Ken Taylor is a Director of Purcell Taylor Lawyers, working exclusively in the areas of litigation and insurance. He is also an accredited specialist in personal injuries law. While Ken undertakes personal injury cases on behalf of both plaintiff’s and defendants, the majority of his work involves representing plaintiffs in personal injury matters. These claims involve workers injured in the course of their employment, general worker’s compensation claims, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians, cyclists, machinery-related accidents, accidents occurring in a public place, “slip, trip and fall” claims, and permanent impairment assessment disputes with WorkCover Queensland and Q Comp.’
The Queensland Law Society awarded Ken the title of Accredited Specialist of Personal Injuries Law in 1999, after his completion of the requisite examinations. Ken continues to maintain that accreditation by meeting the annual requirements for specialist personal injury training.
Ken has been an executive member of the Queensland Law Society Executive Committee for the last 4 years and was recently elected President of the Queensland Law Society for 2018.
He is also a member of the WorkCover Tribunal conducting S193A Reviews.
Melody Cornish is a Director of Purcell Taylor Lawyers and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. She primarily practices in litigation, including commercial litigation, insurance matters, construction disputes, debt recovery and employment law work.
In addition, her experience in personal injuries work includes acting on behalf of injured persons in “slip and fall” accidents and other public liability incidents, motor vehicle accidents and worker’s compensation claims.
Melody also represents home owners, builders and subcontractors in domestic and commercial construction disputes.
Melody focuses on providing a high level of legal advice and representation for her clients, whilst being conscious of the cost to her clients. She is driven to achieve pragmatic resolutions for her clients.
A founding Principal of Purcell Taylor Lawyers, Michael Purcell, remains closely associated with Purcell Taylor Lawyers on a consultancy basis. Michael’s lengthy career in law includes practicing in family law and is an accredited Independent Children’s Lawyer in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia, as well as a Separate Representative in the State Children’s Court. He has years of experience in aspects of family law, including divorces, property settlements and disputes regarding children.
In addition to his focus on family law, Michael also practiced within the area of appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court, particularly in regards to Veterans’ Affairs. He continues to work closely with veterans in Townsville and surrounding areas who are seeking a pension from the Repatriation Commission. Michael is highly regarded as Townsville’s most experienced veterans’ law solicitor.
Prior to establishing Purcell Taylor Lawyers, Michael worked both in private practice and for government authorities, practicing in all areas of law. Michael was previously the Assistant Director of the Legal Aid Office (Queensland) for North Queensland, the Public Solicitor for the Republic of Vanuatu and a consultant to the Policy and Legislative Division of the Queensland Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General. He was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in February 1981.
Michael is a passionate advocate for veterans as well as children, and for the fair resolution of family-based legal disputes.
Andrew Peel is a Director of Purcell Taylor Lawyers and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. He works primarily in the area of litigation, including general litigation and criminal law.
Andrew effectively represents clients in personal injury matters, contract disputes, recovery of outstanding debts from both companies and individuals, bankruptcy matters and estate matters.
Andrew also regularly undertakes advocacy work in the Magistrates Court and the District and Supreme Courts regards to a broad range of criminal matters. He deals with criminal matters pursuant to both state and commonwealth law, including charges such as Centrelink fraud, property offences, traffic offences and drug-related offences.
In addition, Andrew is a volunteer solicitor at the Townsville Community Legal Service.
Tony Hockings is the head of the commercial department at Purcell Taylor Lawyers. He is an experienced senior lawyer in commercial, construction and infrastructure work, as well as dispute resolution (including arbitration) and litigation.
Tony has appeared as counsel at trials for large financial institutions in both the Supreme Court and District Court. He has also appeared as counsel in arbitration hearings.
Well-known for his commitment to his clients, pragmatic advice and ability to achieve results, Tony has acted on behalf of major private clients in development projects and property transactions.
In recent times, Tony has acted in corporate and business restructures, major agribusiness projects (including cattle and crops), a major North Queensland mining project and in international trade negotiations. Tony has and continues to be involved on behalf of clients in arranging project investment and finance including venture capital and private equity. He is committed to sustainable business and infrastructure development in Northern Australia and also strengthening trade and business/cultural interaction with the Asia region.
Tony is also dedicated to his local community, having been one of the longest-serving presidents of the Townsville Road Runners. For many years, he has played an integral part in the organisation of the annual Townsville Running Festival, a major event in North Queensland.
Lucia Taylor is an Associate and Senior Family Lawyer with Purcell Taylor Lawyers. She specialises in property settlements, pre-nuptial agreements, binding financial agreements, children’s matters, divorce, child support, and domestic violence orders.
Lucia also has expertise in resolving matters involving complex financial arrangements including companies, trust and SMSFs and can provide comprehensive advise in a timely manner to clients on their entitlements pursuant to the Family Law Act.
