At our firm we have three Accredited Specialists:-​

  • Brad Shanahan is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injuries Law
  • James Bailey is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law
  • Greg Smart is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation

An Accredited Specialist is a person who is recognised by the Queensland Law Society as being an expert in their field of law.  An Accredited Specialist must meet the following criteria as set down by the Queensland Law Society:-

  • Pass a comprehensive and rigorous examination process developed by legal professional experts to demonstrate they have the requisite knowledge and skills to be an Accredited Specialist in their chosen area.  When Greg Smart sat the examination to become an Accredited Specialist he was the highest achiever for the State.
  • Each year, to be reaccredited they must maintain a high degree of professional development in their area of specialisation.  Accredited Specialists have to do more study than other lawyers and in particular the majority of their professional development each year must be in their chosen area of speciality to maintain their specialty.
  • To be an Accredited Specialist you must have a minimum of five years full-time practice experience and a minimum of three years experience in their area of specialisation.  Our Accredited Specialists experience is as follows:-
  • Brad Shanahan has been an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law since 1998 and has been practicing in this area since he was admitted in 1991.  Brad is the most senior and experienced Accredited Specialist in Personal Injuries Law in Mackay.
  • James Bailey has been an Accredited Specialist in Family Law since 2011 and he has been practicing in this area since 2003.  James sits on the Queensland Law Society committee that develops and conducts the examination for people who want to become Accredited Specialists.
  • Greg Smart has been an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation since 2014 and he has been practicing in this area since 2005.  Greg is 1 of only 39 Accredited Specialists in all of Queensland and the only Commercial Litigation Accredited Specialist solicitor north of the Sunshine Coast.  Greg also sits on the Queensland Law Society committee that develops and conducts the examination for people who want to become Accredited Specialists.
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