Luke Murphy has been a legal practitioner for more than 30 years and an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injuries since 1999. He is a Partner of MurphySchmidt Solicitors and practices in the area of Plaintiff Accident Compensation and in all aspects of Succession law.
Luke is a current QLS Councillor and the QLS President for 2020. He is a Director of the Law Council of Australia. He is a member of the QLS Executive, Deputy Chair of the Accident Compensation Committee, a former member of both the Specialist Accreditation Board and the Continuing Professional Development Committee. Luke is actively involved in liaising on behalf of QLS with State Government departments and statutory bodies and representing the Society at numerous Parliament Committee hearings. In 2016 he was appointed by the Office of Industrial Relations as one of six members of the Section 193A Review Panel. He is a regular presenter at personal injury seminars and continuing legal education conferences.
Luke has served as Deputy President of the Royal Lifesaving Society of Queensland, Deputy Chairman of Holy Spirit Care Services, Member of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee and the inaugural Chairman of the Red Shield Appeal Young Professional Committee and has been involved in a number of other community organisations.
A Partner in Thynne + Macartney's Business Advisory + Dispute Resolution group, Peter Jolly is experienced in all aspects on commercial and corporate law and serves as the firm's Chairman of Partners. He is an Accredited Specialist in Business Law (Qld) specialising in the acquisition, management and divestment of companies and businesses. His clients, including public companies, small and medium sized businesses, and private clients, rely on Peter for his strategic and commercially astute advice in helping them achieve their business goals. With a special interest in school law, Peter advises several Queensland Independent Schools and their governing bodies.
Katharine was admitted to legal practice in Queensland in 1985 and became an accredited family law specialist in 1997. She currently serves as the Chair of the QLS Family Law Committee and Deputy Chair of the QLS Specialist Accreditation Board.
Katharine also serves as a committee member of the Gold Coast District Law Association (GCDLA). She is a member of the GCDLA's "Gold Coast Lawyers Achieving Development" mentoring program sub-committee and values the opportunity to support young lawyers in their legal career journey.
Katharine currently holds the position of Associate Dean (External Engagement and International) in the Faculty of Law at Bond University. She teaches family law at Bond University and co-ordinates the Family Law Legal Practice Clinic. Katharine is also a consultant to the family law division of HopgoodGanim Lawyers.
Nick is the Managing Principal of Fisher Dore Lawyers and is responsible for the running of 5 criminal law firms throughout Queensland. The firm currently has 13 solicitors throughout the state providing representation in Criminal Law matters. Nick has been recognized as one of Australia's leading Criminal Lawyers. He has always prided himself on providing honest and down to earth advice to people when they need it most.
Paul is a partner of HopgoodGanim specialising in Commercial Litigation and Insolvency Law. He has practised exclusively in these areas for over twenty years. Despite that, his hair remains thick (ish) and the grey remains at bay (sort of).
A Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation, Paul is an experienced litigator in the State and Federal Courts. He specialises in insolvency law.
Paul is also recognised as a Leading Insol
vency and Restructuring Lawyer by Doyle's Guide, Queensland, 2016-2020, as well as named as Leading Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Queensland, 2017-2020. Most recently, Paul was included in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 for Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
Paul was born and raised in Toowoomba. He has lived in Brisbane for more than half of his life but is still to acclimatise to the heat, humidity and crowds. He probably never will.
When he is not working, he enjoys food, wine and travel. He has been married to Camilla for nearly twenty five years and they have raised two delightful children in Imogen and Charlie.
Paul and Camilla live in a menagerie at Auchenflower where their overlords are two cats and a one year old labradoodle. They were silly enough to fall for the trap of believing that a hundred year old house has "character".
Glenn Ferguson is an accredited specialist in immigration law and registered migration agent with over 25 years' experience in the area. He is the managing director of FC Lawyers and is known for his expertise and leadership at both a national and international level in the area of immigration law. Glenn also chairs the specialist accreditation committee for Migration Law in Queensland.
He is a founding fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the College of Law and a fellow of the Australia and New Zealand College of Notaries. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law
In the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Glenn was made a Member of the Order of Australia "For significant service to the law and to the legal profession, both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific region, and to the community".
Kara is an accredited specialist in personal injury law and has been engaged in legal practice for more than 14 years. Her focus has been predominantly on workers' compensation common law entitlements but includes public liability and motor vehicle accident claims, with a particular interest in catastrophic or major claims. Kara is Vice President of Queensland Law Society and a member of the Specialist Accreditation Board.
Rob is the principal of Australian Workplace Lawyers and specialises in workplace relations law. He has over 25 years' experience in advising and assisting individuals, small and medium business and charitable organisations with their workplace legal issues. He has significant experience in the state and federal industrial commissions and federal and state courts and tribunals and has acted in several precedent setting cases in employment, discrimination and environmental law.
He is an experienced advisor and litigator having worked with small, medium and large law firms and a community legal centre. He holds the degrees of LLB (Hons) and LLM (Environmental Resources Law) and is a nationally accredited specialist in workplace relations. He is a member of and the immediate past chair of the Queensland Law Society's industrial law committee and chair of the Society's Workplace Relations Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee. He is a QLS Senior Counsellor and a member of the Caxton Legal Centre's volunteer hall of fame. In his spare time, he is the President of the Ducati Owners Club of Queensland.