Queensland Law Society

Marquee Awards

Marquee Awards

Queensland Law Society recognises the work and contributions of solicitors in our community and takes pride each year in honouring members who have made their mark and serve as role models for others. The Marquee Awards honour excellence in the profession and recognise those who promote ‘good law, good lawyers, for the public good’.

President’s Medal
QLS Agnes McWhinney Award
Innovation in Law
Community Legal Centre (CLC) Member of the Year
Committee of the Year
Committee Member of the Year


President’s Medal

QLS President’s Medal award is open to all individual solicitors in Queensland. The award recognises and encourages commitment, contribution and outstanding performance amongst Queensland’s legal profession.

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2018 award winner - Kurt Fowler

Admitted in 1995, Kurt Fowler leads the dedicated team at Fowler Lawyers. Practising exclusively in criminal defence, Kurt has built a reputation based on experience, discretion and professionalism. With a Bachelor and Master of Laws, Kurt is also a QLS Accredited Specialist; awarded highest achiever in his year. Subsequently, Kurt was appointed Chair of the QLS Committee overseeing this rigorous program. Kurt is also Chair of the QLS Criminal Law Committee and member of the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast Law Associations. Committed to providing expert advice and skilled advocacy, Kurt is a highly respected and dedicated criminal defence lawyer.

QLS Agnes McWhinney Award

The QLS Agnes McWhinney Award, is named after Queensland’s first admitted female solicitor and recognises outstanding professional or community contribution by a woman lawyer and the significant involvement of women in the legal profession and the community.

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2018 award winner - Ann-Maree David

With 30 years in public and corporate legal sector roles and as a solicitor, Ann-Maree David is passionate about life-long learning, devoting her career to professional development. Ann-Maree led Queensland Law Society’s CLE program for eight years and established the Queensland campus of the Australian College of Law. Ann-Maree has diverse professional interests including fostering new lawyers, overcoming barriers to progression and building resilience. She is also the President of Australian Women Lawyers, Vice President of WLAQ and Chair of QLS's Equity and Diversity Law Committee; valuable platforms from which to lead and influence change.


Innovation in Law

QLS Innovation in Law award is open to all law firms or individual solicitors in Queensland, and recognises excellence in the development and/or application of technology.

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2018 award winner - Streten Masons Lawyers

Streten Masons Lawyers is a South East Queensland based law firm founded by directors Jeremy Streten and Craig Mason. Working mainly with small to medium sized businesses, they pride themselves on their progressive and innovative attitude. Their vision for their clients is for them to feel confident and comfortable that they truly understand the legal aspects of their business, so they can live the life they want to live.


Community Legal Centre (CLC) Member of the Year

This award is open to all solicitors working or volunteering in a Queensland Community Legal Centre (CLC) who have made outstanding contributions to the community by influencing community justice programs or initiatives which benefit their local community. 

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2018 award winner - Terrence Stedman

Terry is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people. He completed school at Corinda High School and became a trade qualified Plumber and Gas Fitter. He subsequently became a Prison Officer and worked in the notorious Boggo Road Gaol and as a Commissioner of the Queensland Corrective Services Board. He also went on to work in Gaols in NSW, and joined the law profession later in life, when he graduated from Griffith University in 2005. After working as an Associate Lecturer, Terry returned to Inala where he grew up and began a 10 year career as a solicitor with South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre. He has volunteered on numerous boards providing a significant contribution to the community.


Committee of the year

Open to all QLS committees and working groups this award recognises a QLS committee for outstanding achievements in the law and for pursuing justice outcomes in the Queensland legal profession.

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Committee member of the year

QLS Committee member of the year award is open to all QLS committee and working group members and recognises the outstanding achievements in the law and for pursuing justice outcomes in the Queensland legal profession.

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