Queensland Law Society

Nominees

On this page you will find a list of Council election nominees, organised by position. Nominees are listed in the order drawn by the Returning Officer.

Nominees have supplied a short profile of their background, executive management experience and perspective on important issues for the profession. The aim is to build familiarity between candidates and members and support informed decision-making for voters.

President


Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    While all three (3) values are at the core of being a good lawyer, integrity remains the essential ingredient for any individual or organisation in the way they conduct themselves.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I accepted the request of some current and former Councillors and Presidents to nominate. I look forward to continuing to grow services to members Qld wide.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    Providing increased services and improved access to these services for members.

    Maintaining high professional standards and retention and expansion of various of work available to members.


Kirsty Mackie

Kirsty Mackie

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Service to the community is the most important value as it is only through providing all Queenslanders with access to justice can the rule of law be upheld.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    As Chair of the Elder Law Committee, I have enormous respect for the work the Society does for its members and I am keen to take a more active role.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I believe that QLS members are its most important resource and good law for the public good can only be achieved by recognising members’ contributions to our profession.


Christine Smyth

Christine Smyth

As 2017 President, I advanced the integrity and collegiality of our profession, championed solicitors as trusted advisors and raised our standing in the community. I have lead with Bill Potts, and continue to lead a formidable program, but there is more to do. My desire is to ensure QLS fulfils its designate role as a membership organisation with real capabilities to deal with the unprecedented demands we face.

I have forthrightly reinforced QLS as the peak legal body. This has resulted in many successes: reversal of CLC Funding; MALS; Elder Abuse Awareness; advocacy to Government resulting in laws benefiting our community and members' practice, amongst others.

I have a tested, proven track-record of positively leading our profession. I am committed to the needs of all QLS members. I resolutely and indefatigably believe solicitors are a cornerstone of a just legal system. This philosophy underpins my Presidency and commitment to you.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    All - We are a profession foremost. These values provide the framework for model conduct for solicitors, and positively promotes our values in society. From this, business success is assured.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Drive to ensure QLS truly represents all members through advocacy and engagement with government, Courts and our community - championing the value of solicitors, supporting good law and good lawyers.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    Embrace the future and respect tradition; through exploring, creating and providing opportunities in a technological age, while nurturing, fostering and assisting members to "surf the wave of change".

  

Deputy President


Kirsty Mackie

Kirsty Mackie

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Service to the community is the most important value as it is only through providing all Queenslanders with access to justice can the rule of law be upheld.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    As Chair of the Elder Law Committee, I have enormous respect for the work the Society does for its members and I am keen to take a more active role.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I believe that QLS members are its most important resource and good law for the public good can only be achieved by recognising members’ contributions to our profession.


Elizabeth Shearer

Elizabeth Shearer

The challenge for QLS is to deliver value to all members of our diverse profession. We need to build on the services QLS offers to the profession, like ethics guidance and practice support.

Just as importantly, we must ensure QLS offers the opportunity to each of us to enrich our professional lives - whether by participation in committees, events, professional development, or in on-line forums.

The notion of a profession can seem a bit old fashioned in changing times, but the concept that we are bound by ethical rules that set us apart from other service providers, is a powerful one. It is of utmost importance to our clients and it differentiates us in a crowded market for professional services.

My focus is on helping QLS support, promote and demonstrate the irreplaceable value of solicitors as trusted advisors. This is more important that ever in times of rapid technological change.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Each of these values is essential in our lives as lawyers, and essential to QLS, but it is the value of service that motivates my participation in QLS.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I hope that the skills and perspective that I bring to Council, informed by diverse practice experience, are useful to QLS and the profession in a time of accelerated change.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I work hard for QLS, not just on Council, but as Senior Counsellor, as Chair of the Access to Justice Committee and member of other committees, including the Ethics Committee.


Bill Potts

Bill Potts

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    I believe that responsible solicitors deliver practical wisdom to their clients keeping as their watch-word fidelity to the law, service to their clients and the courage to represent the voiceless.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I recognise that for QLS to achieve its core purpose of representing members that focus and professionalism in the delivery of its aims requires determination. I have that determination.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I have thorough understanding of QLS's business and aims, experience in harnessing the power and energy of our members. I can focus the drivers that will keep our profession pre-eminent.

