I was born, raised and schooled in suburban Sydney, completed my first degree in Wagga, my second from Wagga by correspondence, and my law degree part time at the University of Technology, Sydney.
I started my legal career working as a paralegal for the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions, then the Australian Government Solicitor, then the Law Society.
I then taught English in Japan for a year. On returning to my legal career I worked as a solicitor for two Sydney firms and for a Community Legal Centre in Newcastle. Before opening my practice I worked for a Penrith law firm.
I have extensive experience representing clients in numerous local courts and in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, primarily in Sydney, Parramatta and Newcastle.
I provide practical legal advice free of jargon so clients leave the appointment understanding where they stand and what needs to be done to progress their matter.
Throughout the matter I will keep in regular contact with you so you are well informed of the process, clear on where your matter is up to and aware of what you need to do next. If you have any questions regarding the matter it will be me that you speak with directly.
Often when you need a lawyer it is a difficult time in your life. Involvement in legal proceedings can be confusing, traumatic, time consuming and prohibitively costly. So much can be riding on the outcome of your matter both personally and professionally. I understand that during this period you need someone who is readily available, understanding and empathetic who will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you as quickly and cost effectively as possible. I take a practical, goal oriented approach, tirelessly doing my utmost to resolve your legal problems.
I am approachable. I listen. I have a strong work ethic. I am thorough, focussed, assertive, determined and persistent.
I assist parties to reach a compromise solution to get on with their life.
Whilst remaining open to fair and reasonable settlement proposals, if negotiation or mediation results in a stalemate and compromise seems an unattainable goal, I fearlessly enter the fray and vigorously pursue your interests.
I explain strategy and the potential costs and benefits of choosing to take different paths.
I isolate significant aspects of legal documents and explain in plain english the meaning and effect of obscure, complex and confusing legal jargon.
My involvement in the blue mountains community includes:
- non-office bearer on the Committee of the Blue Mountains Regional Law Society;
- member of the Blue Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce
- member of the Lawson Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and
- Secretary of the Friends of the Mechanics Institute Lawson (FOTMIL).
I volunteer for FOTMIL and the Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre.
Initial phone advice is free of charge and face to face initial advice is charged at a substantially reduced rate. My rates are reasonable and I very seldom charge for reading incoming correspondence, for conducting research, for making copies or for postage.
For deceased estates, family provision and certain family law property matters, if you are not in a position to pay my professional fees pending payment to you of a settlement payout, I will consider, after discussing it with you, a request to defer payment of my professional fees until you have received a settlement payout.
I am also willing to assist people on an ad-hoc basis who have opted to represent themselves and to review proposed agreements drafted using a precedent from the internet.
I appreciate that it is difficult at the best of times to ask for time off work, let alone to see a lawyer. To help make the process of obtaining legal assistance easier, I offer appointments on outside of business hours.
For a modest fee, I will go to you to explain and witness documents such as Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Appointments of Enduring Guardian and Advance Care Directives.
If you have a legal problem in one of my core areas of practice please contact me and we can arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.