Our Solicitors

Michele Sheehan (Principal)
Accredited Family Law Specialist
Accredited Succession Law Specialist
Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Member of STEP Qld

Michele is a highly qualified law specialist with over 25 years of experience and knowledge in succession law (Wills & Estates) and family law. In the highly complex area of Succession Law, Michele is diligent, thorough and immensely practical in the provision of legal advice and the application of the law. Michele's approach goes beyond technical advice and guidance as she provides emotional understanding and support to her clients.

Michele has extensive experience working in these areas of law with families and businesses (in particular grazing and farming businesses) across a broad range of backgrounds extending throughout Queensland. Michele is passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Michele is regarded as a leading authority in Australia with respect to her understanding of how succession and family law issues can overlap, particularly where such issues affect blended families.

Michele is presently the only solicitor in Queensland who is accredited by the Queensland Law Society as both a Family Law specialist and a Succession Law (Wills and Estate) specialist.

She is the past chairperson of the Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board. Michele is a long serving member of the Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee and the international specialist association known as Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP). She has presented numerous papers and chaired many seminars throughout her career and was commissioned by the College of Law to write their will making study guide (which is still in use).

Outside of the office, Michele enjoys playing tennis and is a keen swimmer having participated previously in the Noosa Triathlon (she and her two sisters won the silver medal in the women's team event for their age group). Michele is also an avid reader.

Michele can be contacted on (07) 4662 8066 or by email at msheehan@sheehanco.com.au
Paul Sheehan
Rural Law Advisor

Paul is an experienced solicitor who was admitted to practice in 1987. Paul commenced his career in Brisbane and thereafter in Toowoomba practising primarily in the areas of personal injuries law, family law and criminal law. However, since establishing the firm Sheehan & Co in Chinchilla, Paul has primarily focused his attention meeting the needs of the firm's commercial clients, including advising in relation to the sale and purchase of commercial and rural property primarily within South East and South West regions of Queensland, business structures (establishment of partnerships and trusts and incorporation of companies) and leasing. Over the years, Paul has also developed substantial experience in the making of wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney for the broad spectrum of clients which the firm serves.

Paul has a passion for protecting the environment and upholding landholder's rights. Paul has extensive experience representing his client's interests in their compensation negotiations with coal seam gas companies.

He has a real concern that CSG operators' activities are likely to cause irreparable long-term damage to landholders' valuable land, water and air resources and threaten their farming and grazing businesses as a result. In addressing these real issues, Paul has accumulated a great volume of knowledge and insight into issues which may impact upon landholders' interests and their risk management strategies. Paul is always anxious to ensure that landholders' practical concerns are properly addressed in any compensation agreement reached with the CSG operators. Paul also provides appropriate advice for amendment of the operative provisions of the agreements to protect landholders' interests.

Outside of the office, Paul is the long serving President of the local Brigalow Cricket Club. He was awarded life membership of the Club a number of years ago. Despite the fact that due to injury Paul is now unable to play cricket, Paul still has an active interest in the Club's affairs.

Paul can be contacted on (07) 4662 8066 or by email at psheehan@sheehanco.com.au
Candice McLean

Candice commenced her legal career on the Gold Coast where she gained experience in a wide variety of areas including commercial litigation and dispute resolution, planning and environment, body corporate law, property and commercial law and intellectual property.

At Sheehan & Co, Candice works in the areas of property and commercial law, mining law and commercial litigation and dispute resolution under the guidance of Paul Sheehan. Candice is also involved in family matters and succession law under the guidance of Michele Sheehan.

Candice graduated from Griffith University in 2009 completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business and was admitted as a Solicitor in April 2011.

At an early age Candice decided she wanted to pursue a career in law and has always been dedicated to keeping up to date with legislative changes to provide better outcomes for clients by taking the time to explain the law and how it applies to a client’s specific circumstances.

Candice moved to Chinchilla at the beginning of 2015 after her husband and her purchase a rural property outside Chinchilla and her spare time is taken up looking after their young son as well as learning to manage an agricultural business.

