Queensland Law Society

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Facilitators

 

Rachel Baird

Dr Rachel Baird

Senior Legal Project Manager, Clayton Utz

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Course facilitator; Leadership and Management Styles

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Course facilitator; Leadership and Management Styles

Rachel has over 25 years legal experience in the military, government, academia and the resources industry. She specialised in environmental law before developing expertise in managing compliance, audit and risk. Rachel also advises clients on the risks associated with change management and stakeholder engagement.

Rachel holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law, a Masters of Law and obtained her Doctorate from Melbourne University in 2006. She is on the Editorial Board of the Australian Environmental Review (Lexis Nexis), a member of the RAAF Specialist Reserve, a non-executive director and advisory board member.


Renee Bidwell

Head of Client Development, Corrs Chamber Westgarth

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Business development and marketing

Renee has built her career with domestic and international law firms. Renee has experience across all aspects of marketing and business development including business planning, pitching, sales coaching and client account management.

Renee has developed great insight into the challenges faced by practitioners and brings a client centric approach to business development. Renee has a Bachelor of Business in Management and Public Relations and often contemplates finishing her law degree.


David Bowles

Solicitor, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Ethics and responsibility

David is responsible for providing ethical guidance to Queensland legal practitioners.

David was admitted as a solicitor in 1996 and worked in private practice before joining QLS in 2012. His experience includes crime, property, litigation and estate planning. David has a Bachelor of Arts and Law. He is a trusted ethical advisor and regularly delivers relevant leadership initiatives to the legal profession.


Shane Budden

Solicitor, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Ethics and responsibility

Shane was admitted in 1992 and worked as a general practitioner for several years before joining the Ipswich City Council in-house legal team. In 2001 he moved to the Queensland Building Services Authority’s in-house legal team, taking over management of the team in 2006. During this time Shane served on, and later chaired, QLS' Government Lawyers Committee. Shane joined QLS in 2014 as a Manager Advocacy and Policy/Senior Policy Advisor and now works in QLS Ethics Centre as an Ethics Solicitor, providing Bespoke Ethics Sessions and ethics guidance to the profession and publishing articles in Proctor and on QLS Ethics Centre website.


Mylton Burns

Principal, Commercial Litigation and Insurance, McInnes Wilson Lawyers

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Business planning

Mylton has over 30 years' experience and is recognised as one of Australia's leading commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyers. Mylton joined McInnes Wilson as a Principal in 1996 where he advises the firm's commercial and professional service clients on how best to protect their businesses from claims.

Mylton has a Bachelor and Master of Laws, is a past President of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group, a member of the Law Council of Australia and QLS, and a member of QLS' PMC Committee. He also runs McInnes Wilson's internal CLE program.

Peter Camenzuli

Partner, Pitcher Partners

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Practice finance and profitability

Peter Camenzuli is a partner at Pitcher Partners Brisbane. Peter has over 25 years experience and became a partner of the firm in 2002.

Peter heads up the firm’s Business Advisory Services Division where he works closely with a variety of small to medium sized businesses. Peter’s client base includes a number of Professional Services firms where he provides advice on both the financial aspects of the firm and the individual partner.


Karina Collins

Partner Advisory, BDO

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Business planning

Karina is the national lead for BDO’s consultancy division. She works with clients to develop strategies and solutions for complex business challenges and has a background in innovation, technology and transformation. Most recently Karina has worked in areas of ICT Procurement and Transformation, Digital Transformation, Data Analytics & Insights. Karina also sits on multiple boards in the Professional Services, Health, Not for Profit and Social Sectors.


Michael Drinkall

Team Leader, Trust Account Investigations, Queensland Law Society

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Trust Accounting
Medium and Large Practice Focus: Trust Accounting

Michael is highly experienced in conducting examinations of solicitors’ trust accounts and is recognised as a market leader in providing advice on trust accounting.

Before joining QLS, Michael was a manager at a private accounting firm in the business services and audit sector. Michael has a business degree and is a member of CPA Australia. He regularly lectures at Bond University and QUT on trust accounting.


Melinda Fisher

Consultant

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Managing people
Medium and Large Practice Focus: Managing people

Melinda is a facilitator, business coach and mentor, specialising in the areas of company culture, values alignment and authentic principle based leadership.

Melinda started her career as a consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers. She completed her graduate traineeship in the United States and returned to a consultancy role in Sydney. In 1997, she began work at Shine Lawyers as an articled clerk and was appointed Partner in 2006. Prior to leaving Shine Lawyers in 2016 to pursue her own consultancy business, Melinda worked in a variety of roles, including Legal Manager, Knowledge Manager and National Learning and Development Manager.

Melinda completed a Bachelor of Law and Information Technology at QUT. She is a Franklin Covey Accredited Facilitator, an accredited consultant of the Minessence Values Framework and a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and the Australian Institute of Training and Development.


Helen Johannsen

Member & Directors Manager, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Business Planning

Helen is an experienced solicitor, who has practised in the professional indemnity arena acting for solicitors, architects and engineers. Helen has previously worked for the Australian Institute of Architects providing risk management seminars and practical advice to a range of construction professionals on documents, procedures and strategies. Since completing her TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2013, Helen has worked at Queensland Law Society contributing towards the learning and development of those working in the legal sector. She was responsible for programming continuing professional development events for solicitors and training and assessing students undertaking the Society’s Diploma of Legal Services and the Certificate IV in Legal Services. Helen now manages professional development courses and events for members and directors at the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Queensland.


Tim Jones

Director, Tax and Business, Vincents Chartered Accountants

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Practice finance

Tim advises legal firms on start-up structuring, restructuring and complying arrangements throughout the many associated stages of ATO intervention. Assisting firms to improve their efficiencies and profitability is a particular interest. Tim is often engaged to assist in dispute resolution with a focus on achieving equitable compliant outcomes.