  

Vice President


Chris Coyne

Chris Coyne

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.

QLS roles:

  • Vice President appointed August 2017 Member of Council since 2014
  • Chair - Governance Committee
  • Committee Memberships:
    • Executive
    • Finance and Risk
    • Fidelity Fund

Previously:

  • 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
  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Primarily, the Society is the member service body for Queensland Solicitors. It exists to promote the practice of law and to advocate for good law and lawyers.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I am passionate about advancing the cause of Queensland's solicitors. We are facing financial pressure and subject to public scrutiny. My aim it to make membership relevant to all solicitors.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I will contribute by continuing my active involvement in the QLS Committees providing strategic direction, financial, governance and compliance oversight.


Chloe Kopilovic

Chloe Kopilovic

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    In my view, integrity is key.  As an early career lawyer under 5 years, having integrity as a lawyer and as a human being is vital.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    It is important to have the voice of an early career lawyer on Council.  I also bring to Council a perspective from a regional area as well as the city.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I am enthusiastic, energetic and I believe in a values based profession which is the cornerstone of what the Queensland Law Society should stand for.

  

Ordinary member of Council


Kirsty Mackie

Kirsty Mackie

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Service to the community is the most important value as it is only through providing all Queenslanders with access to justice can the rule of law be upheld.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    As Chair of the Elder Law Committee, I have enormous respect for the work the Society does for its members and I am keen to take a more active role.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I believe that QLS members are its most important resource and good law for the public good can only be achieved by recognising members’ contributions to our profession.


Kara Thomson

Kara Thomson

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    They are all equally important to ensure sustainability of our profession. The community looks to the legal profession for guidance and it is important we display leadership and trust.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I enjoy giving back to the profession and consider it important that there be a representation of a variant of diverse backgrounds and career history on Council.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I will continue to advance the society's vision through advocacy and upholding the values of the society. I will voice my views at Council and within committees to that end.


Jeneve Frizzo

Jeneve Frizzo

I am a QLS Accredited Specialist in Succession Law, since 2011. I have been a member of the QLS Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Committee since 2013, and a member of the QLS Succession Committee since 2016. I have a served on numerous law-related committees, including various conference organising committees for STEP and QLS. I have a particular interest in mentoring other practitioners of any age, experience, or gender, and am particularly concerned with promoting collegiality and ethics in modern legal practice. Regional practice informs my outlook and contribution to representation, and I am interested in developing initiatives and improvements to the way that we can all contribute and practise as solicitors. I am excited about running my own specialist legal practice which has been surprisingly more enjoyable and rewarding than I would have imagined.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    All three of these values are essential to the practice of law in a society that embraces the rules of law as the foundation of a free and stable community.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I want to be involved in Council's role as the strategic and representative leaders of the Society that represents the thousands of incredibly hard-working and responsible lawyers who are solicitors.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I care that the Society continues the good work done by past Councils, and bring to the role my years of experience as a specialist solicitor practising in the regions.


Christine Smyth

Christine Smyth

As 2017 President, I advanced the integrity and collegiality of our profession, championed solicitors as trusted advisors and raised our standing in the community. I have lead with Bill Potts, and continue to lead a formidable program, but there is more to do. My desire is to ensure QLS fulfils its designate role as a membership organisation with real capabilities to deal with the unprecedented demands we face.

I have forthrightly reinforced QLS as the peak legal body. This has resulted in many successes: reversal of CLC Funding; MALS; Elder Abuse Awareness; advocacy to Government resulting in laws benefiting our community and members' practice, amongst others.

I have a tested, proven track-record of positively leading our profession. I am committed to the needs of all QLS members. I resolutely and indefatigably believe solicitors are a cornerstone of a just legal system. This philosophy underpins my Presidency and commitment to you.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    All - We are a profession foremost. These values provide the framework for model conduct for solicitors, and positively promotes our values in society. From this, business success is assured.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Drive to ensure QLS truly represents all members through advocacy and engagement with government, Courts and our community - championing the value of solicitors, supporting good law and good lawyers.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    Embrace the future and respect tradition; through exploring, creating and providing opportunities in a technological age, while nurturing, fostering and assisting members to "surf the wave of change".


Elizabeth Shearer

Elizabeth Shearer

The challenge for QLS is to deliver value to all members of our diverse profession. We need to build on the services QLS offers to the profession, like ethics guidance and practice support.

