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.

 

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. 

 

Elizabeth Wilson QC - Barrister

Elizabeth Wilson is graduate of the Queensland University of Technology (LLB (Hons)). Ms Wilson commenced practice as a barrister in 1996 and was appointed to the rank of Senior Counsel in 2011. She has served as a member of the Bar Association of Queensland’s Bar Council for six years, including four years as Honorary Treasurer. Since 2017 she has been a member of the Queensland Supreme Court Library Committee and as a Councillor of the ICLRQ.