Nick Dore
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Nick Dore - Managing Principal

Principal, Nick Dore is a widely recognised and well respected member of the legal community. His name is synonymous with success. Nick achieves seemingly impossible results in many high profile and high stakes legal matters.

Nick is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist, having been awarded the Highest Achiever Award in 2010. He is currently a member of the Accredited Specialist selection committee. In 2017 Nick was voted by his peers with the Highest Achievement possible in the Doyles Guide as one of only 5 Preeminent lawyers in the Doyle’s Guide. In the same year he was also voted as one Australia’s Leading Criminal Lawyers in the same guide. He was only 1 of 6 from Queensland included in the National list.

Nick has always prided himself on being contactable and approachable. He ensures that complex legal problems are explained in easy to understand terms. Nick is relaxed and builds an immediate relationship with clients, and their families, and helps put their minds at ease. Nick’s lack of ego ensures that his clients’ interests are always protected over and above his own. His down to earth manner, and incredibly persuasive advocacy skills are widely recognised and respected by Judges and Magistrates.

Being the Principal of the firm, Nick has made it his mission to ensure that his clients obtain the best results possible by employing and surrounding himself with the best Criminal Lawyers in the State. Anyone that has met Nick appreciates that he has dedicated his life to creating a legal practice that stands above and beyond the rest. with Nick Dore on LinkedIn

Terry Fisher
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Terry Fisher - Consultant

Terry is renowned in the legal profession for his fierce advocacy skills, and extensive knowledge of the law.

His experience spans three decades and includes representing clients at Royal Commissions, Commissions of Inquiry, Coronial Inquests, Investigative Hearings in the Crime and Corruption Commission, and Australian Crime Commission. Also a Registered Migration Agent, Terry represents client at the Migration Review Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Court, and High Court of Australia.

Some of Terry’s recent notable cases include representation of clients in the 2015 Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Response to Child Sex Abuse of Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School. Also, he represented the former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Mr Wayne Swan MP in the 2015 Royal Commission of Inquiry into Home Insulation Program. Terry was also instrumental in the successful acquittal of Indonesian fisher-people, charged under the Migration Act with people smuggling, either after trial or appeal. He successfully challenged the Commonwealth now discredited unit x-ray age determination process, resulting in the release of Indonesian children from Australian jails.

Terry is an activist at heart, and enjoys using his skills to benefit those who may not have a strong voice, or the means to defend themselves. with Terry Fisher on LinkedIn

Shane Elliott
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Shane Elliott - Principal

Shane Elliott merged his own criminal law firm with Fisher Dore Lawyers in September 2013. Shane spends his time between our Beenleigh and Brisbane offices.

Since completing his law degree at Queensland University of Technology in 2004, Shane has practiced as a criminal lawyer and understands that a criminal conviction may involve loss of liberty, reputation or livelihood, in fact everything that a person holds dear. With that in mind, Shane prides himself on being an outstanding criminal lawyer, providing each and every client with his expertise, attention to detail, meticulous preparation and a high level of service.

He often meets with his clients outside business hours and makes himself available by mobile phone (0409 980 604) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a result, Shane has established a rapport with many of his clients who happily refer their family and friends to him if they require help.

Shane has extensive experience in all manner of criminal law matters. He also represents clients in Crime and Corruption Commission hearings, Commissions of Enquiry, Professional Disciplinary Tribunals and Domestic and Family Violence Protection matters. with Shane Elliott on LinkedIn

Steve Herd

Steve Herd - Principal

Steve is responsible for Fisher Dore’s civil litigation practice.

​Steve joined Fisher Dore Lawyers in 2018, after having spent nearly eighteen years with a boutique compensation firm. After completing two years articles of clerkship, Steve was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2004.

Steve is an expert in all areas of compensation law and is an accredited specialist, having attained the highest achiever award for the accreditation program in 2009.

Steve prides himself on being a technical, yet practical, solicitor. He always takes time to understand his client’s situation and ensure they have a complete understanding of their rights and entitlements. He is known for his empathetic nature and his tenacity in advocating to achieve the very best outcome he can for his clients.

Steve also believes in giving back to the profession and community. In addition to the pro-bono work he regularly undertakes, he is also currently a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Committee and Deputy-Chair of the Access to Justice and Pro Bono Law Committee. with Steve Herd on LinkedIn

Antoinette Morton

Antoinette Morton - Senior Associate

Antoinette Morton commenced practicing in the area of Criminal Law in 2006 following her graduation from Queensland University of Technology. Antoinette is a committed professional who ensures that the client and their family members are fully apprised of the relevant procedural and legal issues in every matter. Antoinette takes great pride in offering excellent representation as well as a caring approach.

Following a move to Mackay in 2009, Antoinette established Morton Lawyers, the only boutique criminal law firm in the Mackay area. Merging with Fisher Dore Lawyers in 2017 enables Antoinette to continue to provide the highest level of criminal law services in the Central Coast region.