Just as importantly, we must ensure QLS offers the opportunity to each of us to enrich our professional lives - whether by participation in committees, events, professional development, or in on-line forums.

The notion of a profession can seem a bit old fashioned in changing times, but the concept that we are bound by ethical rules that set us apart from other service providers, is a powerful one. It is of utmost importance to our clients and it differentiates us in a crowded market for professional services.

My focus is on helping QLS support, promote and demonstrate the irreplaceable value of solicitors as trusted advisors. This is more important that ever in times of rapid technological change.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Each of these values is essential in our lives as lawyers, and essential to QLS, but it is the value of service that motivates my participation in QLS.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I hope that the skills and perspective that I bring to Council, informed by diverse practice experience, are useful to QLS and the profession in a time of accelerated change.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I work hard for QLS, not just on Council, but as Senior Counsellor, as Chair of the Access to Justice Committee and member of other committees, including the Ethics Committee.


Chris Coyne

Chris Coyne

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.

QLS roles:

  • Vice President appointed August 2017 Member of Council since 2014
  • Chair - Governance Committee
  • Committee Memberships:
    • Executive
    • Finance and Risk
    • Fidelity Fund

Previously:

  • 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
  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Primarily, the Society is the member service body for Queensland Solicitors. It exists to promote the practice of law and to advocate for good law and lawyers.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I am passionate about advancing the cause of Queensland's solicitors. We are facing financial pressure and subject to public scrutiny. My aim it to make membership relevant to all solicitors.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I will contribute by continuing my active involvement in the QLS Committees providing strategic direction, financial, governance and compliance oversight.


Julian Porter

Julian Porter

After a variety of government and regulatory roles in Brisbane and London, a part-time position in disability advocacy was an abrupt about-face for my career. Initially a stop-gap while completing studies in journalism, I found I enjoyed the challenges and rewards of the community sector and a move to the Sunshine Coast was next. After ten years building Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc into an organisation which truly benefits its community and does credit to its many volunteer lawyers, I still enjoy practising across 'community law' topics, where genuine inability to access justice through traditional avenues is the unifying characteristic. However I am increasingly interested in how we as a profession can reconnect with that growing part of the public which has capacity to pay for legal services, but no longer even realises when they should be seeking assistance, or understands what solicitors can bring to their matters.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity and respect are integral to service.  It is service, and what we can do more broadly for our clients and for our communities that sets solicitors apart from robots.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Wonder at how a profession as skilful, well-intentioned and generous as ours became so badly misunderstood. Desire to change the narrative for the benefit of society and the profession.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    A strong private profession is still the best route to access to justice for the majority. I want to show consumers how they can once again 'love their lawyer'.


Sunil Dutt

Sunil Dutt

Involved in the justice system for last 28 years of which served 13 years as a police officer in Fiji Police Force and last 12 years as a criminal defence lawyer working for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal Service (ATSILS). Served 4 and half years in the South West covering the Charleville circuit and moved to Southport in 2009 where currently based. Also holding the position of the Regional Manager for the last 12 years. I appear on daily basis in Southport Court as a criminal defence lawyer. I have very good knowledge and appreciation of diverse culture. Had a difficult past and believe that there is no substitute to hard work.. I can ably work with difficult clients and in particular those with mental health and drug/alcohol problems. Has been volunteering at Robina CLC and actively involved in the community work through the Queensland Arya Samaj.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity is fundamental to me because it creates trust and confidence in me. I have nothing to fear if I am doing the right thing. It will automatically bring respect.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Lack of representation of people of minority ethnic background and recent writings from our President inspired me to get involved.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I will promote, support and encourage recognition of equality based on diversity at workplace and in particular in the justice system.


Justine Cirocco

Justine Cirocco

I was admitted in 1995 and am a private practice family lawyer and the volunteer part time acting principal solicitor of the Robina Community Legal Centre (the national Pro Bono organisation of the year in 2016).  My joy is volunteering wherever an opportunity arises as I have gained more in what I have learned about people, organisations and life than money can buy.  I have had time out from practice raising my 3 children and worked as a School Chaplain helping those in genuine need.  I am grounded by my husband and 3 children and awesome friends who lift me up.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Our highest calling is service. We were meant to live in community. When you serve, you learn and gain respect and integrity in abundance.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Being an active volunteer, I value the various skills I have acquired over many years which now give me the confidence to be a public, social advocate.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    Competition, ethical issues and threats to the profession are increasingly sophisticated.  My record of honest & selfless public service will prove me to be a worthy advocate for the profession.


