Michael leads CBC’s commercial and property teams.
Michael studied, trained and practised as a solicitor in Brisbane, before heading back to North Queensland where he was born and bred. He has now been practising for in excess of twenty years.
With that experience, and having worked for three years at Clifford Chance, a large international law firm, in London, Michael has the legal skills and knowledge to place him amongst the top lawyers in the region in his field.
Michael grew up in Home Hill, a small town in the sugar cane growing Burdekin district. He hasn’t lost that rural outlook and is easily able to put clients at ease with his relaxed, friendly manner.
Michael is a keen tennis player and can be seen most Monday evenings at Tennis Townsville’s courts in North Ward.
Sandra leads CBC’s litigation division, comprising the litigation and dispute resolution, and family law, teams.
Although leading the litigation division, Sandra practises in all areas of the law and has done so for almost twenty years. This is unique in the modern legal industry where the vast majority of lawyers have chosen to specialise in particular areas as the practice of law has become more complex and difficult, and is testament to Sandra’s skills and ability.
As a true general practitioner, those clients who are fortunate enough to have Sandra acting for them can rest assured that they are receiving the best possible advice on all aspects of the law that impact on their matter.
Sandra became a full equity partner in a well-established practice at the age of 28, the youngest of very few female equity partners in North Queensland at the time.
Sandra’s huge wealth of experience is backed up with a dual degree in Law and Commerce, with a major in accounting and finance. Sandra also has many years of corporate governance experience, having formerly been the chair of the Bowen District Health Council, a director and secretary of Tropical Medical Training, and currently sitting on the Diocesan Finance Council of the Roman Catholic Trust Corporation.
Sandra brings enormous passion to her practise of the law, in regards to both her enjoyment of the law, and the interests of her clients. That passion, together with her meticulous preparation and strategic planning, her legal expertise and her negotiating skills, has led to her obtaining extremely favourable outcomes for her clients.
Sandra brings that same passion to all things in her life, including raising Brandon and Mia, her two special children, playing sport, playing the piano, and keeping fit. Sandra particularly loves playing basketball, having played for the Burdekin Wildcats at state league level when younger. Not surprisingly to those who know her, Sandra’s nickname when playing for the Wildcats was ‘Cyclone’.
Elaine was previously a Principal lawyer at a legal firm in Sydney. This firm specialised in family law, commercial and environmental law. She has been a senior litigation lawyer and mediator throughout her legal career.
Prior to this time Elaine worked in the Commonwealth Family Law Division of the Attorney-General’s Department. She was a senior lawyer/manager in the Dispute Resolution division of Legal Aid NSW from 2003 util 2012. In this role she managed a staff of 23 and a panel of over 100 mediators. Elaine project managed over seven (7) Pilot programs including an Aboriginal Mediation innovation all of these new initiatives became main-stream programs making immense improvements to the accessibility of the legal system. She took this division to one of the best performing dispute resolution services in Australia with an output of over 10,000 files a year as acknowledged in a 2008 KPMG Report.
Elaine was a senior litigator in the Civil Litigation Division and Family Litigation Divisions of Legal Aid NSW respectively from 1997 and has successfully conducted many major test and public interest litigation cases which led to changes in the law. She has written many International reports and papers including as a member of the International Lawyers Association and has sat on many Committees’ including for the Law Society NSW. Elaine worked in the Family Court as a mediator in the mid 1990s assisting the Court and families to reach parenting arrangements in the best interests of children. Elaine has been a Mediator and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner since this time and holds National Accreditation as a Mediator with the Resolution Institute and on the Commonwealth Dispute Resolution Register. This experience enables Elaine to assist parents and families to reach a negotiated settlement in their legal matter in appropriate cases often, without the further need to take a case to court
Elaine was elected as the National Legal Aid representative on the Commonwealth National Advisory Committee which was instrumental in implementing significant law reform by way of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006. These Amendments included requiring the Court to presume that giving both parents “equal shared parental responsibility” when making parenting orders is in the child’s best interests, to consider that maintaining a meaningful parent-child relationship is a “primary consideration” when determining children’s best interests, and to consider making parenting orders that give both parents equal time with the child. This Amendment also led to changes in the definition of ‘family violence’; the compliance and enforcement regime; the role of independent children’s lawyers as best interest advocates; the relationship between parenting orders and family violence orders; the jurisdiction of the Federal Magistrates in certain property matters; and ineffective orders made by non-judicial officers of State courts of summary jurisdiction; Evidence Act 1995, Federal Magistrates Act 1999, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Marriage Act 1961 in relation to counselling and dispute resolution services for separating and divorcing parents; Family Law Act 1975 and 5 other Acts to remove references to ‘residence’, ‘contact’ and ‘specific issues orders’ as well as other changes.
Elaine completed a Master of Laws (Honours) Degree with first class Honours in International Law, graduating in 2004 and took electives such as mediation, international human rights, crisis negotiation, international trade, labour law and environmental law.
Elaine is also passionate about Environmental, Agribusiness and Rural Primary Industries law. This interest is depicted in her work in cattle farming as well as a lifelong involvement in horses, mainly sport horses and dressage. Elaine has been an animal lover and has been involved with rural properties and farming for most of her life.
David joined the CBC team in October 2020, working in Townsville and Brisbane.
Prior to joining CBC Lawyers, David ran his own commercial practice in Brisbane advising small business and individuals on residential and commercial property, business sales and purchases, wills and estates, employment law, commercial litigation and immigration matters. Prior to running his own practice, David worked as a commercial litigator in national firms in Brisbane and as a Visa Officer for the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai.
David’s wealth of experience, work ethic, and multifaceted approach to achieving the best outcomes for our clients is a value to the firm.
- Bachelor of Laws (QUT)
- Master of Laws (QUT)
Clare completed her law degree at Queensland University of Technology in 2014 and Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law in 2015 and was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland in July 2015.
Clare commenced her career at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, a large national firm, specialising in off the plan property development and commercial property transactions. After moving to Wagga Wagga, NSW in 2018, Clare worked with the local council which provided her with valuable insight into local government property dealings including resumption of land, managing commercial leases and providing advice internally in regard to dealings with council land.
Clare returned to Townsville in 2019 where she grew up, at which time she joined the CBC commercial team. Clare has since become an Associate of the firm.
Clare undertakes work with many clients ranging from national companies to small business owners and individuals and has considerable experience in a wide range of commercial and property transactions.
Georgia joined the CBC Lawyers team in 2020 as a Law Clerk after completing a dual Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) degree at James Cook University. During her time at CBC Lawyers, Georgia has completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 2020. Georgia works closely with Principal, Sandra Clive in the firm’s Family Law department.
Georgia appreciates a good morning coffee and her favourite place to unwind is the beach.
Jordan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from James Cook University in 2020. Jordan is currently completing her Practical Legal Training studies.
Jordan works with the family law team at CBC and is passionate about establishing a career as a family lawyer. Jordan enjoys basketball, rugby union and fishing.