The Honourable Catherine Holmes
Chief Justice of Queensland
The Honourable Catherine Holmes was sworn in as Chief Justice of Queensland on 11 September 2015, having previously been a Justice of Appeal. Her Honour holds the degrees of B.Econ (ANU), B.A. (Hons), LLB, LLM (Advanced) (UQ). She was admitted as a solicitor in 1982 and as a barrister in 1984, taking silk in 1999. While in practice, Justice Holmes was at various times a part time member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, Deputy President of the Queensland Community Corrections Board and, during 1998 and 1999, Counsel assisting the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse. Her Honour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland in March 2000. She was the judge overseeing the Court’s criminal list for some years, and was the judge constituting the Mental Health Court from February 2005 until May 2006, when she was appointed to the Court of Appeal. From 16 January 2011 until 16 March 2012, Justice Holmes was the Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland Floods 2010-2011.
Chairman of Partners, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Dominic is Chairman of Partners at leading national law firm, McCullough Robertson. He is a commercial lawyer who focuses on government advisory work, resources and infrastructure. In one form or another, he has been practising law since 1978.
Dominic joined McCullough Robertson in 1996. Prior to joining the firm, he held prominent positions with the Queensland Government; he was Executive Director of Crown Law, and Executive Director - Policy and Legislation Division with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. As a result, he is one of a few lawyers in Queensland with a combination of significant senior government experience as well as private practice experience.
Dominic is an acknowledged authority on native title and cultural heritage issues and has extensive experience communicating and negotiating with indigenous communities across Australia.
Finally, Dominic is committed to ensuring greater diversity in the legal profession and, amongst other roles, is one of Queensland’s Male Champions of Change.
Director, Rice Dispute Resolution and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Anne-Marie is a director of Rice Dispute Resolution and the principal mediator at Rice Mediations. She is an accredited specialist in family law, a nationally accredited mediator and a registered FDRP and Arbitrator. She has been an active member of Queensland Legal Profession having served on the Queensland Law Society Practice Management Committee, Specialist Accreditation (Family) Committee and the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland. She is the current Queensland Solicitor representative on the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Anne-Marie is committed to dispute resolution without recourse to trial and regularly trains practitioners around the country in mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice (a model in which she has consistently worked for over 10 years). Her focus is on the practical application of a “positive approach” to problem solving and her engaging presentations invite audiences to embrace the concept that conflict can be resolved without combat.
Anne-Marie regularly presents at local, national and international conferences and, as well as writing for both academic and industry publications, she is a consultant author to the CCH’s Family Law Service and the Master Family Law Guide. She is the family law lecturer and subject coordinator at the University of Queensland where she has been nominated for the excellence in teaching award.
Anne-Marie was the winner of the Leneen Forde AC Woman Lawyer of the Year Award (2018).
Barrister, Queensland Bar
Florence Chen is a proactive member of the legal community and currently sits on the Bar Association of Queensland Bar Council, is a former President of the Queensland Young Lawyers and was an Events Coordinator for Out For Australia, which assists LGBTIQ+ identifying students and young professionals successfully transition into the workplace. She enjoys engaging with the future of the legal community by acting as a mentor to a number of law students and tutoring Civil Procedure at the University of Queensland.
Prior to being called to the Bar in 2014, she was a Judges Associate at the Supreme Court of Queensland to the Hon. Justice Fryberg and the Hon. Justice Jackson. Florence Chen is a barrister at Level 27 Chambers and specialises in commercial law and tax law.
Magistrate Jacqueline Payne
Magistrate Jacqueline Payne graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland Institute of Technology. She did Articles of Clerkship with a commercial law firm and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1986. Upon admission she worked at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service.
Magistrate Payne worked as a criminal defence lawyer for 14 years and opened her own law firm in 1996.
Magistrate Payne was appointed a Magistrate in 1999 and was the first indigenous person to be appointed to the judiciary in Queensland.
She currently sits in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.