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.




Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Honours)

Solicitor (Queensland)

Solicitor (New South Wales)

Barrister & Solicitor (Victoria)

Barrister & Solicitor (Federal & High Courts of Australia)


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.


Karen-Anne Cornell -LLB (GDPL) MQLS

Senior Solicitor

Karen graduated from Bond University in 2013. She is a practicing lawyer, accredited mediator and admitted to the High Court of Australia. She elected to study family law as part of her degree and has practiced in this area post admission, representing clients on a wide range of family law matters. 

Karen has experience in difficult children’s matters, together with complex property disputes, including bankruptcy, trusts and obtaining injunctive relief where necessary. She appears in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court Of Australia; and regularly in the Magistrates Courts representing both applicants and respondents alike in domestic violence cases. Her experience extends to representing clients in the local and higher courts where respondents have been charged with criminal offences related to domestic violence orders. Whether the issues involved are simple or complex in nature, she is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for her clients. 


Karen is proficient in Spanish, has a working knowledge of Italian and conversational in French.

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer in Australia, Karen had a successful career in business and commerce, for which she won numerous national awards in the United Kingdom and was recognised by entities such as the House of Commons in London for her achievements. Her commercial background, together with her practical approach and legal knowledge are most useful in the most complex property law disputes, when called upon. 


• Open University/ Department of Trade and Industry Language for Export Campaign – The award for an individual (UK)

• Cosmopolitan / House of Fraser Women of Achievement Awards - Advertising and Public Relations Category

• APAA National Awards of Excellence – Most Innovative in Marketing

Publications/ Commendations

• Personally, commended by the House of Commons, London (UK) in recognition of professional achievements

• Recognized by the Financial Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Export Trade Magazine and New Woman Magazine

• Recognized by The Independent. Available at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/getting-down-to-business-at-oxford-1306710.html

• Quoted in More Paragraphs on Translation by Peter Newmark, Cromwell Press, Trowbridge, UK, page 194

• Recognized in Tentmaking: The Life and Work of Business as Missions by Patrick Lai, Intervarsity Press, Illinois, USA, chapter 7

Karen attended Sinclair Business Training and completed a Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training in 2004.


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 has completed the following courses through Queensland Law Society Webinars:

  • GST Witholding
  • Introduction to Trust Accounting
  • Introduction to drafting Land Office Title documents
  • Land Titles Changes & Tips
  • Family Law 2017
  • Conveyancing Transformed National


Amy Smith - GradDipLP, LLB and BPsychSc


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