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Rebekah Bassano

Rebekah was called to the Bar in 2021. Before coming to the Bar, Rebekah practiced as a solicitor for over 18 Years: Originally being admitted as a legal practitioner in Tasmania in 2003; Then, after moving to Far North Queensland in 2006, she worked in a range of roles from Associate in a large firm in Cairns to Principal Solicitor…

Rebekah Bassano

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Crime
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Rebekah was called to the Bar in 2021.

Before coming to the Bar, Rebekah practiced as a solicitor for over 18 Years:

  • Originally being admitted as a legal practitioner in Tasmania in 2003;
  • Then, after moving to Far North Queensland in 2006, she worked in a range of roles from Associate in a large firm in Cairns to Principal Solicitor at an Indigenous legal service;
  • in 2014, Rebekah established her own practice which she successfully ran until she decided to come to the Bar.

​Rebekah’s experience as a solicitor uniquely informs her practice as a barrister.

The areas of law Rebekah accepts briefs include:

  • Family Law
  • Child Protection
  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • All types of Civil Matters (including alternative dispute resolution avenues including Mediation and Arbitration)
  • Estate Litigation
  • Criminal
  • Inquests and Inquiries

Rebekah has extensive experience acting as an Independent Children’s Lawyer and Separate Representative (Child Protection matters).

Rebekah practices in all jurisdictions and is available, in addition to regionally based matters, to appear in Courts and Tribunals based in South East Queensland and interstate (especially New South Wales).

Rebekah is also a NMAS qualified Mediator and Arbitrator.

Zoë Brereton

Zoë Brereton was called to the Queensland Bar in October 2021. Zoë has over 24 years’ experience as a lawyer, having previously practiced as a solicitor being first admitted in England and Wales in 1997 and then in Australia in 2006, including as principal of her own private practice. Zoë practises in a broad range of commercial matters, family law,…

Zoë Brereton

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries

Overview

Zoë Brereton was called to the Queensland Bar in October 2021. Zoë has over 24 years’ experience as a lawyer, having previously practiced as a solicitor being first admitted in England and Wales in 1997 and then in Australia in 2006, including as principal of her own private practice.

Zoë practises in a broad range of commercial matters, family law, domestic violence, estate litigation and immigration law.

Zoë is also a nationally accredited mediator (NMAS).

In addition to Zoë’s undergraduate qualifications in Law, she holds a Post Graduate qualification in Australian Migration Law and Practice from the Australian National University.

Other relevant affiliations and positions held by Zoë are:

Member of the Queensland Bar Association

Member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association

Treasurer of the Gold Coast Bar Association

Member of Gold Coast District Law Association

Member of LawRight

Caite Brewer

Caite’s practice revolves around estate and trust litigation. More specifically, she provides advice and appears in matters involving contested probate, succession law, superannuation, powers of attorney and breaches thereof, equitable actions to overturn inter vivos transactions, and trust litigation (such as removal and appointment of trustees). Caite is consistently briefed in significant matters, by the major law firms that operate…

Caite Brewer

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

Caite’s practice revolves around estate and trust litigation.

More specifically, she provides advice and appears in matters involving contested probate, succession law, superannuation, powers of attorney and breaches thereof, equitable actions to overturn inter vivos transactions, and trust litigation (such as removal and appointment of trustees).

Caite is consistently briefed in significant matters, by the major law firms that operate in her areas of expertise.  She is also sort after as an Estate Law Mediator.

Prior to commencing practice as a barrister in Brisbane, Caite was employed as a solicitor for 11 years.

Caite has been consistently highly ranked in Doyle’s Guide. Every year since 2017 she has been recognised as preeminent or market leading within her areas of expertise, most recently:

Caite is a QLD Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law and a member of the Hemment’s Estate Law Group.

