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’.
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)
Mark joined the CBC team in April 2021.
Mark became a solicitor in 1997 and has over 23 years experience practicing as a solicitor. He practices in all aspects of property and commercial law and is one of a very small number of Accredited Property Law Solicitors in Queensland. He has worked to assist clients with developing land, settling disputes within Body Corporates and restructuring their business affairs to create and implement a framework that complements their business practices. He has also assisted clients with succession planning and has drafted and used simple wills and testamentary discretionary trusts to enable clients to uphold their wishes.
He is approachable, down to earth, and commercial in his advice. He will do his best to ensure that you are successful in your endeavours.
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.
Manepha was a scholar at Victoria University, completing her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) & Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degrees in 2020. She then undertook a Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law and was admitted as a lawyer by the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2021.
Manepha first stepped into legal practice in 2015 at Plaiche & Martin Lawyers, a general practice firm at Dandenong. Whilst working as a Paralegal she was involved in running the estate administration file for her much loved aunt who passed away from melanoma. It was an immeasurable experience that revealed the multifaceted nature of deceased estates – the law and legal processes and the effect on the family. In 2019, Manepha pursued her passion for estate administration and moved to Campbell & Shaw Lawyers at Oakleigh. At that firm she assisted the Wills & Estates team with matters including wills and enduring powers of attorneys, applications for grants of representation, estate administration and litigation pertaining to Family Provision Claims.
Manepha also interned and volunteered throughout her tertiary education with organisations including the State Trustees, Victoria Legal Aid, the Family Court of Australia, Waller Legal and WEstjustice.
Keen to embrace a tropical lifestyle, Manepha moved to Townsville with her fiancé in 2021 and joined the commercial team at CBC Lawyers.
Manepha enjoys gardening and all things crafts. She is currently trying her hand at stained-glass making.