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Meet The Team

A dedicated and experienced team, ready to serve.
Bruce Johnstone
Managing Director
Managing Director of Colville Johnstone Lawyers, Bruce Johnstone, is a Commercial and Criminal Law litigator and reputable Court advocate.  Whilst managing the Practice as a whole, his work focus is on Building and Construction disputes, Debt Recovery, Insolvency and providing clients with strategic advice on asset protection.

He also represents clients who are charged with the most serious of Criminal Law offences.

“Bruce has strong values and is a true believer in loyalty and commitment, as evidenced by the long tenure of staff that is employed by the Practice and the enduring relationships he continues to maintain with clients, many of whom have stuck with him since day one.”
Bruce has vast experience appearing in all the State and Federal Courts, as well as Tribunals, such as the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“QCAT”), Mediations and confidential conferences.

He has a wealth of experience in challenging and reviewing the decisions of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (“QBCC”) for many different types of trades. This includes making Applications for clients to be categorised as a “Permitted Individuals” under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (Qld), allowing them to continue to work as licensed builders after, for example, their Building Company is forced into liquidation.

Bruce’s successful Court and Tribunal results are a direct consequence of his experience, ability to clearly define the issues and being able to plead/respond to each allegation in a clear, concise and thoughtful manner.

In 2013, Bruce became a registered Adjudicator under the now repealed Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 [ now known as the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld)]. Since then, he has adjudicated many disputes. His extensive technical knowledge of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld), research skills and ability to draft a through, a detailed decision has resulted in not one of his decisions being challenged to date.

Kylie Barrow
Director and Office Manager
Director and Office Manager, Kylie Barrow, oversees the day-to-day running of the Practice. She has extensive experience in dealing with commercial and individual clients alike, after gaining a wealth of knowledge when working for large city firms prior to joining Colville Johnstone Lawyers in 2009.

Kylie has around twenty-five (25) years of legal administration experience, is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) and she is well respected by her peers. Her pleasant personality enables our clients to relax as she coordinates our clients’ care from the first consultation appointment through to the conclusion of the matter.

“Kylie’s professional manner and efficient organisational skills ensure that clients of Colville Johnstone Lawyers are well looked after at every phase of their matter. She applies her passion and eye for detail to the logistics of client care, ensuring elite and thorough attention is achieved for every client. Kylie is always willing to help and works constantly to achieve the best result.”
Although quiet and refined, Kylie is the backbone of Colville Johnstone Lawyers – not only does she keep her fingers on every aspect the Practice, she also keeps all of us in line!

Her down to earth, straight to the point professional approach ensures clients will experience the highest level of customer service, satisfaction and professional advice and representation that they require.

Sherry Kelly
Special Counsel
Special Counsel, Mrs Sherry Kelly, heads up the Commercial Property Law practice of Colville Johnstone Lawyers.

With well over twenty years experience of acting for large and small companies, businesses and individual clients throughout Queensland, she has gained a wealth of knowledge which has seen her become well respected amongst the community and the legal fraternity as being both thorough and approachable.

Sherry’s Commercial Property Law practice carries out work in transactions which include:-
1. The sale and purchase of businesses;
2. Structuring of businesses;
3. Strata Titling of Units and Plans of Subdivision;
4. Commercial property sales and acquisitions;
5. Commercial and Retail Shop Leases;
6. Shareholder Agreements, Share Transfers and advice on Corporations Law, Trust structures and advice on Trusts; and
7. Preparing and negotiating Commercial Agreements including Loan Agreements and Partnership Agreements.

“My professional manner and efficient organisation skills ensure that clients of Colville Johnstone Lawyers are well looked after at every phase of their matter. She applies her passion and eye for detail to the logistics of client care, ensuring elite and thorough attention is achieved for every client. Kylie is always willing to help and works constantly to achieve the best result.”.
Whilst heading the Commercial Property Law practice, Sherry also heads the extensive Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney and Estate Administration practice of Colville Johnstone Lawyers. She often travels to clients homes to take instructions if they are unable to attend the office and volunteers her time on a regular basis to provide legal assistance to the Red Cross and its donors.
Mark Taylor
Senior Associate
Mark is highly regarded by his colleagues and clients for his work ethic, integrity, and commercial nous. He is the “go-to” person of the Practice, assisting Bruce Johnstone in the Commercial Litigation section and Nicole Khoury in the Commercial Property, Wills and Estate Administration of the Practice.