Dr Pip Coore

Dr Pip Coore practices predominately in the areas of equity, trusts and succession law. Pip regularly advises on a range of estate matters, including: lost and informal will applications; the interpretation and administration of wills and trusts; applications by personal representatives and trustees for judicial advice and directions; the removal of personal representatives; solemn form probate proceedings; and family provision…

Dr Pip Coore

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Property Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

Dr Pip Coore practices predominately in the areas of equity, trusts and succession law.

Pip regularly advises on a range of estate matters, including:

  • lost and informal will applications;
  • the interpretation and administration of wills and trusts;
  • applications by personal representatives and trustees for judicial advice and directions;
  • the removal of personal representatives;
  • solemn form probate proceedings; and
  • family provision applications.

She also appears at mediations in succession law matters.

Pip has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Junior Counsel in Queensland.

While Pip specialises in equity, trusts and estate law, she has also appeared in taxation appeals and administrative law matters.

Pip holds a DPhil in Law and a Master of Studies in Legal Research from the University of Oxford.  She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) (Hons) from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Public Relations, from the University of Queensland.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Pip was the Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Edelman of the High Court of Australia.

Pip is a member of the STEP Queensland Committee, the Fellowship Fund Inc. Committee and the Graduate Women Queensland Committee.

Geoff Diehm QC

Geoffrey Diehm KC

Geoffrey Diehm KC commenced practice as a barrister at the Brisbane bar in 1991. He took silk in 2008. He holds an LLB and an LLM from the Queensland University of Technology. He practices in health law, insurance and personal injuries law, public and administrative law, commercial law and succession law. He has regularly appeared in Federal and State superior…

Geoff Diehm QC

Geoffrey Diehm KC

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Estate Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law
  • Property Law

Overview

Geoffrey Diehm KC commenced practice as a barrister at the Brisbane bar in 1991. He took silk in 2008.

He holds an LLB and an LLM from the Queensland University of Technology.

He practices in health law, insurance and personal injuries law, public and administrative law, commercial law and succession law. He has regularly appeared in Federal and State superior courts as well as the Land Court, the Coroners Court and various tribunals.

He has extensive experience representing hospitals, medical practitioners and other health care providers in civil proceedings, administrative proceedings including disciplinary proceedings, and in inquests. He has appeared for a variety of clients in a number of Commissions of Inquiry. He regularly acts for and advises governments and agencies of government, corporations, insurers and individuals in a wide range of matters.

He is an experienced trial and appellate counsel and has been involved in very many mediations, as well as having acted as a mediator and an arbitrator.

Emma Fitzgerald

As a solicitor, Emma spending 8 years working in Government and Private Practice in defendant insurance litigation representing insurers in both personal injuries and property damage litigation.  She then went on to establish the Financial Abuse Prevention team at a Queensland community legal service. Emma has been at the bar since April 2021.  She has a broad practice in what…

Emma Fitzgerald

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

As a solicitor, Emma spending 8 years working in Government and Private Practice in defendant insurance litigation representing insurers in both personal injuries and property damage litigation.  She then went on to establish the Financial Abuse Prevention team at a Queensland community legal service.

Emma has been at the bar since April 2021.  She has a broad practice in what she calls ‘human’ law – including personal injuries, insurance, consumer law, abuse law, guardianship, wills & probate, family law and domestic violence.

Emma is regularly briefed to appear both led and unled in State and Federal Courts.

Emma is a proud single mum and mental health advocate and regularly speaks about her experience.

If you believe Emma can assist you or your clients, are interested in coming to the bar, or ever feel the need to phone a friend – Emma warmly welcomes a phone call or a visit to the Hemmant’s List Centre for a cup of tea.

Jane

Jane FitzGerald

After more than 10 years as a solicitor with large national and international firms, Jane commenced practice as a barrister in 2009.  As an advocate she has a broad practice including commercial, insurance, personal injury, professional negligence, medical negligence, building and construction, administrative, estate and family disputes. As a mediator she has worked with public, corporate and private clients involved…

Jane

Jane FitzGerald

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law
  • Property Law
  • Resources, Construction & Infrastructure Law

Overview

After more than 10 years as a solicitor with large national and international firms, Jane commenced practice as a barrister in 2009.  As an advocate she has a broad practice including commercial, insurance, personal injury, professional negligence, medical negligence, building and construction, administrative, estate and family disputes. As a mediator she has worked with public, corporate and private clients involved in a range of family, commercial, personal and interpersonal disputes.

