Proctor : May 2017
49 PROCTOR | May 2017 QLS Senior Counsellors What is your favourite area of practice? I came from western Queensland and went to university in the 1970s during the beef recession. My heart has always been in the bush and it was an easy decision to seek articles at Cannan & Peterson and specialise in agribusiness law. My team has a strong belief in face-to-face contact and meeting the clients where they are. My old firm pioneered ‘fly-in fly-out’ legal services to regional centres (almost 40 years ago), a practice which our agribusiness group at Thynne + Macartney continues to this day. What do you like to do during your time off? My wife Stephanie and I ran grazing operations in south-west Queensland for the first 30 years of my legal career. My wife says she was a single parent to our three children and when, many years ago, she brought my daughter (aged three) into my office, my daughter said, “Dad, this is where you live!” What do you like about your region? It’s the people that make it special. There are any number of families in the bush who were clients of our group before I became a lawyer and who all, going to plan, will continue to be clients when I am long since retired. People in the bush are the ‘salt of the earth’ – great clients to have – and they become personal friends in many cases. To learn more about QLS Senior Counsellors, see qls.com.au > QLS Ethics Centre > QLS Senior Counsellors. Contact details for QLS Senior Counsellors are listed at the back of each edition of Proctor. Our group has numerous intergenerational clients. One family comes to mind where I’ve acted for four generations. The sense of personal satisfaction from such relationships surpasses any monetary rewards and makes this part of Australia, for me, the best place to live and work.