Mark enjoys his work immensely and has special interests in the Building and Construction area of law after completing an apprenticeship and becoming a licenced Carpenter prior to becoming a Solicitor. This background has enabled him to clearly define and fully understand the issues that tradesmen often face and gives him an informed ability to suggest alternative solutions in order to resolve matters in a commercial, cost-effective and timely manner.

Mark’s background also enables him to properly advise clients about any issues of defective work that may have been carried out for them by tradesmen.
Mark has appeared in all the State and Federal Courts, as well as the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“QCAT”), mediations and conferences.

He is extremely experienced in acting for both Claimants and Respondents in Adjudication Applications under the repealed Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 [now known as the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld)] and has an extensive knowledge of that Act.

“With his attention to detail and efficiency, many of our clients have developed strong, trusting relationships with Mark.”
Mark has nearly twenty (20) years of legal experience. He is a dedicated family man and spends much of his spare time being involved with the volunteer surf lifesaving club that his daughter is a member of and involved in his son’s football team and assistant coach of his son’s cricket team.

His down to earth, straight to the point professional approach ensures clients will experience the highest level of customer service, satisfaction and professional advice and representation that they require.

Carl Settgast
Senior Associate
Carl has been actively involved in law since 1986 and has headed the Family and Criminal Law sections of Colville Johnstone Lawyers since July 2015. His focus is to provide legal advice of the highest calibre, ensuring clients obtain practical results while minimising costs.
“He is a deep thinker, meticulous, steadfast and resilient. Whilst his compassionate nature allows him to be a rock to his clients, he is a thorn in the backside of his clients’ adversaries. He is honest, focused on the task at hand and highly respected by the Courts and opposing colleagues.”
Carl recognises that he is not only called upon by clients for representation but often for guidance. He has a wonderful gift of being able to listen, define the issues and advise clients accordingly. He has an enormous work ethic that not only results in him keeping his clients regularly up to date but often requiring him to act promptly commencing urgent Court Applications.
With his broad experience in negotiation, mediation and collaborative lawyering, as well as his excellent case law research skills, Carl provides clear advice on the likely outcomes of matters and guides clients through each stage of the Family or Criminal law process.
Insofar as his representation regarding Family Law is concerned, he advises clients on a large range of issues, including:
• Domestic violence
• Divorce
• Separation
• Parenting orders or plans under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
• Property settlements
• Spousal maintenance (for both de facto and married couples)
• Child support
• Binding financial agreements and
• Surrogacy Agreements
When representing clients who have been charged with Criminal offences, Carl advises clients on the Prosecution evidence, potential defences, likely outcome and probable sentence.
Caitlin Downs
Senior Conveyancer
A local product of the Redlands, Caitlin works alongside Jaime Wild under the supervision of Carl Settgast in the Family and Criminal Law sections of Colville Johnstone Lawyers. With over three (3) years experience of regularly appearing before both the Family Law and State Criminal Law Courts, she has fast developed into one of the most skillful and robust advocates and negotiators in the area.
“Professional, organised, thorough, meticulous, steadfast and resilient are only a few words that describe Caitlin. She is impressive in every sense of the word.”
Caitlin prides herself in her ability to ask the important relevant questions, listen and define the issues in order to fully advise and represent clients in a manner that well beyond her experience. This skillset is regularly demonstrated in mediations and other forms of dispute resolution processes, such as Family Law Conciliation Conferences.
Like Carl, she provides clear advice on the likely outcomes in both Family Law and Criminal Law matters.
Caitlin works across a vast range of the Practice’s legally aided and private paying matters and is engaged in volunteer community legal work with the Women’s Legal Service in her spare time. She is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association and is specifically qualified with Legal Aid Queensland to carry out work in the Children’s Court for both Child Protection and Criminal Law matters.
Her pleasant and confident manner has seen her become a well respected and valuable member of Colville Johnstone Lawyers.
Anissa Christiansen
Senior Conveyancer
Anissa works alongside Juanita Creevey in the Conveyancing team of Colville Johnstone Lawyers.

