About Us


Atherton Lawyers was established by Chris Atherton in 1979 in Ashgrove and Milton as a practice undertaking general legal work with an emphasis on Family Law, Property Law, Commercial Law, Franchising and Wills and Estates.

Louise Atherton, also a General Practitioner, joined the firm and subsequently practiced solely in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills and Estates, Superannuation and Estate Taxation. Louise also has Financial Planning qualifications.

Since 2010 the firm has operated its practice from St Lucia which has convenient client parking.

In 2013 Atherton Lawyers incorporated the former Indooroopilly firm of Woodgate Hughes solicitors and now holds that firm’s clients safe custody documentation.



Chris Atherton

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Chris Atherton is the Principal of the firm and has been practising as a Solicitor for over forty years. He is admitted to both the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Chris practiced as a General Practitioner until 2004 when he commenced practising exclusively in all areas of Succession Law, complex Estate Planning, Will making, Estate Administration and Estate Litigation.

For five years Chris was Special Counsel with Walsh Halligan Douglas in Brisbane CBD and from 2009 to 2013 was a Consultant with Littles Lawyers, Indooroopilly, in charge of that firm’s Wills and Estates practice.

Chris is a longstanding member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), an international Succession and Trust organisation.

Louise Atherton

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Louise is also admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Louise initially worked in her own practice before joining Atherton Lawyers.

Louise subsequently obtained Financial Planning qualifications and has consulted in the Financial Planning industry developing structured superannuation retirement plans and working closely with Centrelink.

Louise was a Consultant with de Groots Wills and Estates for many years and then Special Counsel with Cooper Grace Ward in Brisbane CBD where she practiced solely as a specialist in Trust and Succession Law.

Louise is also a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Louise frequently presents at legal seminars in specialist areas of Succession Law.

Alex Hams

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Alex is the Probate Consultant to Atherton Lawyers.

He was formally the Queensland Probate Registrar for the Supreme Court from 2000 to 2008. Over the years Alex acted as Deputy Registrar Sheriff and Marshall of both the Queensland District and Supreme Courts. He was awarded an Australia Day Medal in 2005 for his contribution to this role.

Alex has advised lawyers in Queensland and New South Wales in relation to the correct course of applications for representation in succession law including applications for probate for reconstruction, amendment and re writing of Wills and on the Will makers testamentary intentions for many years.

Alex also presents papers on probate and succession law to legal practitioners.

Paul Williamson

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Paul is the Specialist Titles Office Consultant to Atherton Lawyers.

Paul is our specialist Titles Office Consultant. Paul was a senior Titles Officer with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines before joining Atherton Lawyers.

Paul has presented at the Queensland Law Society in relation to the Titles Office Practice. We are very fortunate to have him on our team.

Candice Howard

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Candice is the firm’s Personal Assistant and has been working in all areas of Wills and Estate administration and Litigation assisting Chris for ten years.

Candice is generally the first point of contact with clients and she is able to assist clients with all queries and concerns they may have as she has a working knowledge of all client matters.

Candice is also responsible for all safe custody enquiries



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Chris Atherton has worked for the Caxton Legal Service on a pro-bono basis.

We strive to provide tailored succession advice to clients considering their unique interpersonal family relationships and financial needs at an affordable price.

We support the less privileged in the community with a special interest in assisting disabled pensioners an their families provide for their future accommodation and health needs.