Our Legal Team

Chris Kahler

Managing Director

Throughout the North Queensland community, Chris has earnt a reputation amongst his peers and clients as a dedicated, hard-working and outcome driven lawyer.  He worked in private legal practice in Cairns and Innisfail for 11 years before starting Kahler Lawyers in 2016.

Chris’ ability to quickly grasp and analyse complex legal issues with highly-regarded and respected attention to detail give clients peace of mind that their matters are in the most capable hands. In addition, his extensive Court room and litigation experience makes him the first choice for clients seeking to achieve the best possible outcome.

Chris is a passionate rugby union supporter and has played five seasons of rugby with the Innisfail Vikings.

  • Admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australian Capital Territory and the High Court of Australia (2005)
  • Bachelor of Laws, James Cook University (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics), James Cook University (2005)
  • Justice of the Peace (Qualified) (1998)
Chris Kahler

April McLaughlin

Lawyer

Having been born and raised in Cairns, April is a proud North Queenslander.   She loves being a lawyer is because she gains deep satisfaction out of making a difference in other people’s lives.  She believes being a successful lawyer requires a protracted way of thinking, to go beyond the norm.

April enjoys spending time with her family and friends whether it be hosting dinner parties, going to the beach, fishing or camping. She loves all animals great and small, she has five pet chickens, fish and a cheeky Australian Shepherd x Collie called Ollie. April also enjoys reading and has a passion for local sustainable business management.

  • Admitted as legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Cairns (2019)
  • Queensland Law Society – Member (2019)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (2019)
  • Certificate of Legal Business Skills (2018)
  • Bachelor of Laws – Central Queensland University (2017)
  • Bachelor of Business, Majoring in Management – James Cook University (2016)
April McLaughlan

Michaela Kahler

Practice Manager

Michaela looks after all aspects of administration support for the firm including general and trust accounting, reception duties and legal secretarial work. Her eye for detail and inquisitiveness ensures that she completes administrative and accounting tasks enthusiastically and with a professionalism synonymous with modern legal practice.

Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Japanese Language in 2007 Michaela has worked in a variety of customer service focused roles.  She has lived and worked in Innisfail since 2013.

In her spare time, Michaela enjoys learning new languages and keeping up her studies in Japanese language by listening to podcasts and participating in conversational language exchange with Japanese persons who wish to learn English.

  • Justice of the Peace (Qualified) (2016)
  • University of New South Wales Institute of Languages, Japanese Level 5 – Advanced Credit (2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland (2007)
Michaela Kahler - Kahler Lawyers

Tracy Cundy

Paralegal

With over 25 years’ paralegal and legal support experience, Tracy has an established reputation as a paralegal of the highest calibre.

Her exceptional attention to detail backed with demonstrated expertise in delivering high standards of service sets her apart from the rest.

Equipped with a strong desire to help people and a determination to succeed, Tracy welcomes the opportunity to assist and support the highly valued clients of Kahler Lawyers.

  • Commissioner of Declarations
  • RPS in‐house training (Group Net Systems)
  • PC Law Training 2010 (Legal Practice Management Software)
  • Various Legal Department Training (Legal Aid & Department of Natural Resources & Mines)
Tracy Cundy

Leanne Birt

Administration

Recently seeing the light and making the move to Far North Queensland Leanne brings with her over 15 years’ administration experience including both office and property management as well as general accounting operations.

Leanne’s key focus is client satisfaction.  She has the true ability to listen and respond professionally and promptly to clients needs.

Leanne thrives in a high paced dynamic environment such is Kahler Lawyers, with an emphasis on time management/restrictions, organisation and attention to detail.

When not assisting clients at Kahler Lawyers, Leanne is looking after her Droughtmaster herd and acreage on the picturesque Atherton Tablelands.

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