Our People

John Richards John Richards


John graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws in 1983 and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in Queensland in 1985.

He was appointed a Notary Public in 1997.

John has practiced as a solicitor for over 27 years concentrating on all aspects of property law, estate planning and administration, and trust law.

John has acted in:

  • Sales and purchases of retail shopping centres, office buildings, commercial and industrial properties and residential and commercial subdivisions;
  • Leasing across all aspects of commercial, industrial and retail;
  • Greenfield and Strata Title developments;
  • Sales of tourist resorts, management rights, businesses and share sale arrangements;
  • Corporate buyouts and shareholding sales;

John acts for a range of clients including:

  • Property developers;
  • Business owners;
  • Franchisees;
  • Major civil construction businesses;
  • Businesses specialising in product development and sales;

John has acted extensively throughout the Fraser Coast and Brisbane areas for a number of clients both relating to property transactions and developments as well as many families and organisations assisting with their property and estate planning needs.

Fiona Terrell Fiona Terrell


Fiona Terrell was admitted a solicitor in September 2011 and has been with the firm since March 2011. Before entering the legal profession Fiona worked in the property industry for local and state governments in roles including residential and commercial leasing, valuation and property portfolio management. As well as holding a Bachelor of Laws she also holds a Degree in Land Economics.

As the principal solicitor in our Hervey Bay office Fiona practices in the areas of family law, residential and commercial conveyancing, estate planning, administration and criminal law.

In family law matters she assists clients in areas including property settlements and parenting matters, domestic violence applications and child protection matters. Fiona strives to achieve outcomes in family law matters that achieve long term satisfaction for her clients.

She has experience in all areas of estate planning including making or defending claims where people believe inadequate provision has been made for them in a deceased's will. She can also assist with Enduring Powers of Attorneys and will making.

With her background in domestic and commercial property she is well equipped to add value to your business by providing practical advice in all property matters including commercial and retail leases, business and domestic sales and self managed superannuation fund acquisitions.

In criminal law and traffic matters Fiona assists our clients to achieve the best possible outcome whether by making submissions to the Court to ensure penalties imposed on guilty pleas are minimum applicable in the circumstances, ensuring that applications for work licences are looked upon favourably. She also has experience undertaking trials in the Magistrates Court and instructing Counsel in matters dealt with the higher courts.

Fiona is married with two school-aged children and has lived in Hervey Bay since 2003. She and her family are actively involved in local community committees and activities such as her children's school P&C committee and as a leader with Pialba Cub Scouts. Fiona has also been the Treasurer of the Fraser Coast District Law Association since 2012.


Mikaela completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Southern Queensland in early 2018 and later completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She was admitted to practice as a solicitor in September 2019.

Mikaela has experience in various administrative support roles as a clerk, secretary and conveyancing paralegal and has been with the firm since April 2018.

Mikaela works closely with Hervey Bay’s principal solicitor Fiona Terrell to ensure the that her clients achieve the best outcome. Mikaela is committed to making a positive difference to her clients legal needs and is dedicated to ensuring that they have a smooth, trouble-free experience.