Queensland Law Society

Marquee Awards

Marquee Awards

Queensland Law Society recognises the work and contributions of solicitors in our community and takes pride each year in honouring members who have made their mark and serve as role models for others. The Marquee Awards honour excellence in the profession and recognise those who promote ‘good law, good lawyers, for the public good’.

President’s Medal
QLS Agnes McWhinney Award
Innovation in Law
Community Legal Centre (CLC) Member of the Year


President’s Medal

QLS President’s Medal award is open to all individual solicitors in Queensland. The award recognises and encourages commitment, contribution and outstanding performance amongst Queensland’s legal profession.

2019 award winner - Glen Cranny

Glen has specialised in criminal law since 1995 and has been a principal of Gilshenan & Luton since 2000. He is today recognised as one of the most prominent criminal lawyers in Queensland. Glen advises and represents clients in all aspects of criminal law. Glen was a member of Queensland Law Society’s inaugural Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Committee, is a current member of the Specialist Accreditation Board and appointed a QLS Senior Counsellor in 2010. Glen and his wife Lisa, have three daughters. His personal interests include politics (watching, not playing!), music and rugby league.

QLS Agnes McWhinney Award

The QLS Agnes McWhinney Award, is named after Queensland’s first admitted female solicitor and recognises outstanding professional or community contribution by a woman lawyer and the significant involvement of women in the legal profession and the community.

2019 award winner - Edwina Rowan

Edwina joined Charltons Lawyers as an articled clerk in 2005 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2007. She is a born and bred Bundaberg local. In 2017, Edwina became a Partner of Charltons Lawyers. Edwina is the current President of the Edon Place Domestic and Family Violence Service Inc. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2013, she is also the President and Past Secretary of the Bundaberg Law Association. Edwina practises in family law, criminal law and domestic violence advocacy.

Innovation in Law

QLS Innovation in Law award is open to all law firms or individual solicitors in Queensland, and recognises excellence in the development and/or application of technology.

2019 award winner - Andrea Perry-Petersen

Andrea is a social change lawyer, who through service innovation, persistence and collaboration is making a positive impact. Her diverse industry experience comprises commercial law, governance, human rights and community law. She applies her unique skillset in program design, research, legal education, functional literacy, litigation and process improvement to her passion for increasing access to justice. Next year, as a Churchill Fellow, Andrea will travel overseas to investigate innovative practices that effectively deliver affordable and understandable legal assistance. Andrea is a self-motivated individual who has an extensive network among the legal profession, start-up and community sectors.  


Community Legal Centre (CLC) Member of the Year

This award is open to all solicitors working or volunteering in a Queensland Community Legal Centre (CLC) who have made outstanding contributions to the community by influencing community justice programs or initiatives which benefit their local community. 

2019 award winner - William Mitchell

Bill is the Principal Solicitor at Townsville Community Legal Service (TCLS). Bill has worked in community law and human rights since his admission in 1991. He was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2008 for his work in advancing human rights in Australia through the practice of law. Bill was made an Outstanding Alumni of James Cook University in 2012. He was shortlisted for the IBA Pro Bono Award in 2018. Bill has represented the National Association of Community Legal Centres five times before the United Nations in New York in debates around a new Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.


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