Winners stretch all the way to Cairns

Arabella Kullack was presented with the QLS Emerging Leader Award by Lauren Dare of Dare Recruitment. Photo: Event Photos Australia

Maurice Blackburn’s Cairns office featured in two of the 2023 Queensland Law Society Excellence in Law Awards on Saturday night – Regional Practitioner of the Year and Emerging Leader.

Regional Practitioner ward winner Bianca Stafford, an experienced Wills and Estates solicitor based in Cairns, congratulated all the winners and finalists.

Bianca Stafford is Regional Practitioner of the Year.

Bianca has organised and participated in educational seminars, workshops and conferences aimed at promoting professional development among her peers and fostering a greater understanding of Wills and Estates law.

She is an active member of the Far North Queensland Law Association, having served on the committee for the past nine years including as President in 2021 and 2022.

“I am truly honoured to receive to the QLS Regional Practitioner of the Year Award,” she said. “I practice in Cairns, and am privileged the legal community supports collaboration, mentorship and growth.

“There is an abundance of opportunities and it is a diverse and rewarding experience. I receive unwavering support from Maurice Blackburn, family, friends and team such as Arabella Kullack.”


And Arabella was also recognised on the night, receiving the Emerging Leader Award.
Arabella is a Senior Associate in the area of succession law. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a global community of lawyers specialising in the area of succession law, and she lectures for Central Queensland University. Arabella also sits on the Cairns Community Legal Centre board.

“It is a bit of a shock, I’m a bit speechless,” she said on receiving the award and thanking QLS and the sponsors.

“Many thanks to the Maurice Blackburn and my team. I feel very privileged to lead a state and national practice from Cairns. This is for all the regional practitioners out there. Location and jurisdiction are no longer a disadvantage.”

Keep an eye on Proctor for profiles of the award winners.

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