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Hemmant’s List provides a single point of contact to identify the right mediator for your needs. Select from a diverse list of counsel, with a wide range of experience, expertise and cost.

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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

  • Equity
  • Family Provision
  • Mediator
  • Succession
  • Superannuation
  • Trusts
  • Wills & Probate

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:

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

Judy Brien

Judy Brien

Judy was admitted to practice as a barrister and commenced at the private Queensland Bar based in Brisbane in January 2003. Prior to this she practised as a solicitor in Brisbane from the mid 1990’s. In addition Judy is a Nationally Accredited mediator. Judy’s practice is diverse. It spans a broad range of areas including planning and environment, judicial review,…

Judy Brien

Judy Brien

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Agribusiness Law
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Government
  • Infrastructure
  • Land Court
  • Mediator
  • Native Title Law
  • Planning & Environment Law
  • Torts (other than personal injuries)

Overview

Judy was admitted to practice as a barrister and commenced at the private Queensland Bar based in Brisbane in January 2003. Prior to this she practised as a solicitor in Brisbane from the mid 1990’s. In addition Judy is a Nationally Accredited mediator.

Judy’s practice is diverse. It spans a broad range of areas including planning and environment, judicial review, mining, environmental authorities and enforcement, native title, local government, determination of compensation for land, infrastructure and general litigation.

She has advised or acted in proceedings for and against the Commonwealth and State of Queensland, Ministers and related entities, various local governments, indigenous representative bodies, companies and private individuals.

During her time at the bar Judy has appeared in the High Court (special leave), Full Federal Court, Federal Court, Queensland Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland, District Court, Planning and Environment Court, Land Court, both in the Queensland and Grantham Flood Commissions of Inquiry and the Magistrates Court.

A significant number of matters have proceeded to full hearing with decisions published on the relevant court websites, a list of which can be seen by accessing the link to Judy’s CV, located on this page.

Brett Charrington

Brett Charrington QC

Brett Charrington QC has been in private practice at the Queensland Bar since April 1996. After initially conducting a diverse practice that included commercial, family, tort and criminal law, he has specialized in common law/personal injury litigation since 2000.  His particular areas of specialty include dust disease litigation, institutional child abuse litigation and assault cases involving state employees such as…

Brett Charrington

Brett Charrington QC

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Insurance
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Torts (other than personal injuries)
  • Workcover

Overview

Brett Charrington QC has been in private practice at the Queensland Bar since April 1996. After initially conducting a diverse practice that included commercial, family, tort and criminal law, he has specialized in common law/personal injury litigation since 2000.  His particular areas of specialty include dust disease litigation, institutional child abuse litigation and assault cases involving state employees such as prison officers, hospital workers and police officers.

Brett regularly conducts trials and contested applications in the Supreme and District Courts and appeals in the Court of Appeal. He has appeared in the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Victoria and in two Commissions of Inquiry/Royal Commissions (Equine Influenza 2007/2008 and Aged Care 2019).

Brett has been listed by Doyle’s Guide as Preeminent Junior Counsel in insurance litigation in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Stephen Colditz

Stephen is a specialist advocate in the areas of insolvency law, commercial litigation and arbitrations, and administrative law. He is a trusted advisor to small and medium enterprises and their solicitors. In insolvency law, his experience covers: statutory demand and winding up applications (notably SGR Pastoral Ltd v Christensen [2019] 2 QR 334); public examinations, recovery proceedings, and applications for…

Stephen Colditz

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Corporations
  • Equity
  • Guarantees
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • International/Conflicts of Law
  • Mediator
  • Partnerships
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Securities
  • Trusts

Overview

Stephen is a specialist advocate in the areas of insolvency law, commercial litigation and arbitrations, and administrative law.

He is a trusted advisor to small and medium enterprises and their solicitors.

