Queensland Law Society (QLS) is governed by Council members elected and appointed to oversee and set the strategic direction for the Society.
Elizabeth Shearer - Doyle Family Law
Kara Thomson - Hughes and Lewis Legal
Immediate Past President
Luke Murphy - Murphy Schmidt
Ordinary members of Council
Allison Caputo - Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers
Chloe Kopilovic - FC Lawyers
Kirsty Mackie - University of the Sunshine Coast
Justin McDonnell, King & Wood Mallesons
Michael Brennan - Offermans
As a current and long standing QLS Councillor, I am not afraid to challenge the status quo and I’m dedicated to advocating for and on behalf of members to ensure the highest ethical and professional conduct within the Queensland legal profession.
I am a Principal of Offermans based in Townsville. With offices in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Brisbane I have a unique understanding of the profession across regional Queensland. Our State and our profession are disparate across so many geographic and economic aspects. Regional representation is vital to provide a voice for practitioners outside of the South-East.
Admitted in 1999, I practiced in commercial law before becoming an insolvency practitioner. In addition to maintaining my Practicing Certificate, I am a Liquidator and Bankruptcy Trustee.
I sit on the Insolvency Committee of the Law Society and am the Deputy Chair of the Queensland Committee of ARITA, the nation’s peak insolvency body.
Philip Ware, Stanwell Corporation
Rebecca Fogerty, Jasper Fogerty Lawyers
Rebecca is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, and a partner a Jasper Fogerty Lawyers, specialising in criminal defence and domestic violence law. Since 2019, she has been the Chair of the QLS Criminal Law Committee, and previously held the position of Deputy Chair. She sat on the QLS’s Specialist Accreditation (Criminal Law) Committee in 2018 and 2020. She is also the Queensland member of the Professional Standards Councils. She has been recognised as a leading criminal lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide at both a state and national level. Outside of the courtroom, she has published articles across a range of formats, including the Caxton Online and Proctor, and regularly speaks on topics of interest to the profession.
In addition to issues within the criminal law and domestic violence space, Rebecca is particularly interested in risk and compliance as it impacts the profession, maintaining and promoting professional standards and developing beneficial relationships with non-legal stakeholders.