About Us

Wonderley & Hall is a leading Toowoomba based law firm proudly servicing the local community with exceptional advice for over 120 years.

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Over many years, and even through a number of generations, we have developed long-standing associations with our clients in the Darling Downs, Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley, Crows Nest, the South Burnett and Western Queensland.

We’re proud of the success of our clients and the part our firm plays in that success.

Through a combination of old fashioned values and contemporary ideas, our firm has thrived and continues to grow.

We remain thankful for the efforts of the former members of the firm and the benefits of the relationships founded during their time. These core values are integral to our identity and remain just as relevant today.

Wonderley & Hall never falter from our commitment to provide the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Because we know that tactical advice and guidance from the right people gets the best results.

Our History

Wonderley & Hall is a local success story that has grown from the combination of old-fashioned values and contemporary ideas.
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1865

Robert George Wonderley was born in Toowoomba on August 28, 1865, and completed his secondary education at the Toowoomba Grammar School.

1865

1891

At 25 years of age, Mr Wonderley became a solicitor at what was then Hamilton & Hamilton.

1891

1894

After 3 years, Mr Wonderley was admitted to the partnership and the name changed to Hamilton & Wonderley.

1894

1908

Arthur Hall was admitted to the partnership, which then changed its name to Wonderley & Hall.

1908

1914

Mr Wonderley passed away.

1914

1937

The firm moved from 363 Ruthven Street (near the current ANZ building) to 14 Russell Street.

1937

1938

Arthur Hall’s son, James Hall was admitted to the Wonderley & Hall partnership.

1938

1946

Solicitor Morven Bond became a partner of the firm.

1946

1960

James Hall retired from Wonderley & Hall after 26 years, while Don Seawright and Earle Obst joined the partnership.

1960

1965

Morven Bond retired from Wonderley & Hall after 27 years. Neville Sondergeld joined the partnership.

1965

1971

Michael Browning joined the partnership.

1971

1975

The firm moved from 14 Russell Street to 9 Bowen Street.

1975

1976

Chris Tait joined the partnership

1976

1982

Lew Rowling became a partner (still serving) after joining as an articled clerk in 1976.

1982

1985

Malcolm Heading (still serving) first joined the firm.

1985

1988

Both Don Seawright and Earle Obst retired after 28 years with the firm, with Malcolm Heading becoming partner.

1988

1994

Nev Sondergeld retired after 29 years with the firm.

1994

1995

The firm moved from 9 Bowen Street to its current location on the corner of Neil and Margaret Streets.

1995

1998

Mike Browning retired after 33 years with the firm. Craig Thompson, who joined as an articled clerk in 1993, became partner (still serving).

1998

2004

Damian Black became a partner (still serving) of Wonderley & Hall after joining as an articled clerk in 1999.

2004

2011

Chris Tait retired as Wonderley & Hall’s longest serving partner of 35 years.

2011

Present

Lew Rowling – joined the firm in 1976 as an articled clerk and became a partner in 1982;

Malcolm Heading – joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1988;

Craig Thompson joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1993 and became a partner in 1998;

Damian Black – joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1999 and became a partner in 2004.

The partners of Wonderley & Hall don’t just come and go. They take to their appointment with dedication, serving for many years as they cater to the local community and develop the expertise of other lawyers within the firm

For over 120 years we’ve been a firm made up of and led by real people dedicated to providing real results.