Queensland Law Society

Presenter profiles

 David Bowlesnbsp;|< Shane Budden | Pippa Colman | Sheila Kushe |  John Milburn | Carla Parsons |  Bill Potts |  Tracy Skellern | Stafford Shepherd | Mark Werner |


David Bowles

Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society

David was admitted as a solicitor in 1996 and was in private practice from that time until joining Queensland Law Society’s QLS Ethics and Practice Centre in November 2012.

David’s experience, initially as an employee and then as a sole practitioner includes crime, property, litigation and estate planning. As an Ethics Solicitor he is responsible for providing ethical guidance to members, and continuing legal education.

He holds postgraduate certificates in Cybersecurity from Harvard University Extension School and in Project Management from the University of Adelaide EdX program.


Shane Budden

Ethics Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society

Shane is a solicitor in the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, and provides ethical guidance and instruction to practitioners. He contributes significantly to the QLS Journal Proctor, both through his regular column and by authoring feature articles. Shane was admitted in 1992 and worked in general practice with a focus on criminal law, before moving to in-house work, initially with the Ipswich City Council internal legal team. Prior to joining QLS he headed up the internal legal team at the Queensland Building Construction Commission/Queensland Building Services Authority and was Chair of the Society’s Government Lawyers committee.


Pippa Colman

Director, Pippa Colman & Associates; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor

Pippa was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and practises on the Sunshine Coast in a family law practice which she founded in 2001. Pippa and Margaret Rimmer established the Sunshine Coast Family Contact Centre in Maroochydore in 1995 and in 2001 they were recognised by the Supreme Court and Queensland Law Society. Pippa is a lifetime member and past president of the Sunshine Coast District Law Association and is also a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor.


Sheila Kushe

Head, Professional Development and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and Member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group

Sheila heads the professional development team who are responsible for designing professional development events for legal practitioners. With nearly 20 years’ experience working in the legal industry, Sheila has practised as a lawyer, managed teams, has developed leadership programs for lawyers in both Australia and the UK, and ran her own executive coaching business.

In addition to her law degree, Sheila holds a postgraduate qualification in Coaching (Psychology) from Sydney University, is accredited in the Hogan assessment tool and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Sheila is also a member of Queensland Law Society’s Wellbeing Working Group.


John Milburn

Barrister-at-Law, Mediator, Academic, Presiding Officer and Member, Bar Association of Queensland Human Rights Committee

John Milburn is a Barrister-at-Law, a nationally accredited mediator, a lecturer in law at Central Queensland University, and a member of both the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and the Mental Health Review Tribunal. John graduated with honours from the University of Queensland in 1984.

Carla Parsons

Director, Parsons Law and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld

Carla is an Accredited Specialist in Succession law and has also completed a Master of Applied Law (Wills & Estates) through the College of Law. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is also the current co-chair of the STEP Qld branch. In addition, Carla holds the role of semester assistant professor at Bond University, teaching the Wills and Estates elective in the practical legal training program.

In both the 2017 and 2018 Doyles Guide, Carla has been recognised as a Leading Wills & Estate Lawyer and as one of the recommended Estate Litigation Lawyers in Queensland.


Bill Potts

President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor

Bill is the President of Queensland Law Society and a criminal law Director of Potts Lawyers.

Bill is a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor who provides confidential guidance on professional and ethical problems. He previously served as president of the Society in 2016 and is currently a Director of the Law Council of Australia. Through these roles, as a leader of the profession, he has worked to support the rule of law in a time of significant change and has advocated for better resourcing of the courts to improve efficiencies in the management of matters.

Bill is passionate about promoting Queensland Law Society as a dynamic and respected membership organisation. As a member and leader of Council, he has achieved successes in advocacy, reductions in insurance premiums and invigorated our engagement with government.

Tracy Skellern

Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd

Since admission, Tracy has worked in various positions in the legal industry including in private practice, as a consultant in a legal practice management software company, as a precedent lawyer, and as general manager of a specialist law practice.

For the past decade, Tracy has conducted risk management workshops with law practices all over Queensland and been extensively involved in the creation and updating of many of the legal risk tools provided by Lexon. Tracy has also presented at a range of continuing professional development events regarding Lexon’s claim experience, neuroscience research and risk management strategies.


Stafford Shepherd

Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd

Stafford was admitted as a solicitor in 1987. After admission he practised for a number of years in partnership and subsequently as a sole practitioner. Stafford sold his practice in 2004. Between 2004 and 2008 he worked as a consultant to a number of law practices. In 2008 he joined the Queensland Law Society as an Ethics Guidance Officer. In 2015 Stafford was appointed as Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre (‘the Centre’), and further he serves as secretary to the Society’s Ethics Committee. He is also the Society’s representative on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

The Centre provides ethical guidance and practice support services. In addition, the Centre delivers practical legal ethics and practice support sessions to members, the profession and students (whether at university or practical legal training).

Stafford is the executive editor of the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 in Practice: A Commentary for Australian Legal Practitioners. He has written extensively on legal ethics.

Stafford is a sessional member at the Queensland University of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws (Commercial and Corporate) from the University of Queensland, a postgraduate certificate in arbitration and mediation from the University of Adelaide. Stafford is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Stafford’s areas of interest are land transactions, trust, succession law and the equitable doctrine underpinning legal ethics.

Mark Werner

Director, J.A Carroll & Son Solicitors

Mark is a Director of J. A Carroll & Son, Solicitors and has eleven (11) years’ experience working mostly as a criminal lawyer. He also works in the areas of wills and estate management, debt matters, family law, and personal injury law. He is a duty lawyer for the Adult & Children’s Criminal Courts. He represents clients in all of the Qld state Courts, regularly travelling to Country Qld, Maroochydore and Brisbane. He graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and a Graduate Law degree, and has completed six (6) Masters courses in International Law. He has also successfully completed the QLS Practice Management course. He was admitted on 13 December 2007. He is the current President of the South Burnett District Law Association (2012-2014 & 2018-2019).

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