Our Team

Murray Bruce - LL.B (Hons)

Principal Solicitor

After graduating with Honours from Bond University over 25 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.

 

Nicole Bruce

Practice Manager

 

Mark Aberdeen - LL.B

Solicitor

Mark was admitted as a Solicitor in 2002 after a pre-admission period spent in court for 5 years as a Judges Associate to Judge R.D Hall of District Court of Queensland.

Mark has 15 years of Family Law experience and has appeared in all relevant jurisdictions. Together with his extensive experience in Family Law, Mark brings a broad knowledge to such matters after also conducting commercial matters and civil litigation during that time. Mark has extensive advocacy experience after appearing in most of the Federal, Queensland and New South Wales Courts.

Mark well fits with our policy of appointing only experience and senior practitioners to take the care and conduct of client matters.

Mark is true local, having been born on the Gold Coast and is well respected within the Gold Coast community.  He attended Brisbane Boys College for his secondary education and completed his Law Degree at QUT. Mark is also well respected within the legal community as a senior practitioner who is dedicated to his client’s matters with a pragmatic and results based focus.

 

Chloe Pregnell

Property & Estates Paralegal

Chloe has completed a Bachelor of Business at Griffith University in 2013, majoring in Human Resources and Employment Relations. 

Chloe is a Commissioner for Declarations.

Chloe joined our team at Bruce Legal in 2013 and has 5 years experience in Conveyancing and Wills & Estates. Chloe works closely with Murray, assisting him with the administrative tasks of legal transactions. 

Chloe's friendly and approachable persona enables her to build strong client relationships. Chloe has a genuine passion to assist our clients to achieve their outcome. She understands some of our clients may be going through a difficult time when they contact us; she is empathetic when working with our clients.

 

Chloe previously worked at Coles whilst at high school and studying at university.

Chloe grew up on the Gold Coast. She has recently been married and purchased her first home.