Queensland Law Society

Toowoomba workshop presenters


The Toowoomba 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.



Shane Budden

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

Presenting: Managing conflicts of interest and Regional roundtable panellist

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 and Practice 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.


Catherine Cheek

Special Counsel, Clewett Lawyers

Chairing: Top 10 accounting tips

Catherine Cheek is dedicated to assisting people through some of the most difficult times of their lives by providing understanding and empathetic legal representation.

Her goal is to make her clients feel supported throughout litigation, to stand up for those who have suffered and to achieve the best outcome possible.

Since being admitted in 1991, Catherine has actively campaigned for the individual rights and been involved in a number of significant and difficult cases.

She is also a strong supporter of her local community and is actively involved in the Toowoomba community through her volunteer work at the Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic in Toowoomba and as a committee member and President (current) of the Downs and South Western Queensland Law Association.

Catherine is also a strong supporter of her local community. She is involved in the Toowoomba community through her volunteer work which included 10 years of providing voluntary assistance at the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic in Toowoomba until it closed in 2017. She has been a committee member of the Downs and South Western Queensland Law Association for a number of years and is the current Immediate Past President.

Catherine is the 2017 recipient of the WLAQ Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year Award.


Sam Davidson

Head of Intellectual Property Practice, Clifford Gouldson Lawyers

Presenting: Intellectual property: what is yours, mine and ours?

Sam's passion is helping businesses large and small realise and protect their new ideas and turn them into valuable intellectual property. She assists clients with all aspects of intellectual property advice and protection including trade marks, brand development and licensing and infringement work; a critical service for businesses striving for success in the information age.

Sam also boasts special expertise in the protection of intellectual property assets of sports entities and international sporting tournaments developed through her work in a boutique sports law firm in London. Having acted for numerous prestigious clients including the Trustees of the Ascot Authority, the International Olympic Committee, Formula One Management and the Rugby World Cup, Sam has a high level of expertise in the area of asset protection. Sam's expertise extends to assisting tertiary education bodies and agribusiness to protect and monetise their intellectual property.


Randal Dennings

Chair, University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre and Guest Lecturer, University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland

Panellist: Regional roundtable

Randal is a Fellow of the Governance institute of Australia and is a contributing author to its publications, as well as a regular facilitator and lecturer for a number of its governance risk and compliance related forums and activities.

Randal chairs the University of Queensland's (UQ) Law School Pro Bono Centre, is a regular lecturer for the Law School, an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland's schools of business and law, and is convenor of UQ Law’s Adjunct and Honorary Professors.

Until his retirement, Randal was the lead partner of Clayton Utz’s national governance and compliance division. In this role he advised extensively in the public, private and NFP sectors on governance, legal risk and compliance issues including the establishment and enhancement of compliance management systems (particularly those focussing on financial services reform, anti-money laundering, privacy, retail credit and related issues).


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.



Adrian Hallewell

Principal, Hallewell Law

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

Adrian was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1996, and has practised exclusively in disputes and litigation for most of his legal career.

Adrian holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Literature), both from the University of Queensland, and is a former President of the Downs & South Western Queensland Law Association.


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 pannelist

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 she 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 with 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.


Robert Mackay

Senior Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance

Presenting: Complexities of modern regional practice

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 developed and run the industry first System Testing program in several practice areas since 2014 which have been conducted in hundreds of legal practices across Australia. These are designed to help practitioners identify and manage any system gaps that can result in claims for professional negligence. Robert was admitted as a solicitor in 2005 and regularly presents at the QUT PLT Course and at QLS Conferences.


Rolf Moses

Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Law Society

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.


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.