Queensland Law Society

Nominees

Nominations for the 2019 QLS Council election closed on Tuesday at 4pm AEST with QLS receiving one nomination for the role of President. Since the close of nominations, one candidate has exercised their right to withdraw their nomination for the role of Deputy President. Therefore the Returning Officer declares, in accordance with rules 33(1) and (2) of the Legal Profession (Society) Rules 2007, that:

  • Luke Murphy is duly elected as President of the Queensland Law Society commencing 1 January 2020; and
  • Elizabeth Shearer is duly elected as Deputy President of the Queensland Law Society commencing 1 January 2020.

We congratulate Luke Murphy and Elizabeth Shearer on their election.

As there were more nominations than vacancies for the positions of Vice President and Ordinary Member of Council, the QLS membership will go to the polls.

On this page you will find a list of Council election nominees, organised by office, listed in the order automatically drawn in accordance with the Rules.

Nominees have supplied a short profile of their background, executive management experience and perspective on important issues for the profession. The aim is to build familiarity between candidates and members and support informed decision-making for voters.

 

President

Duly elected as President of the Queensland Law Society commencing 1 January 2020 in accordance with rule 33(1) of the Legal Profession (Society) Rules 2007.


Luke Murphy, Murphy Schmidt

I am an Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries), also practising in Succession law. I am currently a Council and Executive Member, Deputy Chair - Accident Compensation Committee and member - Specialist Accreditation Board and CPD Committee.

I nominate to work with and lead the new Council in improving QLS services to members and the public. I am enthusiastic about the contribution a unified, experienced Council can make in the continuation and implementation of initiatives to assist members professionally, personally and in their business management. I wish to continue the society’s work in liaising with Government on legislative and policy considerations.

I have served as Deputy President - Royal Lifesaving Society of Qld, Deputy Chairman - Holy Spirit Care Services and member - Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee.

I have the full support of my wife Tracy, our three adult children and my partners at MurphySchmidt in my nomination.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity. A profession with integrity will be respected and respectful of others. Respect facilitates effective and efficient service of all stakeholders.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I have learnt a great deal during my two years on Council and that acquired knowledge will assist the Society better serve its Members, the public and Government.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I will promote and assist policy submissions and the making of pertinent public commentary. I will encourage ongoing improvement in both professional development and appropriate support for the Society’s members.


Deputy President

Duly elected as Deputy President of the Queensland Law Society commencing 1 January 2020 in accordance with rule 33(2) of the Legal Profession (Society) Rules 2007.


Elizabeth Shearer, Shearer Doyle Law

I am a QLS Senior Counsellor, Chair of the Access to Justice Pro Bono Committee, and a member of the Ethics and Professional Conduct Committees. Previously, I served as Chair of the Practice Management Committee, and on Council from 2014-17. I am a member of the University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre Advisory Board, and the Supreme Court Library Committee. I serve on the Law Council of Australia’s Access to Justice Committee and am appointed to the Professional Standards Councils in all States and Territories. I was admitted in 1986 and have worked in large and small private practices, legal aid, and community legal services. I now operate a small private practice in Brisbane CBD. This includes a specialist family law practice, as well as general practice work focussed on meeting the needs of “the missing middle” who are not accessing solicitors when they need help for everyday legal problems.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Each of these values is essential, but service particularly resonates. QLS has given me the opportunity for service to the profession and, through policy committees, service to the community.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I don’t want my generation to be the last general practitioners. Our community needs us. I want to ensure solicitors survive and thrive as trusted advisors to our clients.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    After more than 30 years in different roles in very different styles of practice, I can see how the pieces fit together. I will work hard to contribute this perspective.