Jane appears alone and as junior counsel in applications, trials, appeals and other hearings in both State and Federal jurisdictions.  She holds degrees in Law and Business (Accounting) from QUT, as well as a Master Advocate Designation from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in the US.  She is nationally accredited mediator, an accredited farm debt mediator and an FRDP. She has chambers in Brisbane and also on the Gold Coast.

In addition to her practice at the Bar, she has taught advocacy and trial skills to trial lawyers and barristers in Australia, Bhutan and the US since 2010.

 

Karen Gaston

Karen was called to the bar in February 2022. Prior to coming to the bar, Karen served as an associate to Her Honour Judge O’Sullivan in the District Court in 2001, while still completing her law degree. She has practiced as a solicitor for over seventeen years.  Karen has practiced in many areas of law, however, she has a particular…

Karen Gaston

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

Karen was called to the bar in February 2022.

Prior to coming to the bar, Karen served as an associate to Her Honour Judge O’Sullivan in the District Court in 2001, while still completing her law degree.

She has practiced as a solicitor for over seventeen years.  Karen has practiced in many areas of law, however, she has a particular interest in all three areas of succession law: estate administration, estate planning and estate litigation.

As a solicitor, Karen has been involved in several pieces of long running litigation with a broader commercial focus, involving rural partnerships, trusts, and equitable remedies, including undue influence and unconscionable conduct.

Karen has conducted many family provision applications (FPAs), solemn form probate applications, will construction, cy pres, and statutory will applications and other “classical” forms of estate litigation. She has appeared (with counsel) at numerous hearings, including trials and appeals and at numerous mediations).

Despite being a skilled litigator, Karen recognises the value of alternative dispute resolution, especially in family-based disputes. She has undertaken the Bond University mediation course and was one of the first succession lawyers to undertake training in Collaborative Law at UTS in Sydney in 2008.

In 2013, Karen undertook the Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation assessment in the area of Succession Law. She was awarded the Highest Achiever (jointly with another practitioner).

Doyle’s Guide ranks Karen as “Preeminent” in the category of Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyers and “Recommended” in the area of Wills Estate and Succession Planning Lawyers.

William Isdale

William was called to the Bar in May 2023. Prior to being called to the Bar, William worked: as an Associate at a top tier law firm (focusing on commercial and regulatory work for financial services clients), and as a Senior Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission (working on the Corporations and Financial Services Inquiry). William has a…

William Isdale

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Property Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

William was called to the Bar in May 2023.

Prior to being called to the Bar, William worked:

  • as an Associate at a top tier law firm (focusing on commercial and regulatory work for financial services clients), and
  • as a Senior Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission (working on the Corporations and Financial Services Inquiry).

William has a broad civil practice, with a focus on commercial and regulatory matters. He appears in all State and Federal Courts and Tribunals.

Previously he has served as an Associate to the Hon. Justice Dowsett AM on the Federal Court of Australia, and before that to Commissioner Graeme Neate AM on the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and Industrial Court of Queensland.

William holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Queensland, a LLM in International Financial and Commercial Law from King’s College London, and a PhD in Law from the University of Queensland.

He was the recipient of the Holt Prize in 2021 for his PhD thesis, which has since been published as a book by The Federation Press.

Llewellyn Judd

Before coming to the Bar, Llewellyn was a solicitor at several leading mid-tier firms in Sydney and Brisbane practising in their liability insurance and corporate recovery teams. In his varying capacities, Llewellyn’s responsibilities included the management of high-volume recovery actions and large-scale multi-party litigation. At the Bar, Llewellyn has a broad civil practice that encompasses commercial law, personal and corporate…

Llewellyn Judd

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law
  • Property Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

Before coming to the Bar, Llewellyn was a solicitor at several leading mid-tier firms in Sydney and Brisbane practising in their liability insurance and corporate recovery teams. In his varying capacities, Llewellyn’s responsibilities included the management of high-volume recovery actions and large-scale multi-party litigation.

