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Meet Al Upton: A Leader in Complex Trust, Estate Planning and Commercial Law at Butler McDermott Lawyers

Al Upton, a Solicitor and Director at Butler McDermott Lawyers, has been shaping the landscape of legal practice on the Sunshine Coast since he embarked on his legal journey at the University of Southern Queensland in 2012. Over the course of his studies through 2016, Al cultivated a deep-rooted passion for Commercial Law, Estate Litigation, Trust Law, and Complex Estate Planning. His choice of speciality is drawn from a desire to navigate the intricate layers of law relating to complex structures, trusts, and estate planning, making impactful differences in his clients’ lives.

The Client Connection: a Rewarding Journey.

What Al finds most rewarding about his work isn’t just the legal processes or the outcomes achieved, but the personal connections he builds along the way. Whether he’s fine-tuning a business sale contract or developing sophisticated estate plans, it’s the human stories behind each case that resonate with him. Al cherishes learning about his clients’ backgrounds, ambitions, and visions for their families. It’s these narratives that not only aid him in tailoring his legal advice but also enrich his practice with genuine personal interactions.

Butler McDermott Lawyers: A Cut Above

Unique traits set Butler McDermott Lawyers apart, with Al Upton embodying many of these qualities. The firm’s success doesn’t solely rest on professional excellence but also on a profound dedication to community service. Their history of helping spans generations, with some clients being the third generation of families that have relied on the firm’s legal expertise. This rich history of community ties and continuity makes Butler McDermott Lawyers a standout on the Sunshine Coast.

A Commitment to Community: Al Upton’s Engagement

Moreover, Al’s commitment extends beyond his role at the firm. He is actively involved in the community as the Chair of the Sundale Community Foundation and a Board Member of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. His participation in these foundations, in addition to being a member of the Kawana Surf Lifesaving Club, signifies not just an engagement with his field of work but also a dedication to the welfare and development of his community.

Serving Families for Generations

In a profession where the difference between a good lawyer and a great one is often defined by perspective and personal commitment, Al Upton is a testament to how deeply intertwined legal excellence and community service can be. At Butler McDermott Lawyers, clients find not just legal advocates but champions of the community, acutely aware of the histories and visions of the families they serve.

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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.