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Shand Taylor Partners Voted Leaders in Their Field

The firm is proud to announce that two of its partners, Richard Waring and John Lowes have both been recognised by the influential Doyle’s Guide to Legal Practitioners as leaders in their field.  The guide is compiled after online peer-based surveys as well as extensive telephone and face to face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies.

John Lowes (both property and leasing) and Richard Waring (leasing) were listed in the 2017 Queensland Property and Real Estate Law Rankings as recommended practitioners.  This followed their short listing amongst a number of prominent Queensland property and leasing lawyers.

“It’s a great honour personally and reflects the wonderful team that is behind us,” noted John following the announcement of the 2017 rankings.

Property law partner Matthew Shannon has previously been voted as a leader in his field of property law in the 2016 Doyle’s Guide.  Kaylie Bourke, Special Counsel at Shand Taylor, has also been listed in Doyle’s Guide in her area of expertise, namely succession law.

“It is very satisfying to know that our partners are listed amongst the leading practitioners in their fields along with other prominent Queensland lawyers from the major national and international firms,” added managing partner Rod O’Sullivan. “We congratulate Richard and John on their outstanding achievement.”

If you require any assistance or advice in relation to property or leasing matters please contact John Lowes (07) 3307 4567 or Richard Waring (07) 3307 4545 or Matthew Shannon (07) 3307 4506. 

John Lowes

Freeing Peter


Shand Taylor Lawyers recently hosted Juris and Lois Greste, who presented John Sneddon with a copy of their book "Freeing Peter". The book tells a story of the Greste family's fight to free Juris and Lois' son, Peter Greste following his arrest and imprisonment in Egypt. Peter was an Al Jazeera journalist who was arrested in Cairo in December 2013 when reporting on riots which were sweeping across the country.

John Sneddon, a partner in our dispute resolution team, was a member of a team of lawyers, media professionals and family representatives which worked to free Peter and secure his return to Australia.

The book, which is published by Penguin Books Australia was co-written by the entire Greste family with contributions from Peter and his brothers Michael and Andrew.

Fraser Hardman Joins Our Team

Shand Taylor welcomes Fraser Hardman to the firm as Special Counsel.

Fraser brings with him a wealth of experience in planning, local government and environmental law, having practised exclusively in these areas for over 12 years.  Fraser's experience in these areas is supported by his post graduate studies and complemented by his property and commercial law background.

Fraser's experience includes acting for State government, local government, property developers and commercial clients across a diverse array of projects and regularly appears for clients in the Planning and Environment Court.

We are thrilled to be bolstering our Planning & Infrastructure and Environment Law teams and along with Fraser we will continue to provide the best service to our clients.

View Fraser's full profile here.  Read more about Shand Taylor Lawyers' expertise in Planning & Infrastructure and Environment Law.

Shand Taylor Lawyers Named as Leading Property & Real Estate Firm

Doyles Guide has recommended Shand Taylor Lawyers in its list of Leading Property & Real Estate Lawyers in Queensland for 2015.  Doyles Guide compiles its findings through extensive telephone and personal interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies.

Our property lawyers have extensive experience in the property industry and pride themselves on their ability to solve legal disputes quickly and efficiently.  Please contact a member of our Property & Development or Property Conveyancing teams to discuss your next project.

Shand Taylor Lawyers presents at 'Future Generations Luncheon' at Beef Australia 2015 in Rockhampton

Shand Taylor Lawyers, Morgans, Cattle Council of Australia and James Becker & Co were pleased to host the ‘Future Generations Luncheon’ at the Empire Hotel Conference Room and then after at Pacino’s Restaurant on Thursday 7 May 2015 during Beef Australia 2015 in Rockhampton.

From our firm, Brad Clark, Partner of the Business Services and Agribusiness team, John Saunders, Partner in Dispute Resolution and Frances Becker, Associate in the Business Services and Agribusiness team all went to Rockhampton for the event and to meet with clients and contacts during other Beef Australia 2015 events.