Antoinette is a committed member of the Mackay community and is actively involved in various community organisations including the Mackay Hospital Foundation and YIRS One Stop Youth Shop.

Antoinette has comprehensive and extensive experience in all criminal law matter and traffic matters. She appears in all jurisdictions including the juvenile jurisdiction and Domestic and Family Violence Protection Matters and Crime and Corruption Commission. Antoinette also has experience in the Mental Health Court and the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Tom Gardiner
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Tom Gardiner - Senior Associate

Tom was admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2013.

In 2018 he was one of fifteen lawyers recognised as a rising star in Doyle’s Guide to Criminal Lawyers, Australia.

He has successfully represented clients throughout Queensland in appeals, trials, sentences, and domestic violence applications.

Tom is a strong advocate for the presumption of innocence, and the right to know the case against you. In Tom’s experience the best defence requires evidence that is not in the prosecution’s possession.

Tom is always mindful of the importance of rehabilitation in the criminal justice system. He always takes a keen interest in his clients’ wellbeing and development.

Tom, who has coached Under 19 Rugby for a number of years, is a confident communicator and always develops a plan to move forward. with Tom Gardiner on LinkedIn

Lachlan Ygoa-McKeown

Lachlan Ygoa-McKeown - Associate

Lachlan joined the Fisher Dore team in July 2015 and quickly established a strong network of clients due to his personable nature, and the impressive results he achieves.

Previously working for a criminal defence law firm in North Queensland, Lachlan obtained extensive experience in the management of District and Supreme Court matters, as well as appearing daily in the Magistrates Court.

Lachlan decided to practice Law because he strongly believes in social justice and every individual’s presumption of innocence. Lachlan strongly believes in Therapeutic Jurisprudence.

It is a rare day for Lachlan to not be on his feet in Court, and it’s where he feels right at home. Lachlan has a 100% success rate when it comes to summary trials. He has either won, or successfully negotiated every trial he has been involved in.

Lachlan provides his clients with upfront, blunt and realistic advice, so that they can make the best decision in relation to their matter. Lachlan happily provides his contact details to clients so that they can reach him at any hour of the day. He believes communication and being informed every step of the way is extremely important for every client, as he understands the anxiety that accompanies legal matters. with Lachlan Ygoa-McKeown on LinkedIn

Hamish Farr

Hamish Farr - Associate

Hamish joined the Fisher Dore team in 2016 after having previously worked as a law clerk in criminal defence for approximately 18 months. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law and has been admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland since February 2017.

Hamish has quickly established himself within the profession as a very capable and reliable lawyer. He appears daily before the Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court on a range of matters, including mentions, committal hearings, arraignments, sentence proceedings, trials and bail applications. Hamish also regularly appears for clients before the Mental Health Review Tribunal in hospitals and community health centres around Brisbane.

A keen and confident advocate, Hamish particularly enjoys the cut and thrust of court work. As a consequence, he decided very early in his career that criminal law was the area of practice he wanted to devote himself to. Happily for him, the profile of Fisher Dore Lawyers has enabled him to develop a practice in that area.

Hamish is committed to excellence in representation and the best possible outcome for the client, regardless of his or her circumstances. with Hamish Farr on LinkedIn

Michael O’Brien

Michael O’Brien - Associate

Michael obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology in 2015 and joined the team at Fisher Dore in 2017.

Admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2016, Michael has previously worked as an Associate to a Judge of the District Court of Queensland and has experienced a diverse range of court settings throughout southern Queensland to the far north including the Cape York Peninsula.

Based in our Beenleigh office, Michael has experience in contested bail applications, negotiations, sentences and often appears on a wide range of matters from the Magistrates Court through to the Supreme Court of a daily basis.

Michael maintains a strong interest in social justice, and understands the importance of communication and keeps his clients informed throughout their court matters. Michael is passionate about achieving the best outcome for his clients and prides himself on being honest in his advice and calculated in his approach to all matters. with Michael O’Brien on LinkedIn

Caitlin White

Caitlin White - Associate

Caitlin White graduated from University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts in December 2014. She was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in April 2017.

Prior to joining Fisher Dore in May 2018, Caitlin commenced her legal career as a law clerk at Arc Migration in 2013 focusing on refugee, humanitarian and protection visas and appeals in the Migration and Refugee Review Tribunals. Caitlin then worked as a clerk and later lawyer at Prisoners’ Legal Service for over three years, where she gained extensive advocacy experience in a variety of parole and prison matters, including parole refusals, solitary confinement and judicial reviews challenging Parole and Corrective Services decisions. She also coordinated a visa cancellation education project, which involved presenting education sessions to prisoners as well as the publication of a self-help kit. She has also worked as an advocate for clients in the Mental Health Review Tribunal in challenging involuntary treatment orders.