Vice President


Philip Ware, Stanwell Corporation

30 years in the law, 20 in-house and as a senior governance executive in a complex and highly regulated industry and policy environment. Committed to the maintenance of the Rule of Law, Good Law and Good Lawyers. Expert in governance and probity. Passionate about lawyer wellbeing and mentoring. Experienced Chair and committee member: QLS Senior Counsellor; Chair, Wellbeing Working Group (WWG); Chair, In-house Lawyers Committee; ADR Committee. Previously, Mining and Resources Committee. Proud of WWG wellbeing initiatives around the Practice Management Course, Mental Health First Aid training and Vicarious Trauma awareness. Member Queensland Committee and National Mentoring and Advocacy Committees of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC); accredited Probity Adviser (Resolution Institute); Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD); member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb); member of the Racing Queensland Training Disputes Tribunal; member of the QUT Alumni Board. Currently undertaking MBA studies at QUT.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Professional and personal integrity and respect are givens for a solicitor. Service to the Law, clients, the Profession and the community differentiates. So an ethic of service is paramount.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    The opportunity to serve the Society and the profession, especially in relation to lawyer wellbeing and practice support. Provide my expertise in executive management and governance to the Society.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    Member services and public advocacy. I am very passionate about lawyer wellbeing and practice support, especially for the majority of our rural, regional, remote members in small practices.


Peter Lyons, Consultant

I believe that I can bring to the Council the voice of a person with new ideas to assist the QLS to meet the challenges it faces over the next two years and to give voice to those members who may feel that are not being heard. In particular, I seek to be a voice to acknowledge the tireless work of CLC's and the unheralded pro bono work undertaken by QLS members (for CLCs and the wider general community). Having been a member of the QLS for over 27 years I have been able to observe with pride the growth of the QLS as a vital and influential voice for the solicitors of Queensland. I am seeking the opportunity to give something back to the legal profession and would be honored to be member of the next QLS Council.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    All the QLS core values are important that they support the vision, shape the culture and reflect what the QLS and its member's value.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Funding cuts to CLC. It is important that the work of CLC's are not forgotten; nor the excellent pro bono work of QLS members helping disadvantaged members of our community.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    By seeking to be an active member of the Council, to listen to members and to support the rule of law.


Ordinary member of Council


Kara Thomson, DWF (Australia)

I have worked in insurance (personal injuries) for over 12 years in both plaintiff and defendant roles, with some previous insolvency experience. I have also worked in regional Queensland (Townsville) and have an appreciation of the needs and pressures of practitioners outside the CBD area. I maintain my connection with regional practitioners through my current work which sees me travel regularly into Central and North Queensland. I have, for the last four years worked as part of the QLS Council team, developing strategies to ensure that our profession remains valued, of excellent repute and empowered for the future. I am looking forward to continuing that work and making sure that the Society remains best placed to continue its advocacy work for the benefit of the profession. I am proud to be a Queensland solicitor and look forward to representing the profession in a meaningful way in 2020/21.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Service is most important to me, it is at the core of our profession, providing access to services that ordinary members of the public need.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I am motivated to drive our membership-based organisation so that we remain relevant, of benefit and advocate for good law for good lawyers.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I will embrace a relationship of integrity and respect with the Society and support president, deputy and vice president to fairly represent and advance the profession.


Peter Seymour, Seymour Furlong

I was admitted as a solicitor in 1993 after completing 5 years as an articled clerk. During that time I have worked in both small firms and large city based firms and I feel I have an understanding of what lawyers needs are from their society. Currently I am the Principal of Seymour Furlong Lawyers a small suburban practice, involved exclusively in plaintiff personal injury work. I have been involved in various community and sports clubs. I think the QLS should operate to best support its members and to help them as best they can in the day to day running of their practise. I feel the society also plays an important role in protecting rights of its members and members of the Public, and would like to play an active part in maintaining these values.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    All three are equally important, I do feel that mutual respect and integrity needs to be shown by members of the society particularly in deals with other members.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I just received my pin for 25 years service and feel I would like to assist in whatever way I can to maintain and improve the society for its members.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    To help ensure the society is a support to its members. Plus also maintaining protections for members of the public in their dealings with lawyers and the law.


