Frank Higginson heads the community titles practice at Hynes Legal.Frank commenced five years articles of clerkship on the Gold Coast while studying law externally in January 1992 and apart from a two-year hiatus working in London with a multinational firm from 1997 to 1999 he has practiced in Queensland in property matters for his entire career.
Frank joined Hynes Legal in 2001. He became a partner/director in 2004 and since then has whittled his practice down to the two keys areas for strata law in Queensland - body corporate law and management rights.He and his team are the only experts in Queensland that truly specialise in both of these areas of law. The rationale for this is the belief that when there are issues in dispute, it helps enormously (from a legal, strategic and commercial position) to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and views of the other party.
It creates the opportunity to make commercially sensible suggestions to enable the resolution of all issues in dispute. Acting for only one side of an industry (particularly if vociferously so) prevents that.
On the more public front, Frank is a very active speaker and thought leader. In the management rights field, he regularly presents to all of those associated with the management rights industry from industry financiers to first time buyers. From a body corporate perspective, he presents to many body corporate managers and lot owners at almost any gathering, including seminar series with the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management on strata law reform.
In 2018 he started writing a regular column on body corporate issues for the Sunday Mail, Queensland's biggest selling newspaper. In recent times, he has also become more formally involved with the legal profession.
He is a member of the Queensland Law Society (QLS) property law committee and has presented at the annual QLS property law conference on strata title issues in 2015 and 2016. Frank has also presented the strata title session at the annual QLS symposium (the peak lawyer’s professional conference in Queensland) in 2016 and 2017 and also the session on bodies corporate at the Gold Coast legal symposium in 2016.
He has been the panel lawyer for the Queensland strata law round-up at the bi-annual national Griffith University strata title conference for the last four years.Frank is a fellow of the Australian College of Community Lawyers, is admitted in Queensland, New South Wales, the High Court of Australia as well as England and Wales. He is also one of the few panel lawyers to ARAMA, the peak management rights body.
Recently, Frank was included in the "Best Lawyers List 2018/19'' as a leading lawyer in real property law.
Frank is very down to earth and is widely respected for being able to distil what can be complex issues down to simple propositions. The team that works with him at Hynes Legal is driven by the same ethos.
They are all very direct and very practical.On the social side, he is a happily married father of gorgeous little princess and would happily spend every minute of his waking life on a golf course if the opportunity presented itself - but a legal career (and a mortgage) tends to get in the way. Part of his community involvement is as a director of the RQ foundation, the not for profit arm of the Royal Queensland Golf Club.
There are very few strata issues Frank has not seen in 25 years plus of practice.