We have the right person to suit your needs. Meet the Rees Jones team!
Rees R & Sydney Jones is Queensland’s oldest law firm having been established in Rockhampton in 1864 by Rees Rutland Jones.
Located in provincial Queensland the firm has always focused on the individual and their needs. Many of our clients are families that have been using our services for generations.
The firms philosophy is to take personal responsibility to ensure your legal needs are met in a timely, effective and affordable manner. We are very serious about using every available resource at our disposal to obtain for you the best possible outcome. The law is our business. Let us fix the problems and sort out the legal issues so that there are no major interruptions to your day to day life.
We have been looking after Central Queensland families and businesses for over 150 years and will continue to do so.
We would like to see you in person to discuss your legal problem or concern. We look forward to building a relationship with you based on mutual trust and a shared understanding of your desired outcome.
Gerard Houlihan is the Senior Partner in the Commercial, Property and Succession division of Rees R & Sydney Jones Solicitors working primarily in commercial law. His areas of legal expertise are wide-ranging with a strong focus on family businesses. Gerard predominantly provides advice on the acquisition and sale of businesses as well as estate and succession planning for family businesses.[email protected] LinkedIn
Justin Houlihan is one of the Litigation Partners at Rees R & Sydney Jones. He has over 30 years experience in litigation matters ranging from motor vehicle offences and Personal Injury to land resumption and Mining Compensation.[email protected]
George Cowan is our Personal Injury and Litigation Partner and an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. George specialises in Personal injury litigation, Estate litigation, Total & Permanent Disability claims and civil litigation. George has been with Rees R & Sydney Jones since 1995.[email protected] LinkedIn
Paula is the Family Law Partner and an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Paula has been with Rees R & Sydney Jones Solicitors since 2001. As a local who was born and raised in Rockhampton, Paula prides herself on offering high quality legal advice to the people of Central Queensland.[email protected] LinkedIn
Melanie Findlay is our Energy, Environment & Agribusiness Partner. Admitted as a solicitor in 2006, Melanie worked in Employment Law before becoming interested in Rural Property Law. In 2012, Melanie became a Partner at Rees R & Sydney Jones. Melanie is currently a member of the QLS Mining and Resources Committee, a Board Member of Capricorn Catchments and is completing her Masters of Law in Environment and Resource Law through QUT.[email protected] LinkedIn
Kerry Attwill is a partner in the Business and Property Division. She specialises in transactional work and has a strong background in providing advice on contracts and agreements, business and commercial conveyancing, property development, leasing and franchising.[email protected] LinkedIn
Shannon Jennings is an Associate in our Litigation division. Since being admitted as a Solicitor in 2006, Shannon has practised primarily in the area of Personal Injury Law supported by Litigation Partner and Personal Injury Specialist, George Cowan.[email protected]
Lauren Farrelly is an Associate in the Business & Property division of Rees R & Sydney Jones Solicitors, practising predominately in the areas of Wills and Estate Planning. With a particular interest in Special Disability Trusts, Lauren is also on the panel of solicitors who are recognised by the Pave the Way organisation as having expertise in providing estate planning advice for families with disabled children.[email protected]
Lauren has been with Rees R & Sydney Jones Solicitors since 2006. Lauren was admitted as a Solicitor in 2012 and now works exclusively with family law clients. Her passion is assisting her clients to resolve property and parenting issues without having the additional stress and expense of Court proceedings.[email protected] LinkedIn
Rebecca Armstrong is a Solicitor in the Business & Property Division of Rees R & Sydney Jones. Joining the firm in 2013, Rebecca has extensive experience in commercial leasing, contract negotiation, Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Commercial conveyancing matters.
Allysa is a solicitor in our Business and Property Division. After completing a Bachelor of Laws in 2007, Allysa began her legal career in Rockhampton. Allysa has extensive experience in commercial and property law, including business buying and selling, commercial and retail leases, advising clients on business agreements and all other general commercial matters.[email protected]
Narelle is a senior solicitor working within our Litigation Department at Rees R & Sydney Jones. Narelle has over 10 years experience as a Solicitor having dealt with a vast range of personal injury law including assisting clients who have been injured in a motor vehicle or workplace accident, total and permanent disability claims and Estate/Testamentary Trust disputes.[email protected]
Amy Gudmann started with Rees R & Sydney Jones in 2006, working full time as paralegal to Gerard Houlihan, where she obtained a good working knowledge of commercial and mining matters. Amy graduated as a solicitor in 2013 and now works with Energy, Environment & Agribusiness Partner, Melanie Findlay to ensure our clients have the most up to date advice on all aspects of Rural Law.[email protected] LinkedIn
Ross Johnson comes to us from Johnson Law and is currently a solicitor in the Business & Property Division of Rees R & Sydney Jones. Ross has a wealth of knowledge in a range of commercial fields including construction, company, contract and property law, with a particular focus on the requirements of the construction industry and local government.[email protected]
Alesha Benbow is an Estates Clerk in our Wills & Estates section, having joined the team at Rees R & Sydney Jones in 2006. Practicing predominately in Estate Administration, Alesha has many years experience in guiding our clients through this sensitive process. Alesha is supported by Associate, Lauren Farrelly and Partner, Gerard Houlihan.[email protected]
Jessica Bray is a Conveyancing Clerk in our Business and Property Division. Jess started with Rees R & Sydney Jones in 2009 and has many years experience residential property conveyancing. Our Conveyancing team is supported by Business and Property Partner, Kerry Attwill.[email protected] LinkedIn
Aasta Daley is a conveyancing clerk in our Conveyancing team. Coming from an accounting background, Aasta joined Rees R & Sydney Jones in 2015. With the support of Business and Property Partner, Kerry Attwill, Aasta looks after clients who are buying or selling houses, land or units.[email protected]
Jade Hayman is a Solicitor in our Energy Environment and Agribusiness Team. Jade hales from Moura and lives on a small rural block just outside of Rockhampton. Having joined Rees R & Sydney Jones in 2007 she gained experience working as a paralegal in the rural section of the firm before she decided to chase her law qualifications. She was admitted as a lawyer in 2015 and continues to work with Melanie Findlay in the Energy Environment and Agribusiness Team. Clients value Jade for her speed and reliability in her work.[email protected] LinkedIn
Emma completed her Law Degree in 2014 and is now a solicitor in the Energy, Environment and Agribusiness Team. Working closely with Partner, Melanie Findlay, Emma assists rural landowners with their water and land transactions.[email protected]
Nathan Rutherford joined the Wills and Estates Division of Rees R & Sydney Jones early 2017. Nathan is currently finishing his law studies, and will be admitted to practice as a solicitor by the end of the year. Nathan has an interest in using testamentary trusts to protect family assets and ensure the intergenerational prosperity of his clients. He is being mentored by Lauren Farrelly and is supported by Partner, Gerard Houlihan and Estates Clerk, Alesha Benbow.[email protected]