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QLS Best Breakfast: Celebrating success and prioritising wellbeing

Peter Hartley, QLS President Elizabeth Shearer, Michelle Thomsen, QLS CEO Rolf Moses.

This morning’s Best Lawyers Breakfast event, hosted by Queensland Law Society, recognised those QLS members named on this year’s Best Lawyers, Chambers, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 lists.

The event, sponsored by Peter Hartley, Law in Order, highlighted outstanding achievements among Queensland lawyers and emphasised the continued importance of maintaining health and wellbeing within workplaces.


QLS President Elizabeth Shearer extended a warm welcome to today’s guests and attendees at Brisbane’s Riverside Centre.

QLS President Elizabeth Shearer acknowledged the legal profession’s ongoing challenges and encouraged attendees to appreciate each other’s efforts.

“Today we are celebrating an elite group of practitioners who have been recognised for your expertise and talent,” she said.

“When I speak with law students, and early career lawyers, I always tell them, there are lots of paths to being a successful lawyer.”

Guest speaker Michelle Thomsen, Group Executive – General Counsel at QIC, spoke of QIC’s growth trajectory and how it has navigated COVID-19. She emphasised a continued prioritisation of the health and wellness of staff and clients, including QLS.

“Some of our latest initiatives include three ‘recharge’ days of leave for our employees that enable them to take these days off at any time for their own wellbeing,” she said.

“Flexibility and a focus on wellness for our team members is critical and we strive to ensure that everybody within the team, regardless of seniority, has a voice.

“As leaders in our profession we need to continue to lead the way.”

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