About

We are a leading Queensland criminal law and professional misconduct law firm.

Led by directors Glen Cranny, Craig Pratt and Callan Lloyd, all accredited specialists in criminal law, Gilshenan & Luton is renowned as a law firm which delivers high-quality service and results to its clients.

Commencing in 1924 with the practice of John “Jack” Gilshenan, the firm has always been based in Brisbane, whilst serving the needs of clients all over Queensland.

In 1958, Leo Luton joined Jack in partnership and Gilshenan & Luton commenced practice by that name.  In the decades thereafter, the firm built a strong reputation across many areas of law.

At the forefront of our practice though, has always been criminal law and the defence of misconduct allegations. We have been continually involved in many of the largest and most prominent criminal cases, inquests, and commissions of inquiry held in Queensland over many years.

In 2008 the firm decided to specialise solely in its core areas of practice – criminal law and misconduct matters. Since that time the firm has only strengthened its reputation as the best criminal law firm in Queensland.  

In early 2019, Gilshenan & Luton opened an office in Caboolture, to better service our growing north Brisbane and Sunshine Coast client base. In doing so we acquired the highly regarded practice of Fowler Lawyers. Our presence at Caboolture helps us to provide the highest quality criminal and professional misconduct legal services to members of the Caboolture and Sunshine Coast communities. We appear regularly in courts across these areas, including Caboolture, Maroochydore, Caloundra and Noosa.

We continue to win peer-judged awards and recommendations for the quality of our work, and regularly receive referrals from Queensland’s leading commercial and litigation firms seeking assistance for clients with criminal law or misconduct issues.

Our work extends across many industries, including law enforcement, health, and legal and financial professions. Our clients include a wide range of corporate and individual interests, including business people, government entities and officials, and individuals looking for representation and service of the highest quality.

Latest Articles

Charged with “being in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor or a drug”

What does it mean to be ‘in charge’ of a motor vehicle?

In this interesting drink driving case, the court found the defendant not guilty of driving under the influence where he was found asleep in the driver’s seat with the engine running.
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New casual employee definition inserted into the Fair Work Act

The impact of the casual employee definition for employers and employees

On 4 August 2021 the High Court finally delivered its decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato & Ors, bringing clarity to the meaning of ‘casual employee’.
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Strict new laws apply to Queensland drivers from 26 July 2021, relating to the use of mobile phones and seatbelts.

Higher penalties: mobile phone use and seatbelt laws in Queensland

As of 26 July 2021, even stricter laws apply to Queensland drivers relating to the use of mobile phones and seatbelts. The changes to the law include increased penalties and more enforcement of the rules.
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The role of guardians and attorneys in criminal law proceedings

The role of guardians and attorneys in criminal law proceedings

Important changes to the law surrounding guardians and attorneys were introduced in November 2020 which now expressly provides that a guardian or an attorney cannot enter a plea in a criminal proceeding on behalf of another individual.
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