High profile solicitor appointed as magistrate for Beaudesert

COURT: Beaudesert has a new magistrate in high-profile lawyer Kurt Fowler.
COURT: Beaudesert has a new magistrate in high-profile lawyer Kurt Fowler.

A HIGHLY respected Queensland solicitor has been named as a new magistrate to serve in Beaudesert..

Attorney-general Yvette D'Ath said Kurt Fowler would be appointed to Beaudesert and Ipswich for three years.

"Mr Fowler has two decades of experience in the law and has regularly appeared in all criminal court levels," she said.

Last year Mr Fowler was presented with Queensland Law Society's most esteemed award, the 2018 QLS President's Medal at the annual Legal Profession Dinner and Awards night.

The annual award was presented to a solicitor who embodied the spirit of justice, leadership and tradition, and took into account the span of the nominee's career.

QLS president Ken Taylor said that it was a privilege to acknowledge Mr Fowler's abiding commitment to justice, leadership and the legal profession with this award for 2018.

"Throughout Kurt's career, he has almost exclusively focused on advocacy and criminal defence, and is well-known and highly respected by his peers," he said.

"Kurt has proven his commitment to access to justice and the administration of justice through not only his practice, but through his voluntary positions on various committees, as a presenter and chair at conferences, and as a volunteer for community legal services.

Mr Fowler was also acknowledged for advising younger solicitors as a QLS senior counsellor, for being an accredited specialist in criminal law and the chair of the QLS Criminal Law Committee.

He was also recognised as a regular contributor to Queensland Legal Aid as a preferred supplier, past duty lawyer and having established a pro bono scheme within his regional practice.