Anissa has over 25 years experience working in the Redlands legal fraternity and like Juanita, is widely renowned as being one of the best and most organised and experienced conveyancers in the area.

“Anissa’s pleasant and professional personality helps the task of buying or selling the property, hassle-free by providing clients with advice at every stage of their conveyance. She is experienced to give clients advice at every stage of the conveyance.”
Anissa has a reputation for treating her clients and opposing colleagues with respect. Telephone calls, inquiries, and requests are attended to promptly as she understands that buying or selling property can be very confusing and worrying for clients and that the process is not always an easy one as many obstacles may arise on the way to settlement.

Anissa is a Commissioner of Declarations and has been very community focused, being an active member of her children’s School activities, sporting clubs and volunteer in many Redlands community activities.

Her down to earth, straight to the point professional approach ensures clients will experience the highest level of customer service, satisfaction and professional advice and representation that they require.
If you are considering buying or selling a residential property and would like to obtain a quotation for your conveyance, you can contact.

Jaime Wild
Senior Conveyancer
Jaime is also a local product of the Redlands and works alongside Caitlin Downs under the supervision of Carl Settgast, in the Family and Criminal Law sections of Colville Johnstone Lawyers. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a Legal Practitioner in 2016 and is experienced working with the Practice’s legal aided and private paying clients.

Jaime appears in both the Family Law and State Criminal Law Courts on a regular basis and is not only well respected by her clients and the Courts for her compassionate, caring approach but her ability to research the law against the given facts and make sound submissions to achieve the best possible outcome.

“She is a professional who continually demonstrates her desire to genuinely help people and further develop her skill set and experience.”
In her spare time, Jaime engages herself in volunteer community legal work with the Bayside Community Legal Service and is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association.  She too is specifically qualified with Legal Aid Queensland to carry out work in the Children’s Court for both Child Protection and Criminal Law matters.

Jaime is a quietly spoken, yet confident advocate and negotiator which has resulted in her becoming a valued member of the Colville Johnstone Lawyers.

Nicole Khoury
Senior Conveyancer
Associate, Nicole Khoury, is a consummate professional Commercial Property, Wills and Estate Administration lawyer. She is a confident, polite and cheerful person, who loves her job and is driven by outcomes for her clients.

Nicole prides herself on being available to her clients, acting for large and small companies, businesses and individual clients throughout Queensland. She has gained a wealth of knowledge which has seen her become well respected amongst the community and the legal fraternity as being both thorough and approachable.

“Her down to earth, straight to the point professional approach ensures clients will experience the highest level of customer service, satisfaction and professional advice and representation that they require.”
Nicole prides herself on being available to her clients, acting for large and small companies, businesses and individual clients throughout Queensland. She has gained a wealth of knowledge which has seen her become well respected amongst the community and the legal fraternity as being both thorough and approachable.

Nicole’s Commercial Property Law practice carries out work in transactions which include:-
1. The sale and purchase of businesses;
2. Structuring of businesses;
3. Strata Titling of Units and Plans of Subdivision;
4. Commercial property sales and acquisitions;
5. Commercial and Retail Shop Leases;
6. Shareholder Agreements, Share Transfers and advice on Corporations Law, Trust structures and advice on Trusts; and
7. Preparing and negotiating Commercial Agreements including Loan Agreements and Partnership Agreements.

Whilst heading the Commercial Property Law practice, Nicole also heads the extensive Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney and Estate Administration practice of Colville Johnstone Lawyers. She enjoys traveling to clients’ homes to take instructions if they are unable to attend the office and volunteers her time on a regular basis to provide legal assistance to the Red Cross and its donors.

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