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Coronial Inquests

Coronial Inquests Lawyers Sunshine Coast

The Queensland Coroner is responsible for conducting investigations and inquests into reportable deaths that occur in Queensland. The Coroners Court is established to hold inquests in relation to deaths which might require a closer look at the relevant facts.

Coronial investigation or inquest.

Our Sunshine Coast solicitors regularly act for any relevant parties who may have an interest in a Coronial investigation or inquest. Notably, our law firm acted on behalf of the Morcombe family in relation to the inquest into the then suspected death of Daniel Morcombe which ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of Daniel’s killer.

You can read more about our involvement in the Daniel Morcombe Coronial Inquest, and watch the free to view Australian Story program covering our law firm Director, Peter Boyce’s, personal involvement in the inquest.

While coronial inquests can often be emotional or uncomfortable experiences for the parties involved, they can assist in finding answers to unsolved questions and ensuring that tragic events are not repeated.

Contact our coronial inquest solicitors on the Sunshine Coast for more information.

Meet Our Coronial Inquest Law Team

The Coroners Court is established to hold inquests in relation to deaths which might require a closer look at the relevant facts.

Simone Faunt


Peter Boyce


Peter has been practising as a Nambour Solicitor since 1977 and joined Butler McDermott Lawyers the same year.

With over 40 years practicing as a Sunshine Coast lawyer, Peter has extensive knowledge of various facets of law.

He has practised in all areas of litigation and has special interests in:

  • Criminal law
  • Civil and Commercial litigation
  • Retirement Village matters
  • Sports law
  • Resumption of land and compensation claims


Peter has specialised knowledge of and experience with resumption matters as a result of the Traveston Dam project, road corridors, Main Roads and water pipeline. He is renowned for his professional approach and is an experienced and determined advocate.

Brent King


Brent works as a litigation lawyer, providing litigation legal advice in relation to both civil and criminal law matters, including:
  • Defamation Claims
  • Contract and Debt Disputes
  • Building and Construction Disputes
  • Planning Matters
  • Criminal Law and Traffic Legal Matters
Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast and joining Butler McDermott after the completion of his studies, Brent appreciates the needs of our clients, and brings a particularly commercial approach to litigation. Brent is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Sunshine Coast Law Association, and has litigated a wide variety of matters in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

Al Upton


After arriving at Butler McDermott Lawyers in 2016, Al quickly progressed to running our Wills and Estates section and has successfully litigated disputes in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland in the early stages of his career.

In the years that followed Al has now moved to assist our clients with commercial and property matters having achieved positive outcomes in that area as well as general litigation. Al’s experience has him uniquely placed to provide quality advice in the areas of property, commercial, wills and estates and general litigation.

Al is involved in giving back to the community, sitting on the board for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and Sundale Community Foundation. He otherwise became a director of Butler McDermott Lawyers in November 2021.