Allison Caputo, Barry.Nilsson.Lawyers

I have practiced as a solicitor in the area of family law since my admission in 2006. During this time I have worked in private practice in Sydney, the Gold Coast and Brisbane and with the Legal Aid Commission of NSW. I hold a Master of Applied Law (Family) and I am a QLS Accredited Specialist in Family Law. As a current volunteer at the Women’s Legal Service, I provide legal advice to client’s of the service regarding family law and domestic violence. I am a member of the team at Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers providing advice to Lexon Insurance about risk issues for the profession. I have a particular interest in taxation issues in family law and I am a member of the Tax Institute of Australia. Outside of the law, I am a mother to two teenage daughters and I dream about one day being proficient at yoga and pilates.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    The value of service resonates with me. To be of service to others through the provision of advice and representation is what attracted me to the profession.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    A committed and stable Council is vital to representing the needs of the profession. I have previously been involved with the QLS Symposium and would like to further contribute to the interests of lawyers in Queensland.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I would bring the commitment of my time, energy, ideas and experience over many years both outside the practice of law and as a lawyer.


Peter Shannon, Shine Lawyers

Peter Shannon is a Special Counsel with Shine Lawyers, based in Dalby. He heads the firm’s Resources and Energy Landholder Law Practice, representing landholders in negotiations with energy companies.

With over 36 years’ general practise experience (including litigation, property, family, crime, commercial, estates etc.). Peter has also practised in most court jurisdictions. He has practical insight into running a legal practice – having started as a sole practitioner, then Senior Partner of Shannon Donaldson - and now as an employee in a national firm at Shine.

In 2002, Peter was a state finalist in the APLA's Civil Justice Award for pro bono High Court sexual abuse work. In 2005 he was awarded the ALA’s Queensland Civil Justice Award for a community related town planning objection. He is a long-term past President, and life member, of the Dalby Tennis Club.

Peter is a member of the QLS Mining and Resources Committee.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity, because if you have that respect is earned and it will demand of you that you serve, and serve well - so you achieve all 3.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    My Committee experience leads me to believe the Society needs more perspectives to avoid becoming a de facto arm of government, and of the vested power bases in our community.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    By a broader sourcing of the professions views on issues, ensuring we act as a sensible, independent check on those with power and reviving our idealism in a modern setting.


Rod Hodgson, Maurice Blackburn

I am Queensland Managing Partner at the national plaintiff and social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn. I have contributed to policy development and oversight on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NISS). I was the leading architect of the campaign to reverse a former Queensland government attack on common law rights in the workers’ compensation sector. I conceived and led a strategy to preserve common law rights when the NIIS was implemented in the CTP and workers’ compensation contexts in Queensland in 2016. More recently, together with key QLS representatives, I have consulted with government and other stakeholders on the introduction of claims farming and industrial manslaughter legislation. I have practised across all major personal injury and related fields including workers’ compensation, CTP, occupiers and product liability, medical negligence, dust diseases, institutional abuse and superannuation and disability insurance matters.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Respect. Legislative and regulatory interference in individuals’ access to legal remedies is disrespectful of rights, unfair and seldom has beneficial outcomes for the community. Lawyers defend and enhance rights.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    My track record demonstrates that I can make a substantial contribution to good policy outcomes for lawyers and our clients. I will utilise my experience to foster good law.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    With Council, identifying and vigorously pursuing issues which matter most to the community and our profession. I am a skilled and strategic advocate for preservation and enhancement of legal rights.


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.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. Lawyers are the cornerstone of our system of law. If Lawyers act without integrity, our system fails.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Members have invested four years into me learning the QLS ropes and I can add tremendous value to our Society as one of your Councillors repaying that investment.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    By asking the questions that many want to ask but don’t have the opportunity or courage. By holding Council to account and to ensure that we stick to our purpose.


Chloe Kopilovic, FC Lawyers

Chloe is an Associate Director with FC Lawyers leading the Wills and Estates team. After finding a passion for succession law not long after being admitted in 2013, she completed a Masters in Applied Law majoring in Wills & Estates. Chloe is an incumbent Council Member for the Queensland Law Society. She also a member of the CPD Committee and Innovation Committee and part of the QLS website redevelopment group. Outside the law, Chloe is involved in a number of not for profit organisations – she is a committee member of the Australasian Council of Women and Policing and the Finance and Risk committee for Girl Guides Queensland. She also serves on the board for Sunshine Hospice, Uniforms 4 Kids and Spark Bureau. On the weekends, you’ll generally find Chloe out climbing a mountain, or mapping out a hike, on the Sunshine Coast where she lives.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    In a world where many things are disposable, I feel sometimes people forget the fundamentals. Having respect for colleagues and clients is what will keep us in the long game.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Technology is changing the dynamics of law practice rapidly. Being on Council allows me to put forward my ideas to help maximise the role of the QLS for our members.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    Being on Council is a privilege; you meet and learn from wonderful people in our profession. For me, being kind, collegiate and listening is embodying the attributes of the QLS.


