Our Team Shannon McLaughlin Shannon is a legal problem solver with substantial experience and expertise in Property transactions, Commercial Leasing, Estate Planning and Administration, as well as all forms of Commercial work. With almost 10 years experience practicing in all areas of commercial law Shannon is driven to obtain the best outcome for his clients. Shannon was admitted to practice in 2005 after completing his five year articled clerkship and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (majoring in the Commercial Stream) from the Queensland University of Technology and an MBA from Bond University. Shannon is a passionate Gold Coaster having been born in Southport Hospital. Shannon’s Mother and Grandfather were also raised on the Gold Coast and Shannon is pleased to call himself a fourth Generation Gold Coaster. Straight after school Shannon obtained a job as an Articled Clerk at a highly respected Gold Coast Firm before being admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. The practical effect of his extensive and diversified legal education is the depth of knowledge Shannon can apply for the benefit of his clients. Shannon believes that, by virtue of his studies, he is better able to give comprehensive advice and quality service to his clients. Ashley Cronin Ashley uses his experience as a Solicitor and a Chartered Accountant to solve your financially related problems including Insolvency and Bankruptcy, and Restructuring alternatives, as well as Debt Recovery, Commercial transactions and complex Estate Planning. Ashley’s experience as a Chartered Accountant provides him with a unique insight into the financial elements of your matter, including the identification of insolvency and other accounting principles as well as tax issues and other related issues that may affect your matter. Ashley is focused on delivering the best possible result for his clients and in particular delivering a result that represents value for his clients in commercial matters. Ashley was born and raised on the Gold Coast before training as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in Brisbane and then working for various corporations including Xstrata Coal, Oyster Bay Wines and Barclays Bank in London. He enjoys surfing and fishing and is a strong supporter of Gold Coast development initiatives. Ashley was admitted as a solicitor in 2012 and has been qualified as a Chartered Accountant since 2007. Kent James Prior to jointly founding Cronin James McLaughlin Lawyers, Kent has amassed over 25 years of practical legal and commercial experience. Kent brings a unique client centric understanding of what legal risks and opportunities a business faces. This understanding has been brought about by holding many technical, legal, managerial, executive and non-executive roles in listed, unlisted companies and government organisations. With extensive expertise in the areas of commercial and general insurance, financial planning and wealth management, consumer and commercial lending, employment law and change management we are able to provide top tier solutions on a commercially sound basis. Kent has the ability to see the big picture and influence a positive outcome having had extensive exposure to disputes resolution, commercial negotiations and overcoming regulatory challenges. With a focus on building long term relationships, Kent has a reputation as someone who puts the client first. History of the Firm The firm was founded on the Gold Coast by Bruce Graham in 2007. Bruce had previously established a firm in Brisbane in 1979 and has consistently provided quality service to clients in the South East Queensland, Papua New Guinea and Northern New South Wales regions for over 25 years. Due to illness, Bruce recently sold the practice to an incorporated legal entity, KBJ Legal Pty Ltd who will continue to practice as CJM Lawyers. The firm has employed local solicitors to continue Bruce’s legacy in providing expert legal services with a personalised local touch.