Proctor : August 2017
36 PROCTOR | August 2017 Practical guidance for members The QLS Senior Counsellor experience QLS Senior Counsellors provide confidential guidance to practitioners on professional or ethical issues. The service has been operating for more than 40 years and today there are 49 highly experienced practitioners across Queensland who can assist with professional or ethical issues and career advice. This month, we profile four QLS Senior Counsellors in the Southport region – Warwick Jones, Ross Lee, Andrew Moloney and Bill Potts. Warwick Jones Warwick is a founding and senior partner of Jones Mitchell Lawyers and is a QLS accredited specialist in family law. What motivated you to become a QLS Senior Counsellor? When I commenced my current practice in 1990, it was the first exclusively family law specialist practice in Australia. Having studied medicine before law, I accept that my caring role of ‘lawyer as peacemaker’ makes me not a doctor, but the nearest thing this family lawyer can be. What is the best part about being a QLS Senior Counsellor? Getting to talk to other lawyers, often outside my normal family law sphere. What do you like to do during your time off? Family, surfing and travelling. What is your favourite area of practice? Family law. Can you provide an overview on your experience as a QLS Senior Counsellor? It is gratifying to be able to help fellow lawyers and colleagues (rather than simply family law clients) and give them some relief from the stress or pressure of the problem that caused them to seek help/advice in the first place. If you could give one piece of advice to a solicitor just starting their career, what would it be? Don’t get ‘pigeonholed’. Try to get as much practice and experience in as many areas of law as possible, before you determine what area is best for you. What do you like about your region? The Gold Coast is ‘beautiful one day, perfect the next’; seeing the GC’s rapid growth (second fastest growing city in Australia) and positive developments. Ross Lee Ross is principal of Lee Lawyers and has strong practice experience in insurance and compensation claims, and is accredited as an ANZIIF Certified Insurance Professional. What motivated you to become a QLS Senior Counsellor? I knew and respected several counsellors as an early career lawyer, including Bill Potts, Rick Jones and Brian Cronin. Shortly after starting my own firm, I called Brian about a matter. He was very helpful and provided me with a practical way forward. What is the best part about being a QLS Senior Counsellor? It’s just helping a fellow practitioner in need, especially new principals and early career lawyers. Much of what I’ve done is simply confirm a colleague’s gut feeling – they tend to be pretty accurate. What do you like to do during your time off? Hanging out with my family and friends. It’s good to have most of my family nearby and our kids to be close to their grandparents. What is your favourite area of practice? Insurance and civil dispute resolution because it’s ‘people law’. I like anything to do with helping folks, face to face. Can you provide an overview on your experience as a QLS Senior Counsellor? For me it’s very positive and just an extension of being involved with colleagues generally. If you could give one piece of advice to a solicitor just starting their career, what would it be? Balance your life: work hard but enjoy family and friends, healthy lifestyle and the little things. What do you like about your region? I especially like the Gold Coast way of enthusiasm and initiative. We are more neighbourly than some may appreciate, too. 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.