Ross Lee, Lee Lawyers

Ross commenced articles of clerkship in 1998 after volunteering at the Caxton Legal Centre in the mid 1990’s. He directed the litigation division of a national firm’s Gold Coast branch before starting up Lee Lawyers in 2006 where he continues in litigation, mediation and insurance law. Ross has degrees in economics and laws. Ross is a QLS senior counsellor and has held District Law Association committee, treasurer and president roles. He is the founding president of My Community Legal – one of 34 Queensland CLCs and a national award-winner. It can be stressful and expensive to respond to a complaint or show cause notice. Ross believes that the QLS can deliver even better member benefits, advocacy, Lexon Insurance and highlight the many forms of pro bono donated by practitioners. Ross stands for rule of law, metro / regional partnerships and resilience development of practitioners, students and staff.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Service, integrity and mutual respect are equally important to me. If one is noticeably lacking, the others are compromised.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I have seen too many colleagues face personal and professional difficulties. I believe in collaboration and helping each other.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I will proactively and reactively make members’ lives easier. Good lawyers take care of the law and public.


Milad Gerayelou, Nicholsons Solicitors

Giving back to the community has always been one of my passions. I used to volunteer for the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and the Robina Community Legal Clinic whilst I was undertaking my law degree studies. In recent times, I have been extensively involved with Junior Chamber International Australia ('JCIA') – Brisbane chapter as the governance director, being a non-profit organisation for young people to develop leadership skills, meet inspiring people and make a real impact in local communities which has over 200,000 members globally. The most recent event that we held was for the World Cleanup Day, where we as a club attended the South Bank Parklands to clean up litter. I predominantly work in the area of property law, anything from A to Z that relates to property. My interests include good whisky and binge watching Netflix.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    I think integrity is the most important value as it is the fundamental principle that governs the personal and moral compass of an individual.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I nominated myself so young lawyers can have a representation of their views and interests, given the legal profession is by majority made up of young lawyers.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    By using my previous work experience and education in public policy to strike a balance between good and fair policies, whilst keeping in mind the interest of young lawyers.


Philip Ware, Stanwell Corporation

30 years in the law, 20 in-house and as a senior governance executive in a complex and highly regulated industry and policy environment. Committed to the maintenance of the Rule of Law, Good Law and Good Lawyers. Expert in governance and probity. Passionate about lawyer wellbeing and mentoring. Experienced Chair and committee member: QLS Senior Counsellor; Chair, Wellbeing Working Group (WWG); Chair, In-house Lawyers Committee; ADR Committee. Previously, Mining and Resources Committee. Proud of WWG wellbeing initiatives around the Practice Management Course, Mental Health First Aid training and Vicarious Trauma awareness. Member Queensland Committee and National Mentoring and Advocacy Committees of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC); accredited Probity Adviser (Resolution Institute); Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD); member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb); member of the Racing Queensland Training Disputes Tribunal; member of the QUT Alumni Board. Currently undertaking MBA studies at QUT.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Professional and personal integrity and respect are givens for a solicitor. Service to the Law, clients, the Profession and the community differentiates. So an ethic of service is paramount.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    The opportunity to serve the Society and the profession, especially in relation to lawyer wellbeing and practice support. Provide my expertise in executive management and governance to the Society.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    Member services and public advocacy. I am very passionate about lawyer wellbeing and practice support, especially for the majority of our rural, regional, remote members in small practices.