At the Bar, Llewellyn has a broad civil practice that encompasses commercial law, personal and corporate insolvency law, class actions, competition and consumer law, professional negligence law, succession law, taxation debt recoveries, insurance and personal injury law, both Queensland and New South Wales.

Llewellyn has appeared on trials and applications in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Courts of Queensland and New South Wales, all other state courts of Queensland and New South Wales, and the civil and administrative tribunals of Queensland and New South Wales. He has appeared as junior counsel on appeals to the intermediate appellate courts of Queensland and New South Wales.

On numerous occasions, Llewellyn has represented parties at mediation and in other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Llewellyn is admitted to the High Court of Australia.

Katrina Kluss

Katrina practices predominantly in the areas of: estate and trust litigation (including contested probate, family provision, construction and rectification, statutory wills, informal wills, and breaches of trust); professional and medical negligence; public and product liability (including related insurance law matters of policy and contract interpretation, indemnity and contribution). Katrina has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Recommended Wills and…

Katrina Kluss

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Katrina practices predominantly in the areas of:

  • estate and trust litigation (including contested probate, family provision, construction and rectification, statutory wills, informal wills, and breaches of trust);
  • professional and medical negligence;
  • public and product liability (including related insurance law matters of policy and contract interpretation, indemnity and contribution).

Katrina has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Recommended Wills and Estates Litigation Junior Counsel Queensland in 2019 and 2020, and a Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Junior Counsel in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

She regularly appears in contested applications, trials, mediations and conferences. She is a member of Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Australian Insurance Lawyers Association, and the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy.

Katrina holds undergraduate degrees in Law (Hons) and Psychological Science, an LLM (Applied Law), and a PhD in Law.

David Marks KC

David is a commercial silk principally with interests in tax and revenue law as well as an established general Chancery practice. David also regularly appears for parties in commercial and administrative law disputes involving issues ranging from commercial contracts to professional negligence; and company disputes to reviewing tax posture of large corporations. David also appears in private client matters, about…

David Marks KC

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Property Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

David is a commercial silk principally with interests in tax and revenue law as well as an established general Chancery practice.

David also regularly appears for parties in commercial and administrative law disputes involving issues ranging from commercial contracts to professional negligence; and company disputes to reviewing tax posture of large corporations.

David also appears in private client matters, about trusts and estates.

David has increasingly been involved in professional conduct matters, principally as a member of STEP’s disciplinary panel.

Details of the matters David has been involved in can be reviewed on his personal website.

While chambers are in Brisbane, Australia he accepts instructions to appear and acts for clients in all Australian jurisdictions.

Prior to being called to the Bar, David worked at a solicitors’ firm for 10 years in the area of tax law. David was called to the private Bar in 2000 and took silk in 2015.

David has developed a particular practice in accepting instructions for opinion briefs from accountants who are members of the major professional associations.

David has been consistently recognised in Doyle’s Guide as:

  • Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Senior Counsel – Australia 2021
  • Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Senior Counsel – Queensland 2019, 20202021, 2022 and 2023
  • Leading (Preeminent) Taxation Barrister (Senior Counsel)– Queensland 2018, 201920202021, 2022 and 2023
Jessica B and W

Jessica McClymont KC

Prior to commencing practice as a barrister, Jessica practised as a solicitor and was a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in personal injuries law. She has practised almost exclusively in that area, over the course of her legal career spanning more than 20 years. Jessica’s practice is spread across all aspects of personal injuries law. She is a panel member…

Jessica B and W

Jessica McClymont KC

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Prior to commencing practice as a barrister, Jessica practised as a solicitor and was a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in personal injuries law.

