Office Bearers

Michael Cope

President – Michael Cope

Michael Cope is a Special Counsel with McKays Solicitors, a Queensland based law firm having offices in Brisbane, Mackay, the Gold Coast and the Surat Basin.

Michael commenced his legal career at a well known Brisbane legal firm specialising in criminal law where he assisted representing the Queensland Police Union before the Fitzgerald Inquiry. These days he practices in commercial litigation, mainly building disputes.

Michael has a long standing interest in civil liberties issues and has been active in the Council and other human rights related organisations for most of his adult life.

Michael was Vice-President of the Council between 1999 and 2005, and President from 2005 to 2012. Michael was re-elected President in October 2013.

Vice President – Terry O’Gorman

Terry O’Gorman’s public role in the Queensland and Australian Councils for Civil Liberties is well known.

He has been practicing solely as a criminal defence lawyer since 1976 and is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist in Queensland.

Terry has sat on the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee since 1979 and has been an Executive Member of the National Association for Criminal Lawyers since its inception in 1986. Terry is also a frequent speaker at National and International Criminal Law Conferences.

Vice President (Junior) – Angus Murray

Angus was elected as Junior Vice President in 2015. He is an Associate at Irish Bentley Lawyers and practices in intellectual property, taxation and administrative law. He holds a Masters of European Intellectual Property Law at Stockholm University, Sweden having his thesis published in the Nordic Intellectual Property Law Review. He has recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Intellectual Property Law at Melbourne University. He has a strong community focus and is also the current Vice-Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia and sits on the Executive Board of The Legal Forecast as Editor.

Angus has a passion for advocating the importance of civil liberties and believes that an informed and unified understanding of the importance of civil liberties is fundamentally important to society.


Secretary – Tina Riveros

Tina has been involved in the work of the Council for several years and her taking up the role of secretary is much appreciated.