Queensland Law Society President 2018
Ken Taylor is a Founding Partner and Director of Purcell Taylor Lawyers.
Ken focuses on providing quality and tailored legal advice in the areas of litigation, including compensation claims and insurance matters. He has undertaken cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. This includes representing clients on a “no win, no fee” basis.
Ken obtained accreditation specializing in Personal Injury Law awarded by the Queensland Law Society in 1999 and was elected President of the Queensland Law Society for the 2018 calendar year. During his term, Ken dealt with a range of legal issues on a local, state and national level.
Ken has also served as a Board Member of the Mater Health Services NQ.
Melody Cornish is a Director of Purcell Taylor Lawyers.
Melody practices in all aspects of litigation including compensation claims, commercial litigation, insurance matters, constructions disputes, debt recovery and employment law.
Melody focuses on providing a high level of legal advice and representation for her clients, whilst be conscious of practical issues such as legal costs. She is driven to achieve pragmatic resolutions for her clients.
Melody can assist in all aspects of insurance law and she provides easy to understand and effective advice. This includes representing clients on a “no win no fee” basis for TPD, insurance and compensation claims.
Melody is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. She is a volunteer at the Townsville Community Legal Service and on the committee of the Childrens Sanctuary Incorporated.
You can contact Melody for advice in all areas of litigation and you will receive a high level of service together with practical advice.
Andrew Peel is a Director of Purcell Taylor Lawyers and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
Andrew practices primarily in the area of criminal law, as well as litigation, including compensation and insurance claims. This includes representing clients on a “no win, no fee” basis for TPD, insurance and compensation claims.
Andrew regularly appears in the Magistrates, Supreme and District Courts pursuant to both State and Commonwealth law.
Andrew focuses on providing his clients with quality representation and legal advice in relation to a broad range of charges, including traffic offences, drug-related offences, property offences and fraud.
Being community minded, Andrew provides the following volunteer work:
Lucia Taylor is a 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 Townsville 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.
In August 2018, Lucia was appointed as a Board Member of Legal Aid Queensland.
She is also a member of the Headspace Committee Network and Zonta International.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Kellie Hopkins is a solicitor with Purcell Taylor Lawyers, practising primarily in the wills and estates and the commercial law areas.
Although Kellie has lived all over the country as the child of an Australian Defence Force family, she moved to Townsville over ten years ago and now considers it her home. She completed her law degree here in Townsville at James Cook University.
Kellie is passionate about providing exceptional client service as well as advice that is comprehensive, yet practical and easy to understand.
Kellie is a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She is also a volunteer lawyer at the Townsville Community Legal Service and a current management committee member. She is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Townsville District Law Association. Kellie is also a member of Townsville Road Runners and enjoys the Townsville lifestyle.
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, Stephen Willis, 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.
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.