Kevin Vierboom Fourtree Lawyers

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Kevin Vierboom - Principal Solicitor

Kevin is an experienced investigative and litigation lawyer. He has conducted and managed numerous complex fraud and criminal investigations. As an advocate, Kevin uses his investigative skills to identify practical lines of defence in matters before the Courts.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal and industrial law. He has appeared as an advocate in both the Local and District Courts in Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter Regions. He has appeared before the NSW Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal and the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.

Qualifications

Supreme Court Admission 1991
Solicitors Admission Board 1992
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 1992
Master of Laws 1997

Memberships
NSW Law Society
Central Coast Law Society
Legal Aid Indictable Crime Panel 2018
Legal Aid Summary Crime Panel 2015
 
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Denise McCarthy - Senior Associate

Denise McCarthy was first admitted to practice in 1992 and is an experienced court advocate representing clients in criminal, civil and traffic matters. Denise was highly regarded as an associate lecturer in commercial and consumer law at Sydney University for six years before returning to private practice.

Denise is results driven and meticulous in her preparation. Her focused approach allows her to gain real insight into each client's circumstances and to achieve the best possible results in court. She will explain the proceedings in plain English so that you feel comfortable about going to court and know what to expect at every stage of your matter.

Qualifications

Supreme Court Admission 1992
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 1991
Bachelor of Laws 1991

Memberships
NSW Law Society

 

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Luke Del Monte Senior Associate Fourtree Lawyers Erina NSW 2250

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Luke Del Monte - Senior Associate

Luke is admitted to the roll of lawyers in both the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the High Court of Australia and is a member of Legal Aid’s Summary and Indictable Criminal Law Solicitor panels.

Luke advises clients in serious and complex criminal matters having acted for clients in a number of highly publicised cases. His work includes representing clients charged with Murder, Terrorism and in a number of drug importations matters involving some of the largest quantities in Australia’s history.

Prior to joining Fourtree Lawyers, Luke worked for a highly regarded Criminal Law firm in Sydney and has also worked in New York within the area of medical negligence law.

Luke is incredibly dedicated to the practice, and prides himself on a pragmatic and client-focused approach to the law in pursuit of his clients’ best interests.

Qualifications

Supreme Court Admission 2016
High Court Admission 2016
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 2016
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts (Media)

Memberships
NSW Law Society
Legal Aid Indictable Panel 2018
Legal Aid Summary Panel 2017
 
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Katie Jolliffe – Senior Associate

Katie completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) at the University of Newcastle in 2017 and subsequently obtained her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law in 2018.

Prior to her admission as a solicitor, Katie was employed as a Paralegal and Law Clerk in Newcastle during 2012 to 2018. Because of her significant experience in the legal field (over 12 years), Katie brings a wealth of knowledge and sophisticated professionalism to her practice.

Katie primarily practices in family law and has expertise in parenting matters, property matters and divorce. Katie regularly appears in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. Katie also has experience in assisting clients in mediation, arbitration, conciliation conferences and (general) family dispute resolution. Katie prides herself on her client-focused approach to family law and obtaining the best possible outcome for her clients.

Katie has experience in criminal law, traffic and license matters. Katie regularly appears in Local Court and District Courts around the Newcastle, Hunter Valley, and Central Coast areas.

Katie is a strong advocate for her clients and is well respected within the community as a talented family law solicitor.

Qualifications

Supreme Court Admission 2018
High Court of Australia 2018
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 2018
Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
Bachelor of Arts

Memberships

NSW Law Society
Newcastle Law Society
University of Newcastle Alumni|
Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association
Hunter Women’s Business Network

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Mitchell Hickey - Solicitor

Mitchell is an experienced employment and industrial relations lawyer representing employers and employees in relation to employment agreements, industrial disputes, enterprise agreements, workplace investigations, restraints of trade, unfair dismissal, adverse action claims, redundancies, work health and safety breaches and general employment related issues. He is an experienced advocate appearing in the Fair Work Commission, NSW Industrial Relations Commission, Local District and Supreme Courts as well as the Federal Court of Australia. 
 
Mitchell commenced his legal career in Sydney working for national law firms dealing in a range of different matters including criminal law, employment, insurance, personal injury and general litigation claims.  
 
Qualifications
LLB (Hons), GradDipLegPrac, BCom
Supreme Court Admission 2019
High Court Admission 2022
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2018
Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) 2016
 
Memberships 

NSW Law Society
Legal Aid Civil Law panel

 
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Alison Dawes – Associate Solicitor

Alison is a highly skilled Associate Solicitor solely practicing in family law. She assists clients with a blend of experience, empathy, and dedication ensuring comprehensive and exceptional care for her clients with their parenting, property, and divorce matters.

