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Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson


Born and raised in Brisbane, I began my legal career at a mid-sized Queen Street law firm, worked long hours and became a partner at age 29.  Marriage and fatherhood caused me to seek a better work-life balance, so my wife and I and our baby daughter relocated to Mackay in 1994. I have been a part of Wallace & Wallace Lawyers ever since.

I have over 36 years’ experience as a solicitor in commercial and property law and took on the role of managing partner in 2007.  On 1 January 2022, after 14.5 years at the helm, I stepped down as managing partner as part of a planned progression to semi-retirement from the full time practice of the law.  On 1 July 2022, I became an independent consultant to the firm.

Having acted for BHP since 2000 (and other mining companies subsequently), I have a particular focus on mining law, although I also have expertise in:-

  • high level negotiations and strategic planning
  • corporate and business structuring and restructuring (companies, trusts, partnerships, etc.)
  • commercial, industrial and agricultural acquisitions and dispositions
  • property syndication
  • business succession and complex estate planning
  • commercial and retail leasing

Outside of work, with our children now adults, my wife and I enjoy walking, bike-riding, music, movies, trivia and are both voracious readers.  I have enjoyed making sourdough bread for the last few years, and, the extensive travel my wife and I have done has heightened our interest in trying our hand at cooking cuisines from many different cultures.

Contact Details

07 4963 2038

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  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Master of Laws
  • Justice of the Peace
Memberships & Associations
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society
  • Member of the Mackay District Law Association
  • Member of the North Queensland Law Association
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland – admitted 1988
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia – admitted 1988

What our clients have to say

  • Brad

    “My wife and I used Brett Johnson at Wallace and Wallace for our wills. He understood what we wanted and needed and completed it within a timely fashion. Highly recommend them.”

  • Brett G. (BHP)

    "This email is for the purpose of giving feedback on the external legal support for the [redact][#####][/redact]* Project related work over the past several years, covering various compensation agreements, purchase, subdivisions, amalgamations, sa... Read More