The Personal Injury Lawyers


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At The Personal Injury Lawyers, you are part of our team as we fight for your claim. Sounds cheesy, but it's all true, we're on your team and we have your back. You are the most important person as without you, there is no us! We are a No Win, No Fee Law firm, so we work extra hard to make sure you get your maximum compensation due. We've worked so closely with clients for over three decades, persevering with insurers and courts over peoples injuries. We have nothing but passion for our roles and the best outcome for you.

With the best people on your side we help fight complex, emotional, claims daily, and truly have empathy, understanding and know what you may be going through. Below are just some of the key staff you may likely encounter across our offices, but you may also speak to many of our people behind the scenes such as Paralegals, other Law Clerks, or our very helpful receptionists, as well as other support staff who all play a big part in making your experience with us matter.

Staff profiles

Ranald | Director

Originally starting McCowans Specialist Lawyers in 1983, Ranald, his staff and his Partners, have grown the business and transformed it into one of Queensland’s most successful and respected specialist Personal Injury law firms today. Many of the staff have been a big part of the evolution of the firm, with many here for over a decade or more, and also choosing to return to the firm after starting a family. A great environment for staff, has led to a great experience for clients, which has brought over three decades of knowledge, insights and legal experience to our clients.

With his direction, the Personal Injury Lawyers has consistently been rated by Defendant Insurers and their Lawyers, as one of the toughest and best Plaintiff Personal Injury compensation law firms they deal with. Ranald's ethos that the firm must never settle any claim for less than it is worth, and that we don’t generate income unless your claim does, has been one of the core driving principles of our firm.



Gerry | Director

Another of our Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialists in Personal Injuries, Gerry holds a stellar background with rich experience in Personal Injury law. Exactly the kind of Lawyer you need when you have a claim. Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in December 1985, he has then since worked internationally for many years. Representing major insurance companies such as Zurich, QBE , Prudential and more in the defence of personal injury claims.

After returning to Brisbane and working again in the Personal Injury sector, he started with McCowans Solicitors, our parent firm. Continuing to win Personal Injury claims for clients, he also acted for Defendants such as Suncorp Metway Insurance Ltd, WorkCover Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council. After entering in to a partnership with Ranald, our other partner in the late 90's, this then lead them to form The Personal Injury Lawyers as it is today. 



Debbie | Practice Manager

As our Practice Manager and employee number two over three decades ago, there is not much Debbie has not been involved in or hasn’t had experience of. Knowing a thing or six about Personal Injury claims and the way businesses run, has helped ensure many successful claims for clients over the years.

Managing a no win no fee practice has it’s challenges, so Debbie has worked especially hard to ensure that the best-in-class processes and procedures are in place, so that clients get truly excellent service, and the most from their claims.



Prue | Senior Lawyer

With the Personal Injury Lawyers for close to a decade, Prue has dealt with some of our most complex, challenging and unusual claims, many  which require detailed research and analysis. Having studied Linguistics at University, and being an excellent writer in her spare time, (as well as writing for our web site), her passion lies in the research, writing and gathering of information and using that to affect positive change and help client’s lives for the better.

Prue is also a member of the pro bono panel that comprises BLEATS (Brisbane Lawyers Educating & Advocating for Tougher Sentences). You'll find her tucked up at night either researching a case file or a Stephen King novel.



Greg | Senior Lawyer

One of our Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialists in Personal Injuries, Greg has been a Partner in several previous law firms before joining us. With many years of extensive experience during his career, he truly knows exactly how to help you achieve a successful claim, and within minutes he'll assess if your claim will be worthwhile.

A family man who loves the outdoors, you’ll be his best friend if you love Rugby Union.



Dan | Lawyer

Working with us for close to a decade, Dan’s experience garnered with our clients and cases in that time has been indispensable. He’s been in the law business for even longer before joining us, and so he really has become an expert in his field, especially in workers compensation, motor vehicle accident and public liability claims.

When not fighting for your claim, he spends his time being a dad and supporting his NRL team the Gold Coast Titans.



Erin | Lawyer

Working with The Personal Injury Lawyers for close to a decade, Erin has only ever worked in Personal Injury law so this is truly her dedicated specialisation. She may be one of our younger Solicitors, but that has not stopped one of our fastest rising and brightest stars in the team from succeeding in claim after claim.

Her busy caseload of claims is balanced outside of work by her three dogs which keep her equally busy.




Vaughan | Lawyer

Starting as a Solicitor nearly two decades ago in Brisbane, Vaughan has acted for Insurance companies as well as for those injured in accidents, so he brings a very unique perspective to your claims process. He therefore has an excellent insight into the approach and thought patterns adopted by the Insurers when managing claims. This makes Vaughan one of our most valuable members of our team and a huge asset.

When he is not managing his busy workload you’ll find him running, doing the odd triathlons, and swimming.


Tim | Lawyer

With us for the past six years, Tim has built up over a decade of experience running motor vehicle, workplace accident and public liability Personal Injuries claims for clients. Tim’s knowledge of the law and communication skills are second to none, and he is passionate about getting the best result for his clients.

Outside of work Tim is passionate about sport, travel and studying German and Portuguese, with the latter interests having a huge influence on his communication skills and appreciation for same.




Allison | Law Clerk

Another long term employee with tons of experience, Allison has been with us for just under two decades and is known to go to the ends of the earth to research for your claims. Allison specialises in our motor vehicle accident claims and during her time here, there is not much she has not seen or has not won claims for.

Sadly motor vehicle accidents happen so often she is kept very busy, but she keeps her busy work day balanced with her other busy life as a mother to two young girls. 


Angela | Law Clerk

With our firm for just under seven years, Angela has been one of our key staff members for many of our clients and Lawyers. She has gained extensive knowledge in Motor Vehicle accidents, Workers Compensation and Public Liability claims, and also possesses skills with the more complex nervous shock and medical negligence claims.

She undertakes a lot of our research and training of other staff on processes and procedures. When not working or studying for her Law Degree (which isn’t very often) Angela loves travelling the world.




Karen | New Client Manager

Working in the legal industry for over four decades, Karen plays an integral role ensuring you feel at home with us, and that your claim is smoothly processed with the support of our large Paralegal team. With so much experience in this field with clients, she knows all too well the stress and emotion a Personal Injury can be, and knows exactly how to minimise that for you.

As one of the driving forces behind many of our systems and processes, she will make sure we get your claim on board easily, and get your compensation back to you as quickly and as efficiently as possible.


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