Lucia completed her Bachelor of Laws (QUT) in 1991 and has practised Family Law in Townsville since 1991. She was appointed a Senior Case Officer with the Child Support Agency where she held this position from 1993 to 2013. Lucia’s extensive knowledge of Child Support allows her to provide client’s with Child Support issues to explore a number of options when resolving issues with their former partner of the Child Support Agency.
Lucia is a qualified Mediator and has formal accreditation in Collaborative Law. Lucia was recently appointed a Senior Counsellor for the Queensland Law Society.
Lucia is a Volunteer lawyer for the Townsville Community Legal Service and was previously a committee member for over 10 years where she was President for 3 years. She is a member of the Towsville District Law Association, Queensland Law Society, North Queensland Women’s Legal Service, Family Law Practitioners Association and the Law Council. She has held various positions on Boards and Committees relating to her 3 children’s schooling and sporting interests.
She is also a member of the Headspace Committee Network and Zonta International.
Stephen Willis is a trusted and well respected North Queensland Local having been admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia since 2009.
Stephen works primarily in the following areas:
He specialises in property law, business law and succession planning. Stephen is highly regarded for his ability to structure complex business, property and farming contracts. Having gained extensive experience in a broad range of legal areas including agribusiness and leasing Stephen is able to provide tailored advice and assistance specific to client needs.
Stephen consistently draws on his knowledge of regional Queensland and combines this with his passion to provide exceptional service to his clients and to deliver the desired results in a timely manner.
Stephen is a member of the Townsville District Law Association, North Queensland Law Association and the Queensland Law Society.
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Monique Sheppard undertakes litigation including criminal law matters at Purcell Taylor Lawyers.
Monique possesses a broad range of experience representing clients in the Magistrates Court, District Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. She has dealt with a wide range of Commonwealth and Queensland offences including drug trafficking, arson, serious assaults, sexual offences, dishonesty offences and traffic matters. Monique appears at summary hearings in the Magistrates Court on criminal matters and domestic violence protection order applications.
Monique was awarded a Bachelor of Laws (Honours 1) from James Cook University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australia National University. She previously worked as an Associate to His Honor Judge Harrison of the Queensland District Court at Cairns in 2011.
In addition to her work with Purcell Taylor Lawyers, she is a regular volunteer at the Townsville Community Legal Centre.
Mark Spiegelhauer is Purcell Taylor Lawyers’ extensively experienced conveyancer. Born and bred in Townsville, he has worked for over 30 years undertaking conveyancing work. Prior to that, Mark worked as a trust officer, performing estate administration for deceased parties.
Mark works closely with solicitor Tony Hockings in our Property and Conveyancing Division, assisting clients with all aspects of the purchase or sale of homes, commercial properties or vacant land. He is available to liaise with financiers, brokers, agents, the titles office, stamp duties office, local authorities and other government departments to expedite the conveyancing process and make it as stress-free as possible for clients.
Mark is well-known for providing efficient, professional and cost-effective services to his clients, and was instrumental in establishing Purcell Taylor Lawyers’ modern computer systems to assist in the conveyancing process.
Eddie Wood is a family lawyer with Purcell Taylor Lawyers. Eddie practices in all aspects of family law including children’s matters, property matters, divorce and domestic violence matters.
Eddie’s clients benefit from his experience in dealing with complex disputes and acting for clients in Townsville and throughout North Queensland. Admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia, Eddie frequently appears in the Family Law Courts on behalf of his clients.
Eddie is a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Townsville District Law Association and the Family Law Practitioners Association Queensland.
Michael Moore is a Solicitor with Purcell Taylor Lawyers and is born and bred in North Queensland. Michael is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia and he practices in both family and criminal law.
Michael was awarded a Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australia National University. Michael has previously worked at the Magistrates Court in Townsville as the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunals Clerk and also worked closely with local Magistrates as a Depositions Clerk. More recently, Michael was the Associate to His Honour Judge Coker of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in Townsville dealing primarily with matters relating to family law and bankruptcy.
Michael has a close association with Brothers Rugby Union Townsville and is a member of both the Queensland Law Society and the Townsville District Law Association.
Cayley Downey is a conveyancing paralegal who assists Mark Spiegelhauer in our busy conveyancing practice.
Cayley is an experienced conveyancing paralegal having assisted a broad range of clients in conveyancing work over many years. Cayley also has a background in bookkeeping and small business and is very aware of the importance of ensuring that the conveyancing process is undertaken efficiently and correctly.
Cayley’s experience is diverse and assists and compliments Mark Spiegelhauer’s extensive experience. Cayley successfully attends to all necessary requirements in the conveyancing procedure from receipt of the contract to finalising the matter at settlement. Cayley, together with Mark Spiegelhauer make an incomparable local conveyancing team.