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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Bronwyn Dwyer - senior consultant

Bronwyn was admitted to practice in 1991 having completed a combined Arts/Law Degree at Macquarie University in 1990.  She commenced practice in Sydney working in prominent law firms dealing with family law, criminal law, insurance, employment, personal injury, land and environment matters and commercial litigation.

Bronwyn has conducted major inquiry work including the Wood Police Royal Commission. She practised as a partner with Back Schwartz Vaughan in Sydney and has conducted complex litigation across most jurisdictions.

After relocating to the Central Coast, Bronwyn joined the Fourtree Lawyers team and brings a wealth of experience to the firm.  Bronwyn is currently a Director of Breakers Country Club and is obsessed with reigning in her mischievous handicap!

Qualifications

Supreme Court Admission 1991
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 1990
Bachelor of Laws 1990
Bachelor of Politics 1990

Memberships
NSW Law Society
 
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Denise McCarthy Senior Solicitor Fourtree Lawyers Central Coast NSW 2250

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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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James Clements - senior associate

Jamie has been practising as a lawyer for over 10 years in a variety of areas, now focusing on Criminal Law.

Jamie regularly defends people pleading not guilty to charges in the Local Court, as well as representing clients in sentence proceedings in both the Local and District Court, Bail applications in the Local and Supreme Court, as well as successfully having charges dismissed on the grounds of a client’s mental health or cognitive impairment in the Local Court.  Jamie has also advised and assisted clients in numerous serious criminal matters in the District Court, including serious drug matters, robbery and sexual assault, including historical sexual assault matters.

Jamie has also appeared in the High Court on a pro bono basis for a number of failed asylum seekers, on both special leave applications, and in front of a full bench.

Jamie is passionate about ensuring that criminal defendants get the best possible representation, fighting for clients every step of the way, to make sure they get the best possible outcome when facing criminal charges.

Qualifications

Supreme Court Admission 2004
High Court Admission 2007
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 2003
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts (Politics)

Memberships

NSW Law Society
Legal Aid Indictable Panel
Legal Aid Summary Panel 

 

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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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Katherine Le Breton - Senior-Associate - Fourtree-Lawyers-Newcastle

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Katherine Le Breton – senior associate

Kat is a Senior Associate at Fourtree Lawyers. In 2014 she graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. In 2017 Kat was awarded the Price Waterhouse Cooper prize for excellence in Taxation Law.  Kat went on to complete her Bachelor of Law and Diploma of Legal Practice in 2017 and in 2018 she was admitted as a practitioner at the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

In 2017 Kat obtained the highly sought-after position as Legal Associate assisting Justice Austin and Justice Cleary at the Family Court of Australia in Newcastle. The Legal Associate role gave Kat exposure to the most complex family law matters.  

Kat regularly appears at the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia but is also well versed in negotiating and mediating settlements for her clients outside of the court arena. Kat has experience in many complex parenting and property matters including applying for and defending urgent recovery orders for children, serious risk of harm issues and financial disputes between parties.

Kat understands that this can be a highly emotionally charged time for clients and she is a passionate and a strong advocate who is motivated to obtain the best outcome for her clients.

Qualifications

Supreme Court Admission 2018
High Court Admission 2018
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 2017
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2017
Bachelor of Science (Psychology) 2014

Memberships

NSW Law Society

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Sophie Wilson - Solicitor - Fourtree-Lawyers-Newcastle

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Sophie Wilson – solicitor

Sophie was admitted to practice in July 2020 after completing her Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) and Laws at the University of New England in 2018, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice through the College of Law in 2020. Sophie commenced her Legal Career whilst finishing her studies in the New England Area, before moving to Newcastle. Sophie joined the Fourtree Lawyers team in 2021.

Sophie has a strong interest in the areas of Family Law and Wills and Estates matters. Sophie is passionate about the law and social justice and strives to help her clients reach amicable and practical solutions to their legal problems. Individuals working through family law issues are often going through one of the most stressful periods of their lives. Sophie therefore strives to navigate her clients through this difficult period and assist her clients in reaching the best possible outcome as quickly and painlessly as possible.

When Sophie is not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing various sports, and enjoying the vibrant and active Newcastle lifestyle.

Qualifications

Supreme Court Admission 2020
High Court Admission 2020
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practise 2020
Bachelor of Laws 2018
Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) 2018

Memberships

NSW Law Society
Law Council of Australia Family Law Section Member
Legal Aid Summary Crime Panel
Legal Aid Family Law Panel

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Laura Horton - Solicitor Fourtree Lawyers Newcastle

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Laura Horton – solicitor

Laura joined the Fourtree Lawyers team in 2021 after completing her Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Newcastle.

Laura was admitted to as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2021. She has a strong interest in practicing criminal law and is passionate about helping people who are experiencing important and often difficult times.

In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking, photography and watching true crime documentaries.

Qualifications

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

Memberships

NSW Law Society

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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

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Jo Maclean Childs – Licenced Conveyancer

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 37 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 Fourtree Lawyers

 

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. 

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NSW Justice of the Peace - 216875
 
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Jessica Atchison Legal Support Fourtree Lawyers NSW 2250

 

Jessica Atchison - legal support, criminal law

Jess joined Fourtree lawyers in 2018 bringing over 10 years of legal support experience in Family Law, Criminal Law, and Civil law matters. Jess is responsible for ensuring that our Criminal Law matters are in order to allow our solicitors time to dedicate their focus on court preparation and achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

When Jess is not juggling the multitude of tasks in the Fourtree Lawyer's office you will find her hiking through our National Parks or indulging her very spoilt canine.  

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Catherine Shiells Legal Aid & Trust Funds Fourtree Lawyers NSW 2250

 

Catherine Shiells – legal aid & trust funds

Catherine has been gaining experience for over 20 years whilst working in 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 Banking & Finance, Advertising, Sales and The Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee.

Her role at Fourtree Lawyers is to assist with any invoice or account related matters.

Catherine made the move from Sydney to the Central Coast 8 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 café & exploring the Coast with her family & newly acquired pooch.

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Isabella Bassett - legal support

 

Isabella Bassett - legal support, family law

Bella joined the Fourtree Lawyers team in 2019 after completing her HSC at Terrigal High School in 2018. Bella is responsible for juggling appointments and communicating with the Police, the Prosecutors, the Courts, Barristers, Corrective Services, Hospitals, Health Professionals and other Community Services.

Previously, Bella worked in events management and customer service and her down to earth nature makes her easily approachable and empathetic with clients.

Bella is renowned for her relentless enthusiasm, ready smile and her obsession with canines and True Crime podcasts. 

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