Tim has a Bachelor of Accounting and applies a sharp commercial approach to problem solving.


Janelle Kerrisk

Principal, Helix Legal

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Business Planning

Janelle spent six years as a partner in a national law firm, where she was the youngest ever partner appointment to the firm and the first female partner appointed within her office. Over the past 13 years Janelle has worked with the construction industry regulators to take action against rogue builders, contractors, architects and engineers to ensure an improved playing field. In September 2016 she established the ‘new law firm’ Helix Legal with Sarah Roach and Dayna Gilbert.


Sheila Kushe

Legal Professional Development Specialist and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Leading wellbeing in the workplace
Medium and Large Practice Focus: Leading wellbeing in the workplace

Sheila is responsible for designing professional development events for legal practitioners. With nearly 20 years’ experience working in the legal industry, Sheila has practised as a lawyer, managed teams, has developed leadership programs for lawyers in both Australia and the UK, and ran her own executive coaching business.

In addition to her law degree, Sheila holds a postgraduate qualification in Coaching (Psychology) from Sydney University, is accredited in the Hogan assessment tool and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Sheila is also a member of QLS’s Wellbeing Working Group.


Kylie Lamprecht

Partner, Pitcher Partners

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Practice finance and profitability

Kylie takes care of many of the difficult financial tasks clients face and provides a full service to them, focusing on the business, family group structure, asset protection and structuring. Kylie also understands the impact of regulations and statutory obligations on her clients, and helps them implement solutions to ensure business and financial processes are well managed.

Kylie’s strength is her focus on client relationships and service. The “bigger picture” is always in the front of her mind. Kylie is regarded as a trusted advisor and is regularly involved in ongoing planning by liaising with key stakeholders to ensure an informed outcome is achieved for each of her clients.


Robert Mackay

Solicitor, Legal Risk, Lexon Insurance

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Robert plays an active role in the development of risk management tools and is heavily involved in the effective management of services offered to the legal profession. Robert has helped develop and runs a system testing program focused on high-value claim areas, and has run hundreds of these workshop programs at legal practices across Queensland.

Robert was admitted as a solicitor in 2005 and has worked in both private practice and in-house. He has a Bachelor of Law and Arts and is often asked to present to Queensland practices and other organisations on legal risk management.


Rolf Moses

CEO, Queensland Law Society

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Leadership

Rolf has over 20 years' human resources and management experience gained in large retail and international legal firms. He specialises in the development and execution of human resources and organisational development strategies focused on the attraction, retention, development and performance of talent. Rolf chairs the QLS wellbeing working group. He is a nationally accredited mediator, counsellor and accredited coach of the Hogan Leadership Psychometric Inventories. He also has a Bachelor of Commerce.


Marko Novakov

Manager, Professional Advancement, Queensland Law Society

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Course facilitator; Welcome and Assessment Recap

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Course facilitator; Welcome and Assessment Recap

Marko is the Manager of the Practice Management Course at QLS and he chairs the PMC workshops. Marko and his team are the main contacts for the QLS PMC participants to ensure the smooth operation of the workshops. Marko is also responsible for working collaboratively with the PMC Committee to develop strategy, course content and service delivery to ensure the PMC workshops are designed to meet the legislative requirements of the Queensland Law Society Administrative Rule 2005 and also deliver on the quality service expectations of the participants.

Prior to becoming the Manager of the QLS PMC, Marko worked as a solicitor with the QLS in-house Legal department and was responsible for management of all litigation. Marko also worked for several large National law firms in Brisbane City before joining QLS.


Stafford Shepherd

Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Course facilitator; Welcome and Assessment Recap
Medium and Large Practice Focus: Ethics and responsibility

Stafford is a recognised expert in law practice ethics. Before joining QLS in 2008, Stafford practised as a solicitor in conveyancing, leasing, will and estate administration, and equitable doctrines.

Stafford's team provides support and ethical guidance to Queensland legal practitioners, and is heavily involved in thought leadership and continuing legal education. Stafford holds a Bachelor and Master of Laws. He has a postgraduate certificate in Arbitration and Mediation and is a Graded Arbitrator.


Tracy Skellern

Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Risk and compliance
Medium and Large Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Tracy has been extensively involved in creating and updating legal risk tools provided for the Queensland legal profession. Prior to Lexon Insurance, Tracy worked in various positions in the legal industry including private practice, as a consultant for legal practice management software, as a precedent lawyer and as general manager of a specialist law firm.

Tracy has conducted over 1000 risk management workshops for Queensland firms and holds a Bachelor of Laws.


Steven Tyndall

Managing Director, NextLegal

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Information technology and knowledge management
Medium and Large Practice Focus: Information technology and knowledge management

Steven formed NextLegal in 2014 to provide legal firms with IT solutions that improve efficiencies, reduce risk and enhance their ability to both service and attract clients.

Prior to NextLegal, Steven led the internal IT function for Lander & Rogers and McCullough Robertson. He has a Professional Certificate in Business Information Systems and is accredited in Prince2 Project Management. Steven has a number of Microsoft and Citrix certifications and is a currently undertaking a Master in Business Information Systems.


Kimberley Wiegand

Senior Business Development Manager, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Business development and marketing

Kim has extensive experience advising on the full scope of marketing and business development within law firms. She has developed keen insight into the skills required by modern lawyers through several senior marketing and business development roles in both global top tier and national firms across Australia and the UK.

Backed by over 15 years of industry experience, Kim brings a practical approach to coaching and guiding lawyers through an often challenging landscape. Kim has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing.


 

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