Will was called to the bar in September 2020. He has a broad commercial practice with a particular interest in corporations, insolvency, judicial review, planning and environment, and real property matters. He is a professional member of the Australian Restructuring, Insolvency, and Turnaround Association (ARITA) and one of the few professional members in practice at the Queensland bar.
At the Bar, Will has acted both led and unled for a broad spectrum of commercial clients including businesses (and their directors), property owners, liquidators, and government bodies. In particular, his planning and environment practice has seen him act for developers, local governments, and the State.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Will was admitted to practice in 2015 and worked as a solicitor for six years firstly at a boutique firm for three years before moving to a national mid-tier firm for three years.
Outside his practice, Will pursues a variety of musical interests and was the musical director of the Queensland Young Lawyers’ Revue from 2017 to 2021. He also has a keen interest, though discernible lack of talent, in a wide variety of sport.
Bachelor of Laws (Hons IIA) and Bachelor of Commerce – 2013 (University of Queensland)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – 2015 (College of Law)
Advanced Certificate in Insolvency – 2019 (University of Technology Sydney / ARITA)
Legal Practitioner (Queensland) – 2015
Legal Practitioner (High Court of Australia) – 2016
Barrister (Queensland) – 2020
Member, Bar Association of Queensland
Professional Member, Australian Restructuring, Insolvency, and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
Member (and former treasurer), Queensland Young Lawyers
Member, Queensland Environmental Law Association
K2M Investments Pty Ltd v Unita (Qld) Pty Ltd  QSC 274 (unled) – successful opposition to an application to set aside a statutory demand under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Cooper J)
Leaver & Leaver v Leaver & Leaver  QDC 149 (unled) – successful claim for equitable relief in respect of the purchase and improvement of a property (Jarro DCJ)
3 Metals Pty Ltd v Belding  QDC 261 (unled) – application for summary judgment (Kent QC DCJ)
Allan v ACN 635 223 675 & Anor  QSC (unled) – resisting an application for a freezing order (settled immediately prior to the hearing); application to vary terms of statutory trust for sale (Boddice J)
Callinan v Power Equipment Pty Ltd  QDC (unled) – application for summary judgment (unpublished ex tempore decision of Barlow QC DCJ); four-day trial of the claim in contract and under the Australian Consumer Law (Lynham DCJ, reserved)
Re PON Project Services Pty Ltd  QDC (unled) – acting for liquidators in a voidable transaction claim against related parties (settled)
Jorgensen v Body Corporate for Cairns Central Apartments  QDC 300 (unled) – appeal against decision of a Magistrate granting summary judgment in respect of a claim for unpaid body corporate levies (Muir DCJ)
Planning and Environment
Traspunt No. 4 Pty Ltd & Ors v Moreton Bay Regional Council  QPELR 1286;  QPEC 4 (led by Rod Litster QC and Rob Anderson QC, with Benjamin Rix) – appeal against refusal of six reconfiguration applications (Jones DCJ)
CSR SPV 1 Pty Ltd v Brisbane City Council  QPEC 35 (unled) – successful appeal against refusal of a reconfiguration application (Everson DCJ)
Stephen Family Pastoral Pty Ltd v Logan City Council & Ors  QPEC 43 (led by Rod Litster QC) – resisting an application relating to the disclosure of privileged documents (Jones DCJ)
Robertson & Ors v Brisbane City Council & Ors  QPEC 44 (led by Damien O’Brien QC) – resisting a declaratory judicial review proceeding in respect of a code assessable development approval – (and successful costs application  QPEC 54) (Jones DCJ)
Robertson v Brisbane City Council & Ors  QCA 45 (led by Damien O’Brien QC) – resisting an appeal against the judgment of Jones DCJ below (Fraser and McMurdo JJA and Freeburn J)
Surfers Beachfront Protection Association v Gold Coast City Council & Anor  QPEC 73 (led by Damien O’Brien QC) – successful objection to expert evidence (Rackemann DCJ)
Surfers Beachfront Protection Association v Gold Coast City Council & Anor (No 2)  QPEC 3 (led by Damien O’Brien QC) – resisting a declaratory judicial review proceeding in respect of a code assessable development approval (Rackemann DCJ)
Burke v Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government, and Planning & Anor  QPEC 23 (led by Damien O’Brien QC) – acting for the Minister to successfully resist a declaratory judicial review proceeding in respect of a decision made by the Minister (Williamson QC DCJ)
Various applications and reviews, both led and unled, including minor changes and excusal orders
‘Not Just Hot Air: Waste to Energy in Urban Environments’, presented to the Queensland Environmental Law Association Conference – June 2019
‘Asset Protection or Phoenixing: It’s All A Matter of Perspective,’ presented to the Pitcher Partners National Business Recovery and Insolvency Conference (with Daniel Wignall, Principal Lawyer, Macpherson Kelley) – August 2019