Prior to joining the team at Fourtree Lawyers, Alison previously worked for Orbell Family Lawyers, Conditsis Lawyers, and Resolve Family Lawyers providing her with a wealth of knowledge in family law. This experience together with her previous roles in finance, welfare, and as a business owner give her a unique perspective to provide insightful and pragmatic advice to her clients.

Alison regularly appears in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, conciliation conferences, dispute resolution conferences, and family law mediations. Alison understands that every client has unique circumstances that require a tailored legal solution she is able to guide clients through complex legal situations with compassion and continuing support to obtain the best outcome possible for her clients.

Qualifications

Supreme Court NSW Admission 2020
High Court of Australia Admission 2020
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 2019
Bachelor of Laws 2019
Associate Degree in Law 2015

Memberships

NSW Law Society
Central Coast Law Society (Committee Member)
Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association
Family Law Section
NSW Young Lawyers Family Law Sub Committee
Women Lawyers Association NSW
NSW Regional Women Lawyers Association

 
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Hannah Bramich - Solicitor

Hannah completed her Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law, and Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Newcastle in 2020.

In 2021 she began practicing on the South Coast of NSW where she regularly appeared in Milton and Nowra Local Court and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. 

Since joining Fourtree Lawyers, Hannah continues to appear before the Local Court, District Court, Federal Circuit, and Family Court of Australia. Her practice areas include family law, criminal law, traffic law as well as wills and estate planning.

Away from the office Hannah enjoys the gym, reading, exploring local beaches, and watching documentaries.

Qualifications

High Court Admission 2021
Supreme Court Admission 2021
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 2020
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2020
Bachelor of Arts 2018

Memberships

NSW Law Society
Legal Aid Family Law panel
Legal Aid Summary Crime panel

 

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Ofeina Hushon - Solicitor Fourtree Lawyers Newcastle

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Ofeina Hushon - Solicitor

Ofeina was admitted to practice having completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of New England in 2020 and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2021.

Prior to joining the Fourtree Lawyers team, Ofeina worked in the Department of Communities and Justice where he was responsible for the management of people on community-based sentences, assisting in their successful reintegration back into society, as well as providing advice to Courts and release authorities regarding sentencing and parole.

Through his experience, Ofeina is able to draw on his ability to engage and motivate a wide audience and translate complex legal information in a concise and pragmatic manner. As such, Ofeina seeks to assist everyday people navigate through the Criminal Justice system in a client focused and holistic manner.

When not at work, Ofeina enjoys watching and playing rugby, going to the gym, and spending time with his family and friends.

Qualifications

NSW Supreme Court Admission 2021
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 2021
Bachelor of Laws 2020
Cert IV Correctional Practice 2018
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) 2009

Memberships

NSW Law Society
Legal Aid Summary Crime panel

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Cidney Jenkins – Solicitor

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Cidney Jenkins – Solicitor 

Cidney is a recent graduate of the University of Newcastle. After completing her Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2022, she was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in February 2023.

Cidney felt compelled to pursue a career in criminal law after her experience serving as a juror. She has a deep appreciation for the role that a solicitor plays in assisting clients to navigate the complex legal system. Cidney is result-driven and passionate about providing a client-focused approach to all legal matters. 

When not at work, Cidney is a proud dog-mum, keen gardener, and amateur chef. 

Qualifications

Supreme Court Admission 2023
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 2023
Juris Doctor (JD) 2022
Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology & Anthropology) 2019

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Jo Maclean Childs – Licenced Conveyancer

Jo is an organisational superstar who joined the Fourtree Lawyers team in 2021. She co-ordinates Newcastle reception, liaises with clients, arranges appointments, assists the Family Law Team with administrative support and attends to all our Conveyancing needs.

Jo began her career as a Legal Secretary over 38 years ago and gained experience over the years on the Central Coast, running her own Conveyancing Business for over 18 years and in more recent years in the Hunter Valley and Newcastle.

When she is not busy keeping the Newcastle office running smoothly, Jo loves exploring the historical aspects and townships of the Hunter Valley with her family and friends and home life in her garden.

Qualifications

BCom(Mgmt) 2002
Licenced Conveyancer 1202622
Justice of the Peace 128256

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Jane Hogan - Practice Manager

Before embarking on a career in the legal sphere, Jane held a number of senior roles in the marketing and manufacturing industires including general manager, marketing director, creative director, and headed up numerous international logistics & distribution projects.

Her diverse experience allows Jane to communicate openly with people from a wide range of backgrounds and to put the law into context with a practical and common sense approach when supporting our clients.

One of Jane's strengths is her ability to translate legal concepts into straightforward, plain English. She believes it is important that advice is communicated as simply as possible, without complicated legal jargon. 

