Contact details

t: +61 7 3229 6077
m: +61 438 690 204
f: +61 7 3210 0254

Returning from leave and in Chambers from 6 January 2014

Level 27
239 George Street
Brisbane Qld 4000

Areas of practice

Acquisition of Land
Administrative & Public Law
Building and Construction
Contract Law
Corporate and Commercial
Equity and Trusts
Mining and Energy
Planning and Environment
Valuation Law 

Roger Traves QC

Roger Traves has a broad based practice centred on commercial law but with experience in a range of other areas. They include administrative and public law, local government and planning law, valuation law and compulsory acquisition of land, professional liability, equity and trusts and succession.

Roger regularly acts as mediator in a wide range of disputes.


2013     Queen’s Counsel

2003     Senior Counsel

1985     Barrister, Queensland

1985     Associate, Sir Walter Campbell, Chief Justice of Queensland


LLB (Hons) University of Queensland

LLM Queensland University of Technology

BA University of Queensland

Professional Involvement

2011-2013     President, Bar Association of Queensland

2009-2011     Vice-President, Bar Association of Queensland

2003-2009     Member, Bar Council, Bar Association of Queensland

Boards, Community Involvement

Director, Cancer Council of Queensland, 2011-

Honorary Chairman, Board of Directors, Breast and Prostate Cancer Association of Queensland 2012-

Honorary Chairman, Board of Directors, Breast Cancer Association of   Queensland 2002 – 2012   

Legal teaching and publications

(a)   Legal Teaching 

  •     Teacher, Advocacy Training Course, Australian Bar Association, 20-24 January 2014

  •     Bar Practice Course, “Professional Ethics”, 12 February 2013

  •     Bar Practice Course, “Professional Ethics”, 7 February 2012

  •     Bar Practice Course, “Professional Ethics”, 7 February 2011

  •     Bar Practice Course, “Professional Ethics”, 1 February 2010

  •     Bar Practice Course, “Professional Ethics”, 8 July 2009

  •     Bar Practice Course, “Professional Ethics”, 25 June 2008

  •     Bar Practice Course Teacher 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 

  •     Workshop Leader, Skills Training Advocacy Workshop, Queensland Law Society, 8 May 1993

  •     Tutor, Contract Law, Queensland University of Technology, Law Faculty 1990-1992 (approximately)

(b)   Selection of Publications and Conference Papers 

  • Professional Ethics”, Bar Association Annual Conference, February 2013

  • Professional Ethics”, Bar Association Annual Conference, February 2012

  • Equitable interests in estates and equitable remedies: Looking beyond family provision applications”, Succession Law Conference, Twin Waters, 3 November 2012

  • Breaches of trust, negligence of trustees and the exercise of discretion by trustees of discretionary trusts”, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”) Conference, Kingscliff, September 2012

  • Misleading or deceptive conduct and circumstances relevant to the interpretation of contracts”, North Queensland Law Conference, Commercial Stream, 25 May 2012

  • Constructive Trusts and Unconscionable Conduct”, paper delivered to Master of Laws Course, University of Queensland, September 2011

  • Common Challenges for the Legal and Medical Professions”, Hearsay,  August 2009

  • Professional Ethics”, Bar Association Annual Conference, March 2009

  • Legal Responsibility for the Poorly Performing Surgeon and Organizational Responses to Minimize Risk and Improve Performance”, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Scientific Congress, Hong Kong,  16 May 2008  

  • Defence Costs Clauses in Liability Insurance Policies”, Hearsay, November 2007

  • Defence Costs Clauses in Insurance Policies”, Australian Insurance Law Association, Annual Insurance Law Conference, Gold Coast, 11 July 2008

  • Ethics In Mediation” International Ethics Conference, Southport, 14 July 2008

  • Professional Ethics”, Bar Association Annual Conference, March 2006

  • Professional Ethics”, Bar Association Annual Conference, March 2005

  • What If” Evidence, CPE Session, Australian Professional Indemnity Group, 17 August 2004

  • Equitable and Statutory Unconscionable Conduct”, Bar Association of Queensland conference, 23 July 2004

  • Liability Insurance and Defence Costs”, Australian Insurance Law Association, Insurance Law Conference, May 2004

  • Science and Truth in the Courtroom. Does it Matter?”,  Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, 7 May 2003

  • Presentation to Insurance Conference, April 2002

  • Seminar Insurance Law Interest Group on the Insurance Contracts Act, 2002

  • Making the Most of an Expert Witness”, Medico Legal Society, 17 November 2001

  • Recent Developments in Respect of Section 54 and Section 48 of the Insurance Contracts Act”, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Queensland Law Society, 29 June 1994

  • Conditions Precedent and Promissory Obligations in the Context of Guarantees”; “Guarantees and Assignments of Leases”; and “Directors’ Liability for the Execution of Corporate Guarantees”, papers presented to Queensland Law Society Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 25 May 1993

Secondary Education 

Brisbane Grammar School

  • Captain of School 1978
  • Captain of Cricket 1978


  • Queensland Sheffield Shield Cricket 1981-1982
  • Classical Music