WALKER PENDER was formed in 1988, when the two Legal Firms of Walker & Walker, and Pender & Pender amalgamated, and commenced practice in new premises overlooking the Ipswich City Mall.

The firm of Walker & Walker was founded in 1896 by J.E. Walker, who was joined in practice by his brother S.H. Walker in 1899, when the firm became known as Walker and Walker. The direct descendants of J.E. Walker have been associated with the firm since that time.

The firm Pender & Pender was founded in Ipswich in October, 1874. In 1900, E.J. Pender became a Partner in the firm and his brother, M.P. Pender also became a Partner in 1907. The firm was owned and operated by the descendants of M.P. Pender after that time.

The Directors of WALKER PENDER GROUP PTY LTD are committed to continuing to provide the Personal and Professional Legal Service, long associated with these two firms.

The result of the amalgamation is that WALKER PENDER GROUP PTY LTD is able to provide a wider range of Legal Services, including services of a specialised nature. It has the capacity to service the needs of the larger business, and corporate clients, as well as maintaining a commitment to individuals of the Ipswich and West Moreton area.

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Meet Gerard from the Walker Pender Group.GERARD PENDER | DIRECTOR, NOTARY PUBLIC

Gerard has represented Ipswich in more ways than one. Gerard has been a Solicitor since 1979, firstly in partnership with his father and in more recent years as a director at WALKER PENDER GROUP PTY LTD. While early on in his career he was a general practitioner providing advice and services in most legal areas, in recent times he has focused on the areas of Wills, Estates and Powers of Attorney, Conveyancing, Commercial and Property matters.

He is a Notary Public, an Associate member of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners. Gerard was also awarded 2017 Ipswich Businessman of the Year.

Gerard has extensive involvement in the Ipswich community through his association with Habitat for Humanity and Ipswich Hospice Care as well as many more organisations and has previously served Ipswich as a local Councillor.

Meet Peter from the Walker Pender Group.PETER WALKER – LL.B | DIRECTOR

Whether resolution or innovative solutions are required, Peter’s expertise will assist you. He has extensive experience in Estate litigation. He also practices in the areas of commercial and property law, including leases and business conveyancing. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1983 and his commitment to positive outcomes for his clients has seen him embrace mediation and alternative dispute resolutions processes.

Peter is also a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, a group actively involved in the rights of individuals, and he is currently an honorary solicitor for a number of community and sporting groups.


Matthew was admitted as a Solicitor in 1992 and now specialises in the Criminal Law field including domestic violence. He has practised extensively in Litigation including Estate Litigation and Family Law.

Matthew and the Firm have a strong commitment to Social Justice and ensuring access to the Courts for the financially disadvantaged members of our Community. Legal Aid work is undertaken by the Firm.

Meet Kevin from the Walker Pender Group.KEVIN MURRAY – LL.B (HONS) | DIRECTOR, MEDIATOR, FDRP

Family Law is an increasingly complicated area of law and Kevin, who was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1989 and as a solicitor in Queensland in 2003, has extensive knowledge and experience of the law and procedural requirements necessary to represent your best interests and reduce the stress and complication of the legal system.

Kevin is friendly and approachable, and provides straight forward and practical advice in relation to financial agreements, divorce, defacto law, domestic violence, separation and property division, including the splitting of superannuation funds and disputes involving children either between their parents or with the Department of Communities – Child Safety.

Kevin is also a Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and is able to arrange and mediate disputes in various areas of law.


Pauline also joined WALKER PENDER GROUP PTY LTD when the Firm incorporated with Morrison Lawyers. Pauline was admitted as a Solicitor in 2001 and is particularly passionate in the areas of Succession Law and Deceased Estates.

Pauline is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Family Law Practitioners Association. Pauline has been admitted to practice in the Supreme Court and High Court of Australia.

Pauline has also lived in Ipswich most of her life and enjoys spending time with her family and sewing.


Julie has a wealth of experience and local knowledge to help you with one of your biggest investment decisions. Having lived in Ipswich all her life and being a part of the WALKER PENDER GROUP PTY LTD for over 12 years has ensured that Julie has extensive experience in conveyancing for private and commercial purchases and sales.

Working closely with the conveyancing team they provide a knowledgeable, courteous and professional service to their clients.


Michael McDevitt

A welcome new addition to the firm, Michael has 30 years’ experience in the personal injury area and gained his accreditation as personal injuries specialist Solicitor in 1999 from the Queensland Law Society. He was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1986 and to the High Court of Australia in 1987. Michael is attuned to the needs of his clients while taking a common sense approach to litigation, negotiating settlements wherever possible.

Michael is a member of the Australian Law Alliance.



Christy practices in the Criminal Law and Employment Law areas and is another welcome new addition to the firm. Christy grew up in the U.K. and lived and studied in New Zealand before being admitted to practice as a Solicitor in Queensland. She has a passion for advocacy and the fast-paced nature of litigation and is committed to achieving the best outcome for her clients.

Christy is a member of Queensland Law Society and the Ipswich District Law Association.



Nicholas Pender has in-depth knowledge of effective tax planning for your business and individual needs. With every transaction you make, large or small presents various opportunities and challenges. Nicholas will assist you with your unique financial situation and the strategies that have to be maintained, assessed and constantly monitored for your circumstances and the ever evolving tax legislation.

Nicholas can factor in all of your goals, personal and business objectives and all sources of income, so that he can approach all advice with an awareness of your total tax and financial position.

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