Meet the team of professionals who serve our valued clientele:

Melody Cornish Purcell Taylor Lawyers Director

Melody Cornish


Melody is a litigator and, with over two decades of experience, understands what it takes to achieve results for her clients.

Melody knows her clients need honest and practical advice from the outset and is driven to pursue and achieve pragmatic resolutions for them.  Whether it’s prospects, risks or legal costs, Melody advises openly and in a way that is easily understood.  With transparency, there are no surprises.

Melody appreciates that it’s not just the end result that’s important, but the time and cost it takes to achieve it.  As an advocate for her clients, she is tenacious and relentless in pursuit of their claim keeping time and cost to a minimum. Her work is exacting and precise to ensure the very best outcome possible.

What sets Melody apart is her professionalism; she is someone you can trust, without question.  She understands the personal impact of being involved in litigation and supports her clients throughout the process.

Melody’s expertise:

  • Compensation Claims
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Debt Recovery

Melody gives back to the local community by volunteering at the Townsville Community Legal Service and sitting on the committee of the Children’s Sanctuary Incorporated.

Contact Melody:
(07) 4758 5858
LinkedIn: Melody Cornish

Andrew Peel

Andrew Peel


Andrew is a Criminal Lawyer.  Andrew spends more time in Court than in the office and with almost twenty years’ experience in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts and the Court of Appeal, he knows exactly what it takes to achieve results for his clients in the courtroom.

Andrew’s particular areas of expertise in criminal law include fraud, traffic, drug-related and property charges.

Andrew understands that clients who find themselves in need of criminal law advice need a lawyer who is available and accessible to provide them the advice they need, when they need it.  With his proven ability to carefully examine the law, Andrew ensures that his clients receive only the most accurate legal advice.  Andrew is renowned for delivering straight forward and confident advice, that’s easily understood.  His manner is honest, compassionate, and uncomplicated with his focus firmly on you and your case.

Being a black-letter lawyer, Andrew is passionate about ensuring that the prosecuting authority strictly follow the law, thereby securing fairness and justice for his clients.  Backed by his years of experience and the outcomes he’s obtained; Andrew is highly regarded by his colleagues and the Courts alike.

Andrew’s services are sought after because of the way he fights for his clients and the results he achieves for them.  When you need someone to defend you, without a doubt, Andrew is your trusted advocate.

Andrew’s expertise:

  • Criminal Law
  • Compensation Claims, including TPD Claims
  • Insurance Law

Contact Andrew:
(07) 4758 5858
LinkedIn:  Andrew Peel

Keta Roseby Townsville Employment Lawyer

Keta Roseby


Keta is an Employment Lawyer, and with over 20 years legal experience, has established herself as a leading practitioner in the field.

Keta appreciates the ever-growing need for responsive solutions to workplace issues.  Keta’s advice is direct, commercial and delivers results.  She is known for her ability to strategically resolve issues to best suit her client’s needs.  Backed by an MBA, Keta understands the practical needs of business owners and gives advice with knowledge direct from the coalface.

With her experience as an Accredited Mediator, Keta can often resolve, even the most complicated of issues, without court intervention.  However, if litigation is required, Keta has extensive commercial litigation experience to advise and represent her clients throughout the process.

Keta advises on all areas of employment law, workplace relations and human resources from significant (often aged) issues to providing an ad hoc ‘help line’ to her clients; from engaging the new employee to restructures, entitlements, performance management, exits and everything in-between.

Keta is an appointed sessional member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and hears and determines matters in both Townsville and Brisbane across a broad range of the Tribunal’s jurisdictions.

Keta’s expertise:

  • Employment Law / Workplace Relations / Human Resources
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Seminars and Training Presentations

Keta gives back to the legal profession by lecturing for the Law School at James Cook University in final year law subjects Civil Procedure and Legal Ethics.

Contact Keta:
(07) 4758 5858
LinkedIn:  Keta Roseby

Stephen Willis

Stephen Willis


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:

  • Commercial and Property Law
  • Succession Law (Wills and Estates)

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.

Contact Stephen:
(07) 4758 5858
LinkedIn:  Stephen Willis

Eddie Wood


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.

Contact Eddie:
(07) 4758 5858
LinkedIn:  Eddie Wood

Jamie Scuderi


Jamie Scuderi is a solicitor with Purcell Taylor Lawyers, primarily dealing in criminal law matters.  Jamie completed her Bachelor of Laws in conjunction with a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2012 at Griffith University and was admitted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2014.

