Derek has been a lawyer since 1999.  Starting his career in NSW before  moving to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Derek’s early career was in civil litigation, criminal law and property before his passion for Succession Planning led him to build a practice advising clients on asset protection structuring for small and medium business owners and property investors.

Derek’s skills include making the complex simple.

He says his favourite aspects of practice is getting to explain complex concepts of asset protection and succession planning to his clients in a practical and easy to understand way.

When not working you will find Derek and his family at the hockey club playing and helping out or watching Rugby.

Areas of Expertise

  • Simple and Complex Wills
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney and Advanced Health Directives
  • Superannuation Death Benefit Nomination issues & Death Benefit claims
  • Business Succession matters
  • Complex Estate Administration services
  • Probate of wills and Letters of Administration for Intestate Estates
  • Assisting executors and administrators with their responsibilities
  • Asset protection structuring for business owners and property investors
  • Reviewing companies and trusts to maximise asset protection and tax minimisation opportunities.


  • Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
  • Admitted to Practice as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia
  • Member of Queensland Law Society
  • Member of Sunshine Coast Law Association