Bridget (Bree) Callanan


BJus. (Crim&Policing), LL.B. (Hons), GradDipLP

Bree graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Justice (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a post-graduate Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia and is able to appear in any jurisdiction in Australia.

Before joining Cridland & Hua Lawyers Bree was shortlisted to join the Australian Federal Police. Despite succeeding against an extremely competitive field of applicants Australia-wide, including some with over a decade of experience as state police officers, she was drawn to criminal defence on account of her strong belief in due process, social justice and the presumption of innocence. Bree is a fierce advocate for those who are not able to advocate for themselves.

Bree is also a strong believer in doing her part for the community and regularly volunteers her time at the Nundah Community Legal Centre, dedicating her evenings to providing pro-bono advice to members of the public and guiding them through the legal process.

Bree ‘lives and breathes’ criminal law, spending a great deal of her spare time studying not only the law itself but also the inner-workings and mechanisms of the law, as well as the ever changing legislation and case law. She appears daily, and also regularly instructs experienced barristers in complex criminal sentences and trials in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts across Queensland. She handles all matters, from the most trivial to the most serious with great compassion, determination and professionalism.

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