The Reporters for the Queensland Reports are practising barristers in Queensland, who provide their assistance on a largely voluntary basis. Reporters are chosen for their academic attainments, practical experience and coverage of all the various specialty areas of practice.They are assisted by a selected group of law students, the Reporters’ Assistants, who are responsible for checking all citations and quotes. Current Reporters are:
Clive Porritt – Barrister
Clive Porritt is a graduate of Monash University (BA (Hons), LLB). He commenced practice as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria in 1974. He was admitted to practise as a solicitor in Queensland in 1984, and later as a barrister. He has most recently worked as a Commonwealth prosecutor, and as a sessional tutor with QUT’s Faculty of Law.
Duncan Marckwald – Barrister
Duncan Marckwald is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BCom, LLB (Hons)). He was admitted as a lawyer in 2008 and worked in commercial litigation at a national firm until being called to the bar in 2017. Duncan has a commercial practice.
Jason Dudley – Barrister
Jason Dudley was called to the Bar in 2019 and is a member of 35 West Chambers. He has a general commercial practice although undertakes criminal matters also. Jason practised as a senior solicitor at the ODPP and LAQ and was a judge’s associate prior to being called to the Bar. He is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology (Honours).
Joshua Morris – Barrister
Joshua Morris is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology (LLB (Hons)). He was called to the bar in 2019 whilst working as a prosecutor for the Queensland Police Service. Joshua commenced at the private bar in 2020 and has a general practice with a particular interest in criminal law.
Jules Moxon – Barrister
Jules Moxon attended the University of Queensland (BEcon, LLB(Hons), LLM). He was called to the Bar in 2018, prior to which he was Associate to the Hon Justice Dowsett AM, a solicitor in the Litigation and Insolvency team at Allens and a legal adviser to the Commonwealth Attorney-General. Jules has a general civil and commercial practice.
Julia O’Connor – Barrister
Julia O’Connor is a graduate of Bond University (LLB (Hons)/BCom) and Queensland University of Technology (GDipLP). She was admitted as a solicitor in 2007 and has more than a decade’s experience in commercial litigation. Julia was called to the bar in 2015 and has a commercial practice.
Matt Black – Barrister
Matt Black was called to the Bar in 2010 and is a member of Quay 11 Chambers. He has a particular interest in administrative law, and appears for both applicants and respondents in merits and judicial review proceedings. He has a broad practice, including disciplinary law, personal injuries and workers’ compensation. Matt’s experience before coming to the Bar includes practice as an in-house lawyer with Centrelink, undertaking legal research, and serving as an associate.
Nicholas Derrington – Barrister
Nicholas Derrington is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BEcon, LLB (Hons)) and the University of Cambridge (LLM). He was the associate to the Hon Justice Dowsett AM and worked as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, before being called to the bar in 2015. He has a predominately commercial practice.
Rob Cumming – Barrister
Rob Cumming BA/LLB (UQ) MBA (Griffith) was admitted as a solicitor in 1982. He practiced in that capacity predominantly in Brisbane but also in Rockhampton in private practice and as a government lawyer before being called to the Bar in 2017. He gained specialist accreditation in succession law in 2005 and again in 2013 (being required to requalify after working as a Staff Officer with the Australian Army which included operational deployments to Egypt and Afghanistan). At the Bar he undertakes general civil work, in particular estate and disability law.
Robert Lake – Barrister
Robert Lake is a graduate of the University of Queensland (PhD), Queensland University of Technology (LLB(Hons)) and the Australian National University (GDLP, BSc, GradDipSc). He was called to the Bar in 2017. He has a broad practice including administrative law, family law and criminal law.
Rohan Armstrong – Barrister
Rohan Armstrong (LLB (Hons) (QUT)) (Townsville) was admitted as a solicitor in 1989. He practised for 26 years as a solicitor in Townsville with Roberts Leu & North and Roberts Nehmer McKee. He became an accredited specialist in personal injuries law in 2002. Rohan served as a Councillor with the Queensland Law Society in 2012/13. Rohan was called to the bar in 2015 and practises in personal injury and other civil work.
Steven Deaves – Barrister
Steven Deaves (Rockhampton) commenced Articles of Clerkship with Robin Geldard of South & Geldard in January 1988 and was admitted as a solicitor in December 1993. In 1996 he was made a partner of South & Geldard where his practice largely consisted of commercial and property transactions and litigation. In 2011 Steven left the solicitors’ branch of the profession to become a barrister. He joined the Old Supreme Court Chambers on 1 July 2011. Steven’s practice is entirely civil with a mix of commercial, property, estate and personal injuries litigation and advice work.
Yuzo Araki – Barrister
Yuzo Araki (LLM, LLB, GDip (Mil Law) and BAv) has a broad practice including administrative, commercial, criminal, employment, insolvency, and government regulatory and public law. Between 2002 and 2019, he practised litigation and dispute resolution at national, mid-tier and boutique law firms, as well as an in-house counsel at a top 20 ASX listed company in the financial services industry. He was called to the Bar in Queensland in 2019. He is also a RAAF specialist reserve legal officer practising military discipline, administrative and international law.
Zoe Earl – Barrister
Zoe Earl is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology (GrdDipLegPrac, LLB), the University of Queensland (GCSocSci) and Griffith University (BA). She was called to the Bar in 2018 and her main areas of practice are Family Law and Criminal Law. Before being called to the bar Zoe worked as a solicitor and has spent over 10 years working with children and young people. Zoe also works as a sessional lecturer in corporations law.