She has practised almost exclusively in that area, over the course of her legal career spanning more than 20 years.

Jessica’s practice is spread across all aspects of personal injuries law.

She is a panel member of most major insurers within the Queensland jurisdiction, including WorkCover Queensland, Suncorp CTP and General Insurance and Q-Comp.

She accepts instructions on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.

Ryan Nattrass

Mr Ryan Nattrass is a barrister first called to the Queensland Bar in May 2022. Ryan predominantly practises in commercial litigation, insurance, and administrative and public law. Ryan maintains a broad practice but has particular experience in matters relating to judicial and merits review, professional liability (including civil claims, regulatory proceedings, and insurance coverage), and health (including inquests and inquiries).…

Ryan Nattrass

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

Mr Ryan Nattrass is a barrister first called to the Queensland Bar in May 2022.

Ryan predominantly practises in commercial litigation, insurance, and administrative and public law. Ryan maintains a broad practice but has particular experience in matters relating to judicial and merits review, professional liability (including civil claims, regulatory proceedings, and insurance coverage), and health (including inquests and inquiries). He has appeared both led and unled in most federal and state courts and tribunals.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Ryan practised for nine years as a solicitor in national firms in Australia and the United Kingdom, and also as a financial lines claims manager for one of the world’s largest insurance intermediaries. Ryan has a collaborative and pragmatic approach to litigation.

In addition to private work, Ryan is a member of LawRight and the Caxton Legal Centre. Ryan is also a sessional academic at the QUT Law School.

Some of Ryan’s experience at the Bar and as a solicitor includes:

  • Appearing for a plaintiff in the Supreme Court of Queensland at an application to renew and take further steps in a proceeding that was stale for over five years.
  • Appearing for a medical practitioner at a novel application in the Supreme Court of Queensland about the preferred construction of section 27 of the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 and also to limit the number of expert witnesses to be called at trial.
  • Appearing for a hospital at three separate applications (heard together) in the District Court of Queensland, concerning the extension of limitation periods pursuant to s31 of the Limitation of Actions Act 1974.
  • Appearing for the adult in QCAT at an application for the appointment of a guardian and administrator under the Guardian and Administration Act 2000.
  • Acting for a health practitioner in the Health Service Investigation into obstetrics and gynaecology services at the Mackay Hospital and Health System.
  • Advising a company, and its director, in relation to potential prosecution for advertising breaches by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
  • Acting for a medical practitioner in the inquest into the death of Mason Jet Lee.
  • Successfully quashing an investigation report adverse to a medical practitioner by way of judicial review, concurrently with acting for that practitioner in a dispute under the Public Service Act 2008.
  • Acting for solicitors in fitness to practise investigations by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (UK).
  • Avoiding the statutory prosecution of a geomembrane specialist in relation to alleged offences under the Professional Engineers Act 2002.
  • Striking out a claim against a firm of solicitors for failing to register an equitable charge.
  • Defending a claim against a firm of auctioneers for breach of contract, misrepresentation, negligence, and breach of trade practices legislation, arising from the sale of a trio of bespoke, high-value shotguns.
Trudy

Trudy Naylor

Trudy was called to the Bar in 2017 after practising as a solicitor for over 19 years, 10 years of which she was a Partner at McCullough Robertson.  As a barrister, she continues to focus on her previous practice areas of insurance advisory and litigation, and wills and estate litigation. Trudy was a WorkCover Queensland panel lawyer for over 8…

Trudy

Trudy Naylor

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Trudy was called to the Bar in 2017 after practising as a solicitor for over 19 years, 10 years of which she was a Partner at McCullough Robertson.  As a barrister, she continues to focus on her previous practice areas of insurance advisory and litigation, and wills and estate litigation.

Trudy was a WorkCover Queensland panel lawyer for over 8 years and has also acted for a range of Australian and international insurers, insurance brokers, banks, financial planners and private clients.

Trudy advises on a broad range of insurance matters including directors’ and officers’ liability, professional indemnity, workers’ compensation, public and products liability, medical indemnity and indemnity disputes.

