Queensland Law Society

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Facilitators

 

Renee Bidwell

Head of Client Development, Corrs Chamber Westgarth

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Business development and client service

Renee has built her career with domestic and international law firms. Renee has experience across all aspects of marketing and business development including business planning, pitching, sales coaching and client account management.

Renee has developed great insight into the challenges faced by practitioners and brings a client centric approach to business development. Renee has a Bachelor of Business in Management and Public Relations and often contemplates finishing her law degree.


Adam Bloom

Principal, Bloom Costs: Costs Lawyer and Court Appointed Costs Assessor

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Costs & billing
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Costs & billing

Originally admitted in NSW in 1987, Adam practised in a range of commercial litigation firms in NSW until 1999, when he changed career direction and moved into legal costs consulting.

For the last twenty years, Adam has practised and specialised exclusively in all aspects of legal costs law, ranging from assessment of costs in all Queensland and Federal courts, to advice on costs agreements and law firm costs management, to becoming a court appointed Costs Assessor in 2008.

Adam regularly presents costs seminars for various professional bodies and in-house at law firms, and has established himself as one of the pre-eminent costing specialists in Brisbane and Queensland generally.


David Bowles

Solicitor, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Ethics

David is responsible for providing ethical guidance to Queensland legal practitioners.

David was admitted as a solicitor in 1996 and worked in private practice before joining QLS in 2012. His experience includes crime, property, litigation and estate planning. David has a Bachelor of Arts and Law. He is a trusted ethical advisor and regularly delivers relevant leadership initiatives to the legal profession.


Shane Budden

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

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Ethics

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 Queensland Building Services Authority’s in-house legal team, taking over management of the team in 2006. During this time Shane served on, and later chaired, QLS' Government Lawyers Committee. Shane joined QLS in 2014 as a Manager Advocacy and Policy/Senior Policy Advisor and now works in QLS Ethics Centre as an Ethics Solicitor, providing Bespoke Ethics Sessions and ethics guidance to the profession and publishing articles in Proctor and on QLS Ethics Centre website.


Mylton Burns

Principal, Commercial Litigation and Insurance, McInnes Wilson Lawyers

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Business planning

Mylton has over 30 years' experience and is recognised as one of Australia's leading commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyers. Mylton joined McInnes Wilson as a Principal in 1996 where he advises the firm's commercial and professional service clients on how best to protect their businesses from claims.

Mylton has a Bachelor and Master of Laws, is a past President of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group, a member of the Law Council of Australia and QLS, and a member of QLS' PMC Committee. He also runs McInnes Wilson's internal CLE program.

Peter Camenzuli

Partner, Pitcher Partners

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Practice finance

Peter Camenzuli is a partner at Pitcher Partners Brisbane. Peter has over 25 years experience and became a partner of the firm in 2002.

Peter heads up the firm’s Business Advisory Services Division where he works closely with a variety of small to medium sized businesses. Peter’s client base includes a number of Professional Services firms where he provides advice on both the financial aspects of the firm and the individual partner.


Michael Drinkall

Team Leader, Trust Account Investigations, Queensland Law Society

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Trust Accounting
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Trust Accounting

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.


Midja Fisher

Midja Fisher

Corporate Facilitator, Speaker, Author, Coach; Member QLS PMC Committee

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Managing people and difficult conversations
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Managing people and difficult conversations

LLB(Hons.) B Info Tech

Midja is a leadership expert, corporate facilitator, mentor and keynote speaker. She is a lawyer and former partner of Shine Lawyers, an ASX listed company and one of Australia’s largest compensation law firms. Midja began her career as an IT consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, before practising law and then finding her passion in the field of learning and development.

During her career she has mentored leaders and facilitated hundreds of corporate workshops, from webinar series and induction programs to 6-day residential leadership programs.

Midja understands the challenges clients face in building leadership capability within their organisations. She works with their leaders to leverage their strengths to gain the skills and self-belief they need to inspire top performance.

