Patrick Sutton

Principal of the Practice

Rural and Agribusiness

Patrick acts for rural clients in the sale and purchase of cattle properties and sugar cane farms. He also provides advice on other matters such as agistment agreements, land management agreements and land tenure matters.

He provides advice on land compensation matters if you are approached by a mining or exploration company including conduct and compensation agreements.

Patrick is also experienced in assisting rural families with their succession planning which includes, Wills and family agreements, inter-generational transfers of properties and assisting families with their next stage to off-farm retirement.

Estate Planning

Patrick assists clients to find effective succession planning solutions which protect and preserve assets for the intended beneficiaries whilst also minimising the taxation and transfer duty implications which might otherwise arise.

Patrick provides advice on the following:

  • Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives
  • Asset Protection
  • Business Succession Agreements
  • Partnership and Shareholder Agreements
  • Trust Deeds

Notary Public

Patrick is a Notary Public and provides Notarial services including witnessing of overseas documents or documents that require an Apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Collaborative Law

Patrick is trained as a collaborative lawyer and is a member of the Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners which work toward the settling of disputes between parties in the areas of disputed Wills and estates or family disputes.

  • Qualifications
  • Notary Public
  • Bachelor of Laws, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), James Cook University
  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Legal Practitioner, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Memberships / Affiliations
  • Queensland Law Society, Continuing Professional Development Committee, Current member
  • Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Member
  • The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries, Member
  • The Society of Notaries Queensland Inc, Board Member
  • Queensland Collaborative Law Association, Member
  • Taxation Institute of Australia, Member
  • North Queensland Law Association, Member and Past President
  • Townsville District Law Association, Member and Past President
  • Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride Inc, President
  • Townsville Yacht Club, Board Member