Our Team

Michael Clive-Principal of CBC Lawyers

Michael Clive


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.

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Sandra Clive-Principal of CBC Lawyers

Sandra Clive


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’.

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David Edwards-Senior Associate of CBC Lawyers

David Edwards

Senior Associate

David joined the CBC team in October 2020, working in Townsville and Brisbane.

David advises on contract, litigation, property and commercial matters generally, as well as assisting landholders with renewable energy projects and mining matters.

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)

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Gary Mallett - Senior Associate of CBC Lawyer

Gary Mallett

Senior Associate

Gary joined the CBC Lawyers team in 2023. With nearly four decades of experience in the legal industry, Gary is a Senior Associate and Lawyer in general practice who is always up for a challenge. While his expertise lies in family law, Gary has honed his skills across a wide range of legal fields. Starting as an articled clerk in 1986, he has since emerged as a distinguished legal professional with a track record of success.


As a well-rounded practitioner, Gary practices in almost all areas of the law. His versatile knowledge and comprehensive understanding of different legal domains allow him to offer comprehensive guidance to his clients. Notably, Gary has led legal teams in multiple high-profile cases, including one that exposed fraudulent dealings in the luxury car industry by criminal elements. Another landmark case led by Gary resulted in a significant change in damages compensation laws and in doing so earned his legal team the prestigious Australian Civil Justice Award.


Gary’s educational background showcases his dedication to excellence. He obtained an Honours Degree in Law from the esteemed Queensland University of Technology. Demonstrating his commitment to professional growth, he has also completed a Certificate III in Adult Mental Health, enhancing his ability to address complex legal matters with empathy and sensitivity.


Throughout his career, Gary has garnered praise from colleagues and clients alike for his exceptional ability to coordinate the delivery of relevant legal strategies and goals in a timely manner. His unwavering commitment to providing top-quality legal advice and services is evident in the outcomes he achieves for his clients. Gary consistently exceeds expectations, going above and beyond to ensure his clients’ needs are met.


Taking personal responsibility for the completion of all necessary legal services, Gary approaches his work with unwavering energy and drive. He is known for his proactive and flexible problem-solving approach, always open to new ideas and willing to explore innovative solutions. This adaptability, combined with his wealth of experience, makes him a formidable advocate for his


Beyond the courtroom, Gary enjoys spending his weekends indulging in his diverse interests. Whether he’s out on the water, fishing and crabbing, tending to his yard and planting trees, or engrossed in writing his first book, Gary’s commitment to personal growth and balance is evident. His passion for life extends to his legal practice, fueling his motivation to continuously strive for excellence on behalf of his clients.

As you embark on your legal journey, entrusting your needs to Gary means gaining an experienced, dedicated, and creative legal professional who will go above and beyond to ensure your success. With his diverse skill set, unwavering commitment, and genuine passion for achieving exceptional results, Gary is poised to deliver the highest level of service, tailored to your unique needs.

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Georgia Haack-CBC Lawyers

Georgia Haack


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.

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Sevestie Pappas-CBC Lawyers

Sevestie Pappas


Sev joined the CBC Lawyers team in January 2023. Sev graduated from James Cook University, in 2019, with a dual Bachelor of Laws (Honours) & Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree. Sev then undertook a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 2020. Sev works predominantly in the firm’s Family Law department as well as working on Criminal Law matters. Sev has aspired to be a lawyer since she was a child and she remains extremely passionate and enthusiastic about the law. 

Sev has two children of her own, allowing her to connect with her family law clients on an empathetic level. Outside of work as a lawyer, Sev offers Doula services to birthing women, as well as photography and DNA keepsake artistry (making jewellery out of breastmilk, cremation ashes etc.).

Sev loves to spend time with her children playing in nature. Sev’s hobbies include playing sports, specifically martial arts, soccer, futsal and softball. Sev has a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has represented Australia, Queensland, North Queensland and Townsville in various sports in her teenage years.

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Meeca White

Law Clerk

Meeca joined the CBC team in November 2023. She is studying a dual Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) at Queensland University of Technology. Meeca assists with conveyancing matters and she enjoys furthering her understanding of the legal field. In her spare time, she likes to read and relax by the beach.

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Emma Chase

Office Manager / Executive Assistant to Michael & Sandra Clive

Elsie Brand-Office Manager of CBC Lawyers

Elsie Brand

Accounts Manager

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