In insolvency law, his experience covers:

  • statutory demand and winding up applications (notably SGR Pastoral Ltd v Christensen [2019] 2 QR 334);
  • public examinations, recovery proceedings, and applications for directions under the Insolvency Practice Schedule (Corporations); and
  • disputes concerning different entities to which insolvency practitioners are appointed within trust, partnership, and corporate group structures (notably Eltanba Pty Ltd & Anor v Flexitel Pty Ltd & Ors and its related proceedings, including Supreme Court of Queensland proceedings 2267/2011 and 12931/17).

In commercial litigation and arbitrations, his experience features:

  • proceedings to set aside arbitral awards concerning the construction of a CSG pipeline system (Mitchel Water Australia Pty Ltd v McConnell Dowell Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd, Supreme Court of Queensland proceedings 7092/2018 and 6270/2018);
  • appearing for Woolworths Ltd and a subsidiary in a construction contract dispute concerning Woolworth’s distribution centre at Larapinta, one of the largest industrial facilities in Queensland (Nalos Pty Ltd & Anor v Robert Bird Group Pty Ltd & Ors, Supreme Court of Queensland proceeding 11451/12;
  • the suite of contract and arbitration-related proceedings between BMD Holdings Pty Ltd and Mio Art Pty Ltd and their related parties concerning the development of a master planned community at Mango Hill (see [2018] 1 Qd R 245; [2018] QCA 39; [2018] QSC 31; [2018] FCA 399; and [2019] FCA 490); and
  • resisting the referral of a construction dispute to arbitration (One Sector Pty Ltd v Panel Concepts Pty Ltd [2021] QDC 54).

In administrative law, his experience features:

  • urgent applications to stay the operation of government decisions (notably TRAC Construction (Qld) Pty Ltd v Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Supreme Court of Queensland proceeding 1670/16), a topic on which he presented a paper at the Australian Institute of Administrative Law’s 2016 national conference;
  • successful appeals (recently, Acuna Plaza v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs (No 2) [2019] FCA 424);
  • ongoing retainers to provide regulatory compliance opinions to well-known companies in the healthcare sector; and
  • inquests involving the responsibilities of Queensland Health and Queensland Police Service.

Stephen is an accredited mediator.

Prior to his call to the independent bar in 2014, Stephen practiced at the firms Tucker & Cowen (now Cowen Schwarz Marshke Lawyers), Minter Ellison, and Shearman & Sterling LLP.

 

Geoff Diehm QC

Geoffrey Diehm QC

Geoffrey Diehm QC 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…

Geoff Diehm QC

Geoffrey Diehm QC

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition & Consumer Law
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Family Provision
  • Government
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Land Court
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Succession
  • Torts (other than personal injuries)
  • Wills & Probate
  • Workcover

Overview

Geoffrey Diehm QC 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.

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas QC

Richard specialises in insurance, common law and statutory liability, commercial law, real property and confiscation of criminal profits. He is a nationally accredited mediator and has mediated over 700 disputes in all spheres of the law. He has been in private practice as a barrister in Brisbane since 1982 and took silk in 1998. He has appeared in many leading…

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas QC

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition & Consumer Law
  • Confiscation of Profits
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Employment & Industrial
  • Equity
  • Government
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Personal Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Sport
  • Torts (other than personal injuries)
  • Total Permanent Disability Claims
  • Trusts
  • Workcover

Overview

Richard specialises in insurance, common law and statutory liability, commercial law, real property and confiscation of criminal profits. He is a nationally accredited mediator and has mediated over 700 disputes in all spheres of the law.

He has been in private practice as a barrister in Brisbane since 1982 and took silk in 1998.

He has appeared in many leading cases construing the pre-procedural and civil liability legislation of Queensland and was co-Senior Counsel assisting the Queensland Public Hospitals Commission of Inquiry conducted by the Honourable Geoffrey Davies AO.

Richard is Chair of the Bar Association of Queensland’s General Litigation Committee. From 2009 to 2011, he was President of the Bar Association of Queensland, a Director of the Law Council of Australia and Member of the Board of the Australian Bar Association. Prior appointments also include Chair of a stakeholder reference group appointed by the Queensland Attorney General, which reported to the Queensland Government as to options available to homogenise Queensland pre-proceeding personal injury process regimes.

