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Career Moves: Gilshenan & Luton

Queensland criminal law firm Gilshenan & Luton has welcomed three new team members to the Brisbane office.

They are Eric Halden (Senior Associate), Emma Hart (Solicitor) and Samantha O’Connor (Associate).


Eric Halden

Following his admission in 2011, Eric worked as a Judge’s Associate, followed by several years in criminal defence. Eric has extensive courtroom experience.  In 2018, Eric gained Specialist Accreditation in Criminal Law through the Queensland Law Society. Since 2019, he has focused on work health and safety (WHS) law in roles at national and top-tier commercial firms.


Emma Hart

Emma has a keen interest in all aspects of criminal and employment law. Before joining Gilshenan & Luton, Emma was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2022 while working as a Judge’s Associate at the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Emma was admitted to the High Court of Australia in 2023. Emma is also a volunteer solicitor with Caxton Community Legal Centre, providing pro-bono advice and assistance.


Samantha O’Connor

Samantha was admitted as a legal practitioner in June 2018. Before then, she worked as a law clerk while studying which initially sparked her interest in criminal law. Samantha has appeared in Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts throughout Queensland, and has experience advising clients in a range of matters including assaults, drug offences, traffic offences and property and weapons offences.

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