Trudy also has a particular interest in will, estate and trust litigation, including family provision applications and solemn form probate proceedings.  She advises and appears for individuals, charities, trustee companies, lawyers, accountants and financial advisers in this area.

Trudy has been recognised as Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Junior Counsel – Queensland (Recommended) every year since 2019.  Trudy was again recently recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a recommended Estate Litigation Junior Counsel in August 2023.

Angela Rae

Angela Rae

Angela Rae’s principal expertise is in commercial litigation and advisory work, as well as estate matters.  In particular, she practices in: company law disputes, including regulatory matters professional liability of directors and officers, particularly in financial advice insolvency (both corporate and personal) disputes involving partnerships and incorporated associations product liability (both manufacturers/suppliers and consumers) equity and trusts contract and real…

Angela Rae

Angela Rae

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Property Law

Overview

Angela Rae’s principal expertise is in commercial litigation and advisory work, as well as estate matters.  In particular, she practices in:

  • company law disputes, including regulatory matters
  • professional liability of directors and officers, particularly in financial advice
  • insolvency (both corporate and personal)
  • disputes involving partnerships and incorporated associations
  • product liability (both manufacturers/suppliers and consumers)
  • equity and trusts
  • contract and real property disputes

Angela acts for companies and individuals of all sizes, including liquidators, banks, directors & officers, regulators, manufacturers and family estates.

Recent matters include acting for the special purpose liquidators of Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd (including obtaining freezing orders for over $500M of assets); acting for the majority shareholder in a $6M oppression action; and acting for the Commonwealth in relation to the insolvency consequences of a terminated statutory scheme.

Angela also regularly acts in trust and estate matters, currently including a $6M estate with assets in Australia and Europe. Angela has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Junior Barrister – Queensland (Recommended) since 2019.  Most recently Angela has been ranked as Leading Estates Litigation Junior Counsel (Recommended) 2023 in Queensland and Australia-wide.

Angela has a professional interest in “plain language” drafting and is a member of Clarity International.  She has spoken internationally on topics such as drafting by committee and challenges with self-represented litigants. For several years she operated a consultancy assisting clients with writing clearer documents.

Additionally, Angela speaks Japanese fluently, completing part of her law studies at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and postgraduate research at the Australian National University.

Peter Sams

Peter was admitted to the profession in 2014 and called to the bar in 2020. He has a broad practice with a focus on commercial and civil matters. Prior to being called to the Bar, Peter worked in a boutique commercial litigation firm and in a national insurance litigation firm. He was also an Associate to the Honourable Justice Debra…

Peter Sams

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Property Law
  • Resources, Construction & Infrastructure Law

Overview

Peter was admitted to the profession in 2014 and called to the bar in 2020.

He has a broad practice with a focus on commercial and civil matters.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Peter worked in a boutique commercial litigation firm and in a national insurance litigation firm.

He was also an Associate to the Honourable Justice Debra A Mullins of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and was the research assistant to the Dean of the Griffith Law School.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Psychological Science

Giles Stapleton

Giles was called to the NSW Bar in October 2012 after a 20 year career in banking and commerce in Sydney and London, holding senior positions in Banking and Investment companies. Giles was previously called to the London Bar in 1994. He maintains chambers in QLD and NSW. Giles practices predominantly in Family Law and Property and Equity. In Family…

Giles Stapleton

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Property Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

Giles was called to the NSW Bar in October 2012 after a 20 year career in banking and commerce in Sydney and London, holding senior positions in Banking and Investment companies.

Giles was previously called to the London Bar in 1994.

He maintains chambers in QLD and NSW.

Giles practices predominantly in Family Law and Property and Equity. In Family Law cases he appears for clients in all types of property and parenting disputes.

He has extensive experience having appeared led and unled in in excess of 120 contested interim and final hearings since 2013.

He also has ever increasing appellate experience.