Richard is a joint author of Annotated Civil Liability Legislation Queensland published by LexisNexis and a joint author of and principal contributor to Civil Liability Australia, a national loose-leaf and electronic LexisNexis service, each addressing the Ipp legislation in the states and territories. He is also a member of the editorial board and contributor to the Civil Liability newsletter, also published by LexisNexis.

In 2014, the Australian Insurance Law Association awarded Richard its annual Insurance Law Prize.

Adrian Duffy

Adrian Duffy QC

Adrian commenced practice as a barrister in Brisbane in 1997, having practised for 14 plus years as a solicitor, including as a partner in one of the prominent firms in Brisbane. His practice extends to a broad range of commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, including admiralty, transport, maritime and aviation law, industrial and employment law, commercial and professional indemnity insurance,…

Adrian Duffy

Adrian Duffy QC

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Arbitrator
  • Aviation
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition & Consumer Law
  • Employment & Industrial
  • Energy, Resources & Mining Law
  • Expert Determination/Arbitration
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • Maritime
  • Mediator
  • Native Title Law
  • Professional Negligence

Overview

Adrian commenced practice as a barrister in Brisbane in 1997, having practised for 14 plus years as a solicitor, including as a partner in one of the prominent firms in Brisbane.

His practice extends to a broad range of commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, including admiralty, transport, maritime and aviation law, industrial and employment law, commercial and professional indemnity insurance, engineering and construction, mining and resources, native title, trade practices and commercial contracts.

Adrian has a particular focus on Marine, Aviation and Transport Arbitrations and is a Arbitrator Panel Member with:

The Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand; and

The Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre.

Adrian is also a Member of The International Council for Commercial Arbitration and a Supporting Member of The London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

He has served on and chaired many professional committees and delivered a number of papers on a variety of areas of law. He is presently a member of the Professional Conduct Committee and International Law Committee of the Queensland Bar.

Adrian has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a:

Leading Transport Barrister (Australia) – 2022, 2021, 2020, 2016;

Employment & WHS Barrister (Queensland) – 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2016;

Leading Native Title Barrister (Australia) – 2017.

 

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 and Public Law
  • Agribusiness Law
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Equity
  • Family Law
  • Family Provision
  • Insurance
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Succession
  • Torts (other than personal injuries)
  • Wills & Probate

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.

 

Claire Grant

Claire Grant

Claire Grant has practiced exclusively in criminal law since her admission in 2007. Claire commenced her career with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and moved to the bar in 2011. Claire has defended many complex criminal trials throughout Queensland in both the Supreme and District Courts. Claire has appeared both as lead counsel and junior counsel in…

Claire Grant

Claire Grant

Areas of Practice

  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Crime
  • Mediator
  • Regulatory Tribunals

Overview

Claire Grant has practiced exclusively in criminal law since her admission in 2007. Claire commenced her career with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and moved to the bar in 2011.

Claire has defended many complex criminal trials throughout Queensland in both the Supreme and District Courts. Claire has appeared both as lead counsel and junior counsel in the Court of Appeal and as junior counsel in the High Court of Australia on criminal appeals.

In addition to briefs in crime, Claire accepts briefs in inquests and inquiries, regulatory prosecutions both for the prosecution and defence, and in domestic violence hearings.