Midja specialises in the areas of authentic leadership, building career confidence and women’s mentoring programs. Her clients include the Toyota North Queensland Cowboys, SAP, James Conomos Lawyers, Gouldson Legal, Sentinel Property Group, Queensland Law Society, WSP, Merthyr Law, Australian Trade College, QLD RSL and Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA).

Midja is the author of two books ‘Confidence – How to be your most Authentic, Courageous and Unshakeable Self’ and ‘Great Lawyer to Great Leader’.

Midja lives on the Gold Coast with her three children.

Find out more about Midja and her practice at www.midja.com.au 


Judy Hayward

Principal, Hayward & Co. Lawyers, Wills & Estates Australia

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Risk and compliance
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Judy Hayward is the principal of Hayward & Co. Lawyers, Wills & Estates Australia.

She is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Succession Law Specialist and practices exclusively in the area of Wills, Estate Administration, Estate Planning and Estate Litigation.

Judy currently teaches the “Wills & Estates Practice” component of the Legal Practice Course at Griffith University.

Together with Glenn Dickson and Susan McLeod, Barristers-at-law, she co-authors the Wills & Estates Practice Manual for Smokeball.


Helen Johannsen

Consultant

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Business planning

Helen is an experienced solicitor, who has practised in the professional indemnity arena acting for solicitors, architects and engineers. Helen has previously worked for the Australian Institute of Architects providing risk management seminars and practical advice to a range of construction professionals on documents, procedures and strategies. Since completing her TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2013, Helen has worked at Queensland Law Society contributing towards the learning and development of those working in the legal sector. She was responsible for programming continuing professional development events for solicitors and training and assessing students undertaking the Society’s Diploma of Legal Services and the Certificate IV in Legal Services. Helen recently managed professional development courses and events for members and directors at the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Queensland.


Tim Jones

Director – Business Advisory, Vincents Chartered Accountants

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Practice finance

Tim advises legal firms on start-up structuring, restructuring and complying arrangements throughout the many associated stages of ATO intervention. Assisting firms to improve their efficiencies and profitability is a particular interest. Tim is often engaged to assist in dispute resolution with a focus on achieving equitable compliant outcomes.

Tim has a Bachelor of Accounting and applies a sharp commercial approach to problem solving.


Janelle Kerrisk

Principal, Helix Legal

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Business planning

Janelle spent six years as a partner in a national law firm, where she was the youngest ever partner appointment to the firm and the first female partner appointed within her office. Over the past 16 years, Janelle has worked as a construction lawyer and in September 2016 she established the ‘new law firm’ Helix Legal exclusively servicing Construction and Infrastructure.


Ben Lowry

Strategy and Solutions Specialist, Tickbox

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Demystifying information technology
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Demystifying information technology

Ben has been working exclusively with small and boutique law firms, as part of a legal vertical within Tickbox, a local, comprehensive IT outsourcing organisation. During his four years, Ben has grown the legal client base consistently year on year, by enabling clients to gain access to big law technology service and support, through a cost effective and scalable model.

Prior to this, Ben spent over 15 years working for local, national and international law firms, in senior in-house technology roles. During this period, Ben gained an immense amount of experience in assessing and deploying technology, which aligned with organisational requirements, to deliver successful project outcomes.

As part of his work within the industry, Ben regularly engages with vendors, membership organisations, and other value add third parties to ensure his clients receive an independent and qualified view of the legal technology landscape.


Rebecca Niebler

Organisational Culture and Support Officer, Queensland Law Society

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Leading wellbeing in the workplace
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Leading wellbeing in the workplace

Rebecca is the Organisational Culture and Support Officer for the Queensland Law Society. Before joining QLS in 2019, Rebecca has worked across a range of industries in Australia, with more than 10 years of diverse experience in organisational learning & development roles as well as facilitating cultural change programs.

Rebecca is passionate about improving employee wellbeing, mental health and resilience, creating positive and thriving work cultures, and increasing awareness for the many individual, social and economic benefits of diverse and inclusive workplaces.

In addition to her psychology degree, she is accredited in the Hogan assessment tool and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.


