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. KPMG Strategy

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Business planning




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.


Michael Graham

Principal Costs Lawyer, global billing costs lawyers

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Costs, Knowledge Management and Scheduling
Medium and Large Practice Focus: Costs, Knowledge Management and Scheduling

Michael is the Principal Costs Lawyer and Director of global billing costs lawyers.

Michael was admitted in 1990 and after practising for six years in family law, litigation and general practice he commenced practising exclusively in Costs law and legal costing from 1996. His primary focus is assisting firms with solicitor and own client assessments of costs, retainer issues, and education of law firms and their staff on compliance with their obligations to their clients, as well as regularly providing expert evidence to the courts in security for costs applications and costs disputes.

Michael has a Bachelor of Laws (QUT) and Masts of Laws (QUT) (including the Law of Costs), is a Supreme Court appointed costs assessor and is a collaboratively trained practitioner.


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.


Judy Hayward

Principal, Hayward & Co. Lawyers, Wills & Estates Australia

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Judy Hayward is the principal of Hayward & Co. Lawyers, Wills & Estates Australia.

She is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Succession Law Specialist and practices exclusively in the area of Wills, Estate Administration, Estate Planning and Estate Litigation.

Judy currently teaches the “Wills & Estates Practice” component of the Legal Practice Course at Griffith University.

Together with Glenn Dickson and Susan McLeod, Barristers-at-law, she co-authors the Wills & Estates Practice Manual for Smokeball.


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.


Robert Mackay

Solicitor, Legal Risk, Lexon Insurance

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Medium and Large 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.


Emma-Jane McNicol

Solicitor, Legal Risk, Lexon Insurance

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Emma-Jane plays an active role in the effective management of risk services offered to the legal profession in Queensland. Emma-Jane visits insured practices throughout Queensland in order to run Lexon’s system testing program focused on the areas where there have been high-value claims for practitioners. The strength of the program conducted by Emma-Jane is the focus on processes and file management Emma-Jane works with the insureds to achieve optimal results for the client and the practice. Emma-Jane also provides risk management advice and assistance in relation to other matters for all Lexon insureds.

Emma-Jane was admitted to practice in 1998 and holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts. She has worked in both private practice and in-house for major financial institutions. Her focus in work has always been to minimise risk for her clients within the required legal and regulatory framework.


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: Risk and Compliance

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.


Kim Trajer

Chief Operating Officer, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

After 15 years as a client facing lawyer, Kim has spent over ten years in operational and support services roles at McCullough Robertson, so has a unique perspective across many aspects of legal practice.

Kim has developed a sophisticated risk management framework across practice management and supervision, business processes and systems, compliance with professional obligations particularly conflicts and ethics, systems to manage law claims and complaints, proactive issue detection and analysis through file audits and quality management framework.

She is also responsible for driving the firms’ innovation strategy, coordinating the McCullough Robertson’s Community Partnerships Program, and is a Director of the McCullough Robertson Foundation, a Director of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) and a member of the CEO Institute.


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.


Phil Ware

General Counsel, Stanwell Corporation Limited Member, Queensland Law Society Working Group

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Leading Wellbeing in the Workplace

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Leading Wellbeing in the Workplace

From 1988 till 2000 Phil worked at Feez Ruthning (now Allens Linklaters) first in Commercial Litigation then in Banking, Finance, Property and Infrastructure though including secondments in-house counsel to Westpac and Queensland Cement (now Cement Australia). He then worked at Sciaccas Lawyers & Consultants as the head of Corporate and Government.

Since 2001 he has been the General Counsel of Tarong Energy and, more recently, the restructured Stanwell Corporation.

His practice has included commercial litigation / ADR, property, banking and finance and energy and resources. As the General Counsel of one corporation for over a decade of in-house legal practice I have overseen the full gamut of governance, transactional and contentious matters.

He Chairs the QLS In-House Counsel and Wellbeing Committees.


Kimberley Wiegand

Senior Business Development Manager, McCullough Robertson

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.


Belinda Winter

Partner, Cooper Grace Ward and member, QLS Wellbeing Working Group

Medium and Large Practice Focus: Leading Wellbeing in the Workplace

Sole Practitioner and Small Practice Focus: Leading Wellbeing in the Workplace

Belinda is an experienced advisor and advocate in her field of employment law, industrial relations, anti-discrimination and safety. She provides her clients with technical advice delivered commercially, with a friendly and accessible approach.

Belinda and her team of seven provide strategic advice to employers about various matters including restructures, enforcing restraints of trade, managing long term ill and injured employees, employee misconduct, poor performance and effecting termination of employment.

Belinda is an accredited trainer in Mental Health First Aid and has a particular interest in managing mental health in the workplace.

Belinda has been listed in Best Lawyers Australia for Labour and Employment every year since 2013.


 

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