Claire has recently been appointed to Legal Aid Queensland’s Complex Criminal Case Barrister Panel.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Criminal Law
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Regulatory Prosecutions
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mediator

 

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Peter Hastie QC

Peter Hastie specialises in litigation, alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation and expert determination) and advice work which has a commercial flavour  particularly in the areas of  administrative law, building and construction, competition and consumer law, constitutional law, contract, corporations law,  insolvency,  intellectual property law, mining law,  partnership, professional liability, insolvency, real property , restraints of trade, securities and torts. Peter…

Peter Hastie 1

Peter Hastie QC

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition & Consumer Law
  • Constitutional
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Corporations
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Energy, Resources & Mining Law
  • Equity
  • Expert Determination/Arbitration
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International/Conflicts of Law
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Partnerships
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Torts (other than personal injuries)
  • Trusts

Overview

Peter Hastie specialises in litigation, alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation and expert determination) and advice work which has a commercial flavour  particularly in the areas of  administrative law, building and construction, competition and consumer law, constitutional law, contract, corporations law,  insolvency,  intellectual property law, mining law,  partnership, professional liability, insolvency, real property , restraints of trade, securities and torts.

Peter commenced practice as a barrister based in Brisbane in 1986 and took silk in 2013. Peter mainly practices in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the Federal Court of Australia  and is admitted and has practiced in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and South Australia.

Peter has a Bachelor of Arts (political science), Bachelor of Laws, and Master of Laws from the University of Queensland. He also has a Dispute Resolution Certificate from Bond University.

 

Kevin Holyoak

Kevin Holyoak

Kevin has a practice which has a strong focus on insurance work and all allied areas including statutory and equitable issues. He has been in private practice as a barrister in Brisbane since 1991. Areas of practice in which Kevin is briefed also include: APPELLATE AGRIBUSINESS MEDIATORS COMMERCIAL CORONIAL INQUESTS & COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY PERSONAL INJURIES PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE REGULATORY TRIBUNALS…

Kevin Holyoak

Kevin Holyoak

Areas of Practice

  • Agribusiness Law
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Employment & Industrial
  • Equal Opportunity & Discrimination
  • Insurance
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Personal Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Sport
  • Superannuation
  • Torts (other than personal injuries)
  • Total Permanent Disability Claims
  • Workcover

Overview

Kevin has a practice which has a strong focus on insurance work and all allied areas including statutory and equitable issues. He has been in private practice as a barrister in Brisbane since 1991.

Areas of practice in which Kevin is briefed also include:

  • APPELLATE
  • AGRIBUSINESS
  • MEDIATORS
  • COMMERCIAL
  • CORONIAL INQUESTS & COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY
  • PERSONAL INJURIES
  • PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE
  • REGULATORY TRIBUNALS
  • INSURANCE
  • WORKCOVER
  • EMPLOYMENT & INDUSTRIAL
  • SUPERANNUATION
  • TOTAL PERMANENT DISABILITY CLAIMS
  • CONTRACT
  • MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE
  • SPORTS LAW
  • OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY
  • PRODUCT LIABILITY
  • TORTS (OTHER THAN PERSONAL INJURIES)
  • VETERANS’ ENTITLEMENTS
  • EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & DISCRIMINATION

Kevin is briefed by a number of law firms that act for commercial insurers and also is briefed by Crown Law.

Kevin’s practice also includes advising local government bodies (LGM Queensland).

Kevin has acted as a mediator in a wide range of matters.

He also regularly appears in all Queensland Courts.

Kevin has an interest in veterans entitlements and is interested in developing his practice in that respect also.

Jessica B and W

Jessica McClymont

Jessica has over three decades of experience in insurance litigation with particular specialty in personal injuries litigation. She commenced practice as a barrister in Brisbane in 2005. Jessica represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and is a panel barrister for various CTP and general insurers, the Workers’ Compensation Regulatory Authority, WorkCover Queensland, Crown Law and a number of self-insurers. She regularly…

Jessica B and W

Jessica McClymont

Areas of Practice

  • Competition & Consumer Law
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Employment & Industrial
  • Family Provision
  • Insurance
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Personal Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Torts (other than personal injuries)
  • Total Permanent Disability Claims
  • Wills & Probate
  • Workcover

Overview

Jessica has over three decades of experience in insurance litigation with particular specialty in personal injuries litigation. She commenced practice as a barrister in Brisbane in 2005.

