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:

2018

  • Leading Queensland Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Leading Queensland Work Injury Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)

2017

  • Leading Queensland Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Leading Queensland Work Injury Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)

 

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 his three children, surfing and taking in the sunshine.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society
American Trial Lawyers Association

Awards & Recognition:

2018

  • Leading Queensland Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Leading Queensland Work Injury Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)

2017

  • Leading Queensland Work Injury Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)
  • Leading Queensland Public Liability Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff), (Doyle Awards)

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:

2018

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

2017

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

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
Senior 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

Connect with Kaine on LinkedIn!

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Shane Lawlor
Associate

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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Roslyn (Roz) Van Der Blom
Lawyer

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

In her spare time Roslyn attends most home games of the Queensland Firebirds, and the Australian Diamonds when they play in Brisbane. She also spends her weekends surrounded by her husband and three small children.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society

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Brigitta Smith
Lawyer

Brigitta has been a valued member of our team since 2013 and has built a strong skill-set within that time. Her initiative to push forward her client files without delay is one of her best attributes.

When Brigitta isn’t at work she enjoys spending time barracking for her favourite sports team or planning her next overseas adventure.

Memberships:

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Queensland Law Society

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Samuel Given
Graduate Law Clerk

Samuel recently graduated from QUT law school. He is a third generation law graduate – his mother also is a lawyer and his grandfather was a judge. The legal industry was a natural course for him and he is very motivated to make his family proud.

In his spare time he likes keeping himself fit through weight lifting and diet, spending his time with friends and family or relaxing.

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Heather Lyndon
Practice Manager

After 20 years in the legal industry, primarily in personal injury law, Heather is known for her immense experience, compassionate nature and her ability to keep the office running smoothly.

Having worked with Faran for more than seven years, Heather knows Gouldson Legal inside and out and loves what she does.

In her spare time, Heather can be found playing hockey, riding through forestry trails on her motorbike and enjoying every moment she can with her family.

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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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Dina Bolz
Marketing Coordinator

Dina joined our team in 2018, bringing with her over 10 years of experience at multiple international advertising and media agencies. She has a passion for social media, research and learning – always looking to expand her knowledge of the latest media trends. Dina loves reporting almost as much as good coffee and innovative thinking.

Dina was looking for a change of pace, and wanted to use her vast skillset to help others, which is what drew her to our firm and the work that we do.

When she isn’t at work, Dina spends her time camping on the beach with her partner or catching up with friends for coffee and muffins. If her cats are not chasing each other through the garden, Dina enjoys to receive some cat cuddles after work.

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Eva Li
Legal Accounts Assistant

Eva has been working in the legal industry for over 3 years. In this time Eva has worked in the accounts department for a range of different law firms, developing her skills in legal accounts and at times assisting with translation work for clients – as she is advanced in Cantonese, and advancing her skills in Mandarin as well.

When Eva isn’t at work she enjoys hiking and exploring new restaurants and cafes. Eva also loves travelling, enjoying any opportunity to head somewhere new to experience different places and cultures.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Business Management (Human Resources and Marketing)

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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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Trish Boyle
Administration Assistant

Trish has worked in various Administration roles within the superannuation and automotive industries, as well as a stint in graphic arts and printing!

Trish believes that one of the most important parts of her role is to show compassion and understanding to our clients – she knows a warm welcome and a great cuppa can go a long way.

When she isn’t at work, Trish spends her time catching up with friends and family, enjoying a movie or indulging in good food and wine. Relaxing anywhere there is a beach or water is one of her favourite things to do.

Qualifications:

Certificate of Commercial Studies

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Alicia Walker
Legal Assistant

Alicia 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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Lisa Hardwick
Legal Assistant

Lisa has worked in personal injury law for the last 10 years! Lisa prides herself on being an ambassador of client care and sees her role as an opportunity to help those who need it the most.

Like many of our team, Lisa always looks forward to Thursdays because she loves her cuddles with the office dogs Hugo and Harriet! When she isn’t at work, Lisa spends time with her family at the beach and outdoors.

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Nicole Keogh
Legal Assistant

Nicole has worked in the legal industry for the past 18 years and has specialised solely in personal injuries law for the last 8 of these. She has experience across all areas of personal injury law, but has had a particular focus on catastrophic claims and client’s with psychological injuries. As such Nicole is known for the understanding and empathy she shows our clients.

Nicole and her husband have three boys who all play soccer, so she’s a typical soccer mum and when she’s not at work she’s typically at training, games or even travelling internationally for matches! Any spare time outside of that is spent at the beach with her family and their two English staffies.

Qualifications:

Diploma of Justice Studies
Justice of the Peace

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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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Georgia Isdale
Junior Legal Assistant

Georgia has recently completed studies in Crime and Justice, and she followed her passion for this all the way to a role with us. While she’s newer to the industry, Georgia is already expanding her skills and loves working for our clients.

When she isn’t at work, Georgia likes to spend time with her family, shopping, exploring new places or (like so many of us) at the beach. She’s also a big foodie and loves trying out new places to eat on the weekend.

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Skye Stoneley
Junior Legal Assistant

Skye is completely new to the legal industry, but her love of law and business during her schooling years compelled her to join us and get hands on experience. While she’s a new face in the office, she’s already learning the ropes and getting to know our clients.

When she isn’t in the office, Skye spends her time out on the water, jet-skiing and boating, or out shopping and spending time with friends.

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