Peter Joseph McCartney

SMLawyers PeterLL.B.(Hons) B.Com
Legal Practice Director

Peter has been involved in the legal industry since 2002. He completed his Bachelor degrees in law and business (Accounting) in 2002 at Griffith University during which time he undertook work experience in the legal industry. In 2003 he commenced at Spranklin Solicitors where he completed his articled clerkship under the guidance of the then owner, Patrick Spranklin. In June 2005, Peter commenced in a management role at the same time as being admitted as a solicitor in Queensland.

In July 2008, Spranklin Solicitors became Spranklin McCartney Lawyers under Peter’s guidance and leadership.

Peter is driven by one simple thing: Results! He thrives on finding solutions to the most challenging problems yet is equally enthusiastic to handle the everyday battles faced by individuals and businesses.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys exercise, martial arts, cars and motorcycles, playing music and getting outside whether it be for camping or just going for a hike.


Christopher Lee

SMLawyers ChrisLL.B. B.Com

Christopher Lee is an Associate with Spranklin McCartney Lawyers, having joined the team in 2011.

Christopher’s focused areas of practice are Estate Planning, Succession Law and Commercial Law.

During his time with Spranklin McCartney Lawyers, Christopher has built a strong client base and assists his clients with a variety of legal needs, which may otherwise fall outside of his focused practice areas, which ultimately adds to the overall general practice of Spranklin McCartney Lawyers.

When assisting clients with their Estate Planning, Christopher ensures he keeps the client’s needs as a paramount importance and always endeavours to create longevity in his client’s Wills and Power of Attorney documents. Despite this, a Will or Power of Attorney should be reviewed and may require updating on a regular basis, depending upon the changing dynamics of a family. Christopher helps his problems to consider possible issues within their Estate Planning, and creating a solution that benefits his clients and their beneficiaries.

Going hand in hand with Estate Planning is the administration of Deceased Estates, an area of law in which Christopher works and advises on a daily basis. Christopher has assisted with the administration of Estates of his own clients, and estates in which his clients have been named as Executors. Additionally, Christopher has had experience in defending claims for further provision from an Estate, as well as contesting Estates on behalf of disappointed beneficiaries.

In addition to Estates and Succession Law, Christopher also provides advice and assistance upon a wide range of Commercial Law matters. Christopher has a number of clients who own premises used as Retail Shops, and provides ongoing advice to those clients with regard to new and renewing Retail Shop Leases, as well as standard Commercial Leases.

His work in Commercial Law also extends to conveyancing of Commercial Properties, purchases and sales of Businesses, Share Sale Agreements and drafting and advising upon Contracts covering a variety of situations.

If you are unsure whether Christopher can assist, he is always happy to have a no obligation chat on the phone, to discuss how he, or another team member of Spranklin McCartney Lawyers, may be able to help.

Contrary to the jokes and stereotypes, Christopher is very cost conscious and will do his best to keep legal fees at a minimum.

When not in the office, Christopher has a range of hobbies including fishing, Wing Chun Kung Fu and scale model making, though most of his time is spent with his young daughter and family.


Christine Lee


Christine Lee makes up one of our four lawyers here at Spranklin McCartney Lawyers.

Christine kicked off her career in the migration law sector however joined our team in 2016 and has since expanded into many other areas of law.

Whilst many lawyers choose to specialise in one or two areas of law, Christine enjoys taking on any area that her clients bring to her. Christine sees this as an opportunity to provide a more personalised and continuous service to each client no matter the circumstances.

With so many areas of law, Christine’s day can range from helping a couple to lock in a contract on their dream home to settling a family separation and all the way through to assisting businesses reach their goals. Ultimately, Christine will work alongside you to formulate a plan to reach your desired outcome in the quickest and most realistic way possible.

Once all that is said and done, just like with her work, Christine enjoys a vast range of activities outside the office. Favouring camping along the beach, trail bike riding or even just huddling up for a spot of knitting.


Amy Holland


Amy Holland is a Senior Lawyer here at Spranklin McCartney Lawyers.

Amy oversees the residential conveyancing team in the firm with a keen interest in helping clients understand not only what is in their property contract but what is missing.

Prior to taking on the conveyancing team, Amy advised upon various areas of law, including commercial property transactions, family law, estate planning and other commercial transactions. This broader experience makes Amy extremely valuable in advising on any related issues that may arise throughout your conveyance process.

Over Amy’s career she has advised on hundreds of contracts of various values. These range from a small inexpensive unit to a $10 million dollar commercial premises. But no matter the final dollar value, Amy understands that they are all equally important to her clients and provides timely and cost effective advice across all her work.

When Amy gets out of the office, she prefers to swap the contracts for a good novel, a camp chair and picturesque camp site. Preferring to explore what Australia has to offer including, but certainly not limited to, the beautiful Cape York.


Sheryn Cherry


Sheryn joined the SML team in 2015, working closely with Managing Director, Peter McCartney. With her strong work ethic, commitment to her clients and personable approach have meant that she has been involved in a lot of property sales and purchases for our growing client base.

Sheryn Cherry has over 30 years’ experience working in law firms, primarily in the areas of residential conveyancing and property development projects.

Sheryn takes pride in delivering a tailored service and seeks to develop strong working relationships with clients and involve them throughout the process. She is always willing to take the time to guide our clients through any conveyancing transaction, big or small. She can also witness your documentation as she has been a Commissioner for Declarations for over 25 years.

Whilst, she enjoys her paralegal role, she also enjoys spending time with family and friends whether it be entertaining or watching movies and having “bubbles”. Loves music and enjoys the carpool karaoke.


Deanna Allen

SMLawyers DeannaPractice Manager

Deanna has worked for the firm for 6 years and has over 20 years’ experience in the legal industry and has undertaken many different roles such as secretary; conveyancing clerk; leasing paralegal; partner’s secretary; deceased estates paralegal and most recently, Office Manager.

Deanna has a general understanding of all areas of law and loves working in our general practice.

She has a passion for helping clients in any way she can and offers a friendly smile and empathetic ear.

Deanna is a team player and is happy to assist other staff members to achieve our clients’ expectations and goals.

When not at work, Deanna enjoys entertaining and spending time with her close friends and family.