Queensland Law Society

Honours for legal champion no accident

Date 27 Feb 2013
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Queensland Law Society awarded the prestigious President’s Medal to veteran succession and accident compensation lawyer and pro bono champion Gerry Murphy on Friday 22 February.

Gerry Murphy of MurphySchmidt Solicitors has served the community for more than 50 years and played an important role in the debate surrounding tort law including balancing the rights of those injured with the need for viable compensation schemes.

This is a debate that continues to resonate with the current Queensland parliamentary review of the workers' compensation scheme. Mr Murphy is also a dedicated advocate for access to justice and pro bono legal services.

He was actively involved in establishing legal aid services in Queensland and in the late 70s served on Queensland’s first Legal Aid Commission for three years.

QLS President Annette Bradfield said Mr Murphy’s service to Queensland and the public interest continues to bear fruit.

“He was one of the pioneers of legal aid in Queensland which is an essential public service, particularly when you consider the increased need for post-flood legal support in central and south-east Queensland,” Ms Bradfield said.

“Mr Murphy has significantly contributed to our current workers’ compensation scheme that is fair, sustainable, efficient and outperforms the other states.

Mr Murphy said he was proud and humbled to receive such high recognition from his peers.

“It is humbling to be distinguished by my fellow legal professionals but also wonderful to be so acknowledged.”