About Us

Melanie Findlay - Partner

Energy, Environment & Agribusiness Partner Melanie Findlay has a background in rural property law and a particular interest in water matters and vegetation issues. Melanie works to maintain the rights of rural land owners, farmers and graziers. Melanie has years of experience in helping landowners with mining and Coal Seam Gas negotiations, and compensation claims, including resumption, mining and Coal Seam Gas. She also has extensive experience in carbon projects, vegetation offsets and solar or alternate energy law projects.

Melanie has a passion for advocating for law changes in the rural sector and is a forward thinker who enjoys working with landowners on matters which can offer alternative income streams. To be able to properly assist agricultural people and give the best advice, Melanie believes it is important to really listen, to understand how you run your operations and to take the time to discuss your family business with you. Melanie understands it can be difficult for rural people to get into town and can often be found visiting her clients at their kitchen tables (especially if there is a scone involved!).


Amy Gudmann - Solicitor

Amy started with the firm in 2006, working full time as paralegal to Gerard Houlihan and Roger Baker, where she obtained a good working knowledge of commercial and mining matters. Amy now works with Melanie in assisting landholders negotiating compensation agreements with mining and gas companies and her aim is to find workable and practical solutions to ensure minimal impact for clients on the day-to-day running of their business.


Emma Kime - Solicitor

Emma Kime is a Rockhampton born and bred local and lives on a small property North of Rockhampton. Emma is passionate about food security and understanding how agricultural businesses work. Emma has a special interest in water rights and renewables. Emma currently assists rural landowners with their water and land transactions. Emma knows rural people are busy people and she will assist you in a timely, efficient and friendly manner. 

Jade Sayre - Paralegal

Linda Munns - Paralegal

Justin Houlihan - Partner

Justin Houlihan is one of the Litigation Partners who works in the Rural and Mining division of the firm. He has almost 30 years experience in court disputes and has settled countless matters through mediation and negotiation. Justin has experience in the Land Court involving claims against Mining Companies. 

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