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Sunshine Coast Council appoints 2 senior in-house lawyers

The law department for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council has appointed two senior solicitors, in what the council is calling a “major restructure”.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 23 August 2022 Corporate Counsel
Sunshine Coast Council appoints 2 senior in-house lawyers
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The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has added two senior solicitors for its law department as part of a “major restructure” for the council’s in-house legal team.

Michelle Leong joins the council following two decades in private practice, including as a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright and McCullough Robertson.


Mitchell Birks has been elevated to the role of senior solicitor, following his service with the council since June 2018. Prior to joining the council, he worked as a senior associate at Hill Dickinson LLP in Hong Kong and was formerly a solicitor with the council from 2005–2012.

The two appointments expand the law department’s capacity to manage the council’s “significant litigation and other dispute work”, the team told Lawyers Weekly.

Speaking about the appointments, Sunshine Coast Regional Council general counsel Sarah Donald said that “the addition of these two roles will assist the delivery of services to the council and the ability of the in-house legal team to respond to the needs of the council”.

“Council is undertaking a number of ambitious property projects, and Michelle has a depth of experience that is proving invaluable to the council as we implement some of the most exciting developments in Australia at this time,” she added.