Queensland Law Society

Queensland legal leaders honoured by the Queen

Queensland Law Society (QLS) President Michael Fitzgerald congratulates Queensland legal leaders named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists.

Among those honoured were Mr John Story, a leader in the profession since his admission in 1969, and the Honourable Justice Keane of the High Court of Australia, admitted in 1976.

“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate past Queensland Law Society members and judicial officers who have been included in the Honours Lists for service to law and the legal profession,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

Mr John Story received the Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia award for distinguished service to business and commerce through a range of corporate governance roles, as an industry leader and mentor in the public and private sectors to the law, and to professional organisations.

“Mr Story was a member of the Society for over 36 years, during which time he was an active member involved in several committees as both a chair and committee member,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

Mr Story held a long career as a corporate lawyer with Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Brisbane as a partner and solicitor until his retirement in 2006, continuing on as National Non-Executive Chairman until 2007.

He has supported the teaching of law in Queensland by initiating links with The University of Queensland’s (UQ) TC Beirne School of Law, in adjunct professorial roles, UQ Senate involvement, and as UQ Chancellor from 2009.

The Honourable Justice Patrick Keane received the Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the law and to the judiciary, through contributions to improved legal and public administration, as an advocate for increased access to justice, to ethical standards, and to a range of professional organisations.

Justice Keane began his legal career as an Articled Clerk with Roberts and Kane Solicitors in 1973, continuing on to become a solicitor, barrister and justice across several courts including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Queensland. 

He was the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia from 2010 until 2013 and continues to lead the profession as a Justice of the High Court of Australia.

“Justice Keane has distinguished himself as a leader in his profession, with time spent across committees and associations in Queensland, ensuring that law in the State is upheld to the highest of standards,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

The legal profession’s contribution to its community is integral, and we are proud of our inclusion in the 2015 List.”