Clients and industry representatives had the opportunity to listen to presentations from all firms and to ask questions of the panel of speakers including Frances Becker, Shand Taylor Lawyers, Hamish Webb and Christian Dimitriou from Morgans in Brisbane, Sarah Becker from James Becker & Co in Rockhampton, Marc Greening from Cattle Council of Australia and Injemira Hereford Stud and Steven Bliss from Gray Street Veterinary Clinic, Emerald.

The focus from the speakers and panel was to ‘Think Better. Perform Better. Produce Better’.  The message from all presenters was that there is change and progression within each of their respective industries and which impact on the beef and wider agricultures industries.

A link to the newspaper article on the event by the Queensland Country Life can be found here.


Beef Aus

Presenters and MC’s from the ‘Future Generations Luncheon’ including Fleur Anderson, Evolution Mining, Theodore, Steven Bliss, Gray Street Veterinary Clinic, Emerald, Brad Clark, John Saunders and Frances Becker, Shand Taylor Lawyers, Brisbane, Sarah Becker, James Becker & Co, Rockhampton, Christian Dimitriou, Hamish Webb and James Chandler, Morgans, Brisbane.

Not Long Now...

It’s all happening in the ever growing Fortitude Valley for Shand Taylor Lawyers.  We are excited to confirm our imminent move to our brand new premises in the heart of the James Street Precinct.  The sign is up and the builders are putting the finishing touches on our office fit out.  We’ll be moving in a few weeks and will keep you posted about our new contact details.

Shand Taylor New Premises

Shand Taylor Lawyers Wins Corporate Swimming Carnival

Shand Taylor Lawyers is thrilled to have won the 6th Annual MND (Motor Neurone Disease) & Me Foundation and MW Recruitment Swimming Carnival held at the Valley Pool last Friday, 6 March 2015.   

A big thanks to all of our swimmers and supporters for their enthusiasm on the night.

Needless to say, we will be back again next year to defend our title!

Kimberley and John

Shand Taylor welcomes release of Peter Greste

Shand Taylor Lawyers is delighted that Peter Greste has been released from jail in Egypt after 400 days of captivity. We are also honoured to have played a part in him gaining his freedom.

John Sneddon, a partner in our dispute resolution team, was a member of the team of lawyers, media professionals and family representatives which devised the strategy which resulted in Peter's return to Australia.

The Greste family asked John to assist after his successful representation of Marcus Lee, who last year returned to Australia after a 5 year fight for justice in Dubai.

The case was an unusual case for Shand Taylor because we did not get to meet or speak to Peter until after the case was over.  In prison, he was only able to receive information relayed to him by members of his family on their regular visits to Cairo. He had no access to a telephone and he was unable to give documents or letters to his visitors. John finally met Peter at the celebrations hosted by his family and supporters after Peter's triumphant return to Brisbane (see photo).

"Witnessing the Greste family's joy on Peter's return to Australia was one of the happiest moments in my career,” John Sneddon said. 

“This case was significant because Peter was imprisoned for doing nothing more than reporting the news. Peter is an award-winning journalist and at the time of his arrest he was just doing his job. Journalists are essential to the democratic process because they shine a spotlight on corruption and help ensure honest and transparent government.   We are proud to have been able to help secure his freedom and look forward to Peter continuing his career.”

Peter’s journalist colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed remain in prison in Cairo. Like Peter, they were arrested for simply reporting the news to the international community. We hope they will soon be released and look forward to their speedy return to their families.

John and Peter

Civil Justice Award Winner

Shand Taylor Lawyers is proud to announce that John Sneddon, a partner in our dispute resolution team, has been named the winner of this year’s Australian Lawyers Alliance Queensland Civil Justice Award.  The Civil Justice Award is presented each year to one person who is seen to “go beyond the call of duty in the pursuit of justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.”  John has been awarded for his efforts in securing the freedom of Australian citizen Marcus Lee from custody in Dubai.  

Mr Lee was arrested in Dubai in 2009 on charges of fraud.  Convinced of Mr Lee’s innocence, John Sneddon worked tirelessly for the past four and a half years to have Mr Lee acquitted of the charges.  These efforts have now been rewarded by the acquittal and safe return of Mr Lee and his wife Julie to Australia. 

