Meet the Team

Emma Dalley, LLB, GDLP, BBus(Mgt)
Principal Lawyer

Emma is the Principal Lawyer and Director of Industry Legal Group. Emma is admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland and has a dual degree in both business management and law. Emma enjoys using her skills to assist a wide variety of clients including individuals, small businesses, large national corporations, not for profits and industry associations to find practical and commercially sound solutions to their problems. 

Prior to her current role, Emma gained experience working for one of Brisbane’s largest law firms in a range of areas including corporate advisory, commercial, employment, litigation and intellectual property law during which time she also sat on the board of the Indigenous Lawyers Association (Qld).

Emma is an experienced employment lawyer with a special knowledge and understanding of industry sectors of her industry association clients having provided workplace relations advice and support to some of those clients for more than 6 years. Emma and her team are able to assist clients effectively navigate their workplace rights and obligations.  

Gwen McIlroy
Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Gwen is an experienced human resource management and workplace relations adviser with a demonstrated history of working with not-for-profit and corporate sector employers. Skilled in HR strategy development and implementation, organisational change management, workplace relations including investigations, FWC and ADCQ representation, skilled conciliator, negotiator and advocate.

Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist Nun in 2017 by HH Dalai Lama in India, with an ordained name of Venerable Tenzin Drolkar, and receiving formal training and qualifications in Holistic Counselling, Coaching, Meditation Instruction and Human Development, Gwen/Tenzin straddles two disparate yet ultimately not too divergent worlds – while seamlessly bringing the core strengths of each into every task, interaction and responsibility.

Sonja van der Steen, BA, JD, GDLP
Commercial Lawyer

Sonja is a commercial lawyer with experience in commercial law, corporate advisory, estate planning, facilitating compliance, franchising and leasing gained in boutique law firms, a national firm, working as an in-house lawyer and in the not-for-profit sector.  This experience has provided Sonja with insight in approaching legal queries and transactions with a view to the commercial objectives and practical solutions. 

After completing a practical legal training and a Juris Doctor at the Australian National University, Sonja was admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.  Before obtaining her law degree, Sonja completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of New England in literature, conflict resolution and development studies.

Tearnhy Elliott
Legal Secretary

Since joining the legal industry in 2015, Tearnhy has gained experience across a range of work areas in a law firm including as a receptionist, accounts clerk, conveyancing assistant and legal secretary.

Mitchell Irvine
Financial Controller

Mitch is Industry Legal Group’s Financial Controller and has over 10 years’ experience in the finance industry. Previously he worked as a supervisor with a mid tier professional services firm and has also held the position of Financial Controller with a small consulting business.