Our Team

Michael (Mike) Klein

Managing Partner,
Conveyancing, Property & Commercial

Mike was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2003 and is an experienced litigation and property law practitioner.

Mike lives in the Redcliffe area with his wife, Tina and their three boys.  Mike enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid AFL supporter.

Mike has a strong record of success in his field and is committed to achieving the best results for his clients.

JODIE ANDERSON-BELL

Partner, Wills & Estates

Jodie was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2013 and works exclusively in the Succession Law area of practice.

Jodie has a wealth of experience in estate planning and succession law and can provide assistance with:

  • Wills
  • Complex Estate Planning
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Applications for Appointment of Guardianship and/or
  • Administrator to QCAT
  • Deceased Estates & Trust Administration
  • Estate Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Jodie spent many years living and working in Europe before settling back on the Peninsula with her partner and two children. Jodie enjoys running, travel and relaxing with her family up on the Sunshine Coast.

BRUCE GLEESON

Consultant Lawyer

Bruce is the founding partner of the firm, with a wealth of experience spanning over 30 years. Bruce was a highly respected criminal prosecutor from 1985 to 1991. He then went on to open Bruce Gleeson Solicitors, which over the years evolved into GKS Law. Bruce now focuses on commercial and property law.

Bruce is married with a passion for golf and fine single malt whisky.

HAYLEY SUTHERS-CROWHURST

Associate, Personal Injury

Hayley was admitted to practice as a solicitor in September 2014 and works exclusively in the area of Personal Injury Law.

Hayley enjoys working with her clients to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcome to their legal solutions.

Hayley is also the President of the Moreton Bay Law Association.

ERIN WILKINSON

Conveyancer

Erin joined the GKS Law conveyancing team in June 2015. Erin joins us from having previously worked in law firms in Hervey Bay and is an integral member of our conveyancing team.

Erin prides herself on her customer experience and is only too willing to help you with your needs in relation to your conveyancing matter.

As a Commissioner for Declarations, Erin can assist in the certification and witnessing of documents.

Erin loves all things fitness and also enjoys home renovation and styling.

SHEREE MCKEOWN

Executive Litigation Assistant

Sheree commenced working with GKS Law in 2009 having previous experience working in several city firms. Sheree is Kane Stegeman’s executive assistant, supporting him with litigation matters. Sheree’s experience makes her an invaluable member of the GKS Law team.

Sheree appreciates that litigation matters can be complex and emotional. She is compassionate and dedicated to assisting clients who have been wronged. She takes great pride and satisfaction in providing quality, timely and easy to understand support to clients and their families, often at very difficult times.

Sheree is married with two children and enjoys bike rides along the beach and the bush with her family.

SHANNEN BIELBY

Executive Personal Assistant

Shannen joined GKS Law in 2018 and has worked within the law industry for many years. Shannen has a wealth of experience and knowledge in property law.

Shannen, her partner and two children enjoying camping, getting out amongst nature and particularly love to visit the Cape York area.

FARON WHITWAM-RUSSELL

Conveyancing Assistant

Faron joined the GKS team in 2017 in a support role, and has since joined the Conveyancing team as an Assistant.

As part of her Conveyancing role, Faron works alongside Rachel and the team on residential conveyancing matters in the Redcliffe office. Her duties include organising settlements, liaising with clients and enjoying the fast-paced work environment.

Faron enjoys spending time with her partner and their puppies outdoors, as well as yoga, fitness and catching up with friends and family.

KANE STEGEMAN

Partner, Personal Injury

Kane was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2005 and is an experienced litigation practitioner.

Kane is a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and the Sunshine Coast Law Association and volunteers at the Sunshine Coast Community Legal Service.

Outside of work, Kane’s interests include Rugby League, Touch Football and Oztag. His love for the code and his chosen career, assists him greatly as a member of the Sunshine Coast/Gympie Rugby League Judiciary and Chairman of the Disciplinary Tribunal. Kane is also an independent Board member of both the Sunshine Coast/Gympie Rugby League and Sunshine Coast State Cup Rugby League team.

BEN WEBSTER

Associate, Property & Commercial Law

Ben is an admitted Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia and is an Associate with GKS Law in the Commercial/Property Team, Wills and Estates Team and Litigation Team.

Over his six years in the industry, Ben has worked in a broad range of Commercial, Property, Wills and Estates and Litigation roles. 

Ben’s expertise includes acting for Lessors and Lessee’s in Commercial, Industrial and Retail Leasing and advising on disputes arising out of Leases, Portfolio Property Disposals and Acquisitions, acting for Private Lenders and Financial Institutions in drawing Security Documents and advising on Security and Refinancing Transactions, and much more.

Ben is passionate about all aspects of agribusiness and regularly advises on rural property transactions including the buying and selling of farms, livestock and water allocations. He also prides himself on being approachable and having excellent communication channels with his clients. 

TRACEY MERNIN

Practice Manager

Tracey commenced working at GKS Law in 2012. Tracey brought to the firm over 20 years legal experience. This experience allows her to excel at her role as Accounts and Practice Manager.

Tracey is efficient with an eye to detail that ensures the smooth administration and management of the firm’s business affairs.

Tracey is a Commissioner for Declarations and can assist in the certification and witnessing of various documents.

Tracey loves to play netball and tennis and would consider herself a ‘people person’ who likes nothing better than relaxing with her husband, two children and friends over a BBQ. Tracey and her family also love camping on the beach and travelling around Australia.

SHANE CREW

Special Counsel

Shane joined GKS Law in 2018, bringing with him a wealth of expertise from his time as partner at one of Queensland’s biggest personal injury law firms. Shane, a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, is an asset to the GKS Law team, with over 17 years of experience. 

Shane is a member of the Qld Law Society, Brisbane Racing Club, Moreton Bay Law Association and is a past President of the Sunshine Coast Law Association. In his spare time, Shane enjoys a round of golf, a day out at the races and is heavily involved in his children’s extra-curricular activities including coaching his son’s soccer and rugby league teams and ferrying his daughter around to her dancing commitments.

RACHEL WERNICKE

Conveyancing Manager

Rachel joined the GKS Law team in February 2015.

Rachel has over 15 years conveyancing experience and is an integral member of our conveyancing team.

Clients appreciate Rachel’s “hands on approach” and Rachel strives to always do what is best for her client. She is very knowledgeable and only too willing to help you with your needs in relation to your conveyancing matter.

Rachel is a Justice of the Peace (Qual) and can assist in the certification and witnessing of documents.

Married with two girls, Rachel loves living on the Peninsula, gardening, running and writes a popular style blog.

SUSIE BECKMANN

Conveyancing Assistant

Susie worked in the law industry for over 15 years, joining GKS Law in 2017, after a ten year career break that gave Susie the opportunity to live and work on Hayman Island and overseas in Vanuatu and Fiji. Susie is now a valuable, energetic member of the conveyancing team.

In her free time, Susie enjoys spending lazy days by the pool with her husband, son and four grandkids. Susie is also a passionate and dedicated volunteer for the Queensland Lost Pet Register, involved with training and coordination of social media promotion.

CASEY JEFFRIES

Executive Personal Assistant

Casey joined GKS Law in 2017, having worked in the law industry for the past seven years.

Casey specialises in Litigation, but has also worked in the Family Law and Commercial Property sectors. Casey is a Justice of the Peace.

Casey loves to spend time with her partner and son at the beach and taking camping trips.

SUPPORT STAFF

Hannah Reid is our valued support staff and is integral to the success of our office. Her friendly face on reception will greet you with a smile when you attend at our office. The support staff play essential roles in the firm through reception and daily administration tasks.

HANNAH REID