At Gouldson Legal we know that legal proceedings are never easy. This could be your first time dealing with an injury compensation claim and you may be unsure of your rights and the best path forward. You need a firm you can trust, one that is looking out for you, your best interests, your finances and your result; that’s where we come in.

We have built our processes around the journeys of our clients, around their concerns and their successes we know what works, and we see it in the results of our clients. Our secret? We take an individual approach to every single case. While your case will fall into a particular compensation area, your experience and how it has affected you is entirely individual. When you choose us, we dig deeper than any other firm; we look at how this has affected your life and what that means to you and to the outcome you need. By taking this approach, we ensure that we have investigated every avenue to get you your best result.

We’re proud to have been acknowledged in a number of awards over the years, which we believe reinforces the dedication we have to our clients and our expertise in the field of personal injury law. More recently we have been acknowledged in a number of areas, including:

2016

  • Leading Queensland Public Liability Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Recommended Queensland Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Leading Queensland Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)

2015

  • Leading Brisbane Medical Negligence Compensation Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Leading Brisbane Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Leading Brisbane Workplace Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
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Faran Gouldson
Director

Faran has been in the legal game for 23 short years and is the driving force behind our innovative, people focused approach. He commenced Gouldson Legal in late 1998 with the sole aim of providing a specialist personal litigation service that focused on people. When he isn’t in the office leading our impressive legal team, he can be found somewhere close to the beach with Rachel and the 3 children, surfing and taking in the sunshine.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society
American Trial Lawyers Association

Awards & Recognition:

2016

  • Leading Queensland Work Injury Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Leading Queensland Public Liability Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Recommended Queensland Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)

2015

  • Leading Brisbane Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Leading Brisbane Workplace Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)

Connect with Faran on LinkedIn!

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Carl Hughes
Senior Associate

Carl joined our team in March 2013, having previously lead the Queensland Asbestos Claims Department for a major national firm. He has been acknowledged as one of Brisbane’s leading asbestos compensation lawyers, and has spent a great proportion of his career working on dust diseases claims for sufferers throughout Queensland.

Prior to his legal exploits Carl undertook studies in Economics and French. On his weekends Carl can usually be found at the Gym or in a travel agency planning his next escape.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society

Awards & Recognition:

2016

  • Leading Queensland Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff),(Doyle Awards)

2015

  • Leading Brisbane Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff),(Doyle Awards)

Connect with Carl on LinkedIn!

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Kaine Shanahan
Associate

Since admittance in 2007 Kaine has practised in New South Wales, the United Kingdom and Queensland; specialising in personal injury and professional negligence litigation. After a stint in London he returned to Australia in 2013.

Outside of work, Kaine describes himself as a ‘complete sports tragic’. He has turned his hand at pretty much everything; cricket, golf, touch football and tennis, without much success!

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society

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Shane Lawlor
Senior Lawyer

Shane’s client-centric approach ensures that he considers individual circumstances as he works toward the best possible resolution.

Shane ensures every client understands the injury claim process and their individual case progression.

Outside the office, Shane enjoys keeping up to date with the latest in television series and novels.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society

Connect with Shane on LinkedIn!

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Jennifer Mougan
Lawyer

Jennifer has worked in personal injury law for five years during which time she has built up considerable skills in all areas of personal injury claims. Prior to her legal career, Jennifer studied animal science and is very passionate about animals and animal welfare.

On her weekends, Jennifer loves spending time with her dogs and planning outdoor activities with her friends.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society

Connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn!

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David Chambers
Lawyer

Having spent 23 years in the Police Force, in both Queensland and South Australia, David brings extensive and practical experience to his legal practice.

David’s tenacity and attention to detail, combined with a lifetime of serving and protecting the community, underpins everything he does for his clients. His empathetic approach and recognition of individual client needs secures optimum results and safeguards his client’s futures.

When he isn’t at work, David spends his time playing guitar and cooking Thai food.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society

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Jessica Stanley
Lawyer

Jessica was admitted in 2015, and her experience in personal injuries is well-rounded, having worked in both plaintiff and defendant personal injuries firms since 2011. During this time, Jessica has grown passionate about this area of law, and she values the opportunity she has to assist our clients in the claims process.

With a penchant for picnics, markets and all things coffee-related, Jessica enjoys spending her weekends ‘out and about’ taking in all that life has to offer.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society

Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn!

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Roslyn Clark
Lawyer, on Maternity Leave

Roslyn was admitted in 2009, practising primarily in immensely challenging catastrophic injury cases. Aware of her compassion, and talent for difficult injury claims, Gouldson Legal snapped her up in 2011.

She spends a couple nights a week playing social netball and her weekends surrounded by her young family.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society

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Brigitta Smith
Law Graduate

Brigitta has been with us for over four years – she initially ensured everything ran smoothly in her administration role and then transitioned into a legal assistant role as her expertise grew. More recently Brigitta stepped in to a Law Graduate role after completion of her law degree and will be admitted later this year. With her wealth of experience we have no doubt that she will be an exceptional addition to our legal team.

When she does find a spare moment, Brigitta can be found exuding her competitive nature barracking for her favourite sports team or planning her next overseas adventure to cure her case of wanderlust.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Justice
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Samantha Singh
Accounts Manager

Samantha joined the Gouldson Legal team in January 2016. With over 10 years’ experience in Management positions in the Legal and Professional sectors, Samantha brings a vast range of skills and knowledge to the team. Her attention to detail and problem solving skills are essential in making sure that everything is running well.

When not working hard at balancing the accounts, Samantha is balancing a young family. She loves to spend quality time with her family and believes that this is the most important role in her life. Family bike rides, BBQs in the park or trips to the beach are what you will find Samantha and her family up to on the weekends. Making the most of life!

