Amanda is a Director and heads up the firm’s Commercial + Property section. A highly experienced lawyer, Amanda provides expertise across all aspects of rural, commercial, industrial and retail property and business transactions. She also advises on key legal issues in business structures, including partnerships, companies and trust.
Amanda loves working with clients and helping them with exciting new ventures, such as buying businesses or farms or signing a lease to go into a new business premise. She enjoys getting to know her clients’ businesses and how they operate and assisting them in safeguarding what they have built by creating new terms and conditions to protect them from risk, or by advising them on the terms of a new supply agreement.
Amanda is a team-player, and believes in working with her clients, colleagues, and often, the other party, to find an agreeable outcome for everyone where possible. She derives great satisfaction from being regarded by her clients as a member of their team – helping them with their businesses and personal challenges. Many leading businesses throughout the Toowoomba region and further afield in Queensland have benefited from her legal expertise.
Matters that Amanda has worked on include a transaction early in her career in which an area 10% the size of Queensland was being sold. She has also worked on many transactions involving substantial sums of money.
However, some of the matters that have brought Amanda the greatest sense of accomplishment are ones where she was able to make a significant difference to her clients’ lives and wellbeing. This included helping a client who needed to sell their business due to financial pressures, but their landlord wanted to prevent it. Amanda helped them work through their legal position to convince the landlord that they could not stop it.
Similarly, in another transaction, a client in financial difficulty sold their business, which was their life’s work, to another person who ended up being a very different person morally to them. Due to the post-sale employment period they had agreed to, the two parties had to work together. Amanda assisted her client to negotiate their way out of that agreement and convinced the buyer to let her client leave and set up a new business to work for themselves again.
After growing up and helping out on her family’s cotton farm, Amanda chose to study law for its air conditioning, as well as for the academic challenge. However, she has found working as a lawyer more enjoyable than the study and a thoroughly rewarding career.
When she is not working, Amanda spends time with her three children, husband and her whippets. They love enjoying the parks and fresh air of Toowoomba together. More recently, she has started scuba diving.
Amanda is also heavily involved in her local community. She has been a Director for the Board of Empire Theatres Pty Ltd for two years, on the School Council at Toowoomba Anglican School, and is also on the management committee of the Toowoomba Women’s Collective – a new charity which is setting up a much needed women’s refuge in Toowoomba, called Protea Place.
To connect with Amanda or to learn more about her experience and qualifications visit her profile on LinkedIn.