Robert Mackay

Senior Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Risk and compliance
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Robert plays an active role in the development of risk management tools and is heavily involved in the effective management of services offered to the legal profession. Robert has helped develop and runs a system testing program focused on high-value claim areas, and has run hundreds of these workshop programs at legal practices across Queensland.

Robert was admitted as a solicitor in 2005 and has worked in both private practice and in-house. He has a Bachelor of Law and Arts and is often asked to present to Queensland practices and other organisations on legal risk management.


Emma-Jane McNicol

Solicitor, Legal Risk, Lexon Insurance

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Risk and compliance
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Emma-Jane plays an active role in the effective management of risk services offered to the legal profession in Queensland. Emma-Jane visits insured practices throughout Queensland in order to run Lexon’s system testing program focused on the areas where there have been high-value claims for practitioners. The strength of the program conducted by Emma-Jane is the focus on processes and file management Emma-Jane works with the insureds to achieve optimal results for the client and the practice. Emma-Jane also provides risk management advice and assistance in relation to other matters for all Lexon insureds.

Emma-Jane was admitted to practice in 1998 and holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts. She has worked in both private practice and in-house for major financial institutions. Her focus in work has always been to minimise risk for her clients within the required legal and regulatory framework.


Rolf Moses

Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Law Society

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Leadership and management styles

Rolf has over 20 years' human resources and management experience gained in large retail and international legal firms. He specialises in the development and execution of human resources and organisational development strategies focused on the attraction, retention, development and performance of talent. Rolf chairs the QLS wellbeing working group. He is a nationally accredited mediator, counsellor and accredited coach of the Hogan Leadership Psychometric Inventories. He also has a Bachelor of Commerce.


Marko Novakov

Manager, Professional Advancement, Queensland Law Society

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Course facilitator; Welcome, Leadership and management styles and Assessment recap
Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Course facilitator; Welcome, Leadership and management styles and Assessment recap

Marko is the Manager of the Practice Management Course at QLS and he chairs the PMC workshops. Marko and his team are the main contacts for the QLS PMC participants to ensure the smooth operation of the workshops. Marko is also responsible for working collaboratively with the PMC Committee to develop strategy, course content and service delivery to ensure the PMC workshops are designed to meet the legislative requirements of the Queensland Law Society Administrative Rule 2005 and also deliver on the quality service expectations of the participants.

Prior to becoming the Manager of the QLS PMC, Marko worked as a solicitor with the QLS in-house Legal department and was responsible for management of all litigation. Marko also worked for several large National law firms in Brisbane City before joining QLS.


Stafford Shepherd

Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Appropriate management systems

Stafford is a recognised expert in law practice ethics. Before joining QLS in 2008, Stafford practised as a solicitor in conveyancing, leasing, will and estate administration, and equitable doctrines.

Stafford's team provides support and ethical guidance to Queensland legal practitioners, and is heavily involved in thought leadership and continuing legal education. Stafford holds a Bachelor and Master of Laws. He has a postgraduate certificate in Arbitration and Mediation and is a Graded Arbitrator.


Tracy Skellern

Deputy Risk Counsel, Lexon Insurance

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Risk and compliance
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Risk and compliance

Tracy has been extensively involved in creating and updating legal risk tools provided for the Queensland legal profession. Prior to Lexon Insurance, Tracy worked in various positions in the legal industry including private practice, as a consultant for legal practice management software, as a precedent lawyer and as general manager of a specialist law firm.

Tracy has conducted over 1000 risk management workshops for Queensland firms and holds a Bachelor of Laws.


Kim Trajer

Chief Operating Officer, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Appropriate management systems

After 15 years as a client facing lawyer, Kim has spent over ten years in operational and support services roles at McCullough Robertson, so has a unique perspective across many aspects of legal practice.

Kim has developed a sophisticated risk management framework across practice management and supervision, business processes and systems, compliance with professional obligations particularly conflicts and ethics, systems to manage law claims and complaints, proactive issue detection and analysis through file audits and quality management framework.

She is also responsible for driving the firms’ innovation strategy, coordinating the McCullough Robertson’s Community Partnerships Program, and is a Director of the McCullough Robertson Foundation, a Director of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) and a member of the CEO Institute.


