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Committee

We are pleased to have a diverse, highly-credentialed committee team.  Committee members are drawn from all branches of legal practitioner, legal academic and community engagement.

Ross Lee

President

Ross Lee is the founding president of Robina Community Legal Centre.  He has been a lawyer for 20 years, following a seven-year insurance career. Ross started up Lee Lawyers over 10 years ago and is known for keeping in touch with clients, cost efficiencies and results.

In civil litigation and mediation, Ross is dedicated to assisting people in small business, building & construction, property, insolvency and estate disputes.  Legal risk management for small business and bodies corporate is a special interest.  Ross is a nationally-accredited mediator which is of great assistance to clients resolving disputes effectively.

Ross has a strong practice in general insurance, life insurance and compensation claims. He is one of few lawyers accredited as an ANZIIF Certified Insurance Professional (CIP).  Prior to law, Ross practised as an underwriter and loss adjuster – giving great insight, now working for the insured.

Ross Lee is a commissioned Notary Public, a requirement for international matters and comes from a long line of service in the Gold Coast community.

Adeline Yap

Vice President

Adeline Yap is the Robina Community Legal Centre’s association vice president and founding secretary. She is also a commercial solicitor at a law firm situated on the Gold Coast.

As a Gold Coast resident, Adeline is committed to this area.

Adeline enjoys being active and attending networking events.

George Pharmacis

Treasurer

George Pharmacis is the Principal of Pharmacis Canning Lawyers, originally Canning Lawyers, serving the Gold Coast for over 20 years. George holds a Bachelor of Laws (Bond) and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Bond). Having achieved a First Place in Electronic Banking Law, he went on to Corporate and Commercial Law Specialisation and General Legal Practice Specialisation.

George specialises in Criminal, Domestic Violence, Family Law, Wills, Estate Planning and Probate, Litigation and Dispute Resolution and he is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court and High Court of Australia.

Although George has been practising law for many years it is his strong commitment to the community that benefits his clients the most.  George has adopted the Latin phrase ‘Esse quam videri ‘ (To be, rather than to seem) as his motto, which sums up his personal character and business practice particularly well. Using his innate ability to quickly assess and weigh up a client’s options, George focuses on achieving the best outcome for the client while endeavouring to avoid expensive time consuming litigation.

George’s many years’ experience managing multi-national production companies around the world provided him with exceptional managerial and interpersonal skills. The manufacturing industry is an unforgiving master, demanding quality control and non-negotiable deadlines, as does the Courtroom. George is prepped and ready for anything, thinking outside the box and calling on his entrepreneurial expertise to present a totally professional service. Many of you might remember the Surfers Paradise Rodeo of 1997, hosting a crowd of 5000, and organised by George. Orchestrating such an event also demonstrates George’s ability to ask the right questions, assess information quickly, meet the client’s needs in rapid time and follow through to completion.

George is fluent in Greek and has a keen interest in Community Legal problems guaranteeing the client receives advice that is relevant, strategic and in their best interest.

In his free time George is a keen practitioner of Kung Fu in which he is a fifth degree Master having studied the martial art for over 25 years under the renowned Grandmaster Henry Sue and maintains the Kung Fu school at Bond University.

Martin Mallon

Secretary

Martin Mallon has been a solicitor with Southside Legal Gold Coast since 2014. He has experience in litigation, personal injury, commercial and estate matters. Martin holds a Master of Laws, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court Queensland.

Martin has good local knowledge and has previously worked with other Gold Coast law firms. Friendly, down to earth and with a very strong desire to protect the interests of his clients, Martin achieves very good results for his clients.

Greg Betts

Commmittee, Community Engagement

Twelve years as a City Councillor on the Gold Coast City Council has given me a very broad base of skills and experience. Due to my Masters degree in Urban Planning I was particularly interested and involved in the strategic planning and development assessment side of Council, but that was just one aspect of the job. Of course, community consultation played a big part, along with making decisions on new policies and procedures, budgeting, provision of infrastructure, community services, and governance which were all areas of responsibility.

I also served as a Director on the Board of the Gold Coast Tourism Corporation, which I found to be very rewarding as we steered the Gold Coast back on track with continuous growth in tourist numbers in recent years.

Experience was also gained in international relations by hosting delegations from overseas, and from being a trade mission leader and City representative internationally.

Carolyn Byrne

Committee, Bond University Engagement

Carolyn is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bond University and practising Solicitor / Director of National Seniors Lawyers Pty Ltd.