Caitlin is committed to giving her clients a fair go and isn’t afraid to take on tough matters. She works in the Migration team at Fisher Dore, where she regularly undertakes visa refusals and cancellation matters in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court of Australia. She also runs a number of parole cases. with Caitlin White on LinkedIn

Michael Biscak

Michael Biscak - Associate

Michael joined Fisher Dore’s civil litigation team in February 2019. He was admitted as a legal practitioner in Queensland in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Queensland. Originally from Canada, prior to joining the team, Michael also completed a combined Bachelor of History and French and a Master of Arts at McMaster University.

Michael works meticulously to ensure his clients receive the outcomes they deserve. Enthusiastic, personable and empathetic, Michael works diligently towards achieving the best possible results for his clients in the shortest time possible. with Michael Biscak on LinkedIn

Sean Gibbs

Sean Gibbs - Solicitor

Sean joined the Fisher Dore Mackay team as a law clerk in January 2018.

Sean developed an interest in criminal law having undertaken vacation clerkships in a number of firms, including Fisher Dore’s Beenleigh office, whilst studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology.

Admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in June, 2019, Sean appears regularly in the Magistrates Court, District and Supreme Courts. He enjoys helping clients understand their matters, and paving their way through the criminal justice system. with Sean Gibbs on LinkedIn

Neesha Maidwell

Neesha Maidwell - Solicitor

Neesha joined the Fisher Dore Maroochydore team in February 2018 after undertaking a vacation clerkship in our Brisbane office in 2017.

After graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Laws in 2018, Neesha went on to obtain a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. She was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in December 2018.

Neesha has quickly established herself within the profession as a resilient, organised and receptive practitioner with a passion for achieving social justice. She is a strong advocate for rehabilitation as opposed to mere deterrence and she recognises the acute stress that is inherently associated with facing a criminal offence.

For those reasons, Neesha appreciates the importance of defending those who find themselves in such a vulnerable position and ensures that she takes the time to explain the criminal process to her clients each step of the way. with Neesha Maidwell on LinkedIn

Brodie Barker

Brodie Barker - Solicitor

Brodie graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2017, and was subsequently admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2018. Prior to joining Fisher Dore Lawyers as a solicitor in 2019, she worked as an associate to Her Honour Judge McGinness of the Southport District Court. Whilst working as an associate, Brodie gained invaluable exposure and insight into court procedures in both the civil and criminal law jurisdictions.

Brodie is a firm believer that everyone, no matter their circumstances, deserves high quality, respectful and attentive legal representation, especially when they find themselves in challenging or confronting situations. She is passionate about performing all tasks with a high level of attention to detail, and understands the importance of building strong relationships with her clients through straightforward and concise communication.

Whilst undertaking the ‘Innocence Project’ at University, Brodie developed a passion for helping people and giving back to the community, and now works to make a positive impact in the lives of others. She is an innovative and pragmatic solicitor. with Brodie Barker on LinkedIn

Sam Stewart

Sam Stewart - Solicitor

Sam holds a Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2016.

Prior to joining the Fisher Dore team in 2019, Sam worked for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, practicing exclusively in criminal defence. Her experience in that role afforded Sam the opportunity to provide meaningful assistance to one of society’s most vulnerable demographic. In so doing, Sam developed a strong compassion for those who find themselves facing criminal offences and understands the importance of providing professional and culturally appropriate legal advice.

Sam appears daily in the Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court. Through her work and exposure to the criminal justice system, she has gained extensive advocacy experience in a broad range of proceedings.

Sam’s determination to go the extra mile for her clients is reflected in the high levels of commitment and diligence that she invests in each of her matters.

Cassandra Clements

Cassandra Clements - Solicitor

A member of the Fisher Dore Beenleigh team, Cassandra obtained a Bachelor of Laws in 2016. Following graduation, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, before being admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a lawyer in 2019.

Cassandra developed a keen interest in criminal law whilst working in the area of Probation and Parole. Through that work she was exposed to a variety of serious criminal matters, and the individuals who were navigating their way through the justice system. This experience saw her pursue a career in law in order to advocate strongly for, and protect the rights of all who find themselves in that system. An astute and empathetic listener, she understands the strain faced by clients when defending criminal charges.

Cassandra regularly appears as an advocate, and instructs Counsel in a variety of courts, including the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts. A determined and confident solicitor, she prides herself on providing clients with strategic representation. with Cassandra Clements on LinkedIn

Marshall Bostock

Marshall Bostock - Solicitor

Marshall holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, and Graduate Diplomas in both Practical Legal Training, and Family Dispute Resolution.

Marshall is part of our civil litigation team. Having worked exclusively in the criminal justice system for over 26 years, Marshall brings with him a wealth of experience in law enforcement, investigations, and prosecutions. He has earned a reputation as being a resolution focussed practitioner.

The skills gained in Marshall’s previous roles have provided him with invaluable insight and pragmatism to assist our civil law clients across a plethora of needs and legal issues.

He is also a very personable and compassionate lawyer who understands the need for accessibility to justice for all. Marshall regularly volunteers at a community legal centre. with Marshall Bostock on LinkedIn
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