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Major Matters

Daniel Morcombe Investigation

Butler McDermott Lawyers involvement

Our Sunshine Coast law firm represented the family of Daniel Morcombe at the coronial inquest into the his disappearance on 7 December 2003. The Morcombe family requested an inquest by the then State Coroner Michael Barnes and the inquest opened in October 2010 at Maroochydore.

The involvement of our Nambour solicitors, headed by our Sunshine Coast previous law firm Director Peter Boyce, was extensive and involved months of preparation and weeks at the Queensland Coroner’s Court prior to it being adjourned after information transpired as a result of the inquest, which then saw Brett Peter Cowan eventually charged and convicted by Jury of Daniel’s murder.

In 2015, Peter Boyce was the subject of an Australian Story program called “The Man Behind the Morcombes”(free to view online on the link provided) produced by the ABC, which documented his experience of dealing with the Morcombe Coronial Inquest.

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.