Nicole Turnbull

Nicole Turnbull

I have been a Solicitor for over 9 years having worked in both QLD and NSW. During my time as a Solicitor I have assisted many clients, both private clients and legally aided clients. My work is predominantly in family law, but I also have experience in Wills and Estates, personal injury law and general litigation. My current practice area is family law as well as Succession Law.

I volunteer at the Sunshine Coast Community Legal Centre, Caloundra. My passion in law is helping clients navigate through their legal issues and find resolution so they can move forward in their lives.

While I love my job, when I'm not at work I enjoy doing things that are typically not associated with being a Lawyer and which help me relax after a hectic week - driving my boat and catching big fish.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Being honest and fair in all our actions because we are officers of the Court and society expects and need to see us as being fair and honest.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I wanted to represent the Sunshine Coast in the QLS Council, bring a little of the Coast influence to the Council and do something to challenge myself.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    By being honest and fair and remembering why I became a Lawyer - that is to help people.


Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

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.


Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Performed senior legal and management roles for one of Queensland’s largest membership service organisations, RACQ, and director RACQ Foundation.  I am keen to provide my skills to the future sustainability, growth, governance and social advancement activities of our Society. Having worked for an organisation representing a quarter of the States diverse population, I am eager to ensure that city and regional member issues are actively addressed by the Society, as well as representation of members who work in corporate and government roles.

Given my business and strategic planning experience, I will focus on the future activities of our Society to efficiently deliver quality services to members. Of importance is the promotion of professional standards, resilience of members, sustainability of legal practice in challenging times, technology advances impacting the future of professional work, emerging employment opportunities, and promoting to the community the benefits gained by utilising the services of Society members.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Service. In effectively serving our members we will encompass differing views that will highlight our integrity as a profession to the community and with respect for others.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    To utilise my skills and experience to further the work of the Society in representing its members to clients, the community and government.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    By being an active and diligent member of Council engaged with members and stakeholders to promote and support a skilled profession focused on good law.


Chloe Kopilovic

Chloe Kopilovic

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    In my view, integrity is key.  As an early career lawyer under 5 years, having integrity as a lawyer and as a human being is vital.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    It is important to have the voice of an early career lawyer on Council.  I also bring to Council a perspective from a regional area as well as the city.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I am enthusiastic, energetic and I believe in a values based profession which is the cornerstone of what the Queensland Law Society should stand for.


Chris Kahler

Chris Kahler

Chris Kahler is the managing director of Kahler Lawyers which was launched in 2016 with a specialised focus in crime, litigation, personal injury and employment matters.

With a family history in north Queensland spanning four generations, Chris is passionate in promoting the many benefits of practising in rural and regional areas. Chris’ passion extends to ensuring that young lawyers and rural regional lawyers are effectively represented at the highest levels.

Chris has served with numerous community and religious organisations over many years throughout north Queensland including as Vice-President of Warrina Aged Care Innisfail, Diocesan Councillor and Deputy Chair of committees for the Anglican Diocese of north Queensland, secretary of the Innisfail and district rugby union football club, board member of FNQ volunteers Cairns, Parish Councillor of St Margaret’s Anglican Church Cairns, synod representative and volunteer for St Alban's Anglican Church Innisfail, and collector for the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity is paramount. We are leaders in our communities who hold privileged positions and provide assistance to many. This is a great honour to which we must be constantly reminded.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    To give young lawyers and those who practice in rural regional areas a greater voice and give something back to a profession that I am honoured to be part of.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    To be a constructive advocate for my colleagues and positively contribute to the good governance of the organisation for the benefit of QLS members and the public.


Paul Tully

Paul Tully

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    The most important of these values is one of respect. Respect for members' views and those of the various sub-committees of the QLS.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    A sense of duty to ensure the QLS is the mouthpiece for all solicitors. Make membership relevant.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    The ''business of law'' is under threat. These values however need to be articulated.