Roly O'Regan, Quinn & Scattini Lawyers

I have practiced in our profession for nearly two decades. During this time, I have worked as Solicitor in all areas including as a Prosecutor, Commercial and Dispute Resolution, Planning and Environment and Migration Law. I have been a Judicial Member for Queensland Cricket and have also worked as Company Secretary for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity encompasses respect and service. I will represent all members of our profession and ensure that our high standards are maintained.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    My principal reason for nominating is to ensure that those particularly vulnerable to legal problems are afforded access to justice.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    It is important to recognise and acknowledge that it is a privilege to be a lawyer in our profession and not just any profession, but one with ideals and with an ethos of giving back to the community.


Cassandra Pullos, Pullos Lawyers Pty Ltd

I am an Accredited Family Law Specialist with over 34 years of experience. I’m committed to taking an active role in the ongoing development of best legal practice in Australia. My passion is ADR and education. Having trained in Collaborative Practice in the USA, I co-founded the Queensland Association of Collaborative Professionals in 2006, where I served as president for 4 years. I now serve as Vice Chair of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals. I’ve trained other professionals in collaborative practice for the past 5 years. I’m currently working on developing and mainstreaming Parenting Coordination in Australia following its endorsement by the recent ALRC report into Family Law. On a personal level, cooking is a huge enjoyment for me and I love to explore culture through food, especially when it involves getting a big group of family or friends around one table.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity is the most important value. For the legal profession, integrity has to be foundational, it directs the answer to every ethical dilemma. With integrity, respect and service follow.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I have benefited from the contribution of others contribution to QLS since my admission in 1985. This is my opportunity to give back, to influence and shape the professions future.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    By bringing to the work QLS does the benefit of my professional experience in a variety of firms and the years I’ve spent training and mentoring young lawyers.


Joshua Aylward, Shine Lawyers

Joshua Aylward is a Special Counsel in the Shine Lawyers Class Action team, where he specialises in environmental, financial and competition litigation. With over 15 years’ experience advising a diverse range of clients, Joshua is recognised at the forefront of class action litigation and having an aptitude for handling complex and nuanced cases. Joshua has worked alongside some of the world’s prominent economic, scientific and technical experts on highly complicated and emerging scientific issues to bring class actions against large corporations, and federal, state and local governments. Joshua is driven to give a voice to everyday Australians who have been treated unfairly by government and big business; helping them to understand their legal rights and to achieve the justice they deserve. For Joshua, playing a part in enforcing the accountability of these powerful organisations on behalf of clients who are suffering, is a worthwhile challenge and a rewarding responsibility.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity of individual solicitors, and the legal profession as a whole, is crucial to public confidence in the rule of law.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I nominated to be part of the QLS Council to support the legal profession, and to increase the public's trust in the law and its lawyers.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I'm passionate about advocating for access to justice for the whole community, and particularly those who are in financial hardship, or remote areas. Everyone should have access to legal services.


Kirsty Mackie, University of the Sunshine Coast

I have been lucky enough to enjoy a varied legal career both in private practice, most recently at Pippa Colman & Associates and in the community legal sector. At present I am working with the University of the Sunshine Coast running their practical legal clinic at the Suncoast Community Legal Centre. I am also a sessional academic at QUT in the faculties of law, business and nursing. Until very recently I was Chair of the QLS Elder Law Committee before handing over the reins after 4 years. As Chair I developed a passion for law reform in the areas of capacity and elder abuse. I practice principally in family and elder law. My time on the QLS Council has left me with an enormous respect for the work done to advance the profession by the Society and its members. In my spare time I attempt to surf.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Respect is an integral part of our profession whether it is for the law, for your colleagues or for yourself.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    In order to advocate for change, I believe you have to be part of the process and being on Council is an important part of the process.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I would like the opportunity to continue to work as part of the Council and the Committees to advance law reform in the interests of the public and the profession.


Harry McDonald, Greenhalgh Pickard

After being admitted in early 2018, I have been practising in the Commercial & Property Law department at Greenhalgh Pickard with a focus on employment law, commercial property transactions and leasing and managing the firm’s conveyancing team.

