Our People

Peter Carter

Legal Practice Director

Peter is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia.
He holds the degrees of BA. LLB (Hons) and BCL. He is a Qld Law Society accredited specialist with expertise in the commercial and litigious areas of legal practice. His special areas of interest are Aviation Law, Tourism & Travel Law and Compensation Law. Peter has been growing Carter Capner Law as a successful small business for more than 20 years and has a practical understanding the legal and commercial needs of people operating in the business sector. He was a foundation National Councillor, the inaugural Queensland President and National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA). Peter is a member of the Queensland Law Society (QLS) and served in 1998-1999 on its Specialist Accreditation Board.ca
He is a former director of the Civil Justice Foundation of Australia. As a long-standing member of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (ALAANZ) and he served as National Councillor and Queensland Chair of that association. He is also a member of the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association. He is a regular contributor to legal journals and speaker at legal conferences. He also holds a single engine private pilot’s licence with command instrument rating.

In 2012 his work, Bust: Queensland’s post-GFC property collapse as played out in the courtroom was published. Peter is also the principal author & editor of Take the law… on-line blog to which he has posted more than 500 legal case summaries since 2010.

Courtney Wilson

Practice Manager

Courtney joined us in March 2010. Over the years she has primarily worked on compensation, TPD and estate planning files. Knowing the firm inside and out, it seemed fitting in 2018 for her to hang up her Paralegal shoes and take on the role of Practice Manager.

In her spare time, Courtney can be found spending time with her husband, at the gym, travelling or volunteering.

David Shannon

Senior Associate

David Shannon is an immensely experienced compensation lawyer having graduated from the University of Queensland law School to practice for more than 30 years across all compensation regimes in Qld. His specialisation for more than 15 years of that time has been public and private compensation as well as insurance payouts.

Having acted for both insurers and claimants, he brings a unique perspective to the handling of claims and litigation and strategies to procure the best results for our clients.

Outside of work avid is a keen football sports fan and surfer on the weekend.

Samuel Smith

Senior Associate

Sam is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a lawyer. Sam holds a Bachelors of Laws and Bachelors of Business, from the Queensland University of Technology.

Sam joined Carter Capner Law with prior experience in litigation and professional negligence with a national law firm.

He conducts an extensive compensation law practice for Queensland, interstate and international clients.

Out-of-hours pursuits are waterpolo, open water swimming and collecting vinyl records

Govinda Le Guinio

Senior Associate

Govinda joined Carter Capner Law in 2017. Before joining CCL, he worked for a boutique law firm and then a national law firm.
He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2003, and holds both a Bachelor of Laws LLB (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences.
Govinda is passionate about helping people obtain access to justice, especially people who find themselves in difficult circumstances through the fault of someone else. His wide ranging compensation law practice commands clients from all over Queensland.
He is a member of the Queensland Law Society and Australian Lawyers Alliance, and is also fluent in French.
Outside of work he enjoys playing the guitar and keeping fit. An avid runner, he has completed many community fun runs.

Scott Forster

Estates Associate

Scott is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia, and has been practicing since 1996.

Prior to working at Carter Capner, Scott was an in-house legal counsel and trust manager at a private trustee company for 17 years, and in that time developed a deep understanding of and high level of knowledge in all matters of succession law including estate planning, estate and trust litigation, estate and trust administration, and elder law issues. He has developed a passion for this area of law, and is always keen to understand and resolve the issues his clients have in the most practical and effective manner.

Scott is a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and has been since 2005, where membership requires expertise in trusts and estates. He is a former treasurer and committee member of the STEP QLD branch.

When he is not at work, Scott is a keen sport enthusiast and if not playing indoor soccer or golf, or swimming laps, is watching his favourite teams play. He is the father of 2 growing teenagers, a trivia nut and long-time sufferer of the wine bug.

Lauren Zhang

TPD Lawyer

Lauren is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and holds an LLB from the University of Southern Queensland.

She joined Carter Capner Law in November 2017. Her practice includes Total and Permanent Disablement claims; Sickness & Accident insurance and Income Protection compensation.

