2017 QLS Council Election Results
Queensland Law Society would like to thank all members who participated in the 2017 Council election. The 2017 election resulted in a great response from members with more than 27% of members voting.
The newly elected QLS Council take office on 1 January 2018 and includes the following members:
Ken is a director of Purcell Taylor in Townsville having been admitted in 1989.
Ken is a current serving Councillor on the QLS having commenced in 2014. Ken is also a current member of the TDLA and the ALA, holds specialist accreditation in personal injuries law and he is a member of the S.193A Workers Compensation Review Panel.
He was awarded life membership with the Townsville CLC and is a director of Mater Health NQ. Ken supports the maintenance of high professional and ethical standards in the profession and the promotion of the value of solicitors to the general community. He recognises the challenges that are facing QLS members across Queensland.
Ken is focused on the service that QLS can offer its members as being central to the growth of the organisation and to the QLS remaining relevant to all of its members in rapidly changing and challenging times.
A proven energetic leader of the profession, with a strong history of achievement for QLS members.
As the 2016 President I travelled throughout Queensland speaking for and to our members and can claim to have given persuasive voice to the aspirations of members for good law good lawyers for the good of the community.
I stood on a publicly declared platform, as a dynamic team with Christine Smyth through 2016-2017,and transformed QLS as the peak legal body in Queensland. I can proudly claim to have achieved successes in advocacy, reductions in insurance premiums and invigorated our engagement with government. But there is unfinished business. So why would we do it again? The QLS needs continuity solidifying the successes and building on them.
I have the drive, energy and skill set to reach across all practice types to ensure the progress of the QLS as a dynamic and respected membership organisation.
Christopher was admitted to practice in 1979. Previously a partner in Clayton Utz and now practices on his own account as Lexon Legal.
As a member of Council his commitment has been to the continued development of the practice of law as a financially viable and sustainable business.
- Vice President appointed August 2017 Member of Council since 2014
- Chair - Governance Committee
- Committee Memberships:
- Finance and Risk
- Fidelity Fund
- Director Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd (2005 - 2015)
- Director Specialist Accreditation Board
- Director Australian Insurance Law Association
- President Medico Legal Society
Community and Academic roles:
- Director - Incorporated Council of Law Reporting
- Chair - Professional Indemnity Committee for LawAsia
- Deputy Chair - QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
- Director - QPharm Pty Ltd
- Sessional Member - QCAT/CCT 2004 - 2011
- Member - Australian Health Ethics Committee
- Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Queensland 1999 - 2006
- Graduate - Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Ordinary member of Council
I am the Director/Principal Solicitor at the Prisoners Legal Service Inc.
I believe that I can bring to the Council the voice of a person with new ideas to assist the QLS to meet the challenges it faces over the next two years and to give voice to those members who may feel that are not being heard. In particular, I seek to be a voice to acknowledge the tireless work of CLC's and the unheralded pro bono work undertaken by QLS members (for CLCs and the wider general community).
Having been a member of the QLS for over 25 years I have been able to observe with pride the growth of the QLS as a vital and influential voice for the solicitors of Queensland. I am seeking the opportunity to give something back to the legal profession and would be honored to be member of the next QLS Council.
Paul is a Principal and Practice Chairman of McInnes Wilson Lawyers Pty Ltd. He is a present Councillor of 7 years standing and seeks re-election. He is a member of the Finance & Risk Committee of the QLS. Paul is keen to promote and support the profession and has been integral to the reduction of insurance premiums,increased access to services and the promotion of good law. Paul is a personal injuries accredited specialist and 30 years of practical experience is the foundation for the QLS to support a pragmatic approach to the continuation of common law rights for the injured.
Outside of law, Paul has an interest in horse racing, rugby league and rugby union, being Chairman of the Qld Rugby Union Judicial Committee. Paul is the Acting Chairman of the Prostitution Licensing Authority.
