law, teaching “Professional Responsibility Issues in Business Practice.” As an Adjunct Professor of Law, Mr Davis taught “Legal Profession” at Brooklyn Law School for many years. Mr Davis has served as a member of the New York City Bar Professional Ethics Committee and is a former Chair of the Professional Development Committee.
Mr Davis is a popular lecturer and panellist, drawing on his many years of teaching experience when speaking to bar associations and law firms throughout the United States on all aspects of professional responsibility, the law as it affects lawyers, law practice and risk management.
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
Managing Partner, Bartley Cohen; Accredited Specialist (Commercial Litigation) – Qld; Chair, Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society In-House Counsel Committee
Ben is the managing partner of Bartley Cohen. He has practised in commercial litigation for over 20 years. Ben has been recognised as pre-eminent in professional indemnity and is an expert in disciplinary and regulatory matters involving lawyers. Ben also has extensive experience in claims and prosecutions involving company directors and officers. Ben is a Queensland Law Society (QLS) accredited specialist in commercial litigation. He is a member of the QLS Free Legal Advice Panel. Ben is the chair of the QLS Ethics Committee and a member of the QLS In-House Counsel Committee.
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.
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.
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.
2018 Recommended Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers – Australia
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. More recently Bryan was awarded Master of Laws (Applied Laws – Wills & Estates) from the College of Law.
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, 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 Chair and is Secretary 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.
Partner, Mullins; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee
Cameron was admitted as a solicitor in 1990. Cameron has practised extensively in torts law and became an Accredited Specialist in personal injuries law in 1998. Cameron joined Mullins in 1999 where he has been a partner since 2000. He practises primarily in workers’ compensation, public liability and compulsory third party claims. He has been a contributing editor to LexisNexis looseleaf service Personal Injuries Queensland (Work Injuries) since 1999, has sat on the Queensland Law Society Personal Injuries Conference Planning Committee (from 2004 to 2016), the Queensland Law Society Symposium Planning Committee and the Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Reform Committee, and delivers seminars to clients and the profession on personal injuries law.
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.
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.
Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
David was admitted as a solicitor in 1996 and was in private practice from that time until joining Queensland Law Society’s QLS Ethics and Practice Centre in November 2012.
David’s experience, initially as an employee and then as a sole practitioner includes crime, property, litigation and estate planning. As an Ethics Solicitor he is responsible for providing ethical guidance to members, and continuing legal education.
He holds postgraduate certificates in Cybersecurity from Harvard University Extension School and in Project Management from the University of Adelaide EdX program.
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
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.
Janelle Kerrisk is a Principal of Helix Legal, a new law firm founded by her in 2016 to create an alternative for construction industry participants that embraces innovation and provides a positive work environment for all employees. Janelle believes that technology and innovation help lawyers come alive and has experimented with a variety of online platforms, project-planning methods, flexible working models, marketing tactics, fixed fee options and hierarchy-less management techniques to achieve this goal.
Through Janelle’s vision to build a scalable business at Helix Legal, she founded LawLancer. LawLancer is a legal tech start-up established to provide summer clerks to firms in any season. Born to meet the changing landscape of law, LawLancer harnesses the power of technology and mobilises thousands of engaged but under-utilised freelance clerks currently studying law across the country. LawLancer gives progressive law firms instant access to a talent pool of law students – www.lawlancer.legal.
Helix Legal was a 2018 Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards for New Law Firm of the Year and was also listed as a Top 100 Cool Company by Anthill Magazine. In 2017 Helix was the recipient of the Janders Dean Legal Innovation Index 2017 Award and The LawTech Innovation in legal IT (people’s choice) Award. Janelle is an active member of the Australian Legal Technology Association, the Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee and is a member of the Program Board of the College of Law Master in Legal Business.
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.
President Elect 2020, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Murphy Schmidt Solicitors; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld; Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee and Member, Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board
Luke is an Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) and also practises in Succession law. He is Deputy Chair of QLS’s Tort Law/Accident Compensation Committee, and have served on the Practice Management Committee and Personal Injuries Conference Committee.
