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Alittle aboutMichael Turner

Lawyer | Director

I hold a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland (St Lucia, Brisbane) and obtained my Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

I was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia on 4 February 2015.

I am a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Sunshine Coast Law Association (former Treasurer).

I am a volunteer Lawyer with the Suncoast Community Legal Service and very much enjoy the work I get to do there and currently serve as a Committee Member.

I have been working almost exclusively in the area of civil litigation since 2012, following my migration from the United Kingdom.

I am originally from the United Kingdom (Wales) where I worked in the engineering and construction industry before deciding to migrate to Australia and become a Lawyer.

I have always enjoyed litigating and appearing in court and have represented clients and appeared in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts of Queensland.

I have also appeared for clients in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and the Federal Court of Australia.

I have lived on the Sunshine Coast since 2011, have made it my home and couldn't think of a more wonderful place to go to work everyday.

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At Black Bear Legal we hope to be adaptable to all client needs. Our style and attitude towards the law is serious, forthright and strong. We strive to represent a client's best case and put it forward in the best way we can to get a clients desired result, whatever that might be.​

We strive to bring legal proceedings at the most appropriate time with the right claims. If defending a claim we'll do all we can to bring the claim to a successful end. That may mean taking the most commercial approach or, when appropriate, bringing the matter to court as quickly and efficiently as possible.​

We are lawyers that you can trust and will go the extra mile to make sure you make any legal decision with the best and clearest possible understanding about the risks, the consequences and the rewards.

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