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 spent many years in various voluntary roles with Valley District Cricket Club in Brisbane. She also served for many years on the school council of Queensland’s largest independent school. In her spare time she haunts art galleries and loves Renaissance and Impressionist art.


  • 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 – Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member – Australian Insurance Law Association (Queensland)
  • Member – Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association
  • Member – Transport Women of Australia Limited

Paul Murray

Paul has worked for employers, contractors and employees in employment law matters across a range of industries. He has worked in private practice and for registered organisations in a diverse range of employment and workplace relations matters. He has appeared before the Fair Work Commission and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission as well as representing clients and members in conciliations and other forms of dispute resolution.

He can provide advice on a broad range of topics from Modern Awards, employment contracts and Enterprise Agreements, through to unfair dismissals and general protections claims as well as other less common areas of employment and anti-discrimination law. He has also been involved in bullying complaints and workplace investigations, as well as disputes over matters ranging from directions to undergo medical examinations through to abandonment of employment.

Building on his years of experience teaching at universities, Paul enjoys delivering training on all aspects of employment law and related fields both in person and online.

Paul is dedicated to proving practical advice in a clear and useful form that can help clients to make informed decisions.

When away from work, Paul enjoys travelling both overseas and within Australia.


  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – Queensland University of Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Legal Practice – Queensland University of Technology
  • PhD – University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma Personnel Administration – Robert Gordon University
  • MA (Honours) – University of Aberdeen
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia


Laura Baulch

Laura is in her final 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, in 2020, studied in India 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.

Tom Pappalardo

Tom is currently in his third year of a dual Law/Commerce (Accounting) degree at the University of Queensland. Tom has previously worked as a mathematics tutor and is particularly interested in the accounting and financial aspects of working in a law firm. Tom was the College Vice Captain of Gregory Terrace in 2018 which reflects his ability to interact and form strong relationships with clients. 

Outside of studying law, Tom has a passion for sport, particularly cricket, which he enjoys playing and coaching during the summer.

Isaac Power

Isaac is in his fourth year of a dual Law/Arts (Political Science) degree at the University of Queensland. He has worked in a wide range of industries, including law, tutoring, hospitality and labouring. Isaac knows the value of hard work and the importance of maintaining strong client relationships. Isaac has achieved several awards and scholarships throughout his studies, including the TC Beirne School of Law Scholarship.

In his free time, Isaac enjoys anything outdoors, including fishing, surfing, or any other form of physical exercise. He is also a passionate supporter of live music

Nicholas Buntain

Nicholas is currently in his third year of a dual Law/Science (Biomedical Science) degree at the University of Queensland. Nicholas has prior experience within the legal, hospitality and tutoring industries, and takes pride in establishing and maintaining strong relationships with clients. Throughout his studies, Nicholas has achieved several awards, and developed a keen interest in both contract and property law.

When not studying, Nicholas loves to get outdoors and play sport, particularly basketball and football, or go for bush walks with his two sausage dogs, Sizzles and Josie.

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