Luke represented QLS at Parliamentary inquiries and committee hearings, in negotiations with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and WorkCover, CTP reviews, WorkCover Stakeholders’ Reference Groups and QIRC interest groups. He is committed to serving the profession.
Outside the law Luke have held the following positions: Deputy President, Board Member of Royal Life Saving Society (1994-2004), Deputy Chairman, Board Member Holy Spirit Care Services (2007-2014), and Member Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee and Chairman Inaugural Young Professionals Committee.
Partner, Moray & Agnew Lawyers and Chair, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee
Michael has been practising in all aspects of personal injuries law for over 25 years. He practises predominantly in the field of compulsory third party litigation. Michael is the current chair of Queensland Law Society’s Accident Compensation Tort Law Committee.
Michael came to the bar in 2004 and was appointed silk in 2017. He has a commercial practice with a focus on competition law and consumer protection, economic regulation, corporations law and financial services, equity and trusts, and resources and commercial development disputes. Michael is listed by Doyle’s Guide as a recommended senior counsel in competition law and in commercial litigation.
Michael has also appeared in or assisted with several commissions of inquiry and public reviews. In 2018, Michael was one of the senior counsel sssisting the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. He was also counsel assisting the Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry in 2015 and counsel assisting the Strachan Inquiry in 2016-2017. He was retained by the Queensland Government to assist with the review of the Queensland Parole System in 2016 and the review of the Transport of Waste into Queensland in 2017.
Director, Criminal Law Services, Legal Aid Queensland and Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Peter has over 25 years’ experience as a legal practitioner in criminal law, commencing with the Public Defender’s office and subsequently joining the Legal Aid Queensland team. During his career, he has represented defendants throughout Queensland and has been involved in the defence of many high profile and complex criminal law matters.
Peter was appointed Director of Criminal Law Services, Legal Aid Queensland in 2010 and is responsible for leading the largest criminal defence practice in Queensland. He was a finalist in the Australian Institute of Management – Not for Profit Manager of the Year in 2013. Since 2010, Peter has been a member of the National Legal Aid Criminal Law Working Group and a member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee.
Special Counsel, Thynne + McCartney and Member, Queensland Law Society Banking and Financial Services Law Committee
For the last 15 years Peter has focused his practice on personal property securities (PPS), creditor recoveries and insolvency. Peter advises controllers (voluntary administrators and liquidators), trade creditors, accountants, small and medium-sized enterprises, subsidiaries of local and overseas companies and other law firms. Peter is currently the President (Queensland division) of the Australian Institute of Credit Management (AICM), a member of Queensland Law Society’s Banking and Financial Services Law Committee, a working group member of the United Kingdom Secured Transactions Law Reform Project and a member of the PPS Registrar’s Users Forum. In 2010 Peter received an AICM national award for services in relation to PPS and in 2013 he received the inaugural AICM Marion Hintz award.
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.
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.
Director, Pippa Colman & Associates; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Pippa was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and practises on the Sunshine Coast in a family law practice which she founded in 2001. Pippa and Margaret Rimmer established the Sunshine Coast Family Contact Centre in Maroochydore in 1995 and in 2001 they were recognised by the Supreme Court and Queensland Law Society. Pippa is a lifetime member and past president of the Sunshine Coast District Law Association and is also a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor.
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 )
Partner, Jasper Fogerty Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Rebecca is a partner at Jasper Fogerty Lawyers and practices exclusively in criminal defence. She is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law. After completing a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Queensland, Rebecca spent 12 months as a judge’s associate in the District Court of Queensland. She is the current Deputy Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s (QLS) Criminal Law Committee and also sits on the QLS Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee.
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).
Principal, Australian Workplace Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Workplace Relations)
Rob is the principal of Australian Workplace Lawyers based in Brisbane and specialises in workplace relations law. He has over 25 years’ experience in advising and assisting individuals, small and medium business and charitable organisations with their workplace legal issues. He has significant experience in the state and federal industrial commissions and federal and state courts and tribunals and has acted in several precedent setting cases in employment, discrimination and environmental law.