Jessica represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and is a panel barrister for various CTP and general insurers, the Workers’ Compensation Regulatory Authority, WorkCover Queensland, Crown Law and a number of self-insurers. She regularly appears in all Queensland courts, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and coronial inquests.

Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Jessica undertook five-year articles of clerkship, and held the position of senior associate with prominent litigation firms MurphySchmidt Solicitors and Jensen McConaghy Solicitors. She was a Queensland Law Society accredited specialist in personal injuries law.

Jessica also practices in estate litigation, industrial disputes and professional negligence.

Jessica is a nationally accredited mediator. Though mediations are commonly conducted during litigation, Jessica’s experience in employment and industrial law provides her with the skills to undertake mediation in the context of workplace and other disputes, with a view to avoiding litigation.

Jessica is consistently recognised in Doyle’s Guide:

  • Professional Indemnity Junior Counsel (Queensland) – 2021 (Leading) and 2020 (Leading)
  • Insurance and Personal Injuries Junior Counsel (Queensland) – 2021 (Pre-eminent) and 2020 (Pre-eminent)
  • Insurance Junior Counsel (Queensland) – 2019 (Pre-eminent) and 2018 (Pre-eminent) and Insurance Barrister (Queensland) – 2017 (Preeminent)
Kelly McIntyre

Kelly McIntyre

Kelly is a Barrister and Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS) with broad public law and commercial law experience. Kelly also has attained Member status with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She practices primarily in the areas of energy, resources and environmental law; administrative law; corporate and commercial law; building and construction law; and personal injuries.  Kelly has a particular interest in…

Kelly McIntyre

Kelly McIntyre

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Arbitrator
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract
  • Corporations
  • Energy, Resources & Mining Law
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • Land Court
  • Maritime
  • Mediator
  • Native Title Law
  • Personal Injuries
  • Planning & Environment Law
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law

Overview

Kelly is a Barrister and Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS) with broad public law and commercial law experience.

Kelly also has attained Member status with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

She practices primarily in the areas of energy, resources and environmental law; administrative law; corporate and commercial law; building and construction law; and personal injuries.  Kelly has a particular interest in Arbitration (both International and Domestic).

Prior to her commencing practice as a barrister in Brisbane, Kelly worked in the building and construction team at a well-respected Queensland firm before moving to the energy and resource sections of two national firms.  She has also held a role as in-house legal counsel for a major railway turnkey provider.

Her experience covers both front-end and back-end work, having been involved in every aspect of resource and infrastructure project development from the proposal stage through to funding, development, production, completion and rehabilitation. She has had involvement with contentious and non-contentious carriage matters and advising on continental sea bed issues relating to pipeline construction and off-shore sustainable energy projects. Kelly has also been involved in a number of product liability class actions.

Kelly has a developing insurance and personal injury practice.

She holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Commerce; and a Masters of International Trade Law (Maritime).

She is on the editorial panel of the LexisNexis Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Bulletin and holds a statutory appointment as a General Referee on the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committee, hearing appeals in respect of the Building Act and the Sustainable Planning Act.

Kelly regularly speaks at conferences and events across Queensland on topics relating to her areas of practice.

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Kathryn McMillan QC

Kathryn was called to the Bar in 1987 and was appointed Silk in 2006. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. Kathryn is a specialist in personal injuries (particularly cases concerning complex medical evidence), public law, disciplinary matters, discrimination proceedings together with a long-established practice in family law and child protection proceedings. Commonwealth and State…

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Kathryn McMillan QC

Areas of Practice

  • Abuse Law
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Arbitrator
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Equal Opportunity & Discrimination
  • Expert Determination/Arbitration
  • Family Law
  • Government
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Professional Negligence
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Taxation Law

Overview

Kathryn was called to the Bar in 1987 and was appointed Silk in 2006. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Queensland.