Candice can be contacted on (07) 4662 8066 or by email at cmclean@sheehanco.com.au
Jenna Pacholke
BBLA,Hons. GDip, Leg.Prac

Jenna is a Junior Solicitor who works in the family law and criminal law section. She works under the instruction and guidance of Michele Sheehan Accredited Succession Law specialist and Accredited Family Law Specialist and is developing her expertise in the family law area. Jenna has been with Sheehan & Co since July 2011.

Jenna advises clients on a range of:

• family law matters, including domestic violence, children’s issues and support, financial agreements and property settlements arising from family separations and divorce; and

• traffic and drug matters including work licence and special hardship licence applications.

Jenna was admitted as a solicitor in September 2012 and holds two bachelor degrees from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), being a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Business, which she graduated from in April 2012. She further completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice through the College of Law in August 2012.

In her spare time, Jenna enjoys cooking and spending time with family.

Jenna can be contacted on (07) 4662 8066 or by email at jpacholke@sheehanco.com.au
Rebecca Rosser
LLB (First Class Honours), Grad Dip Leg Prac (Distinction)

Rebecca is a Junior Solicitor who works in the areas of succession law (Wills & Estate) and commercial law under the instruction and guidance of both Michele and Paul Sheehan. Rebecca joined Sheehan & Co in September 2013.

Rebecca was admitted as a solicitor in April 2014 following completion of a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction) from the Australian National University. Rebecca was awarded the University Medal for exceptional academic excellence and was also 2014 class Valedictorian.

Rebecca is passionate about furthering her career in succession law. She is presently undertaking a Masters of Laws (Wills & Estates) with the College of Law.

Rebecca is committed to working towards the best outcomes for the firm's clients. This commitment is reflected in Rebecca's thirst for knowledge and practical application of the law.

Outside of the office, Rebecca loves looking after her animals. Rebecca is also a keen reader with a particular interest in science fiction themes.

Rebecca can be contacted on (07) 4662 8066 or by email at rrosser@sheehanco.com.au

Our Support Staff

Cyeanna Davis
Cyeanna joined the Sheehan & Co team in November, 2003.

Cyeanna is part of the conveyancing team assisting clients in all aspects of sale and purchase property transfers.

As a local and with a number of years experience within the conveyancing area, Cyeanna is able to offer clients a personal, informed service to help ease the stresses related with transactions in property. Cyeanna works in with Paul Sheehan to ensure the highest quality service to our clients.

Cyeanna has lived in the Chinchilla area all her life and enjoys the relaxed country lifestyle. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Elizabeth Holland
Liz is Sheehan & Co's account clerk and is an essential part of the firm. Liz assures that all financial aspects are run smoothly and efficiently. Liz has great communication skills with our clients and is a team player.

Since joining the Sheehan & Co in June 2004 Liz has taken charge of the accounting and financial aspects of the firm working with Paul and Michele in relation to the management of the accounts receivable, payable, payroll, trust account functions, monthly reconciliation, BAS and other ATO reporting to name a few. Liz assists solicitors and conveyancing clerks with estate distributions and settlements.

In her spare time, Liz enjoys spending time with family, is devoted to her 6 grandsons, and also enjoys reading and spending time with her friends. Liz shares a passion of motor cars (especially V'8s) with her husband.
Angie Tomlinson
Angie has in excess of 25 years experience in administrative, paralegal and customer liaison roles and is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

After completing a Legal Secretarial Diploma with Lorraine Martin Commercial College in 1988, Angie worked for Brisbane law firm MacGillivrays before starting with Sheehan & Co in 1994. Angie also spent 7 years as a consultant with Liquor Licensing Consultants in Toowong before returning to Chinchilla in 2008 where she has now settled with her partner and 2 young daughters.

Angie re-commenced working for Sheehan & Co in 2009 and is now a full-time receptionist with the firm.
Kylie Treasure
Kylie is responsible for the record management and securities within our firm.

She commenced at our firm when she came to Chinchilla in 1990 and worked with us until leaving to have a family in 1994. She then worked alongside her husband Craig in their Chinchilla business the next 13 years before working as a finance officer in the energy sector for 6 years. This has provided her with a broad range of skills in meeting people’s needs and knowledge of the local people and area.

Kylie enjoys spending time with her husband and three children who keep her very involved in their sporting and recreational interests.
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