Queensland Law Society

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Breakfast presenters

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Breakfast is one of QLS’s key strategies for raising awareness to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard rights, dignity and independence of older people. Join our esteemed panellists as they engage in discussion focusing on understanding issues surrounding elder abuse and what legal practitioners can do to assist their older or vulnerable clients to maintain their rights and freedom. Get to know the presenters by reading their profiles below.

Places are limited. Register by Tuesday 12 June.


Christine Smyth

Consultant, Robbins Watson Solicitors; Former President, Queensland Law Society; Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld

Christine Smyth is the former president of Queensland Law Society, having served as its immediate Past President in 2018, President in 2017 and Deputy President in 2016. Christine is a QLS Accredited Specialist (Succession Law), one of a handful of the thirteen thousand Queensland Solicitors to achieve this status, and Consultant at Robbins Watson Solicitors, a highly respected Gold Coast law firm.

In addition to her role within the QLS Council, Christine’s leadership contributions include membership of STEP Worldwide and the STEP Mental Capacity Global Special Interest Group. Christine’s ongoing commitment to excellence in client service and technical skill, has seen her recognized by clients and peers – with the prestigious Doyle’s Guide awarding her Leading Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyer and Queensland’s Leading Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Lawyer awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Christine’s other leadership contributions include membership of the QLS Executive Committee, Executive Management Committee, Audit and Investment Committee, Proctor and Symposium planning committees. Christine was also the inaugural chair of the QLS Council Corporate Governance committee. Christine has extensive board experience and is a member of the QLS Specialist Accreditation Board. In addition to her positions with QLS Council, Christine has experience on the Lexon Insurance Board and as Director of the Law Council of Australia in 2017.

Christine’s other leadership positions include prior roles with STEP Queensland committee and General Editor for Lexis Nexis’ Retirement and Estate Planning Bulletin.

A highly regarded succession, elder and funeral law expert, Christine is widely published, having a regular succession law column in the QLS membership magazine Proctor, various publications in STEP worldwide Journal, and is a regular columnist in the Tax Institute of Australia’s journal. In October 2017, Christine was awarded the Creating Change Award by Women in Business Awards of Australia. In November 2016, Christine was one of only five people appointed to the Queensland State Government’s Better Regulation Task Force with a view to giving back to the community.

Christine is also a regular seminar and conference presenter for industry bodies including QLS, STEP, Legalwise, TEN and the Cemeteries and Crematorium and Funeral Director Associations. With a legal career spanning over 25 years, Christine is a passionate advocate for solicitors (with a focus on their welfare), a long-standing mentor, utiliser of technology and flexible work practices – all while honouring tradition and experience to achieve ethically grounded business viability.


The Honourable Justice Martin Daubney AM

President, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal

The Honourable Justice Martin Daubney AM is a graduate of The University of Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (1986). After 18 months practising as a solicitor, his Honour was admitted to the Bar in 1988 and in 2000 was appointed Senior Counsel.

Justice Daubney served on the council of the Bar Association of Queensland for more than 10 years, including as treasurer (1998–2005), vice president (2005–06) and president from July 2006 until his Honour's appointment as a judge. Justice Daubney also held numerous other appointments in professional and charitable organisations.

On 13 July 2007 Justice Daubney was appointed a judge of Supreme Court of Queensland. His Honour was appointed President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) on 16 October 2017.

In 2018 Justice Daubney was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law, and to the judiciary, to education and to the community.

Brian Herd

Brian Herd

Partner, CRH Law and Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee

Brian practises in elder law or law for older people and their families. He has written many papers and given numerous presentations to a broad cross section of audiences in Australia and overseas on the expanding landscape of elder law. He is the deputy chair of the Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee, a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Succession & Elder Law Committee, an international member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys of America, a Doyle’s Guide leading lawyer in succession law and listed in Best Lawyers for retirement and seniors housing law.

Kirstie Mackie

Kirsty Mackie

Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Solicitor, Pippa Colman & Associates and Chair, Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee

Kirsty practises in the area of family law and elder law. At present she divides her time between coordinating the University of the Sunshine Coast Law School’s clinical placement program at the Suncoast Community Legal Centre and as a family and elder lawyer with Pippa Colman & Associates in Maroochydore. She also tutors part-time for the Law Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. 

Since 2014, Kirsty has been the chair of the Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee and was recently elected as Councillor on the Queensland Law Society Council for 2018/19.

Kirsty is contributing to a series of articles, and a text on elder law in a human rights framework with colleagues at QUT.