Barristers specialise in courtroom advocacy, drafting legal pleadings and giving expert legal
opinions. They can be contrasted with solicitors who have more direct access with clients. Barristers act
primarily as advocates with rights of audience in all Courts within the
When called to the Bar, barristers are sworn in as 'Officers of the Court'. As such they are
integral to Australia's three part system of government comprising the legislative, executive and judicial
branches. Barristers, through their oath to the Court, play a fundamental role in maintaining the rule of
Barristers' work dress is very traditional in that they are required to wear a
horsehair wig when they appear as advocates in
trials in the higher courts. This consists of a black gown, bar jacket and jabot with strips of white cotton
called 'bands' hanging before a wing collar. This makes them collectively easy to distinguish, but
individually more anonymous.
- Stephen Courtney
Criminal Law and Civil Law.
- Toby Nielsen
Personal Injuries Law, Civil/Commercial Litigation and Family Law.
- Geoffrey Barr
Personal Injuries Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Contract Disputes, Inquests, Estate Litigation and Criminal Matters.
- Melissa Cullen
Practises in Family Law.
- Clem van der Weegen
Criminal Law, Family Law, Administrative, Personal Injury, Equity and Trusts, and Commercial.
- Michael White
Commercial and Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Family Law.
- Cathryn McConaghy
Family Law, Child Protection, Domestic Violence, Personal Injuries, Wills and Succession, Employment Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights and Discrimination, Migration Law, Professional Negligence, Professional Discipline, Inquests and Inquiries
- Alex McKean
Personal Injuries, Administrative Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Succession
- Mark McAuley
Criminal Law, Personal Injuries, Civil Law and Family Law
- Simon Lewis
Practising in Maroochydore and Brisbane rooms. Primarily Criminal Law.
- David Fahl