Nimrod Amanuel
Henry Mitchell
Law Graduate
Jiashu Wang
Law Graduate
Rachel Stower
Chris Lin
Eamonn Carpenter
Sam Poulsen
Joel Whale
Special Counsel

Douglas Bates

Senior Consultant

Douglas has a distinguished career over 35 years providing business and legal advisory services, as well as the practical experience as executive chairman of a public unlisted company. His career includes Executive Chairman of FIIG Securities Limited,18 years as a Barrister at the Queensland Bar, Solicitor with Simmons & Simmons in London and Hong Kong and with Clayton Utz in Brisbane.

Douglas takes a practical and pragmatic approach to his work based upon his extensive experience in business and law. His family has conducted cattle grazing and farming businesses in the Roma District of Queensland for six generations since the 1890s. His particular interest is providing legal and advisory services to private clients, families, and family businesses (including agribusinesses) based in Brisbane but also having a regional focus. Hamilton Locke Private offers a range of tailored legal solutions including wills, estate planning, succession, wealth transition, tax and litigation.

Douglas’ approach is that prevention is better than cure and proper planning and structuring for estates, succession and wealth transition is essential for private clients. However, should litigation arise, Douglas’ experience over many years as a Barrister ensures that his clients are well equipped.

Due to his experience in business and as executive chairman of a financial services company, Douglas also advises clients on corporate governance, raising debt capital by the issue of corporate bonds in the debt capital markets, and provides general board advice.


Estate Planning; Succession and Wealth Transition; Litigation; Corporate Governance; Board Advice; Debt Capital Markets



  • Bachelor of Laws – Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Laws – Queensland University of Technology
  • Admitted to Practice in Queensland and England & Wales
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.



  • Appeared as a Barrister in trials and applications in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia, primarily in commercial litigation, corporations law, insolvency, and succession and estate matters.
  • Barrister in Re May [2000] QSC 478, a succession and family provision case.
  • Barrister in Hennessey v Trustees Queensland Ltd [2000] QSC 311, a construction of a will case.
  • Represented a well-known businessperson with a large estate defending a promissory estoppel claim by his daughter.
  • Appeared as a commercial litigation solicitor in the High Court of England & Wales and the High Court of Hong Kong.
  • Solicitor In re Lonrho plc [1990] 2 AC 154, contempt of the House of Lords.
  • Represented an international firm of accountants in an auditors’ negligence case in the High Court of Hong Kong arising from the collapse of a bank.