Queensland Law Society

Mackay workshop presenters


The Mackay workshop is designed to engage QLS members in their locality as we bring professional development and practice support to you. Each session contains highly relevant content presented by leading subject matter experts. Get to know the presenters by reading their profiles below.

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Kate Bone

Associate, Beckey Knight & Elliott Solicitors and President, Mackay District Law Association

Chairing: Regional roundtable

Kate Bone is an associate at Beckey, Knight & Elliott Solicitors. Kate was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2010, and being a Mackay local, returned to Mackay in 2014 after living in Canada and the United Kingdom for two years. Kate works as a volunteer with the Mackay Community Legal Centre on a regular basis. In her professional capacity, Kate is the President of the Mackay District Law Association and Vice President of the North Queensland Law Association. Kate is the Chairperson of Ideal Placements, a not-for-profit organisation that assists people with disabilities to find employment and increase their quality of life by participating in an inclusive society.




Shane Budden

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

Presenting: Conflict and the regional practitioner

Shane was admitted in 1992 and worked as a general practitioner for several years before joining the Ipswich City Council in-house legal team. In 2001 he moved to the in-house legal team at Queensland Building Services Authority, taking over management of the team in 2006. During this time Shane served on, and later chaired, the Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Committee. Shane joined QLS in 2014 as Manager, Advocacy and Policy/Senior Policy Advisor and now works in QLS Ethics Centre as an Ethics Solicitor, providing bespoke ethics sessions and ethical guidance to the profession as well as publishing articles in Proctor and on the QLS website.




Paddy Cullinane

Barrister, Mackay Barrister Chambers

Presenting: Mediation – what you need to know








Michael Drinkall

Team Leader, Trust Account Investigations, Queensland Law Society

Presenting: Top 10 accounting tips

Michael is highly experienced in conducting examinations of solicitors’ trust accounts and is recognised as a market leader in providing advice on trust accounting.

Before joining QLS, Michael was a manager at a private accounting firm in the business services and audit sector. Michael has a business degree and is a member of CPA Australia. He regularly lectures at Bond University and QUT on trust accounting.




Dr Caroline Hart

Associate Professor (Law), School of Law and Justice, University of Southern Queensland and Director, National Rural Law and Justice

Presenting: Information Technology: An essential tool for regional practitioners and Regional roundtable

Caroline Hart is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. She has been researching into the 'lives of regional lawyers' and practice management since 2010. Her research is based on in-depth interviews with lawyers, the judiciary, law graduates and policy-makers. 

Her recent publication is The Seven Elements of Successful Country Law Firms (The Federation Press, 2018). Caroline has been publishing in national and international journals on regional legal practice, and the use of technology for over 13 years. In recent years has been invited to attend the General Counsel Risk and Compliance Roundtables held in London (hosted by Hinshaw & Culbertson, NY and Clyde & Co, London). This involvement provides Caroline to invaluable insights into the operation of highly successful global law firms that she incorporates into her writing into regional legal practice. Caroline has been a member of the Downs and South Western Queensland District Law Association for over 13 years. 

Prior to university, she was a practising lawyer in government and consultant in private practice.

Danielle Fitzgerald

Danielle Fitzgerald

Associate, Macrossan and Amiet Solicitors

Chairing: Conflict and the regional practitioner and A series of unfortunate events: Practical strategies for recovery

Danielle was born and raised in Mackay and undertook a law degree at James Cook University in Townsville. She has been employed with Macrossan and Amiet since the commencement of her traineeship in 2010 and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2012. She has been a member of the Mackay District Law Association since 2013.





Catherine Luck

Associate, Macrossan and Amiet Solicitors

Chairing: Leading wellbeing in the legal profession and Mediation - what you need to know

Catherine completed a double degree in law and commerce degree at James Cook University in Townsville. Whilst completing her university studies, Catherine worked at a law firm in Townsville. Catherine commenced working with Taylors Solicitors during university holidays, and was delighted to returned to the firm and the Mackay area upon completing her studies. Catherine was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2009, and enjoys assisting clients in a variety of areas of law including criminal and personal injury.





Robert Mackay

Senior Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance

Presenting: A series of unfortunate events: Practical strategies for recovery

Robert is a Senior Solicitor in the Risk Team at Lexon Insurance and plays an active role in the development of risk management tools. Robert has run the industry first System Testing program in several practice areas since 2014 which have been conducted in hundreds of legal practices across Australia and are designed to help practitioners identify and manage any system gaps that can result in claims for professional negligence. Robert holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts was admitted as a solicitor in 2005, predominantly focusing on commercial and property law. He is often asked to present to Queensland practices on risk management.




Peter McLachlan

Principal, Beckey Knight & Elliott Solicitors

Presenting: Regional roundtable

Peter was admitted to practise in 1981 and commenced working at Beckey, Knight & Elliott in Mackay where he became a partner in 1983. He works primarily in family law, children’s (including as ICL), property, wills and estate planning and some commercial work. He is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Peter is a past President of the Mackay District Law Association and the North Queensland Law Association.





Rolf Moses

Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Law Society and Member, Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group

Presenting: Leading wellbeing in the legal profession

Rolf is the Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Law Society. He has over 20 years’ human resources and general management experience working in large international legal firms throughout Australia and Asia. Rolf is the former chair and a current member of the Queensland Law Society Wellbeing working group.





Lloyd Stanger

Senior Solicitor, McKays Solicitors

Chairing: Top 10 accounting tips and Information Technology: An essential tool for regional practitioners

Lloyd graduated from James Cook University in March, 2013 having completed his Bachelor of Laws in late 2012. As an (almost) local Lloyd returned home to Mackay in January, 2013 and began work as a Solicitor whilst completing his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with Statewide Conveyancing and McKays Solicitors. Now a Senior Solicitor with McKays, Lloyd practices in the fields of commercial and corporate law.





Ken Taylor

President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Purcell Taylor; Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries Law) – Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee

Presenting: Welcome remarks and Closing remarks

Ken is president of the Queensland Law Society. He is a director of Purcell Taylor in Townsville having been admitted in 1989. Ken is also a current member of the TDLA and the ALA, holds specialist accreditation in personal injuries law and he is a member of the S.193A Workers Compensation Review Panel.

He was awarded life membership with the Townsville CLC and is a director of Mater Health NQ. Ken supports the maintenance of high professional and ethical standards in the profession and the promotion of the value of solicitors to the general community. He recognises the challenges that are facing QLS members across Queensland.

Ken is focused on the service that QLS can offer its members as being central to the growth of the organisation and to the QLS remaining relevant to all of its members in rapidly changing and challenging times.


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