Travis Schultz

Travis Schultz

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".

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity must be a part of our DNA as a profession.  While all three virtues are important, it's imperative we maintain demanding standards in the way that we conduct ourselves.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    You can't make a difference as a sideline commentator,  so I'm offering to roll my sleeves up for the profession, if that's the will of the membership.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    A consultative approach leading to  balanced submissions on policy and taking a representative position on issues that would be informed by a collective view.


Bill Potts

Bill Potts

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    I believe that responsible solicitors deliver practical wisdom to their clients keeping as their watch-word fidelity to the law, service to their clients and the courage to represent the voiceless.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I recognise that for QLS to achieve its core purpose of representing members that focus and professionalism in the delivery of its aims requires determination. I have that determination.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I have thorough understanding of QLS's business and aims, experience in harnessing the power and energy of our members. I can focus the drivers that will keep our profession pre-eminent.


Terence Browne

Terence Browne

I am a Townsville Solicitor from a long standing and influential regional firm. 

I was admitted in 1994 and have practised in many areas of  law, recently I have a criminal law focus.

Through significant involvement in the QLS I am well known with my colleagues in Brisbane. This allows me to understand the needs of Legal Practices in regions as well as the south-east.

I have served in various local and statutory boards and recognise the importance of good governance and strong, thoughtful advocacy.

Professional achievements:

  • Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law).
  • Partner, Arthur Browne & Associates Solicitors.
  • Sessional Lecturer, James Cook University.
  • Past Board member of Legal Aid Queensland.

QLS engagement:

  • Academic Member, Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee.
  • Past Member, Criminal Law Section.
  • Past Member, Access to Justice and Probono Section.

Special interests:

  • Promoting Wellness for law and the benefits applying Therapeutic Jurisprudence in practice.
  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    QLS is a representative organisation and service to its members in leading the profession in Queensland is paramount.  However integrity, engagement and respect are essential in achieving this goal.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I enjoy contributing to the society and many current and past council members who have encouraged me to nominate.  My own views align with the strategic plans of the Society.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    My leadership style combines knowledge, experience, optimism and importantly collaboration to achieve common goals.  I want to ensure relevance of the society to your practice and maintain excellent advocacy.


Philip Ware

Philip Ware

  • QLS Member 25+ years
  • Chair, In-House Lawyers Committee
  • QLS Senior Counsellor
  • Senior Corporate Executive
  • ADR Committee
  • Qualified Company Director
  • Mining and Resources Committee
  • Probity Auditor / Adviser
  • Wellbeing Working Group

I was in large and medium private practice for ~12 years.  For the last ~16 years I have been the General Counsel of a large government-owned electricity utility. I believe firmly in:

  • Good Law
  • Good Lawyers,
  • Good Advocacy, and
  • Good Governance,

including:

  • the preservation of the Rule of Law,
  • maintaining the community reputation and standing of lawyers,
  • effective and efficient member services, and
  • the promotion of positive lawyer wellbeing.

I will work tirelessly to ensure the effective professional support and representation of all Queensland solicitors whatever their location, size, speciality, career stage or mode of practice, especially as we confront the looming changes in society, business, technology and the practice of law which will impact us all.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Service is pivotal to the practice of law – service to clients, the courts, the profession and the community.  Independent solicitors are critical to the maintenance of the Rule of Law.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I believe I can bring multiple perspectives to bear on the work of the QLS Council – private practice, in-house practice and corporate governance (including probity, risk management and compliance).

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I believe my long experience in law, business and corporate governance gives me the ability to oversight the corporate and membership functions of the QLS with insight and foresight. 


Peter Lyons

Peter Lyons

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    All the QLS core values are important that they support the vision, shape the culture and reflect what the QLS and its member's value.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Funding cuts to CLC. It is important that the work of CLC's are not forgotten; nor the excellent pro bono work of QLS members helping disadvantaged members of our community.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    By seeking to be a active member of the Council, to listen to members and to support the rule of law.


Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy

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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity is paramount and is integral to the Society’s and the profession’s success. Service and respect are a natural consequence of integrity.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I have enjoyed my involvement in Society committees to day and have a desire to make a more significant contribution to the profession through positively contribution to Society affairs.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I will continue to advocate for good law in public forums and promote the significant contribution Queensland solicitors make to the community.