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

Self-defence as a defence for grievous bodily harm charges

Grievous bodily harm – provocation and self defence

A common criminal charge resulting from a physical altercation is grievous bodily harm. If you are the person who delivers the ‘final hit’, can you defend the charge?
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What constitutes a criminal charge of choking, suffocation or strangulation?

What does it mean to choke, strangle or suffocate someone; from a criminal law perspective

To choke, strangle and/or suffocate are not actually defined in legislation but you can still be found guilty and they are serious criminal offences.
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New laws for replica firearms in Queensland – February 2021

Replica firearms (gel blasters) & other restricted items

In February 2021, new laws came into effect in Queensland to address the purchase, possession, storage and use of replica firearms.
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Can I record a conversation in Queensland using some type of recording device?

Recording conversations in Queensland – is it legal?

It is not uncommon for people to want to record conversations in which they are involved. For example, someone may wish to have an accurate record of what was said, or for their own legal protection. This leads to a common question: is it illegal to record a conversation without consent?
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