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

Antonia Bellas

Antonia 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 has experience as a research assistant to academic staff at the TC Beirne School of Law. During her time at university, Antonia has been involved in debating at national and international levels and has participated in mooting. In 2017, as a member of the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Team, Antonia was awarded the Bar Association of Queensland Award for the Best Oralist in a Moot Competition.

Antonia is also an active participant in the University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre’s High Schools Education Program, which engages law students to present to high school students on contemporary legal issues. 

Penelope Bristow

Penelope is in her final year of a dual Law/Science degree at the University of Queensland. She has experience working in a busy boutique law practice, and understands the importance of achieving a commercial and cost-effective solution for clients. Penelope has also previously completed clerkships at McCullough Robertson, Ashurst and Herbert Smith Freehills. While studying at university, Penelope has received the Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence (2014 – 2018), and was awarded the Allens Prize for Overall Excellence (2017). She has also participated in two international exchange programs, in Vienna and London. Penelope is particularly passionate about advocacy: her team were grand-finalists in the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot competition (2017) and Penelope was awarded the prize for best speaker in the finals. 

Outside of studying law, Penelope sings in a local choir and enjoys playing netball and doing yoga. In her spare time Penelope loves to read and paint.

Laura Baulch

Laura is in her fourth 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.

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