To read more about the Civil Justice Award and John Sneddon’s work for Marcus Lee, please click on the following links:

Australian Lawyers Alliance - Queensland Civil Justice Award 2014

Brisbane Legal - February 2014

John Sneddon can be contacted on 3307 4504 or by email at jsneddon@shandtaylor.com.au.

Shand Taylor Client Marcus Lee Returns to Australia After 5 Year Dubai Legal Ordeal

On Monday 20 January 2014, Marcus Lee finally flew back to Australia after a 5 year legal battle to prove his innocence in Dubai.

Marcus was arrested and charged with fraud offences in January 2009 following a government investigation into a land transaction prior to the onset of the Global Financial Crisis. He was eventually cleared of all charges in a report prepared by an expert committee appointed by the Dubai Ruler’s Court and then formally acquitted of all criminal charges in May 2013. When the Dubai Public Prosecutor appealed he was acquitted again by the Emirate’s Court of Appeal, last November.

Shand Taylor Lawyers is proud to have assisted Marcus and his wife Julie Lee throughout their ordeal and John Sneddon was present at Sydney Airport when Marcus and Julie were reunited with their families.  

Speaking at a press conference televised live around the country, Marcus Lee thanked Shand Taylor Lawyers for its unwavering support throughout his legal battle.

Shand Taylor assisted Marcus with the preparation of his defence and cross examination strategy, and by conducting negotiations with other parties to the case and the Federal Government. 

Shand Taylor began acting for Marcus Lee in August 2009 after being contacted by a friend of the Lee family.

“After representing Marcus and Julie for 4 ½ years, it was a wonderful moment to see them finally walk into the arrivals hall at Sydney Airport. We are especially proud of how resilient our clients have been throughout this dreadful ordeal and we are proud to have been able to assist them,” John Sneddon said.

Below, John Sneddon celebrating with Marcus and Julie hours after their return to Australia.

John & Marcus

Shand Taylor Client Marcus Lee Acquitted of Dubai Fraud Charges

Australian citizen Marcus Lee was on Monday 20 May 2013 acquitted of fraud related charges in Dubai, bringing to a close a 4 year trial that commenced when he was arrested in January 2009.

Marcus was one of 4 Australians charged in a sweeping investigation into the purchase of land by Gold Coast property company Sunland Group Limited in late 2007.  Two of Marcus' co-accused were convicted of the charges and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and ordered to pay a $25 million dollar fine.

Shand Taylor began acting for Marcus Lee in 2009 and has provided legal assistance to Marcus and his wife Julie entirely on a pro bono basis.

In a statement released on news of his acquittal Marcus and Julie Lee said, "We are overwhelmed with this finding. It has been more than four years since this ordeal commenced and we are very grateful that the courts have uncovered the truth and we can now get on with our lives".

"We are also extremely grateful for the assistance we have received from Shand Taylor Lawyers under the leadership of litigation partner John Sneddon. Shand Taylor has provided us with invaluable legal advice and has helped us with the preparation of Marcus' defence documents, cross-examination plans, formulation of legal strategy and negotiations with other parties".

Marcus Lee and Family

John Sneddon was initially approached by a friend of the Lee family to review some legal documents and provide assistance to Julie Lee when Marcus was remanded in custody for 9 months in 2009.

"When I became involved in this case it became immediately apparent to me that Marcus was innocent of all the charges, but his bail conditions and the requirements of his visa meant it would be virtually impossible for him to fund his defence". John said.

"We decided it would be unthinkable for us to turn our backs on an Australian citizen in desperate need of legal assistance on the other side of the world. I am delighted that the Court has examined the evidence and Marcus has been fully acquitted. It's been 4 long years. I now look forward to the day when I'm able to greet Marcus and Julie on their arrival back in Australia".

Red Shield Appeal

Shand Taylor Lawyers is pleased to have been a bronze sponsor of the annual Salvation Army, Red Shield Appeal launch held at The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 28 March 2013.  The Red Shield Appeal Annual Door Knock will take place on 25 and 26 May 2013 and is the Salvation Army's primary annual fundraising drive.  Shand Taylor Lawyers encourages all Australians to give generously to this great cause.