Our operations team consists of a principal lawyer, a practice coordinator and other volunteers. Given our modest budget, client service and compliance are handled with remarkable professionalism and efficiency.
Justine was admitted as a Solicitor in Queensland in 1995 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University in Townsville.
After working in general practice for a number of years (wills and estates, crime, conveyancing, commercial law) in Brisbane, Townsville and the Gold Coast, Justine began practicing exclusively in family law and became accredited as a specialist in 2003. Justine has undertaken training in the representation of children in the Family Court and mediation. She has undertaken both Legally Aided and privately funded matters. Justine has been a volunteer lawyer for the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service, the Women’s Legal Service and the Nundah Community Legal Advice Service over the years. Justine was a recipient of the Moncrieff Community Services Award for her service as President to RCLAC’s predecessor, the Gold Coast Community Legal Advice Centre.
Justine has had a number of years away from practice raising her 3 children and getting her ‘real education’ in the school of life and in the school playground. In that time she has been heavily involved in community activities including executive positions on school P&C and P&F committees, tennis officiating and junior golf. Justine has an interest in political life and has sharpened her skills lobbying politicians and assisting various committees – particularly involving the welfare of children. Justine completed a Diploma in Youth Work through SUQ and worked for a period as a school Chaplain. Justine is a strong advocate for the welfare of children and believes that helping their parents work out their legal issues will ultimately help them. Justine is now working with Michelle Porcheron Lawyers at Mermaid Beach.
Justine’s motto is that ‘those who can should always help those who can’t’. Justine loves the challenge of stepping in when no one else puts their hand up.
When not volunteering, Justine can be found with her nose in either the ‘good book’, a good book or a menu.