Steven Tyndall

Director and Founder of NextLegal and Client Sense

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Demystifying information technology
Medium to Large Practice Focus: Demystifying information technology

Steven formed NextLegal in 2014 to provide legal firms with IT solutions that improve efficiencies, reduce risk and enhance their ability to both service and attract clients.

Prior to NextLegal, Steven led the internal IT function for Lander & Rogers and McCullough Robertson. He has a Professional Certificate in Business Information Systems and is accredited in Prince2 Project Management. Steven has a number of Microsoft and Citrix certifications and is a currently undertaking a Master in Business Information Systems.


Philip Ware

General Counsel, Stanwell Corporation

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Leading wellbeing in the workplace
Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Leading wellbeing in the workplace

Philip has been the General Counsel of Stanwell / Tarong Energy (Queensland’s largest electricity generator) managing the full gamut of legal, governance, regulatory, transactional and contentious matters since January 2001.

From 1988 he worked at Feez Ruthning (now Allens Linklaters) first in commercial litigation, then in banking, finance, property and infrastructure including secondments at Westpac and Cement Australia and internally as the firm’s national risk management lawyer.

Phil is a QLS Senior Counsellor, sits on a variety of professional committees and participates in various mentoring programmes. He is the Inaugural Chair of the QLS In-house Lawyers Committee, Chair of the QLS Wellbeing Working Group and a member of the QLS Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee.

He is a member of the Queensland Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and the ACC’s National Mentoring and Advocacy Committees, accredited by the Resolution Institute (previously LEADR and IAMA) as a Probity Adviser, is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a member of the Racing Queensland Training Disputes Tribunal.

Philip is currently undertaking MBA studies at QUT.


Giles Watson

Practice Management Consultant

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Business planning

Giles Watson helps law practices realise their potential through coaching, consultancy and tailored professional development. He specialises in client-facing challenges such as positioning and strategy, pricing, marketing & business development, customer experience & client service.

Prior to setting up his own consultancy in 2015, he managed the PMC at QLS, ran a practice management quality mark scheme for the Law Society of England and Wales, and was a business development manager for three London law firms.

Giles has a degree in Politics, a Masters in Marketing and an MBA. He lectures on costs communication at the QUT Legal Practice Course, and on 'Dynamic strategy and disruptive innovation' for Kaplan Business school's MBA course.


Jackie White

Financial Systems Consultant

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Demystifying information technology

Jackie has over 14 years of in-house experience holding Finance Manager roles for Ashurst, Maurice Blackburn, Russell Kennedy, McCullough Robertson and Colin Biggers & Paisley.

Since 2014 Jackie has been consulting with NextLegal and through her own business, and has been working with firms of various size. She possesses expertise in software selection and implementation, specialising in legal practice management systems. Her expertise also extends to optimising systems and processes within your firm.


Kimberley Wiegand

Director of Business Development and Marketing, McCullough Robertson

Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Business development and client service

Kim has extensive experience advising on the full scope of marketing and business development within law firms. She has developed keen insight into the skills required by modern lawyers through several senior marketing and business development roles in both global top tier and national firms across Australia and the UK.

Backed by over 16 years of industry experience, Kim brings a practical approach to coaching and guiding lawyers through an often challenging landscape. Kim has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing.


Belinda Winter

Partner, Workplace Relations & Safety, Cooper Grace Ward and member, QLS Wellbeing Working Group

Medium to Large Practice Focus: Leading wellbeing in the workplace
Sole Practitioner to Small Practice Focus: Leading wellbeing in the workplace

Belinda is an experienced advisor and advocate in her field of employment law, industrial relations, anti-discrimination and safety. She provides her clients with technical advice delivered commercially, with a friendly and accessible approach.

Belinda and her team of seven provide strategic advice to employers about various matters including restructures, enforcing restraints of trade, managing long term ill and injured employees, employee misconduct, poor performance and effecting termination of employment.

Belinda is an accredited trainer in Mental Health First Aid and has a particular interest in managing mental health in the workplace.

Belinda has been listed in Best Lawyers Australia for Labour and Employment every year since 2013.


 

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