Leon Bertrand - Legal Practitioner Director
Leon is an experienced solicitor who holds the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Laws (2007)
- Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (2007)
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (2009)
- Master of Laws (2014)
Leon has gained substantial experience in litigation, personal injury and family matters. He has appeared in the Supreme Court of Queensland, the District Court of Queensland, the Magistrates Court of Queensland and the Federal Magistrates Court (now the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) on many occasions. He has had carriage of many personal injury matters, but Queensland legislation prohibits us from discussing the outcomes he has negotiated for his clients.
In 2010, Leon instructed Counsel for the Plaintiff in the trial of Amos v Wiltshire  QDC 138, a case in which a Barrister-at-law was sued for professional negligence. Although the Plaintiff was successful at first instance, the result was later overturned on appeal with a retrial ordered.
In 2011, he appeared in the Mental Health Tribunal and succeeded in having a client released from an Involuntary Treatment Order under the Mental Health Act.
In 2012, Leon obtained bail for a client in the Supreme Court and became an accredited duty lawyer with Legal Aid Queensland.
In 2013, Leon again appeared in the Mental Health Tribunal and succeeded in having a Forensic Order revoked. He also instructed Counsel in a successful defence of a claim brought by a famous insurer for property damage relating to a car accident.
In 2014, Leon worked in the insurance team of a statewide firm and achieved plenty of valuable specialised personal injuries experience acting for Workcover Queensland in claims for damages bought by workers against their employers.
Whilst studying for his dual degree, Leon held various positions in the Griffith University Student Representative Council (GUSRC), the main student union at Griffith University. As Education Director of the GUSRC, Leon acted for students appealing academic decisions and acquired skills in taking instructions, negotiation and advocacy. As President of the GUSRC and in various other roles beforehand, Leon further developed many other skills, including leadership, interpersonal dealings, public relations and teamwork.