Notable Alumni

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Leon Ackermann

Leon Ackermann obtained at the University of Cape Town a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) in 1997 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1990. He was included in the Dean’s merit list in the second and final year of his law degree.

Mr Ackermann then undertook one year of full-time study towards a master’s degree, following which he worked as a prosecutor, mostly in the Regional Court of South Africa (the equivalent of Queensland’s District Court). 

Mr Ackermann completed his LLM degree (Advanced Criminal Law and Criminology) in 1992. He was admitted as Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1994. At the end of 1995 he moved to England and qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. 

Mr Ackermann returned to South Africa in 1998 and resumed working as a Prosecutor with the Director of Public Prosecutions, mostly in murder trials and criminal appeals in the High Court (the equivalent of Queensland’s Supreme Court). 

Mr Ackermann moved to Queensland in 2000 and, after completing further study at QUT, completed the PLT course at QUT in 2002. He then worked as a solicitor for a couple of private criminal firms in Brisbane, before commencing work at Robertson O’Gorman in 2005.

Mr Ackermann undertook the Bar Practice course in 2008 and has been at the private Bar in Queensland since then. He practices almost exclusively in criminal defence, mostly in Queensland. He is also regularly briefed to appear in the Local and District Courts of New South Wales.

 

Craig Eberhardt

Craig Eberhardt began working as an articled clerk to John Robertson and Terry O’Gorman in February 1989. Following graduation from University, Mr Eberhardt was admitted to practice in 1994, after which he worked as a solicitor at Robertson O’Gorman. Mr Eberhardt worked in Perth during 1995 and 1996 as a barrister and solicitor at Kott Gunning Barristers and Solicitors. In September of 1997, Mr Eberhardt returned to work as a solicitor for Robertson O’Gorman until March 2000.

Mr Eberhardt is admitted in, and has appeared before, the Supreme Court of Queensland, the Supreme Court of West Australia, the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the High Court of Australia and the High Court of the Solomon Islands.

Mr Eberhardt has been practicing as a Barrister at Law exclusively in criminal defence since April 2000. He specialises in criminal trials and is often briefed by Robertson O’Gorman.

 

Louisa Pink

Ms Pink has enjoyed an extended and successful career in the legal profession.

Ms Pink has held senior positions in the research and development of legal policy. Initially, she worked with Parliamentary Committees. Ultimately, she worked as a Senior Executive in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet as an advisor on law and justice policy. Ms Pink also served on the management committee of the Prisoners Legal Service and was the inaugural Secretary of the Law & Justice Institute (Qld) Inc.

Ms Pink began working in criminal defence in 2004. She came to Robertson O’Gorman in 2006, and worked as a solicitor until 2016.

Ms Pink was appointed to the Magistrates Court of Queensland on 3 May 2016.

 

Benedict Power

Ben Power was admitted as a solicitor in 1997 and worked initially with Freehill, Hollingdale and Page solicitors.  He then went on to work in criminal defence and related law with Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors between 1998 and 2001.  After leaving Robertson O’Gorman, Ben Power worked with the New York Legal Aid Society, and then Legal Aid Queensland. In 2005 he commenced as a Crown Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Queensland).  He has been at the private bar since July 2015.

Ben Power was admitted as a barrister in 2004 and completed a Masters degree at Oxford University in 2008.

Ben Power has conducted more than 80 District and Supreme Court jury trials as both prosecutor and defence counsel. This includes ten murder trials as sole counsel and many complex drug and fraud matters.  He has also appeared on over 100 appeals in the Court of Appeal, including in a number of homicide conviction appeals.