Julie joined the Cooke & Hutchinson team as a Solicitor in September 2016.

Julie was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales on 7 October 2010. She has since been admitted as a solicitor in Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Julie graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor of Laws and holds a RG146 in Financial Planning from Kaplan Professional. She has a broad range and wealth of experience, having worked in various industries across multiple jurisdictions including Deloitte – London (UK), HSBC Bank – Cayman Islands and Wolff Taitinger Lawyers – Canada and is passionate and committed to providing practical solutions to meet her clients’ needs. Her legal experience includes providing estate planning services within private practice and more recently a trustee organisation, which focused on providing sophisticated and tailored advice to high net worth private clients.

Since being admitted as a solicitor, Julie has dedicated herself to the area of Succession Law which allows her to:

– assist high net worth individuals with estate and asset protection;
– help clients with disabled children attend to estate planning;
– assist executors with the administration of estates;
– assist with capacity issues in estate planning; and
– assist clients to fulfil their philanthropic wishes.

In January 2016, Julie became an affiliated member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP is the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning.

By joining STEP, she is able to draw upon a network of colleagues and an ever expanding body of theory, precedent and industry developments to further the interests of her valued clients.

Dan Hutchinson is a Legal Practice Director of Cooke and Hutchinson Lawyers.

He has worked in just about every role a law firm can offer and is proud to now lead the Practice and help continue and further Cooke & Hutchinson’s well regarded tradition of community engagement and first class client service.

Dan joined Cooke and Hutchinson in 2001 as a humble law clerk. After completing his studies and receiving a double Bachelors Degree in Law and Business from the Queensland University of Technology, Dan was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 5 November 2007. Subsequent to this he was also admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia on 15 August 2008.

Upon his admission, Dan dedicated himself to the area of Succession Law. Dan has become a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP is the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. By joining STEP, he is able to draw upon a network of colleagues and an ever expanding body of theory, precedent and industry developments to further the interests of his valued clients.

Dan is also a member of the Family Firm Institute which is a multi-disciplinary professional body with members from over 80 countries who together create the oldest and most prestigious multidisciplinary professional association for family enterprise in the world.

Dan’s experience and vast network of colleagues and resources allows him to:

Assist high net worth individuals with estate and business succession planning;
Helping clients with disabled children attend to estate planning;
Assisting executors with the administration of estates both domestically and across multiple jurisdictions;
Assisting with capacity issues in estate planning;
Representing executors and beneficiaries in relation to estate disputes.
Advising SME clients in relation to:
proactive business succession planning;
employment law issues; and
identifying areas of legal risk to prevent non-compliance with best practice.
In his spare time Dan is a member of the Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee, under 6 Rugby Coach, proud father of four children and supporter of the Redcliffe Triathlon Club, Redcliffe Dolphins, Peninsula Power and Norths Rugby.

Gary Hutchinson has been a Legal Practice Director of Cooke & Hutchinson Lawyers for 35 years, having been in partnership with his brother, John Hutchinson, from 1978 to 2005 and, since 2007, with his son Daniel.

He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1975 and was later admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 1991. He has also acted as a Senior Counsellor of the Queensland Law Society since 1994.

Gary moved to the Redcliffe Peninsula in 1977 and has developed a wealth of experience in all areas of law. He now dedicates himself exclusively to his large client base of investors, institutions, large tenants and developers in the areas of commercial law as well as business advice and property transactions.

Gary has an established client base of: – small business operators;
– franchisees;
– landlords and tenants;
– developers; and
– local government.

Gary has also played an important role in a number of strata title developments in recent years, including the Ballycara and Peninsula Park retirement villages. Most recently, he had a crucial role advising on the development of the exciting Dolphins Central shopping precinct at Dolphin Oval as well as the North Lakes Central development at North Lakes.

Gary is passionate about his community and is committed to protecting his clients’ interests and obtaining the best possible outcomes for them. His long term dedication to the peninsula and its people has led to numerous long term client relationships and a local reputation that is second to none.

Gary takes enormous pride in the reputation of our firm and is committed to ensuring Cooke & Hutchinson continue to provide the highest standards of service to all their valued clients.