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:

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:

    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:

    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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    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

    Connect with David on LinkedIn!

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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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    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.

    In her down time you’ll often find Rebecca at the beach with her head buried in a Stephen King novel, or sitting in the sun planning her next adventure. Rebecca is a massive foodie, so she’s often off with friends exploring new cafes and restaurants, or out on her deck with a huge cheese platter!

    Qualifications:

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

    Connect with Rebecca on LinkedIn!

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    Emma Wishart
    Marketing Assistant

    Emma has been a key part of our Marketing team for over a year now, helping us shape our online advertising, specifically in the social media space. Emma studied a dual degree in marketing and visual design and moved to London shortly after graduating from her degree. Emma has had a wide 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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    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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    Trish Boyle
    Administration Assistant

    Trish is a recent addition to the Gouldson Legal team, but she’s hardly new to the industry. 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 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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    Meghan Pond
    Legal Assistant

    Meghan joined our team in early 2018 and brought with her a wealth of experience in personal injury law, having worked at a major national firm since 2016. During her time in the industry Meghan has worked with clients who have experienced serious, catastrophic injuries, and as such has developed the kind of care and understanding that we prize in our team members.

    Meghan originally studied in the Health and Rehabilitation field and has a real passion for this side of the client experience, as well as a unique understanding into the long journey of recovery some of our clients face.

    On her weekends Meghan spends her time writing music, working with a local not-for-profit organisation that promotes the local Brisbane music scene and hanging out with her dogs, Wylie and Bundy.

    Qualifications:

    Bachelors of Speech Pathology

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    Rebecca Oslar
    Legal Assistant

    Rebecca joined the Gouldson Legal team in mid-2017 and brought with her a deep understanding of Personal Injury Law, having worked at a number of national firms since 2012.

    Over her time in the industry so far Rebecca has worked across a range of claim types, and through these experiences she has developed a compassionate and understanding approach to client care. Rebecca values the opportunity to help our clients navigate the claims process, knowing the difference that their result can make, to them and their family.

    Rebecca and her husband Zac love trying new restaurants and cafes, and on the weekends you can typically find them doing just that! If she’s not out with family and friends, you can find Rebecca relaxing at home with Zac and their dog Bentley.

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    Lisa Hardwick
    Legal Assistant

    Lisa is a recent addition to the Gouldson Legal Team and brings with her an abundance of experience, having 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 joined us recently, but 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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    Kelly Batchler
    Legal Assistant, on Maternity Leave

    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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