Queensland Law Society

Townsville workshop presenters

The Townsville 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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Terence Browne

Partner, Arthur Browne & Associates and Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld

Presenting: Regional roundtable

Terry was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and is a partner of the law firm Arthur Browne & Associates in Townsville. He is an accredited specialist in criminal law. During his career he has been involved in virtually all aspects of criminal law, including representation in numerous complex and high profile matters throughout regional Queensland. He was previously a member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and a current member of the Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee.

He is a previous member of the Access to Justice and Pro-Bono committee and has served as a board member of Legal Aid Queensland. Terry is also an experienced lecturer at the James Cook University School of Law in the subjects of conveyancing and drafting, trust accounts, advocacy and criminal sentencing.


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.


Mark Fenlon

Senior Prosecutor, Townsville Police Prosecutions and Vice President, Townsville District Law Association

Chair: Various sessions

Mark is a Senior Prosecutor for the Queensland Police Service (QPS). He was admitted as a solicitor in 2004 and practised in commercial litigation and building and construction law until 2010 when he became a Prosecutor. Mark is required to advise on evidentiary, legal and practical issues and prosecute, difficult, high profile or political matters for the QPS including murder committals, drug trafficking matters and matters involving internal discipline. He has been involved in many high-profile matters, including being the prosecutor of the murder committal which lead to the implementation of “Mason’s Law”, and in 2015 was the recipient of the QPS Executive Director’s Certificate for outstanding performance in the management and prosecution of 24 drug traffickers following the closure of Operation Juliet Sacramento. Mark has had a long involvement in community matters, being an inaugural volunteer and committee member for the Mackay Community Legal Service and was a volunteer at the Townsville Community Legal Service, is a former National Director of JCI Australia for Corporate Governance and is currently the Vice President of the Townsville District Law Association and Chairman of the Townsville Hockey Association’s Judiciary. Mark’s community involvement was recognised in 2007, when he was the recipient of the Queensland Law Society President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Young Lawyer to the Profession and the Community.


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.  She has published in monographs (The seven elements of successful country law firms) as well as in national and international journals.  She 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.


Jarrad Mobbs

Director, Mobbs & Marr Legal and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld

Presenting: Succession law: S18 Applications: Proving Informal Wills in Queensland

Jarrad Mobbs is a legal practice director with Mobbs & Marr Lawyers, an accredited specialist in succession law and a member of S.T.E.P. Jarrad specialises in assisting accountants, financial planners, trustee companies, lawyers and other advisers with issues that affect their clients. These issues include estate planning, business succession and asset protection, estate administration and dispute resolution.


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.


Stafford Shepherd

Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society

Presenting: Conflict and the regional practitioner and Regional roundtable

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 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.


Tracy Skellern

Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd and Regional roundtable

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

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.


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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