Appointments
NSW Justice of the Peace - 216875
 
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Molly Carey – Executive Assistant 

Molly brings a wealth of experience to Fourtree Lawyers as a seasoned executive assistant with a human resources background. As HR Manager, she strategically manages recruitment, talent development, and employee relations, fostering a positive and inclusive workplace culture. Simultaneously, Molly provides invaluable support to the Principal Solicitor, ensuring smooth operations by managing schedules, coordinating meetings, and handling confidential matters with discretion and efficiency.

With a keen eye for detail and a dedication to excellence, Molly plays a pivotal role in the ability to balance the human capital needs of the firm with the operational demands of the Principal Solicitor reflects his commitment to organisational effectiveness and client service. Molly's proactive approach, coupled with her exceptional multitasking abilities, makes her an indispensable asset to the firm's success.

Qualifications

Certificate IV in Human Resource Management

 
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Sabrina James - Accounts Administrator

Sabrina joined Fourtree Lawyers in 2023, bringing with her extensive administrative and office support experience. Sabrina thrives in fast-paced environments, and you will always see her with a big smile on her face. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, feeding her caffeine addiction, and curling up on the lounge with a good book or movie.  

 
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Lorren Peterson – Legal Support & Marketing

Lorren joined Fourtree Lawyers in 2022.  She is a powerhouse providing administrative support to our Criminal Law team and is highly efficient and motivated.  Lorren draws from a depth of experience working in the tourism and real estate industries. In addition to legal support, with her passion for graphic design and social media management Lorren has become an integral part of managing and driving our marketing projects. 

When Lorren is not at work you will find her in the pits supporting the 117 Motorsport F1 Power Boat team. She also loves the beach, boating, and rolling out a swag in the great outdoors.

Qualifications

BBus (Tour&Hosp)
Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice 
Certificate of Registration Assistant Agent Real Estate

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Catherine Shiells – Legal Aid & Trust Funds

Catherine joined Fourtree Lawyers in 2020.  Bringing with her experience of 20+ years working within high-level administration based roles. She began her career as a Legal Secretary in Sydney after graduating from St Patricks Business College. From her first job with Phillips Fox she progressed through a number of fields, including The Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee, Banking & Finance, and Advertising.

Her role at Fourtree Lawyers is to be responsible for the finalisation of all criminal law matters financially prior to their final Court date.  She is also the key admin contact for all of Fourtree Lawyers Legal Aid matters.  She also assists general with administration related tasks in the Newcastle office.

Catherine made the move from Sydney to the Central Coast 10 years ago with her husband and young family. When not working she can be found either at the beach, enjoying a coffee in the local cafés & exploring the Coast with her family & rescue pup Alphie.

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Yasmina Hill – Legal Support, Family Law

Yasmina Hill – Office Administrator

Yasmina joined Fourtree Lawyers in early 2023. Yasmina has many years of administration experience working in high pressure environments meeting tight deadlines.  Client satisfaction is always number one to Yasmina.

When not at work Yasmina likes to spend time with her family and going to the beach.

Qualifications

Certificate IV Business Administration

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Alana Goodwin – Legal Support, Family Law

Alana joined Fourtree Lawyers in mid-2023, bringing with her 5 years of experience in the Legal Industry. 

Alana provides invaluable administrative support to our Family Law Solicitors enabling them to deliver the best results for our clients. Alana understands that the whole family law process is daunting and hopes to make clients feel comfortable and safe from their first call.

Outside of work, Alana involves herself in the community playing soccer and supporting many other local teams. She also enjoys spending time with her friends. 

Qualifications

Certificate III Business & Administration

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Natalee Hawkins – Receptionist

Greeting you with a warm welcome and a smile as you first walk through our Erina office doors, Natalee brings a vivacious cheerfulness to her surrounding environment and enjoys assisting each client with her kind-hearted and professional demeanour.

She commenced her career as a Legal Secretary and has 10+ years’ experience working in high-level administrative roles for the last few years worked as a Mental Health Support Worker, supporting some of our most vulnerable community members. 

Natalee strives to provide exceptional customer service to our clients and support to both offices. Natalee is all about ensuring a great work life balance. When she is not in the office, she is exploring the lovely beaches of the Central Coast with her three young children. 

Qualifications 

Diploma of Business Administration/Legal Services
Certificate IV in Community Services 

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Cheyenne Sciascia – Receptionist

Cheyenne joined Fourtree Lawyers in early 2024. She is an energetic university student currently undertaking her Bachelor of Laws and Criminal Justice at Charles Sturt University. You will find her cheerfully greeting clients from behind the reception desk at our Newcastle Office. Passionate about helping others, Cheyenne is dedicated to making anyone who enters reception feel welcome and acknowledged. Already halfway through her degree in 2024, Cheyenne is a driven and hard-working person who is excited to continue developing her career in the legal field. 

In her spare time Cheyenne likes to hang out with friends, explore the Central Coast, and write movie reviews.

Memberships

NSW Law Society

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