Thynne + Macartney is delighted to announce our promotion to First Tier Wills & Estates Litigation Law Firm in Queensland in the 2020 Doyle's Guides for Leading Lawyers.
Congratulations to team leader Karen Gaston who has been recognised as a Preeminent lawyer in Wills + Estates Litigation, promoted from Leading Lawyer, and Ashleigh Poole and Margaret McNamara who have maintained their position in the rankings.
Thynne + Macartney is particularly proud that our team continues to be the largest all-female team in the rankings.
During the last 12 months, Karen Gaston and Thynne + Macartney have been involved in several cases leading to reported decisions, including:
- Roberts v Pollock  QSC 184;
- Campbell & Hook v T L Clacher (No2) Pty Ltd & Ors  QSC 218 (for the applicants)
- Spink v Russell  QCA 107 (for the respondent)
- Campbell & Hook v T L Clacher (No2) Pty Ltd  QSC 35
- Re Graham  QSC 27.
As well as also being ranked as leading lawyers by Doyle’s for Wills, Estates and Succession Law, Ashleigh and Margaret are also specialists accredited by the Queensland Law Society in Succession Law. There are 43 accredited specialists in Succession Law across Queensland. Accredited Specialists are lawyers who have successfully completed an advanced, peer-reviewed assessment program specific to their area of expertise, demonstrating their high level of knowledge and skills in that area. Only lawyers, not law practices, can be Accredited Specialists.
Congratulations to all lawyers and firms recognised by Doyle’s in their rankings.
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Karen has more than 15 years’ experience in succession law and leads Thynne + Macartney’s Wills & Estates team. Her practice involves all three areas of succession law, including estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation. Utilising her skills and training in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative law, Karen’s clients and the families she is advising, work through issues which are often complex, delicate and contentious. Her extensive experience in estates disputes and litigation, including a number of high profile and reported disputes, enable her to help her clients do their best to avoid what can be a stressful and protracted dispute by preparing a considered and deliberate plan to ensure their wishes are carried out when the time comes.
Ashleigh is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law, experienced in all aspects of estate planning, estate administration, estate and equity litigation, trusts and QCAT matters. As a well-rounded succession lawyer, Ashleigh has considerable experience in deceased estate administration, estate and succession planning, estate and equity litigation, trusts and QCAT matters, and has advised on several complex deceased estates and estate planning matters where there has been a risk of a challenge to the estate and applications to QCAT.
Margaret has 30 years of experience in estates and succession planning. A Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law since 2002, she is a former member of the Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board and is a Notary Public. Margaret specialises in providing strategic advice on a broad range of estate and succession planning issues including preparation, interpretation and contesting of wills, administration and contesting of deceased estates, preparation and structuring of discretionary and other trusts, advising on and reviewing existing trust and business structures for succession planning, and sale of trust property. Margaret is a former recipient of the Agnes McWhinney Award awarded by the Queensland Law Society in recognition of leadership and achievement in the legal field, community leadership and support for community organisations, professional leadership that enhances the reputation of the legal community and work that improves access to justice in Queensland.