He is an experienced advisor and litigator having worked with small, medium and large law firms and a community legal centre. He holds the degrees of LLB (Hons) and LLM (Environmental Resources Law) and is a nationally accredited specialist in workplace relations. He is a member of and the immediate past chair of the Queensland Law Society’s industrial law committee and a member of the Society’s specialist accreditation committee for workplace relations. He is a QLS Senior Counsellor and a member of the Caxton Legal Centre’s volunteer hall of fame.
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.
Saul Holt is a barrister at the Queensland Bar and the New Zealand Bar. He practices in all areas of public law with an emphasis on criminal, regulatory and environmental law. Saul took silk in Victoria in 2012 when he was Chief Counsel at Victoria Legal Aid. He has also been a Victorian Law Reform Commissioner and is currently a board member of the Australian Advocacy Institute. Saul is a General Editor of Butler and Holt’s Indictable Offences Queensland.
Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Shane was admitted in 1992 and worked as a general practitioner for several years before joining the Ipswich City Council in-house legal team. In 2001 he moved to the in-house legal team at Queensland Building Services Authority, taking over management of the team in 2006. During this time Shane served on, and later chaired, the Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee. Shane joined QLS in 2014 as Manager, Advocacy and Policy/Senior Policy Advisor and now works in QLS Ethics and Practice Centre as an Ethics Solicitor, providing bespoke ethics sessions and ethical guidance to the profession as well as publishing articles in Proctor and on the QLS website.
Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society
Stafford was admitted as a solicitor in 1987. After admission he practised for a number of years in partnership and subsequently as a sole practitioner. Stafford sold his practice in 2004. Between 2004 and 2008 he worked as a consultant to a number of law practices. In 2008 he joined the Queensland Law Society as an Ethics Guidance Officer. In 2015 Stafford was appointed as Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre (‘the Centre’), and further he serves as secretary to the Society’s Ethics Committee. He is also the Society’s representative on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Law Council of Australia. The Centre provides ethical guidance and practice support services. In addition, the Centre delivers practical legal ethics and practice support sessions to members, the profession and students (whether at university or practical legal training). Stafford is the executive editor of the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 in Practice: A Commentary for Australian Legal Practitioners. He has written extensively on legal ethics. Stafford is a sessional member at the Queensland University of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws (Commercial and Corporate) from the University of Queensland, a postgraduate certificate in arbitration and mediation from the University of Adelaide. Stafford is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Stafford’s areas of interest are land transactions, trust, succession law and the equitable doctrine underpinning legal ethics.
The Honourable C E 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.
The Honourable Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace graduated Bachelors of Arts/Laws from the University of NSW in 1978. She was admitted to the NSW Bar in December 1978 and practised as a barrister until her appointment to the bench of the District Court of NSW in July 1997. In 2010, she was appointed to the Appeals Division of the Family Court of Australia. While at the Bar her principal area of practice concerned family law and children’s law.
She pioneered the role of counsel for the child in family law proceedings that permitted the separate representation of children in proceedings affecting their welfare. She also appeared for children in proceedings under the Child Welfare legislation of NSW and was briefed by DOCS in NSW to prosecute difficult first instance cases.
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.
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.
Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Principal, Travis Schultz Law; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee
Travis is the principal of Travis Schultz Law and has expertise as a commercial litigation and personal injury lawyer in the areas of workers’ compensation, motor vehicle and public liability law. Travis’ career has seen him become managing partner of an established firm (by the age of 27) and then continued to grow that entity to a total staff of 76 at the time it was sold in 2014.
His service to the profession includes two terms as president of the Sunshine Coast Law Association, life membership of the Sunshine Coast Legal Service, membership of the Human Research Ethics Committee of University of the Sunshine Coast, and membership of the QLS Personal Injuries Specialist Accreditation Committee and Accident Compensation Committee.
Travis is highly motivated to ensure access to justice is accessible for everyone in the community.
Special Counsel, Damien Greer Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Laws and Arts, a Masters in Law and a Masters in Taxation Law. She has been a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist – Family Law since 2001 and is also an Approved Arbitrator.
Wendy specialises in complex financial and property settlements and identifying tax minimising opportunities to maximise financial outcomes presented by a marriage breakdown. She is expert in asset protection strategies and business succession planning in a family law environment.
Wendy is a member of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Committee, the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators, and is a Fellow of the Tax Institute.