Councillors


There are seven Councillors who actively serve on the ICLRQ:

 

Christopher Coyne – Solicitor

Christopher Coyne is a solicitor in private practice. He was a partner of Clayton Utz (1984-2004) before moving to sole practice at Coyne & Associates.  He serves on a number of Queensland Law Society committees, including as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Specialist Accreditation Committee and as a member of the Ethics Committee and the Not For Profit Committee. He is a Board Member of Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd, having served as Chair from 2005 – 2012, and is the Chair of Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

 

Declan Kelly QC  Barrister

Declan Kelly is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BA, LLB (Hons)) and University of Oxford (BCL).  Mr Kelly commenced practice as a barrister in 1994, and was appointed to the rank of Senior Counsel in 2007.  He has served as a Reporter of the Queensland Reports.  In more recent years, he has served as the Convenor of the Bar Association of Queensland’s Committee for Continuing Professional Development Accreditation.

 

Erin Longbottom – Barrister

Erin Longbottom is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BA, LLB (Hons)). Ms Longbottom was admitted as a barrister in 2003 and commenced practice shortly thereafter. Since 2019 she has served as a member of the Queensland Supreme Court Library Committee and as a Councillor of the ICLRQ.

 

John McKenna QC (Chairman) – Barrister

John McKenna is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BA, LLB (Hons)) and University of Oxford (BCL).  Mr McKenna commenced practice as a barrister in 1989, and was appointed to the rank of Senior Counsel in 2002.  He has served as a Reporter and Sub-Editor of the Queensland Reports.  In more recent years, he has served as a member of the Queensland Supreme Court Library Committee (since 2005) and as a Councillor of the ICLRQ (since 2008).  He became Chairman of the ICLR in 2011.

 

Rachael Miller – Solicitor

Rachael Miller is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BA, LLB(Hons)).  She commenced practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1987 and has been a partner at Quinlan Miller & Treston since 1998.  Miss Miller is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and a Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance.  She served as a member of the QLS Continuing Professional Development Committee between 2005 and 2011; as a member of the QLS Personal Injuries Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee between 1998 and 2003 and has been a member of the QLS Specialist Accreditation Board since 2006.  Miss Miller has been a Councillor of the ICLRQ since 2007.

 

David O’Brien – Solicitor

David O’Brien is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BEcon (Hons), LLB (Hons), LLM). Mr O’Brien commenced practice as a solicitor in 1986, after undertaking articles of clerkship at Morris Fletcher and Cross (now Minter Ellison) and an associateship with a Federal Court Judge (Pincus J). Mr O’Brien has been a partner of Minter Ellison since 1991. He has served as a member of the Supreme Court Library Committee (since 2008) and as a Councillor of the ICLRQ ( since 2011).

 

Julie Steel  Registrar of the Supreme Court

Julie Steel is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BA. LLB) and the (then) Queensland Institute of Technology (Grad Dip Leg Prac).  Julie commenced practice as a solicitor in 1989 before performing a variety of roles within the Department of Corrections between 1999 and 2005.  In 2005 she became a Regional Services Manager for the Magistrates Courts before working for a time as the Director of the State Reporting Bureau and in other roles within the Courts.  In 2010 Julie became the Principal Registrar of the Supreme & District Courts and was formally appointed as the Executive Director of the Supreme District and Land Courts’ Service in August 2011.