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Meet our tutors

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Ben is a passionate legal academic who has lectured law for over a decade. As someone who has marked thousands of assessment items over the years, Ben knows what markers are looking for and can help you develop the skills to meet their expectations. Drawing on his experience teaching property law, criminal law, equity and trusts, legal theory, legal research, planning and environmental law, and constitutional law, Ben can help you improve your writing, researching, and legal problem solving abilities. Outside of work, Ben enjoys being in nature, playing guitar and laughs with good friends around an open fire.

Subjects: Constitutional Law; Property Law; Equity and Trusts; Jurisprudence/ Legal Theory; Torts; Criminal Law; Introductory courses on the Australian Legal System; Foundations of Law; PhD advice; Research Projects; and Statutory Interpretation.

Dr Wardle also provides individual masterclasses in Advanced Legal Research, Critical Analysis, Tips and Tricks for Success in Law School, Legal Essay Writing, and How to Answer Legal Problem Questions.


Ilia is an experienced litigator with a passion for written and oral advocacy. He has worked in law firms since 2017 with professional experience including commercial, regulatory and quasi-criminal litigation.  Ilia is currently studying a Graduate Diploma at Melbourne University and is passionate about helping students develop their practical legal writing and knowledge both for study and to prepare for entry into the workplace.  He currently works as a solicitor-advocate at the Office of Public Prosecutions. Outside of work, Ilia enjoys barbecuing, surfing and traveling. Ilia teaches in a practical, friendly and engaging manner and would love to support you to improve your studies and results. 

Subjects: Civil Procedure, Company Law, Contracts, Evidence, Legal Ethics, Torts, Competition and Consumer Law, Employment Law, Negotiation, Legal Advocacy; Criminal Law; Equity; Foundations of Law; Introductory courses on the Australian Legal System, Practical Legal Training ('PLT').

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Deacon holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland. Deacon’s aptitude in law is evidenced by his graduating GPA of 6.92, which earned him the Faculty Medal. Deacon’s consistent outstanding achievement indicates his penchant and passion for all areas of law, and endows him with a diverse knowledge base from which to draw. With experience marking university assessments, Deacon understands what markers look for. Deacon also works as an Associate to a Supreme Court Justice, which sees him spending significant time in and around the court system, and proofreading judgments. This knowledge and skill-set may be harnessed to your advantage; whether by aiding you in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school, by assisting with your understanding of complex legal concepts, or by proofreading your university assignments. Deacon will help you learn from his experience—thus helping you achieve the results you desire.

Subjects: Administrative Law; Constitutional Law; Contracts Law; Tax Law; Foundations of Law; Jurisprudence; Company Law/ Business Law; Civil Procedure; Property Law; Equity and Trusts; Construction Law; Criminal Law; Evidence; Torts.

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Jamie has three years of experience working as a solicitor, specialising in the areas of Wills and Estates, Property Law and Commercial Law.  His usual matters span from simple estate planning and conveyancing to complex disputes and Supreme Court litigation. Jamie is well versed in the ‘Priestly 11’ and, believe it or not, he thoroughly enjoys legal research, so is well placed to help you navigate the daunting web that is the legal system. Jamie graduated from Southern Cross University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology. He completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Practical Legal Training with the College of Law in February 2020, specialising in Criminal Law and Wills and Estates. Jamie was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2021.

Subjects: Masters in Wills and Estates, PLT studies, Civil Procedure, Company Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Equity, Legal Ethics, Evidence, Property Law, Torts, Constitution Law, Mental Health Law, International Humanitarian Law, Environmental Law and Mooting as well as first year units such as Statutory Interpretation, Jurisprudence and Introduction to the Australian Legal System.


Steven Pidgeon

Steven is a recent Graduate from Griffith University, Queensland. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Class I Honours) and Bachelor of Business (with Distinction, Major in Human Resources Management). Steven received the University Medal for Academic Excellence and is passionate about learning and helping others to learn. Having achieved a GPA of 6.65, he is well-experienced in academic writing and legal research, including having completed his year-long Honours Legal Research Thesis, which achieved a High Distinction and is currently seeking publication. Steven works  as a Research Assistant for the Griffith Law School, and is currently completing his Practical Legal Training (PLT). Steven is well-placed to support your legal studies and help you achieve the results you’re seeking.

Subjects: Contract Law; Criminal Law; Torts; Equity; Evidence; Legal Ethics; Constitutional Law; Administrative Law, PLT.


Elizabeth Danaher
Availability: On Leave

Elizabeth is a recent Graduate from Griffith University. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Major in Sociology and Linguistics). Elizabeth received the Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence consecutively from 2017 to 2021. Having tutored both at the GUMURRII Student Success Unit and privately, she enjoys assisting students with their studies and making learning a meaningful experience. Elizabeth's love for law, writing and research comes from her experience as Editor-in-Chief at the Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity, Research Assistant for the Griffith Law School, and her completion of an Honours Legal Research Thesis. Elizabeth is currently preparing her Honours Thesis for publication, co-writing an article with legal scholars from a recent research scholarship project, and will shortly be commencing her Practical Legal Training at QUT. Elizabeth can help you with your legal writing, research, and problem-solving abilities.

Subjects: Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Contract Law; Legal Ethics; Constitutional Law; Torts; Environmental Law; Foundations of Law; Succession Law

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