Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes

Special Counsel

Stephen is a Queensland Law Society (QLS) Accredited Specialist who has been working for 30 years across workplace relations, employment and compensation law.

Stephen deeply understands the impacts that injury can have on a person’s life and livelihood, both through his extensive legal experience and serving as an Honorary Board Member and Legal Counsel for the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors Ltd (ASORC) since 1993. In 2021 Stephen was proud to be awarded an ASORC Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his many decades of service.

He sees his role as not only achieving fair compensation for clients but being a caring and trusted partner who guides claimants through the legal process with dignity and compassion.

Described in the internationally recognised Legal 500 Guide (2016) as a “brilliant” and “recommended” employment/workplace relations lawyer who “thinks outside the box”, Stephen has acted for diverse clients across Australia and internationally.

He is Membership Officer of LAWASIA’s Employment and Labour Law Sub-Committee and has shared his expertise as a speaker at multiple LAWASIA conferences throughout the Asia Pacific.

A real culture buff, Stephen loves collecting art and antiquities as well as enjoying nature-based pursuits including bushwalking and travel.

Milestones, Qualifications & Awards

  • Associations Hall of Fame – Associations Forum (2023)
  • Practice Management Course, QLS (2000)
  • Queensland Law Society (QLS) Accredited Specialist – Personal Injuries (since 1998)
  • Master of Laws, QUT 1998
  • Admission 1991
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland 1988

Community Roles

  • Honorary Fellow, Honorary Board Member and Legal Counsel, Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors Ltd (ASORC)
  • Executive Committee, LAWASIA Employment & Labour Law Committee (Membership Officer)
  • Former member, QLS Personal Injuries Committee
  • Former Board Member and Secretary, Volunteering Gold Coast Inc.

My experience in dealing with Travis, Trent & Stephen was indeed a pleasure. I experienced 200% effort, diligence and professionalism throughout my matter. Trent & Stephen were both highly focussed on achieving the very best outcome for me. All advice provided to me throughout my matter was excellent and well communicated. The written submissions drafted demonstrated a high standard of legal professionalism and eloquence. I cannot speak highly enough of this team. They are truly dedicated to your right to social justice. I found them to act with the highest integrity at all times. I have the utmost appreciation for their work.

Sarah Swindells

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