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Message from our Principal

At Murphy’s Law we put you at the centre of everything we do. We understand that the idea of seeking personal compensation can be daunting and stressful. We also understand you have a lot of choices so we work hard to provide you. 

Let us help you take the first steps to restoring your financial position.

Chris McManus

Why Murphy's Law Are Different

Too many lawyers focus on the process and not the person.

That’s not us: we make an effort to understand your needs from the outset and give you up-front, straightforward, genuine and honest advice that allows you to make the right decision for you about the best way forward. 

  • You are seen as an individual, not a case number: We believe in personal service from start to finish and understand your situation is unique.
  • Plain English advice: Most of our clients haven't had to engage lawyers before and we know it can be daunting. We explain everything in plain English and are here to answer any question, big or small.
  • Help getting your life back on track: Financial compensation for your incident is just part of the puzzle. We will help you make the most of your entitlements to look after your physical and mental wellbeing as well as financial.
  • Genuine experts in our field: Our team has decades of compensation experience and have successfully run hundreds of cases. Our senior lawyers are Queensland Law Society accredited specialists, an accreditation only held by a small percentage of lawyers in our field. Our expert's skill allows them to build you a stronger case and increase the chance of a positive outcome.
  • The lawyers that other lawyers choose: Due to our past results and years in the industry, much of our work is referred from other lawyers including lawyers themselves after an accident.
  • Better results: Insurance companies are seeking to minimise payouts and many law firms will accept early offers to get the case wrapped up with minimal effort. We keep fighting on your behalf strategically to get you the best possible outcome.
  • Better value: By avoiding expensive city centre offices and unnecessary costs such as celebrity endorsements or major football sponsorship deals, we can offer lower hourly rates than many firms. More importantly, we fight for more money in your hand.
  • Loved by our clients: Don’t take our word for it. We’ve got dozens of glowing testimonials including 5 star Google reviews and Facebook reviews from our clients talking about the positive impact we’ve had during a difficult time in their life.

Let us help you take the first steps to restoring your financial future, get in touch now and our friendly team of experts can provide you with a free chat so you understand your legal rights and pathways forward.

Meet the team

Chris McManus


Donna McManus


Kirk Watterston

Principal (Non-Director)

Chris McMahon

Special Counsel

Ben Humphreys

Chief Operating Officer

Patrick MacDonald

Head of Marketing

Phillip Nguyen

Senior Associate

Sharee Yauga


Monique Andreazza


David Lewis


Joel Rushton


Sarah Truter


Kirstie Watts


Jessica Wray


Sian Hughes

Senior Paralegal

Sarah Bell


Leni Coonan


Ellie Leslie


Stacey Moss


Abby Schoorl


Kristel Holt

Accounts Manager

Leanne King

Managerial Assistant

Lauren Vaeau

New Enquiries Leader

Dorothy Rowland


Allyse Liddy

Legal Assistant

Perry Harris

Law Clerk

Industry Awards, Memberships & Recognition

Our team includes Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialists, Chris McManus and Chris McMahon, a specialist certification held by only a small percentage of compensation lawyers. Our team and firm have multiple awards over recent years based on industry recognition.
Doyles 2023, 
Leading Compensation Lawyers
Best Lawyers 2023,
Leading Compensation Lawyers
Led by QLS Accredited Specialists*
Member of Queensland Law Society 
Member of Australian Lawyers Alliance

Our Journey to Help Queenslanders


Our Principal starts helping Queenslanders with compensation

Chris McManus was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland and begins helping clients get compensation. Over a ten year span, Chris helped hundreds of Queenslanders secure their financial future after road and work incidents for a large compensation law firm and became a Principal of the firm.

Murphy’s Law founded

Donna McManus founds Murphy's Law and Premier Legal to help Queenslanders access justice with personal service, dedication and compassion. In 2016 her husband Chris McManus joined as Principal. 

Growth and recognition among the best lawyers in Queensland

The team grows over the following years including the addition of Chris McMahon as Special Council in 2018 who brings extensive experience, awards and is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist.

Awarded by Doyles Guide and Best Lawyers

In 2020 and so far in 2021 we have welcomed new team members to enable us to help more Queenslanders like yourself. Our team members and firm have been recognised as leading compensation lawyers in Queensland by both Doyle's Guide and the international Best Lawyers awards scheme. And while awards are nice, we are most proud of the exceptional results for our clients and the glowing feedback they have provided.
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