Former Principal of family firm mourned

A chapter in the A.W. Bale & Son history closed on 12 January with the passing of Stuart Thomas Bale, who served the Queensland legal community for 53 years.

Stuart’s service will be held at St Augustine’s Anglican Church, 9 Charlton Street, Hamilton, on Thursday 25 January, at 11am.

A.W Bale & Son is a criminal law firm with history stretching back generations into the Queensland and northern New South Wales community.

It is the oldest, continually family-run practice in Brisbane. Its origins go back to 1889 when Arthur William Bale started the practice from the offices of the Cobb & Co.

A. W. Bale & Son relocated in the early part of the 1900s to the Brisbane Permanent Bank Building. During this period, Theophilus Bale joined the practice. He was a highly respected practitioner and was President of the Queensland Law Society 1944-46.

Theophilus was later joined in practice by his brother Eric. The firm then moved to the Phoenix Building in Brisbane Theophilus passed away in the early 1940s leaving the practice to his brother and new partner Christopher Macintyre. This partnership was dissolved some years later and Eric continued to run the firm until he passed away in 1967.


Stuart took over the firm from his father on his passing.  He defended a full spectrum of complex criminal matters. Stuart kept up to date with the evolving more complex criminal charges being levelled.

He regularly appeared in regional courts around the state and was frequently sought out about advice in complex criminal law matters.

Stuart remained Principal until 2007 when his son Andrew took over. He then became a Consultant Solicitor.

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