Carolyn Byrne had a background in Critical Care Nursing before following a Career in Law.   Carolyn operates her own legal practice from Northern New South Wales and chooses to represent the older demography of clients in numerous areas of law.  Carolyn has also been an elected Councillor on Tweed Shire Council and is on the Board of the Northern New South Wales Local Area Health Board and a number of other boards.  Carolyn is a Rotarian and supports numerous community activities in this region.

Carolyn lectures at Bond University in the faculty of Law and is that university’s representative on our committee.

David Cole

Committee, Compliance

David has devoted over 15 years in the pursuit of justice throughout Queensland focused on Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law and Traffic.

David was a permanent member of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) when he decided to pursue a career in law.  After graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Laws (University of Queensland), David worked with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) before deciding to combine his interests in military and law with a Graduate Diploma in Military Law (University of Melbourne) and a Master of Laws (Australian National University).

Following his diverse interest in international issues and law, David studied European Union Law, International Trade Law with Russian and East European Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, London.  David worked for Crown Law as a Prosecutor before establishing his own Chambers in Brisbane.

His work as a Prosecutor gave him vital insights into both sides of the law which subsequently proved valuable when advising clients facing criminal charges.  This experience, as both Prosecutor and Defence Counsel, later proved to be an additional benefit to law students at Bond University and Southern Cross University during his time teaching at these institutions.

After leaving Crown Law, David returned to work for Defence as a Senior Legal Officer in Administrative Law and continues his long association with the RAAF.  He also maintains a keen interest in Military Law and Veteran Affairs.  David assists Robina Community Legal Centre clients by extensive experience in many aspects of  law.

David’s calm and professional demeanour and formidable knowledge of the law, reassures clients while he advises them to the best of his ability.

In his spare time David enjoys a spot of fishing, and there is rarely ‘the one that got away’.

Anna Morgan

Committee, Social

Anna Morgan is an Associate in Maurice Blackburn’s Queensland practice, based in Southport on the Gold Coast.

She is passionate about of the pursuit of justice and is dedicated to assisting clients to achieve solutions and outcomes through pursuing their legal rights and remedies.

Anna has practiced in insurance and commercial litigation for over 12 years and has litigated in a range of courts including Queensland’s Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and District Court, the Federal Court, the High Court of Australia and the High Court of Hong Kong.

Anna has a particular interest in disputes over Wills and Estates, claims against professional advisors such as financial planners or insurance brokers, and other areas of plaintiff law.

In addition to her work at Maurice Blackburn, Anna is an Adjunct Teaching Fellow at Bond University where she has authored and lectures the Masters subject Expert Evidence and Dispute Resolution.

Anna is also a committee member of the Gold Coast District Law Association and a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Amanda Tomlinson

Committee, Compliance, Social

Amanda is an Associate Lawyer with RobertsLaw Solicitors in Mudgeeraba, where she has practised primarily in Family and Estate Law since her admission in 2005.  She holds a dual Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Business degree, and completed her Post-Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at Bond University.

Whilst Amanda has a particular interest in complex Family Law property matters, she is also dedicated to achieving equitable legal solutions in all facets of both Family and Estate Law.

Kieran Tranter

Committee, Griffith University Engagement

Dr Kieran Tranter is a Senior Lecturer with Griffith Law School, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University. He has been a Gold Coast local for over 10 years, previously based at the College of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle.

He researches and publishes on the technology and law and has a particular interest in Australian social security law. His teaching areas are administrative law, civil procedure and law reform.

He has been involved with the National Welfare Rights Network, the Gold Coast District Law Association, Welfare Rights Centre (Inc) and Legal Aid Western Australia and is currently the Higher Degree Research Convenor for Griffith Law School.

Andrew McConaghy

Honorary Accountant

At McConaghy & Co, we believe in providing quality accounting, taxation and business consulting services to our clients in a timely and efficient manner.

We have experience of working with an expansive and diverse client base comprising of all entities including individuals, partnerships, companies, trusts and superannuation funds. Our client base covers many different industries including, but not limited to, building and construction, retail, real estate, information technology, finance, hotels and healthcare.

We are a family business with a reputation for retaining our client base, many of whom are also family run businesses. We understand the needs and priorities of our clients. The practice has been located in the same premises in Bundall since 1987. We have seen many changes to the Gold Coast and our surrounding neighbourhood but are still proud to provide the same high quality service as on day one of the firm.

We aim to provide the highest level of service and personal attention to all our clients at a realistic price. We will achieve growth by sustaining long term business relationships and maintaining our excellent reputation for quality work and advice. Andrew McConaghy is assisted by senior accountant Alanna Loveless.  Alanna has been with the firm since 2006.