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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 jurisdiction.

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 law.  

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. 

Our Barristers

  • 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




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