Vandeleurs was founded by Mr O'Malley in the early 1900s. Mr O'Malley practiced as a solicitor in Innisfail until he was tragically killed in a cyclone that passed through Innisfail in 1918. Mr Norman Mighell (pronounced mile) returned to Far North Queensland after a distinguished military career in the First World War. Mr Mighell picked up the remnants of Mr O'Malley's papers and commenced practice as a Solicitor in Innisfail. Mr Mighell built up a successful practice quite quickly. He was well connected in North Queensland, having married a Draper who was a member of a very well known Cairns family.
Michael Vandeleur, who grew up in Innisfail, was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Queensland to undertake studies in a bachelor's degree in Arts. At the completion of his Arts Degree, Mr Vandeleur became a high school teacher in Charters Towers. While teaching, Mr Vandeleur aspired to study and practice law. He later became articled to Mr Viv Roberts, a solicitor practising in Townsville and was admitted as a solicitor in 1926. Mr Vandeleur and Mr Bob Lee-Bryce bought the practice from Mr Mighell in 1926 and from then practised under the name of Mighell, Lee-Bryce & Vandeleur.
Area of practice
Vandeleur & Todd Solicitors practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.