Doug Skelton is the sole principal of Skelton Law. He is both a tradesman, licenced builder and lawyer who has spent his whole working life in the building and construction industry either as an apprentice chippy (carpenter), tradesman, sub-contractor, contractor, registered open building and in the legal profession (last 12 years).
He has a lifetime of experience, building, running a business and handling commercial and domestic building disputes and assisting his clients in many disparate areas of law.
His unique combination of real world experience, practical knowledge, legal knowledge and insight, ability to understand and empathise with all concerned parties, combined with high level negotiation skills, enables him to achieve results for his clients which are fair, just, efficient and cost effective.
An interesting life which has taught him to listen, understand, empathise and give relevant easily understood, applicable, practical advice. Doug cares and understands, because he has been there, and will always have your best interests at heart.
Education and recognition
- Bachelor of Laws (Queensland University of Technology)
- Certificate II in Investigative Services
- Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
- Dale Carnegie Management Certificate
- Building Foreman and Clerk of Works Certificate (Honours)
- Oxy and Electric Welding Courses Certificates
- Rheem Prize for Highest Aggregate of Marks in Trade Course
- Master Builders Association Gold Medal for Top Apprentice
- Carpentry and Joinery Trade Course (Honours)
- Why – Builder to lawyer?
Doug suffered a serious injury which resulted in a long hospital stay. Time for a change. Doug’s solicitor suggested becoming a lawyer as Doug had been an expert witness and had a lifetime interest in the law. Alternative mature entry into QUT. Studied for 6 years whilst working full time as an articled clerk. It worked. Now 11 years in the legal profession. Full circle.