My passion is in employment law & industrial relations and I enjoy assisting commercial clients in this area. During my studies, I was a founding member of the USC Law Students’ Association and served three terms on the Executive. In August 2019 I joined the committee of the Sunshine Coast Law Association for the '19-'20 term.

In my spare time I referee football and enjoy mountain climbing.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Respect is the most important value to me. In my practise, maintaining respect for my client’s interests, and for the opposing solicitor, is at the forefront of my mind.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Youthful representation for early career lawyers. Young people are under-represented in many democratic processes and I'd like the QLS Council to be one less place.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    My driving motivator behind practise has been to develop my understanding of the lawyer to enable me to contribute to society through the development of good law and policy.


William (Bill) Munro, Munro Legal Pty Ltd

I have been in active continuous private practice since admission in December 1978. In 1999 and again in 2018, I served as President of the Downs & South West Qld Law Association and remain a member of its Management Committee. Earlier this year, I was honoured with the award of Queensland First Nations Lawyer of the Year. I am a Legal Practitioner/Director of Munro Legal Pty Ltd in Toowoomba where I have practised for the past 22 years. I have also practised in NSW and the Northern Territory. I have been an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injuries since 1998. I also practise extensively in the Wills and Estates aspects of our practice. I am especially interested in ensuring our members in Rural and Remote parts of the State continue to be well served by the society and am committed to accessible service to all members of QLS.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Obviously, each of these values is critical, but I believe that unless integrity characterises all that we do, our clients may doubt our service and respect will consequently be diminished.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    As President of the DLA I saw much more work remains to be done in the regional and remote areas of Queensland. I wish to assist in that challenge.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    A generation of experience for me brings with it awareness, flexibility, empathy and a determination, if successful, to advocate for the three great "goods".


Rebecca Pezzutti, Bell Dixon Butler Laywers

I am a Senior Associate in a regional law firm, and the immediate past President of the Fraser Coast DLA (2017 & 2018). I was the DLA Secretary in 2015 & 2016. During my tenure with the DLA my team revived communications, networking and social events as a key strategy to foster collegiality among local practitioners. The benefits for the local profession have been tremendous and ongoing. I am currently a member of the QLS Industrial Law Committee where I participate and contribute to law and policy in employment and workplace relations. I am passionate about enhancing the reputation of regional practitioners, and the strength of connection between the regions and the QLS city base. I am willing to contribute my efforts to ensure that regional lawyers are represented at the table, and to enhance opportunities to connect, contribute and learn, and to advance issues of importance to regional lawyers.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    Integrity. We ask to be trusted by clients who at times are vulnerable and have 'everything on the line'. Integrity requires us to be brutally honest with ourselves and regularly check our motivations to ensure they are aligned with that position

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    I want to contribute to the work of the QLS and ensure that the voice of Regional Members are well represented. I also want to learn and grow as a practitioner and leader in the profession.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    I will bring a uniquely regional perspective to the discussion and resolution of issues and the work of the QLS, ensuring that the issues of importance for regional lawyers are tabled and advanced.


Peter Lyons, Consultant

I believe that I can bring to the Council the voice of a person with new ideas to assist the QLS to meet the challenges it faces over the next two years and to give voice to those members who may feel that are not being heard. In particular, I seek to be a voice to acknowledge the tireless work of CLC's and the unheralded pro bono work undertaken by QLS members (for CLCs and the wider general community). Having been a member of the QLS for over 27 years I have been able to observe with pride the growth of the QLS as a vital and influential voice for the solicitors of Queensland. I am seeking the opportunity to give something back to the legal profession and would be honored to be member of the next QLS Council.

  1. Which of Queensland Law Society’s values of service, integrity and respect is most important to you and why?

    All the QLS core values are important that they support the vision, shape the culture and reflect what the QLS and its member's value.

  2. What prompted you to nominate for a seat on Council?

    Funding cuts to CLC. It is important that the work of CLC's are not forgotten; nor the excellent pro bono work of QLS members helping disadvantaged members of our community.

  3. How will you contribute to Queensland Law Society’s vision of good law, good lawyers, for the public good?

    By seeking to be an active member of the Council, to listen to members and to support the rule of law.