Giles also acts for clients in all aspects of commercial law in all jurisdictions, bringing his extensive commercial property, banking and finance experience to his advocacy practice for the significant benefit of his clients.

Other areas of law in which Giles accepts briefs include:

  • Commercial, Property and Equity disputes
  • Estate Law matters including Family Provision Applications
Ben Whitten

(Stephen) Benjamin Whitten

Ben holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (commercial law) and was first called to the private Bar in 1999 after practising for several years as a litigation lawyer with particular interests in resolving legal disputes involving the agribusiness, construction, engineering, and resource sectors.  Ben has a unique understanding of the Engineering Construction, Mining and Resources area…

Ben Whitten

(Stephen) Benjamin Whitten

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Property Law
  • Resources, Construction & Infrastructure Law

Overview

Ben holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (commercial law) and was first called to the private Bar in 1999 after practising for several years as a litigation lawyer with particular interests in resolving legal disputes involving the agribusiness, construction, engineering, and resource sectors.  Ben has a unique understanding of the Engineering Construction, Mining and Resources area having worked as a qualified electrical fitter mechanic with BHP prior to coming to the Bar.

Since coming to the Bar in 1999, Ben has developed a broad commercial and equity practice with a wealth of experience and particular expertise in the resolution of commercial litigation and insurance disputes, primarily involving construction and engineering disputes and related professional negligence matters, major project and infrastructure disputes, agribusiness and resources liability insurance and contract claims, directors liability and shareholder disputes, corporate insolvency, and property and estate disputes.

Ben has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Construction & Infrastructure Counsel – Queensland (2019 to 2024).

He is an active member of a number of relevant professional associations, including BDPS, CLA, ER Law, AILA and SoCLA, as well as being a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an interstate member of the Melbourne Technology Engineering and Construction Chambers (MTECC).

Ben is also an NMAS qualified mediator and holds chambers in both Brisbane and Melbourne.

Ben has particular experience in the following areas:

  • large scale infrastructure projects:
    • including Curtis Island (Gladstone LNG development), Brisbane City South State Secondary College, Sarina Hospital, Ferny Grove transport and retail centre project, sewage treatment plant for a remote school, Ipswich roads and related pipeline construction.

 

  • resource, agricultural and industrial projects, including:
    • commercial contract issues over the sale of a Bowen Basin coal mine, the construction of shipping berth and pier for LNG export, multiple underground drilling in Central and Western Queensland large scale cattle properties, hire and supply of agricultural plant and equipment, slab defects in large scale industrial sheds and workshops, and defect claims on high-rise cranes and other construction plant.

 

  • large scale commercial and residential construction projects including:
    • high rise office and apartment complexes, earthworks and subsidence in residential, commercial, and industrial property developments, multiple service stations in Queensland and Victoria.

 

  • significant commercial and related property litigation issues including:
    • easements disputes, access agreements for construction projects for cranes and rock anchors, road and private access issues for large scale commercial developments (appearing in the High Court).

 

  • statutory demands, winding up applications, preference claims, insolvent trading, uncommercial transactions, and proof of debt insolvency matters, both moderate and large involving many millions of dollars in dispute, acting for liquidators and administrators.

 

  • numerous estate administration and significant family provision applications.

 

  • defects and causation issues arising from large scale and catastrophic failures in the agricultural, construction, engineering, resources, and transport sectors and critical analysis and testing of architectural, engineering, building, quantity surveying, delay and programming, geotechnical, hydrological, accounting and historian expert evidence.

 

  • numerous matters involving the interpretation and application of Security of Payment legislation, Subcontractors Charges legislation and QBCC and related legislation.

 

  • proper interpretation and application of contested contracts of engagement, joint venture, supply, security and credit in the agricultural, construction, engineering, resource and transport sectors.

 

  • conducting (often leading junior barristers) complex and large-scale multi-party litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes including settling pleadings, settling lay and expert evidence, appearing on contested applications, trials and appeals in the Queensland Court of Appeal.

 

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