Kathryn is a specialist in personal injuries (particularly cases concerning complex medical evidence), public law, disciplinary matters, discrimination proceedings together with a long-established practice in family law and child protection proceedings. Commonwealth and State Governments, as well as health authorities regularly ask Kathryn to provide urgent advice on complex legal issues concerning children, medical ethics and potential claims. In 2014, she worked with Crown Law’s constitutional unit to provide advice to Dame Quentin Bryce’s Domestic Violence taskforce on various legal issues.

Kathryn has appeared in all Queensland Courts, and in the Federal Court, in relation to medical negligence claims and for health authorities in the parens patriae jurisdiction.  She also regularly appears in QCAT in a number of areas including medical practitioners and other allied health professionals who have disciplinary proceedings commenced against them. Her practice in QCAT also encompasses civil & human rights/ discrimination and adult guardianship. Kathryn has appeared in many seminal cases in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, particularly complex cases concerning Domestic & Family Violence and Hague Convention issues. She also has familiarity with s 222 appeals from the Magistrates Court and has appeared many times in the Children’s Court.

Kathryn is a qualified Family Law Arbitrator under Reg 67B of the Family Law Act 1975 and is an accredited mediator. Kathryn regularly acts as a mediator in her key areas of expertise as well as acting for parties.

She has acted in 4 Royal Commissions/Commissions of Inquiry: the Public Hospitals Commission of Inquiry (as Counsel for the Medical Board), the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (as Senior Counsel Assisting), the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry (as lead Counsel for a health authority) and the Royal Commission into Institutional Sex Abuse (as Queen’s Counsel for the State of Queensland).

Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts (German) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Queensland together with a Master’s Degree in Law (BioEthics) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Kathryn holds a number of Ministerial appointments, including to: the Child Death Case Review Panel and the Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Council. She has previously served on the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, the Psychologists Tribunal and the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

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

  • Leading Family Law Senior Counsel (Australia): 2018
  • Leading Family Law Senior Counsel (Queensland): 2012, 2014, 2015. 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Leading Parenting and Children Matters Senior Counsel (Queensland): 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Kathryn was voted 2019 Barrister of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

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

  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract
  • Corporations
  • Equity
  • Family Provision
  • Government
  • Health
  • Infrastructure
  • Mediator
  • Property Law
  • Succession
  • Trusts
  • Wills & Probate

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) 2019 and 2020.  Most recently Angela has been ranked as Leading Estates Litigation Junior Counsel (Recommended) 2021 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.

David Schneidewin

David Schneidewin commenced private practice as a barrister in Brisbane in 2003. Prior to that he was a solicitor for 8 years and a partner of a leading boutique insurance practice in Brisbane. He holds an LLB from the University of Queensland. He practices predominately in health law (litigation, regulatory and advisory), general insurance (including other professional indemnity matters) and has…

David Schneidewin

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Equity
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Total Permanent Disability Claims
  • Workcover

Overview

David Schneidewin commenced private practice as a barrister in Brisbane in 2003.

Prior to that he was a solicitor for 8 years and a partner of a leading boutique insurance practice in Brisbane.

He holds an LLB from the University of Queensland.

He practices predominately in health law (litigation, regulatory and advisory), general insurance (including other professional indemnity matters) and has a comprehensive background in all personal injuries litigation. He also practices in administrative law.

He regularly and usually appears without leaders in the State District and Supreme Courts as well as the Coroners Court and other tribunals (QCAT).

In the health law area he has comprehensive experience in representing hospitals (including public and private hospitals throughout the State , as well as an international hospital), medical practitioners (general and specialists) on instructions through most medical defence organisations (MDOs), nursing homes and community nursing organisations, as well as other health care providers (for example radiologists) and allied health care providers (including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, pharmacists and paramedics) in a variety of civil proceedings, administrative proceedings including disciplinary proceedings (QCAT), as well as at coronial inquests.

David has significant experience in cases investigating the causes of and contributing factors to incidents of Stroke.

