Queensland Law Society

2020 Australia Day Honours

This year's Australia Day Honours list recognised the 837 dedicated Australians, for hard work, commitment and excellence in their respected fields. Queensland Law Society is proud to note four highly influential and well-deserving individuals awarded for their contribution to the Queensland legal profession.

We offer warm congratulations to:
The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes
Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia
Awarded for eminent service to the judiciary, notably to criminal, administrative and mental health law, and to the community of Queensland. Justice Holmes is a founding member of the Women's Legal Service and had led significant Queensland inquiries; including Queensland's 2010-11 flood disaster and was assisting counsel in the child abuse Forde Inquiry in the 1990s.

Ms Sarah Bradley
Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
For distinguished service to the law, and to the judiciary, to women in the legal profession and to the community. Ms Bradley received the Woman in Excellence Award in 2016 and is an Honorary Life Member of the QLS.

Deputy chancellor George Fox
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Awarded for significant service to the law, to professional legal organisations and to the community. Mr Fox is QLS past president (1992-1993) and has been a QLS Senior Counsellor since 1994.

Mr William John Mitchell
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australian in the General Division
Awarded for his service to the law in Queensland, Mr Mitchell is a Townsville-based solicitor who has dedicated much of his career advocating for the rights of older persons with the United Nations. He has won numerous awards, including the QLS Community Legal Centre Member of the Year 2019.

You can read the full list of this year's Australian Honours recipients here.