Queensland Law Society

Honours recognise legal contributions to our community

Queensland Law Society today congratulated its members and Queensland judicial officers recognised in the Australia Day Honours List.

Supreme Court Justice Ros Atkinson AO, former Queensland Law Society president Glenn Ferguson AM, Family Responsibilities Commissioner David Glasgow AM and solicitor Peter Skewes OAM were among the Queenslanders awarded honours.

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald said that the unifying connection between all those listed was the enormity of their contribution to the community, not their legal background.

“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Queensland Law Society members and judicial officers who have been included in the Australia Day 2015 Honours List for service to law, and the legal profession.

“The legal profession’s contribution to its community is second to none and we are proud of our profession’s inclusion in the 2015 list.”

Queensland legal identities recognised in Australia Day honours include:

Justice Roslyn Gay Atkinson was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AO) for distinguished service to the judiciary and to law reform in Queensland, through contributions to the legal profession and to promoting awareness of issues of injustice and inequality in Australia and internationally.

Glenn Wayne Ferguson, the managing director of Ferguson Cannon Lawyers and chair of WorkCover Queensland, was Queensland Law Society president from 2003-2005, president of LAWASIA from 2008 to 2009 and 2010 president of the Law Council of Australia. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AM) for significant service to the law and to the legal profession, both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific region, and to the community. Mr Ferguson also serves as a QLS Senior Counsellor, offering advice and guidance to members.

David Robert Glasgow, the Commissioner of the Family Responsibilities Commission, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AM) for significant service to the law as a magistrate, and to the Indigenous communities of northern Queensland.

Solicitor Peter William Skewes of PW Skewes and Co, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) for service to local government, and to the community of Blackall.

Law Council of Australia president Duncan McConnel joined Mr Fitzgerald in congratulating Glenn Ferguson.

“Mr Ferguson was first appointed as a Law Council constituent-body-appointed Director in September 2003 and in October 2005 was elected to the Law Council Executive, and continued his term with the Law Council as an Executive member, Treasurer, President-elect and ultimately President in 2010,” Mr McConnel said.

“In his various Law Council roles, Mr Ferguson showed a deep commitment to the best interests of the Australian legal profession, the Law Council, its constituent body members, the law societies and bars.

“2010, Mr Ferguson’s Presidential year, was a pivotal year for legal profession reforms. Mr Ferguson consulted with the profession tirelessly to help progress a uniform legal system to benefit all Australian legal practitioners and consumers of legal services.

“Mr Ferguson is also sympathetic to the challenges faced by legal practitioners in rural, regional and remote (RRR) areas, living and working, as he does, away from a major capital city. He recognises that this is not just a recruitment and retention issue, but an access-to-justice issue.

“Mr Ferguson is highly committed to promoting the welfare and advancement of Indigenous Australians, whether as legal practitioners or as clients of the legal system. In 2010, Mr Ferguson was appointed as an Expert Panel member on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Expert Panel led a wide-ranging national public consultation and engagement program throughout 2011. Mr Ferguson also Chairs the Law Council’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee.

“Mr Ferguson is most deserving of this honour.”