Phillip McGowan

Phillip McGowan

Director

LLB, Grad Dip Leg Prac (QUT)
Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) (Qld Law Society Inc.)
Sydney | Tel: + 61 2 9101 7011
pmcgowan@degroots.com.au

Phillip is an Accredited Specialist in Succession Law and has worked exclusively in the areas of wills and estates and their related aspects for nearly 20 years. Prior to pursuing specialist practice his commercial law experience included work in the areas of leasing, securities, conveyancing and small businesses.

He wrote the trust law course materials for the University of Western Sydney College’s Diploma in Financial Services offered in partnership with the Trustee Corporations Association of Australia. He assists Dr John de Groot with updates to the texts of “Wills, Probate and Administration Practice (Queensland)” and “Family Provision in Australia”.

He is a member of STEP, the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and formerly sat on the Queensland Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation (Succession Law) Committee.

Phillip’s expertise in creating strategies to protect clients’ wealth means professional advisors (including accountants, lawyers and financial planners) regularly refer their clients to him. He is in demand to give seminars on will making, estate planning and estate litigation to members of the legal profession and other professional bodies, as well as to the public at sessions arranged by charitable organisations.

Phillip is Editor of "Wills, Probate and Administration Practice (New South Wales)".

Doyles 2018 listed Phillip as a leading lawyer in the areas of wills and estates litigation and succession planning.

Articles

Estate Planning & Superannuation

Written numerous articles and papers on will making, estate planning and estate litigation for the Taxation Institute of Australia, Universities’ professional legal education and training courses, the Public Trustee of New South Wales, the Office of the Protective Commissioner, NSW State Legal Conference, the Queensland Law Society Incorporated, Legal And Accounting Management Seminars Pty Ltd, LexisNexis, Legalwise, TEN Education and the Australian Shareholder’s Association.

Experience

Former lecturer at the University of Queensland (PLEAT Course).
Former lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology (Legal Practice Course).
Former Visiting Fellow, School of Law, College of Business at the University of Western Sydney.

Nearly 25 years of specialist practice in wills and estates.

Memberships

Member of the New South Wales Law Society
Member of the Queensland Law Society
Member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Former member of the Queensland Law Society’s Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Committee
Former member of the Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee
Former member of the Queensland Law Society Practice Management and Development Section
Former member of the Protocol Committee, Australian Legal Convention 1995
Associations with charitable organisations.