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Rebecca Coote
Marketing Manager

Rebecca joined our team in 2014, following on from her Masters. Working within the restrictions of our industry, Rebecca has built our marketing program from the ground up, working strategically to grow our firm. Rebecca loves data – more than anyone we know – so she always ensures that our marketing strategies are informed by relevant data, and that we can truly assess and understand the value of all our channels.

Rebecca firmly believes in building strong, honest relationships both with our external contacts and internal team.

Rebecca is a new homeowner and when she’s not at work you can find her renovating – ripping up carpet, knocking down walls and repainting to turn her home into something beautiful.

Qualifications:

Masters of Business: IMC
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Diploma of Education

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Heather Lyndon
Director's Assistant

After 20 years in the legal industry, primarily in personal injury law, Heather is known for her immense experience and compassionate nature.

Having worked with Faran (our Director) for over six years Heather knows Gouldson Legal inside and out.

When she isn’t busy ensuring the place runs smoothly, Heather escapes out to Maidenwell with her family. There is something about the air (and lack of lawyers) that she finds incredibly refreshing!

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Amanda Ghion
Receptionist

Amanda has worked in the legal industry for over a decade, coming to join our team mid-2016. Before joining our team, Amanda worked for a number of other firms in legal secretary and receptionist roles.

Amanda firmly believes that compassion and understanding are integral to any role in personal injury law. She has a real passion for her role and her warm, compassionate nature ensures that every visitor and caller to our firm feels welcome and at ease.

On her weekends Amanda likes to spend time with family and friends. She loves cooking, yoga and spending her weekends outdoors.

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Alicia Walker
Legal Assistant

Alicia is a recent addition to our team, but she brings with her a wealth of experience. She has spent over 7 years working in personal injury law, both in legal assistant and paralegal roles – along with having a Diploma of Justice under her belt. Alicia really loves what she does, truly valuing the opportunity to help people through one of the most difficult times of their lives.

When Alicia isn’t at work she’s spending time with her husband, family and friends. She loves spending her time outdoors, whether it be on the beach, on the water fishing with her husband, or climbing mountains with her friends. Alicia might look at studying further in the future, but for the moment she enjoys putting the knowledge and experience she has gained over the years to use in assisting clients to gain their best possible outcome.

Qualifications:

Diploma of Justice

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Sophie Waples
Legal Assistant

When Sophie joined our team she was a fresh face in the legal industry, but during her time with us she has developed impressive skills, assisting our team and really getting into the finer work associated with successfully conducting our clients cases. She has really enjoyed learning all the ins and outs of personal injury law claims and has recently stepped up into a legal assistant role, looking to further hone her skills in the personal injury law space.

In her spare time Sophie likes to read, garden and spend time with her pets.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Criminology
Bachelor of Law

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Zoe McAteer
Legal Assistant

Zoe joined the Gouldson Legal team in 2015, bringing with her years of experience in customer relations and administration roles. Initially, Zoe kept everything running smoothly in her administration role and developed a real passion for our area of law. As her experience and skill set grew, Zoe transitioned into her current role as one of our legal assistants.

Zoe is currently studying a double degree in law and justice, aiming to be admitted as a lawyer once completed.

When she manages to find time between study and work, Zoe spends her weekends with friends and family; she also loves to read and relax on the beach.

Connect with Zoe on LinkedIn!

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Rebecca Mostina
Legal Assistant

Rebecca is another recent addition to the Gouldson Legal team, however she certainly isn’t new to Personal Injury Law having worked at a number of firms since 2012. Over her time in the industry Rebecca has developed a strong understanding of the sector and the challenges faced by those undertaking injury claims.

When she isn’t at work Rebecca spends her time in the recording studio, with family and friends or planning her upcoming wedding!

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Jane Abbott
Legal Assistant

Jane joined our team in June 2014 after gaining a previous 2 years’ experience at another personal injury firm. Over her time, Jane has gained a diverse range of knowledge and experience in a variety of personal injury claims, including catastrophic injuries and takes pride in her compassionate, resolute and genuine personality when guiding client’s through the claims process.

Jane hopes to delve into some study in the future but enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends for whatever the occasion might be.

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Kelly Batchler
Legal Assistant

Kelly is a recent addition to our team but is certainly familiar with the industry – with over 14 years of legal experience! Kelly brings a wealth of experience to the firm having worked in both Litigation and Defendant Insurance, with the majority of her experience being in Personal Injury Law.

When she is not at work, Kelly is either renovating her house, hanging out with her son or travelling. Kelly enjoys adventuring outdoors and even has her diving license!

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Emma Wishart
Marketing Assistant

Emma studied a dual degree in marketing and visual design and moved to London shortly after graduating from her degree. Emma has had a range of experience in the marketing field and most recently worked at a digital marketing agency in London.

She has now moved back to Australia and is settling back into life in Brisbane. Emma loves good food and cooking; her favourite thing is to enjoy a good meal with family and friends.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Creative Industries

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Jessica Evans
Administration Assistant

Jess joined our team after graduating her Law and Journalism Degrees. She has extensive experience in customer service and client relations having spent time in public relations, retail and criminal law and looks forward to growing her skill set in the personal injury field.

Being the nerd she is, Jess is planning to start her Masters of Law once she is admitted to legal practice at the end of the year and would love to one day complete a PhD.

When she’s not at work you will find Jess with family and friends, looking after her cavoodles, Benson and Ted and trying to overcome her shopping addiction (which is a serious problem.)

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Journalism

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