Our Team

Murray Bruce - LL.B (Hons)

Principal Solicitor

After graduating with Honours from Bond University over 23 years ago, Murray worked as a barrister, as Corporate Counsel, as an accredited mediator, and as a solicitor.

As a barrister, Murray acted as Crown Prosecutor, conducted civil and commercial trials for high profile corporations and individuals, acted as Junior Counsel to Queens Counsel & Senior Counsel, and provided advice and opinions on a wide range of commercial, civil and criminal matters.

Murray has practiced across a wide range of legal areas in most Australian jurisdictions. He is someone who not only knows the law, but also understands from personal experience the challenges of working and living in the real world.

Now at Bruce Legal, Murray ensures that his clients get more than just a lawyer. He offers his life-skills and business experience , as well as his legal acumen, to provide his clients with the best chance of the best result, whatever their situation.

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Legal:-

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Honours)

Solicitor (Queensland)

Solicitor (New South Wales)

Barrister & Solicitor (Victoria)

Barrister & Solicitor (Federal & High Courts of Australia)

Mediation:-

Approved Mediator - Supreme Court of Queensland

Approved Mediator - Queensland Law Society

Accredited Mediator - IAMA

Prior to working as a lawyer, Murray managed, owned and worked in a number of successful businesses particularly in the hospitality & retail industries. Before that, Murray served with the New South Wales Police Service (General Duties and Police Rescue) and as a tour manager for Contiki (Europe). He continues to have business interests "outside the law" and serves on company boards as a director (legal counsel) and as company secretary mainly responsible for compliance and corporate governance issues. 

Murray's experience in dispute management means he can give practical and strategic advice to help you minimise the risk of having a dispute in the first place. He will always look to reach winning compromises where possible, but his years of experience as a barrister mean that if the going gets tough, you're in the hands of a highly skilled advocate who will argue your case without a backward step. These traits, Murray now instils in his legal team.

Murray has earned a reputation as a highly skilled advisor and advocate, with a single-minded dedication to his clients and a pragmatic, no-fuss approach to meeting their needs.

 

Amy Smith - GradDipLP, LLB and BPsychSc

Solicitor

Amy graduated from Griffith University in 2014 and was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2015 to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Following her admission into legal practice, Amy has practiced in a range of areas of law including primarily Family Law, Property Law and Wills & Estates.

Having had experience in a range of Family Law matters, Amy has had extensive involvement in children’s matters, assisting clients to negotiate their parenting arrangements from the initial stages of mediation and through to court proceedings if necessary. Amy appreciates the sensitive and emotional nature of children’s matters and offers not only a compassionate understanding, but also provides straightforward advice to her clients navigating these difficult times.  

No matter what area of law, Amy is committed to providing clients with a friendly and efficient service, as well as a dedication to achieving the best outcome possible.

Amy has appeared regularly in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, as well as in the Queensland District and Magistrates Courts.

Nicole Bruce

Practice Manager

 

Jessica McAuley

Legal Assistant

Jess completed her traineeship for a Certificate III in Business Legal Administration in 2017. She brings to the team her experience in conveyancing and has completed the A-Z conveyancing course. Jess assists our solicitors to complete PEXA e-conveyancing transactions as well as other administration task for Wills & Estates and Family Law.

Chloe Pregnell

Property & Estates Paralegal