Solicitor of the Supreme Court
CAREER TO DATE:
John Smith was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1986. Prior to becoming a Partner of Gall Standfield & Smith in 1990, he worked for the Queensland Justice Department exclusively in the field of criminal law.
John is the Partner of the firm who is responsible for the Litigation Division. The litigation work undertaken by John has involved all court jurisdictions, including the High Court of Australia, and a number of Government Tribunals, including the WorkCover Medical Assessment Tribunal, Queensland Racing Appeals Tribunal and QCAT.
The nature of litigation John has been involved in includes personal injuries, deceased estates disputes, insurance, commercial disputesand building disputes. John has been involved in Appeals in all jurisdictions including Planning and Environment Court and Land Court.
Commercial disputes, deceased estates and building disputes
MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND / OR COMMUNITY GROUPS
Chairman of the Gold Coast Rugby Union Appeals judiciary
Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Parkwood
Ex-president of the Rotary Club of Parkwood and had extensive experience as a Management Committee Member.
MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE AT WORK:
Obtaining an excellent result for a client as an advocate in Federal Court proceedings
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE BEEN GIVEN:
Look after your clients interests and the rest will flow
AFTER HOURS I LIKE TO:
Play golf, and gardening
WHAT I WOULD BE DOING IF I WASN’T A LAWYER…