In the general insurance area, he has consistently maintained a solid practice acting for a variety of private insurers in public liability and professional indemnity matters. His general insurance practice also has a particular focus on matters involving local government and public authorities.

He is experienced in trial advocacy and appellate advocacy and regularly appears at mediations.

He has also acted as mediator in health law and general insurance matters.

Rebecca Treston QC

Rebecca Treston QC

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from QUT which she attained in 1989. Rebecca worked as a solicitor for 5 years before being called to the Bar in 1996. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013. In 2017 she was elected Vice President of the Bar Association of Queensland and in November 2018 became the first female President of…

Rebecca Treston QC

Rebecca Treston QC

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Equity
  • Family Provision
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Professional Negligence
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Succession
  • Superannuation
  • Torts (other than personal injuries)
  • Trusts
  • Wills & Probate
  • Workcover

Overview

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from QUT which she attained in 1989.

Rebecca worked as a solicitor for 5 years before being called to the Bar in 1996. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013.

In 2017 she was elected Vice President of the Bar Association of Queensland and in November 2018 became the first female President of the Bar Association of Queensland.

Rebecca’s practice is principally in the area of commercial litigation which covers diverse areas including:

  • Insurance;
  • Trusts and Estates (including some superannuation);
  • Professional Indemnity;
  • General Commercial.

Rebecca’s practice includes acting as an Arbitrator (recently in a matter involving a franchise dispute for a large franchise operation), and appearing for the ATO in the full Federal Court in the matter of Harding v Commissioner of Taxation [2019] FCAFC 29.

Rebecca has been named by Doyle’s Guide on numerous occasions:

  • in 2016 as the only pre-eminent silk in Queensland in Estate Litigation,
  • in 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 as the only the Market Leader in Queensland in Estate Litigation, and
  • in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 & 2017 as pre-eminent Australia-wide in Estate Litigation.

Rebecca was again recognised in Doyle’s Guide as an Estate Litigation Market Leading Senior Counsel for 2021 in Queensland and Australia-wide.

She also continues to appear in Doyle’s guide for her practice in insurance litigation and mediation.

While Rebecca specialises in equity, trusts and estates, she enjoys a broad commercial and insurance practice.

Ben Whitten

Stephen (Benjamin) Whitten

With a background in electrical and mechanical construction and operations in the resources and energy sector, Ben was first admitted as a legal practitioner in 1994 after completing five-year Articles training whilst working full time in legal practice. After a further five years as a solicitor involved in a wide variety of commercial and insurance litigation, Ben was first called…

Ben Whitten

Stephen (Benjamin) Whitten

Areas of Practice

  • Agribusiness Law
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract
  • Corporations
  • Energy, Resources & Mining Law
  • Expert Determination/Arbitration
  • Information Technology & Communication
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • Mediator

Overview

With a background in electrical and mechanical construction and operations in the resources and energy sector, Ben was first admitted as a legal practitioner in 1994 after completing five-year Articles training whilst working full time in legal practice.

After a further five years as a solicitor involved in a wide variety of commercial and insurance litigation, Ben was first called to the Brisbane Bar in Queensland in 1999.

Since then, Ben has a developed a busy practice at the Bar providing down to earth, accurate and commercially practical advice, advocacy.  He works collaboratively with instructing lawyers and clients in a variety of commercial and insurance litigation with special interests involving legal issues in:

  • agribusiness;
  • body corporate disputes;
  • construction & engineering;
  • contract;
  • corporations;
  • energy & resources sectors;
  • infrastructure and property development; and
  • technology.

Ben’s practice includes representing medium to large scale construction companies, resource companies, insolvency practitioners, SME’s in State and Federal courts and tribunals, as well as in many mediations and other ADR processes.  Ben has a particular interest in Arbitrations.

Ben has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel – Queensland in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Ben is a Fellow and current Director of the Commerical Law Association of Australia (CLA) and the founding Chairman of the current Queensland State Committee of the CLA.

