Our People

Gillian Bristow

Gillian has been involved with the Australian heavy vehicle industry for more than 25 years. The industry focus of her practice gives her an appreciation for the specific legal and compliance issues facing transport and warehouse operators. She regularly speaks at industry events, contributes to publications and acts for industry associations. Gillian represented NatRoad in the challenge to the RSRT in 2016. She also prepared the contract checklist published by the Australian Transport Association. 

This wide ranging experience allows Gillian to assist transport and warehouse operators and their advisors with contract negotiations, contractual and insurance disputes and chain of responsibility issues. She also advises on other issues affecting logistics businesses including liens, dangerous goods legislation and owner driver legislation. 

By offering clear and straightforward training options, including seminars, webinars and short courses, Gillian also assists directors and managers to confidently navigate the complex federal and state legislation that affects Australian transport businesses.

Gillian believes in partnering with her clients to achieve commercial and cost effective solutions. She answers her phone, replies to emails and explains issues in a straightforward way. 

Outside of legal practice, Gillian is a passionate cricket supporter and has spent many years in various voluntary roles with Valley District Cricket Club in Brisbane. She also serves on the school council of Queensland’s largest independent school. In her spare time she haunts art galleries and loves Renaissance and Impressionist art.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours & University Medal) – University of Queensland
  • Master of Laws – Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • 2018 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Finalist – Special Counsel of the Year
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
  • Member – Women in Insurance
  • Member – Australian Insurance Law Association (Queensland)
  • Member – Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association
  • Member – Transport Women of Australia Limited

Laura Baulch

Laura is in her fifth year of a dual Law/Arts (Political Science) degree at the University of Queensland. She has worked as a paralegal in commercial law and is focused on building relations with clients due to her background in customer service. She has participated in an international exchange program in the United States and will be studying abroad in India over the summer on a New Colombo scholarship grant.

Outside of studying law, Laura loves to travel, read and enjoys both supporting and participating in sports such as running, cycling and swimming.

Piper Guthrie

Piper is in his fifth year of a dual Law/Economics degree at the University of Queensland. While studying, Piper has competed in mooting and negotiation competitions at a national and international level, including captaining a team of Australian law students to a 2nd place finish at the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition in Japan. With a passion for dispute resolution, he cares about providing low-stress, cost-effective solutions for clients wherever possible.

Piper has also been involved in the University of Queensland’s Pro Bono Centre, helping to provide not-for-profit legal assistance to people with disabilities.

Outside of studying law, he loves to hike and travels often and in his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading and playing board games with friends.

Pragadesh Sukumar

Pragadesh is in his fifth year of a dual Law/Commerce (Finance) degree at the University of Queensland. He has worked as a dispute resolution officer at a government position and understands the importance of maintaining a strong client relationship and achieving the best outcome possible. He has recently completed a clerkship at McCullough Robertson and has interned at a small law firm and also internationally in Malaysia. While studying at university, Pragadesh has volunteered for the UQ Law Society in the Education Portfolio (2016-2019).

Outside of studying law, Pragadesh enjoys going to gym with his friends and cooking up a storm.

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