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 public nuisance in Queensland

The offence of ‘public nuisance’ – just how much of a nuisance do you have to be?

The Summary Offences Act provides that a person commits the offence of ‘public nuisance’ if they behave in a disorderly, offensive, threatening or violent way and their behaviour interferes (or is likely to interfere), with the peaceful passage through, or enjoyment of, a public place.
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Search warrants to access mobile phone PIN’s and contents

Search warrants, phone PIN codes and legal professional privilege

The District Court of Queensland has delivered a decision in relation to search warrants and a person’s ability to refuse PIN code access to a phone where the phone’s contents include communications between a person and his/her lawyer.
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Legal requirements for a search warrant to be valid - Annika Smethurst v Commissioner of Police

Search warrants - what went wrong in ABC journalist Annika Smethurst's case?

Search warrants are a vital tool for police and law enforcement officers in the investigation of crimes. Given they often involve an invasion of the privacy of a person’s home, the law recognizes that such powers need to be exercised in strict accordance with legal requirements.
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Procedural fairness and objectivity required during workplace investigations

Being a workplace investigator is no job for a ‘wilting flower’

A Fair Work Commission decision delivered on 4 March 2020 comments on what it takes to be a workplace investigator. In Boyle v BHP Coal, Mr Boyle, an employee of BHP, made a joke to some of his colleagues which became subject of a workplace investigation.
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