The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes
Supreme Court of Queensland
Justice Holmes was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1984. She worked initially as a Commonwealth crown prosecutor, and then commenced practice at the Bar in Brisbane. She took silk on 15 December 1999. Her Honour served as a founding member of the Women’s Legal Service, a part-time member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal and deputy president of the Queensland Community Corrections Board. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts with honours and Master of Laws (Advanced) at the University of Queensland. She was counsel assisting the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Institutions and then served as an acting judge of the District Court of Queensland during 1999.
In 2000, Her Honour was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She served as the Criminal List judge (2001–04) and the presiding judge of the Queensland Mental Health Court (2005-06). In 2006 she was appointed a judge of appeal. In 2011-12, she conducted the Commission of Inquiry into the 2010–11 Queensland floods. She was appointed as Chief Justice of Queensland in September 2015.
Chairman of Partners, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Dominic is Chairman of Partners at leading national law firm, McCullough Robertson. He is a commercial lawyer who focuses on government advisory work, resources and infrastructure. In one form or another, he has been practising law since 1978.
Dominic joined McCullough Robertson in 1996. Prior to joining the firm, he held prominent positions with the Queensland Government; he was Executive Director of Crown Law, and Executive Director - Policy and Legislation Division with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. As a result, he is one of a few lawyers in Queensland with a combination of significant senior government experience as well as private practice experience.
Dominic is an acknowledged authority on native title and cultural heritage issues and has extensive experience communicating and negotiating with indigenous communities across Australia.
Finally, Dominic is committed to ensuring greater diversity in the legal profession and, amongst other roles, is one of Queensland’s Male Champions of Change.
Director, Rice Dispute Resolution; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and winner of the Leneen Forde AC Woman Lawyer of the Year Award (2018)
Anne-Marie is the principal of Rice Dispute Resolution: a specialist mediation and dispute resolution practice. She is an accredited specialist in family law, a nationally accredited mediator and a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and Arbitrator. Anne-Marie is routinely recognised by her peers as one of Queensland’s best family lawyers and family law mediators. She has been an executive member of some of Queensland’s and Australia’s leading legal organisations including the Queensland Law Society Practice Management and Specialist Accreditation Committees, the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland and is the Queensland Solicitor Representative on the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Anne-Marie is committed to dispute resolution without recourse to trial and regularly trains practitioners around the country in mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice (a model in which she has consistently worked for over 10 years). Her focus is on the practical application of a “positive approach” to problem solving and her engaging presentations invite audiences to embrace the concept that conflict can be resolved without combat.
Anne-Marie regularly presents at local, national and international conferences and, as well as writing for both academic and industry publications, she is a consultant author to the CCH’s Family Law Service and the Master Family Law Guide. She is the family law lecturer and subject coordinator at the University of Queensland where she has been nominated for the excellence in teaching award.
Barrister, Queensland Bar
Magistrate Jacqueline Payne
Magistrates Court of Queensland
Magistrate Jacqueline Payne graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland Institute of Technology in 1983 before commencing her Articles of Clerkship with Brisbane commercial law firm, Power and Power. Admitted as a solicitor in March 1986, she was the first indigenous Australian to achieve this distinction in Queensland and subsequently worked with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation (QEA) for Legal Services.
After establishing her own law firm in 1996 and working for a total of 14 years in criminal defence, Jacqueline was appointed Queensland Magistrate in April 1999, which marked the first appointment of an indigenous Australian to a judicial position in Queensland. Jacqueline currently presides in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.