Since admission, Jamie has practiced in the Queensland jurisdiction, appearing before the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts and has instructed Counsel in all types of criminal hearings including in the Court of Appeal. Jamie has a solid foundation in the workings of the criminal justice system, having been employed with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for six years before transitioning to private practice in 2016.

In addition to criminal matters, Jamie also has knowledge and experience in dealing effectively in the following areas:

  • Proceeds of crime/confiscation proceedings brought by the State of Queensland in conjunction with criminal proceedings;
  • Domestic and family violence protection applications; and
  • Child protection proceedings.

Jamie adopts a compassionate, strategic and careful approach and strives to provide comprehensive, pragmatic and timely advice to all her clients.

Jamie is a volunteer for the Townsville Community Legal Service and is also a member of the Queensland Law Society, Townsville District Law Society and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Contact Jamie:
(07) 4758 5858
LinkedIn:  Jamie Scuderi

Chris Hocking

Chris Hockings


Chris is a diverse and dynamic lawyer.  He has a wide breadth of knowledge with a particularly strong background in commercial, property law, wills and estates.  Chris has expanded his areas of practice to include criminal law and litigation.

Chris’ clients appreciate his manner and ease of communication.  In interactions and meetings with his clients, Chris keeps communication uncomplicated and to the point.  He understands that interpreting the law and using industry appropriate terminology assists his clients in quickly and more fully implementing his advice.

With the benefit of a degree in Economics, Chris is acutely aware of the time and cost pressures his clients face and approaches all advice provided with a commercial focus.

Chris’ expertise:

  • Commercial & Property
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • Criminal Law
  • Litigation

Contact Chris:
(07) 4758 5858
LinkedIn:  Christopher Hockings

Michael Pommer Townsville Laywer

Michael Pommer


Michael is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a Lawyer.

He provides practical and easy to understand advice to clients in all areas of Commercial Law and Conveyancing and assists Mark Spiegelhauer with all aspects of Conveyancing.

Michael is Townsville born and joins the team with a background of 10 years in aviation.

He is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Townsville District Law Association.

Michael’s expertise:

  • Commercial law
  • Conveyancing

Contact Michael:
(07) 4758 5858

William Hunter Lawyer

William Hunter


William has always wanted to be a lawyer. He is passionate about using his knowledge as a legal professional to help others understand the rules and regulations that govern our society.

He joined Purcell Taylor Lawyers as a Law Graduate ahead of being admitted as a lawyer in November 2021.

William studied a Bachelor of Laws at James Cook University and completed his Practical Legal Training at the College of Law.

He currently works predominantly in our Criminal Law and Compensation Law departments and says he would like to become a criminal defence lawyer to continue his mission to help people.

Contact William:
(07) 4758 5858
LinkedIn:  William Hunter

Madison Preston Family Lawyer Purcell Taylor Townsville

Madison Preston


Madison joined Purcell Taylor Lawyers as a solicitor after working in 2021 as the Associate to the Honourable Justice North of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She practices primarily in family law, aiding Eddie Wood of our office in all areas, including children’s matters, property matters, divorce and domestic violence matters.

Madison understands that family law dealings are one of the more difficult times in a person’s life. Guided by her passion for the law and drive to help others, Madison strives to make the family law process as uncomplicated as she can. Her experience as an Associate in the Supreme Court of Queensland means she is well versed in high pressure environments and dealings with other solicitors, which takes the stress off you.

Born and raised in Mount Isa, Madison is a North Queensland local. She studied a bachelor of Laws with Honours at James Cook University and was the recipient of numerous awards including First Class Honours and the University Medal upon graduating.

Madison is admitted in the Supreme Court of Queensland and to the High Court of Australia. She is a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Townsville District Law Association, The Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland, and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Contact Madison:
(07) 4758 5858 
LinkedIn:  Madison Preston

Andrew Kaye

Andrew Kaye


Andrew is a Law Graduate, and from 2018, has been working in Property Law predominately in residential conveyancing.  Andrew primarily works in our conveyancing and property law department, assisting Christopher Hockings of our office and draws upon his previous knowledge within property law to assist our clients to obtain their best outcome.

Andrew has the experience to ensure that our clients are given the correct advice and works with clients to make the conveyancing process as easy and seamless as possible.

Andrew also works in employment law with Keta Roseby. He assists in providing advice to employees and employers regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Work Act.

Andrew has had great success throughout his studies of law at James Cook University receiving the Thomson Reuters Prize B award for the highest mark in Property Law and was the recipient of the University Medal.

Andrew will be admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in early 2022 after completing his Practical Legal Training.

Contact Andrew:
(07) 4758 5858
LinkedIn:  Andrew Kaye

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