Our people

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

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 area of interest is Aviation 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 and the inaugural Queensland President and also a 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.
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.

Luke Shanahan

Senior Associate

Luke is an experienced and highly skilled Senior Associate at Carter Capner Law. Obtaining a Bachelor of Laws in 2008, Luke was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2009. His special area of interest is Medical Negligence.

Throughout his legal career, Luke has worked almost exclusively in plaintiff litigation and has an in-depth knowledge of the field. Before joining the team at Carter Capner Law he was Partner of a firm based on the Sunshine Coast and in Townsville.

As a Solicitor, Luke is driven by a desire to ensure those whose lives have been turned upside down have the legal guidance they need to get back on their feet. An expert in plaintiff litigation, he is able to strategically run each case to ensure his clients get the justice they deserve.

Luke is passionate about giving back to his local communities, and has provided pro bono legal assistance with Community Legal Centres for the entirety of his legal career.

Samuel Smith


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.

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

Govinda Le Guinio


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 Science.
Govinda is passionate about helping people obtain access to justice, especially people who find themselves in difficult circumstances through the fault of someone else.
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. He is an avid runner, and has completed many community fun runs.

Michael Plaxton

Commercial Litigation Lawyer

Michael joined Carter Capner Law in January 2013, having previously worked for a specialist insurance law firm.

During his studies, Michael enjoyed living abroad in Norway for a year where he developed an enthusiasm for snowboarding.

Michael is committed to providing an impact for clients and prides himself on keeping them well informed about strategy and progress.

A sports enthusiast, Michael keeps a close watch on the progress of local sporting talent and is a long-suffering Tottenham Hotspur supporter.

Michelle Lo

Senior Litigation Lawyer

Michelle is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and holds a degree from the Queensland University of Technology.

Michelle prides herself on her ability to assist clients to achieve the best possible outcome during what is often a difficult period in their lives. She is driven by her passion for clients, challenges and a love of life.

A self proclaimed foodie, Michelle enjoys the markets, new eateries and during her spare time she dabbles in photography.

Lauren Stevens

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 in November 2017 with a specialty in Total and Permanent Disablement claims.

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.

Karla Rogers

Practice Manager

Karla joined Carter Capner in June 2015 as Practice Manager. Karla comes with experience not only managing law firms but has also worked across a number of other industries such as hospitality, international development and manufacturing. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and has completed her CPA studies. Karla enjoys the variety offered in her role and loves being part of our growing team.

In her spare time, Karla enjoys playing netball and relaxing on the beach.

Mark Feeney

Accounts Clerk

Mark joined the team in October 2017. He has a strong background in accounts management, and also has his certificates in fitness.

Caitlin Ritter

Marketing Manager

Caitlin joined the CCL team in November 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Journalism from QUT, and applies her keen interest in consumer-led marketing to the job.

Caitlin comes from a digital marketing and content production background, and enjoys turning technical talk into plain English.

On the weekend, Caitlin loves hitting the gym and exploring the parks of Brisbane.

Heinz Strecker

Digital Communications & Systems Manager

Heinz graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) with a BA in Design & Marketing in 2004. While he studied, he was appointed Technician/Assistant in the online student magazine UniPlanet.net for the Australian region, and then moved on to work for the USC Arts & Social Sciences Faculty.

Heinz brings a strong graphic design background to the Marketing & Public Relations team and is responsible for the artwork and design of client communications. As a creative, Heinz likes anything that's strange, obscure and bizarre.

Jasmyn Carr

Paralegal Coordinator

Jasmyn joined Carter Capner Law in April 2008 and has over four years of experience in residential conveyancing. She obtained a Diploma in Business in 2010 in order to provide further assistance to clients. Jasmyn's primary area of practice is residential sale and purchase contracts, and her aim is to achieve hassle-free transactions and the best outcomes for clients.

Amy Leeson

Paralegal Assistant

Amy Leeson joined Carter Capner Law in March 2013. She has completed a Certificate 4 in Justice Administration and is currently taking her studies further. She has had previous roles with high customer service skills. Outside work, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
She would love to travel to many destinations all over the world.

Kahli O'Sullivan

Property Paralegal Assistant

Kahli joined us at CCL in July 2016. She has completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and comes with eight years of experience in a legal office and four years assisting in conveyancing.

Outside of work, Kahli enjoys dining out, seeing movies and live bands, and travelling.

Hollie Rutledge

Paralegal Assistant

Hollie joined Carter Capner Law in 2017 with over four years experience working in a legal office. Hollie is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Griffith University. In her spare time, Hollie enjoys going out for breakfast, listening to music, seeing live bands and playing with her dog, Franklin

Bridgette Ngyuen

Legal Assistant

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.

Linda Le

Administrative Assistant

Linda is currently completing a dual Bachelor of Business/Laws (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology. Linda volunteers with a number of charities, doing everything from kids camps to gift wrapping. In her free time Linda attempts to recreate interesting dishes she has tried at restaurants and markets.

Jordyn Armanelli

Administrative Assistant

Jordyn started with Carter Capner Law in August 2017. Jordyn holds a Bachelor in Justice and Legal Studies from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

In her spare time, Jordyn enjoys venturing to different restaurants and watching live music.

Chloe Williamson

Administrative Assistant

I joined the Carter Capner Group in January 2017. I came with over four years of experience in a customer service based role and pride myself on my passion for cultivating genuine relationships with clients. My aim is to exceed our clients' expectations to add to
their overall Carter Capner experience. Outside of work, I enjoy adventuring with friends and being at the beach.

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!