Practising as a solicitor since 2006, I have worked across commercial litigation, retail leasing, insurance and personal injuries. I have worked within large practices, in-house for a Queensland insurer and had fantastic opportunities to work across regional areas. I have worked as an elected Councillor during the 2016 and 2017 years, gaining experience across a variety of committees and building a better understanding of what issues face our profession now and what risk areas there are into the future. Our profession is ever evolving and it is important to ensure that our good community standing is upheld and that we continue to advocate for evidence based, good law.
I am an Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) and also practise in Succession law. I am Deputy Chair of QLS’s Tort Law/Accident Compensation Committee, and have served on the Practice Management Committee and Personal Injuries Conference Committee.
I seek election to contribute through advocating for the profession and the public in all areas of practice. I am committed to maintaining common law rights, fully funded statutory compensation schemes and unfettered Estate litigation.
I have 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.
I am committed to serving the profession.
Outside the law I 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.
Michael Brennan is a current QLS Councillor who is passionate about supporting and guiding the industry through the many challenges which it is currently facing.
Michael is not afraid to challenge the status quo and is dedicated to advocating for and on behalf of members to ensure the highest ethical and professional conduct within the Queensland legal profession.
Michael is Managing Principal of Offermans Partners. With offices in Brisbane and across regional Queensland, Michael has a unique understanding of the profession across the State.
Admitted in 1999, Michael practiced in commercial law before becoming an insolvency practitioner. In addition to maintaining his Practising Certificate, Michael is a Liquidator and Bankruptcy Trustee.
Michael sits on the Queensland Insolvency Committee of the Law Society and is the Deputy Chair of the Queensland Committee of ARITA, the nation’s peak insolvency body. He is a Past President of the TDLA.
My career has seen me become Managing Partner of an established firm (at 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. My service of the community and profession includes: two terms as President of the SCLA; life member of Sunshine Coast Legal Service; Human Research Ethics Committee of USC; QLS Personal Injuries Specialist Accreditation Committee and Accident Compensation Committee, speaker at dozens of conferences for QLS, LexisNexis, Law Associations and the ALA; serving on committees of numerous charities including Wishlist, SunnyKids, Coast to Bay Housing, Cystic Fibrosis Qld and others; Board Member Sunshine Coast Turf Club and Matthew Flinders Anglican College (Deputy Chair); more recently successfully completing Australian Institute of Company Director's course and Harvard Business School "Leading Professional Service Firms".
Since admission, I have practised both in private practice and the community legal sector in family law and elder law. I have been Chair of the QLS Elder Law Committee since 2014 and have been extensively involved in advocating to government for legislative change in elder law and guardianship issues. Since 2015 I have been working with law students from the University of the Sunshine Coast at Suncoast Community Legal Service in a practical legal clinic where we assist and represent vulnerable clients in courts and tribunals in the areas of domestic violence, family law and minor civil law. Currently, I am tutoring equity and trusts at QUT and have partnered with QUT law school colleagues to write a book on elder law from a human rights’ perspective. My interests outside law include trying to improve my running time, having recently completed the Sunshine Coast Half Marathon.
Chloe is an Associate with Sajen Legal practicing in succession law. Having moved from WA to Queensland in 2011, Chloe joined Sajen Legal (formerly Ferguson Cannon Lawyers) as a trainee solicitor. After working and studying full time, Chloe was admitted in 2013. She identified an area of growth for her practice in succession law and has been focussed on developing her skills and expertise in this area. She is currently completing her Masters in Wills and Estates with the College of Law and is committed to completing her specialist accreditation.
Chloe served as the youngest council member for the QLS in 2016/2017.
In the community, Chloe is a committee member for the Australasian Women and Policing organisation, the first female lawyer to achieve this. She is also a director of start-up accelerator, Spark Bureau.
On the weekends, Chloe enjoys being outdoors, especially in her home region, the Sunshine Coast.