Lauren has a fervent interest in all things food related and has eaten her way around 18 countries so far. On the weekends she enjoys baking, Yum Cha with her partner and playing with their two dogs.

Keirin Niven

Accounting & Finance Manager

Keirin joined Carter Capner in 2019 and is a CPA qualified accountant with a wealth of legal finance knowledge working in various finance and practice management roles in Australia and England for over 20 years.

In his spare time he loves both watching and playing football, playing drums, spending time with his kids and trying to keep fit and healthy.

Jimmy Sisalio

Digital Marketing Manager

Jimmy joined Carter Capner at the beginning of 2019. He brings a strong digital media background to the Marketing & Public Relations team and is responsible for the digital marketing and client acquisition efforts, as well as managing Carter Capner's suite of websites.

Heinz Strecker

Digital Communications & Systems Manager

Heinz joined Carter Capner Law in 2005. He brings a strong graphic design background to the Marketing & Public Relations team and is responsible for the artwork and design of client communications, as well as managing the data systems the team uses in their daily activities.

Jasmyn Carr


Jasmyn joined Carter Capner Law in April 2008. She obtained a Diploma in Business in 2010 in order to provide further assistance to clients. Jasmyn's primary area of practice is compensation, and her aim is to assist in achieving the best outcomes for clients.

Amy Leeson


Amy Leeson joined Carter Capner Law in March 2013. She has completed a Diploma in Justice Administration. She has had previous roles with high customer service skills. Outside work, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

She loves to travel and would like to visit many destinations all over the world.

Bridgette Ngyuen


Bridgette joined Carter Capner Law in 2017 with over four years experience in a legal office, primarily in litigation.

Outside of work Bridgette enjoys travelling, seeing live music, memes and is a big animal lover.

Jazmin Shultz


Jazmin joined Carter Capner Law in April 2018 and has over 7 years experience in compensation recovery. She is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Laws.

Her passion is to help badly-done-by clients get justice with thoroughly researched and prepared compensation claims.

In her spare time Jazmin loves cooking, spending time at the beach and attending trivia nights with her friends.

Debbie Brown

Property Paralegal

Debbie has over 20 years experience in Conveyancing – residential, commercial, off-the-plan and business transactions. Although Debbie graduated with a law degree in 2011, she has chosen to continue with her paralegal career. She is a Commissioner for Declarations, therefore is able to witness and certify formal documents.

Debbie’s primary area of practice with Carter Capner Law is residential sale and purchase contracts, and she is passionate about the best outcomes for clients and believes in proactive communication.

Alyssa Harrex

Legal Assistant

Alyssa joined Carter Capner in 2018 with a background in administration and customer service. You can catch her at our Browns Plains office, greeting clients and working in our compensation team.

Outside of work Alyssa enjoys going out for breakfast, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.

Cameron Rawstron

Client Intake Assistant

Cameron joined Carter Capner Law in 2019. After completing a Dipolma of Legal Services, he is furthering his education by completing a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at QUT.

Cameron enjoys the daily challenges that the legal industry provides and looks forward to new opportunities to assist members of the community with various legal issues.

Outside of work Cameron enjoys keeping fit, exploring Brisbane City and heading to the beach or park with his dog.

Sophie Harkin

Administration Assistant

Sophie Harkin joined Carter Capner Law in 2020. She is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Laws at QUT.

Outside of work Sophie enjoys keeping fit, visiting the beach and spending time with friends and family.

Chris Ware

Motivation & Team Building Coach

Chris started working with Carter Capner Law in January 2004. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Acupuncture and a Certificate IV in Fitness. Chris is a licensed massage therapist, Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach and Level 1 Karate Coach. Chris brings a wealth of experience in motivation and team building having competed in triathlons for 10 years, taught self defence in primary schools and made Queensland teams for karate. Chris has appeared on the Great South East demonstrating karate.Chris provides services to a number of industries including construction, finance and accounting, law, health and master athletics. Chris conducts team building advertures and seminars on health and fitness.

Chris is a keen surfer with 25 years experience!

Carter Capner Law is a progressive, innovative and strongly motivated law firm serving a diverse clientele throughout Queensland and Australia.