Ben is also an active member of a number of relevant professional associations including AILA, ER Law, ARITA, BDPS, CIArb and SoCLA.

 

Lisa Willson

Lisa Willson

Lisa Willson started at the private Bar in February 2008. Lisa is formally qualified in the area of health and safety having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Health and Safety). Prior to going to the Bar, Lisa was employed as a Senior Consultant with Aussafe Consulting Pty Ltd. Since joining the private Bar, her interests have included the…

Lisa Willson

Lisa Willson

Areas of Practice

  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Employment & Industrial
  • Equal Opportunity & Discrimination
  • Mediator
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Personal Injuries
  • Workcover

Overview

Lisa Willson started at the private Bar in February 2008. Lisa is formally qualified in the area of health and safety having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Health and Safety). Prior to going to the Bar, Lisa was employed as a Senior Consultant with Aussafe Consulting Pty Ltd.

Since joining the private Bar, her interests have included the areas of industrial and personal injury law. She has been an author of the LexisNexis: “National Work Health and Safety Law” publication for many years.

Lisa is a current Counsel Panel member for the Workers’ Compensation Regulator in QIRC matters and a previous Counsel Panel member of WorkCover Queensland.

Lisa is a Nationally Accredited Mediator, through the Resolution Institute. She also holds a casual appointment as a Mediatior for the Dispute Resolution Branch with the Department of Justice and Attorney General (Qld).

In 2018 – 2019, Lisa was appointed as an “Official Visitor (Legal)” with the Department of Corrections (Qld). In this role, she independently reviewed Consecutive Safety Orders (CSO), and Maximum Security Orders (MSO) and well as complaints from prisoners across the correctional centres in south east Queensland.

Lisa is also a member of the professional advisory panel at University of Queensland for the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science Program and has the honorary position of Adjunct Associate Professor within the school.

Melinda Zerner

Melinda is an experienced barrister, advocate and dispute resolution expert. Melinda was called to the private Bar in 2011. She holds tertiary qualifications in law, nursing, and education. Her areas of interest and legal expertise extend to mediations, coronial inquests, personal injuries, in particular medical negligence, and commissions of inquiry. Melinda is regularly briefed to appear in medical and non-medical…

Melinda Zerner

Areas of Practice

  • Coronial Inquests & Inquiries
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Health
  • Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Regulatory Tribunals

Overview

Melinda is an experienced barrister, advocate and dispute resolution expert.

Melinda was called to the private Bar in 2011. She holds tertiary qualifications in law, nursing, and education.

Her areas of interest and legal expertise extend to mediations, coronial inquests, personal injuries, in particular medical negligence, and commissions of inquiry.

Melinda is regularly briefed to appear in medical and non-medical inquests.  In total, Melinda has appeared in over 40 inquests, many being high-profile inquests attracting significant media attention. She has proven capabilities in the jurisdiction, acting either as Counsel Assisting the Coroner/State Coroner, or in representing a party granted leave to appear at inquest.

In 2020/2021 she acted as one of the Junior Counsel Assisting in the Commonwealth Disability Royal Commission.

Melinda’s civil practice is in medical negligence and public liability insurance. She is regularly briefed by medico legal insurers and general.

Melinda has been recognised in Doyles Guide as:

Prior to being called to the Bar, Melinda worked:

  • as a solicitor in the professional indemnity group at a large Brisbane law firm (running complicated civil litigation predominantly representing engineers and architects);
  • as in-house legal counsel for the Department of Community Safety gaining experience in a range of commercial, personal injury and coronial inquest matters. Whilst working for the Department, Melinda was awarded an Australia Day Achievement Medallion for the provision of exceptional legal services.
  • as a nursing clinician, educator and nurse manager during a 17-year successful nursing career.

Melinda combines her medical and legal experience and expertise with empathy to assist not only her clients, but all parties, in achieving meaningful resolution of their cases. Melinda is recognised as providing an excellent service founded on strong client relationships and respect for opposing parties and their representatives.

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