Bianca Stafford is a Wills and Estates Associate at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. Bianca was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a solicitor in 2014. Bianca has been a committee member of the FNQLA since 2014 and was formerly Vice President in 2020 and Treasurer in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Bianca advises in all areas of succession law, including estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation and has practised exclusively in Wills and Estates since her admission

Kristyn Knox is a compensation lawyer practising in Maurice Blackburn’s Cairns office. She values giving back to her local community, and has an enthusiastic and genuine passion for the law. Kristyn obtained a double degree in Law and Psychology at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, where she also completed her practical legal training. She joined Maurice Blackburn in 2014.


Bianka Bosnjak Committee Member

Bianka is a graduate of James Cook University in Townsville having completed a Bachelor of Laws in 2014. In 2015, she completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through the Australia National University and admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland in the same year. Bianka moved to Cairns at the end of 2015 and is now an employed Solicitor at Newman Family Law.

Peter Apel was admitted as a solicitor in 1989 after obtaining degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Queensland. and holds practising certificates for all Queensland Courts as well as the Family Court, Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. Peter is a past President of the North Queensland Law Association, which represents Solicitors throughout Northern Queensland, as well as holding Board positions on the Mareeba Wetland Foundation and The Mareeba Shire Job Training Association. Peter Apel has been appointed as a Notary Public and is able to authenticate and witness documents for use internationally. Peter lives locally in a farming area and has a family background in business and primary production.

Michelle is currently a Legal Officer at the Office of the Public Guardian. She has practiced in a range of areas including as a Principal Solicitor, as a Senior Prosecutor, and as a criminal defense lawyer...