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:
Craig Francis – Barrister
Craig Francis is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology (LLB (Hons) and LLM (Hons)). Mr Francis commenced practice as a solicitor in 1984 and was admitted as a barrister in 1989. He has since 1992 served as a Reporter for the Queensland Reports.
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.
Stewart Webster – Barrister
Stewart Webster is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BA, LLB (Hons). He was admitted by the Supreme Court as a lawyer in 2011 and called to the Bar in 2012.
Joshua Trevino – Barrister
Joshua Trevino (Cairns) has a practice with a significant criminal law focus, but as a member of a regional bar he appears in a wide variety of matters. Joshua served as the associate to Justice Mullins in 2003 and Justice Jerrard, then a Judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal in 2004. He graduated in 2002 with a BA/LLB (Hons) from Griffith University.
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.
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.
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.