I have been a lawyer since 2001, having worked for five years for a small firm and then for just under ten years at a medium-size firm.
I have acted across many industries, for clients of all sizes, including individuals, small-to-medium firms, large corporations and statutory corporations.
I have acted in litigation in most jurisdictions, including trials/hearings in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, District Court, Magistrates Court, State Administrative Tribunal, Fair Work Commission and Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
I strive to turn what can be a complicated, impenetrable and frustrating legal system into something which can be both understood and utilised to achieve the best possible result for the client. Sometimes that means taking a subtle approach – other times, quite the opposite. I don’t overwhelm clients with long-winded letters full of technical legal argument (unless that’s what you want!). I just give clear, practical, definitive advice and focused, effective representation.
When not working I can usually be found watching movies or sport, reading sci-fi, thriller or horror novels and sometimes writing novels myself. I am fascinated by science and technology (and have a long-redundant degree in computer science) and, on the rare occasions that I find the time, enjoy hiking and travel.
I have been a lawyer since 2006, working for over 11 years at a medium-size firm.
I have a broad range of experience in commercial dispute resolution, having acted for private clients, statutory corporations, SMEs and large corporations, including financial institutions. I regularly appear in the WA (Supreme, District and Magistrates) Courts, the Federal Court, the State Administrative Tribunal, the Fair Work Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission. During the last 2 years I have spent a lot of time investigating serious workplace incidents, providing Safety advice and defending employers in WorkSafe prosecutions.
Despite my broad experience base I spend more than half my time working on contentious estate matters. This includes Family Provision Act claims and proof of will proceedings. I have appeared for plaintiffs, defendants and executors on a myriad of Family Provision Act claims, a number of which have raised complex questions and overlapped with other areas of law. I have helped resolve quite a few matters involving issues of paternity and DNA, which seems to be a more and more common issue. I regularly present professional seminars in this area as it is of particular interest to me.
I am a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”), the leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues. I am recognised in Doyles Guide as one of five leading practitioners in Western Australia in Wills and Estates Litigation. You can read more about this by going direct to the Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers – Perth 2016.
My aim in any dispute is to find proactive solutions to problems, guided by the client’s individual financial needs. In the context of Family Provision Act claims, I am conscious that sometimes the biggest challenge is managing the matter in such a way as to preserve, as far as possible, family relationships. I am also particularly careful to manage and communicate expectations at an early stage, aiming to bring as much certainty as possible in an uncertain environment.
When I am not working I am usually travelling to remote parts of Western Australia to compete on my horses. I also volunteer my time on various boards, including the Committee of Management of the WA Council on Addictions Inc. (trading as Cyrenian House) and the West Coast Team Roping Association Inc.