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:


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.


CW 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.

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.


Matt Black’s – 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.


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.


Michael Lawrence’s – Barrister

Michael Lawrence was called to the bar in April 2010 following 10 years in practice as a solicitor. He has appeared in numerous unreported State and Federal Commercial litigation and insolvency cases. Michael appeared in the reported Queensland case, King v Wogandt [2014] 2 Qd R 488 to remove an executor and defeat rectification of will counterclaims. Michael’s private interests include acting and he has featured in 17 amateur theatre productions since 1998.


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.


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.


Edmund Robinson – Barrister

Edmund Robinson is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BA, LLB (Hons)). He was called to the Bar in 2017. He was previously a commercial litigation lawyer at Allens and subsequently a Senior Associate at Johnson Winter & Slattery Lawyers.


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.