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Expert Witness – 2 & 3 December 2017 – Teaching Faculty

Roy Beran

Professor Roy Beran

Program Facilitator & Expert Witness




Consultant Neurologist and Lawyer, ACLM Council Member

Roy is trained as a consultant neurologist and accredited sleep physician, as well as working within legal medicine and aviation medicine. He is a Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University, QLD and Conjoint Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He is a founding Fellow and past President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and is the Australian Governor & Secretary General of the World Association for Medical Law (WAML) and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (London).

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His Honour Judge Michael Jarrett

Federal Circuit Court of Australia


Judge Jarrett was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 8 April, 1989 after completing five years Articles of Clerkship.  From 1989 until 1991, he was employed as a solicitor with the firm of Hopgood and Ganim (as it then was) in the firm’s commercial litigation section.

On 8 April, 1991, Judge Jarrett was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland.  He practiced as a barrister from chambers in Brisbane in a wide range of civil litigation including vendor and purchaser actions, landlord and tenant actions, employment related litigation, insolvency litigation, product liability claims, and actions under the Trade Practices Act, the most notorious of which perhaps was the litigation between the workers employed to replace sacked Maritime Union of Australia employees and Patrick Stevedoring in the late 1990s.  Judge Jarrett also practiced, although not exclusively, in matrimonial litigation, including disputes relating to children, maintenance and property.

Judge Jarrett commenced his appointment, initially as a Federal Magistrate, on 2 February 2004.  His Honour sits regularly in the family law jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia as well as across all other areas of the Court’s jurisdiction including the administrative law, bankruptcy, consumer law, intellectual property, child support, human rights and equal opportunity, migration, industrial and admiralty jurisdictions exercised by the Court.

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George Kalimnios

Barrister at Law and Mediator, Legal Counsel,
Kalimnios Themis Chambers


George Kalimnios commenced his legal career studying law at QUT whilst working as a as a clerk in the Magistrates courts and then with the Public Defender’s Office.

In 1989 George was admitted as a Solicitor working with several private law firms in the areas of commercial litigation. In 1996 George returned to practice in the areas of Criminal Law, Administrative Law and Coronial Inquests with the Queensland based and highly respected Law firm of Gilshenan and Luton.

In 1998 George left main stream legal practice and took up full time duty in his capacity as a Reserve Legal Officer with the Royal Australian Airforce. George remains an active member of the reserve.

In 2003 George returned to fulltime private legal practice as a barrister practicing in the areas of Crime, Inquires, Administrative Review, Family Law and Mediation.

Throughout his career George has maintained a very keen and active interest in legal education undertaking work as a tutor at QUT and UQ and as a guest presenter with the QUT School of management and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine.

Russell Clutterbuck

Russell Clutterbuck


Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson



LLB (Hons)


Principal, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Sarah is a Principal at Maurice Blackburn and runs the medical negligence section of the firm in Queensland. Sarah gained her Bachelors of Law in England and France, graduating in 1992. She practiced medical negligence litigation in the United Kingdom for seven years before moving to Brisbane in January 2002. Sarah joined Maurice Blackburn in October 2004 after almost three years with another Brisbane firm doing medical negligence work. She has wide experience in medical negligence claims including cerebral palsy claims, delayed diagnosis and surgical errors. She also represents relatives of deceased patients at coronial inquests. A number of Sarah’s cases have received widespread media coverage. Sarah is named by the prestigious Doyle’s Guide as a leading medical negligence lawyer in Queensland. In 2015 Sarah received an award for Outstanding Achievement for the Queensland Law Society.

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