members

John Willett


Committee Member

Solicitor, Suthers Lawyers

 

NAME: John Andrew Willett
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Suthers Lawyers
ADDRESS: 128 Richmond Street, Maryborough. Q. 4650
EMAIL: john@sutherslawyers.com.au
PHONE: 41213650
DATE OF ADMISSION: 12/03/2012

 

Katie Elder


Treasurer

Solicitor, ATSILS

 

NAME: Katie Elder
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (QLD) Ltd
ADDRESS: PO Box 755, Hervey Bay, Qld, 4655
EMAIL: katie.elder@atsils.org.au
PHONE: 0741282488
DATE OF ADMISSION: 14/12/2011
AREA OF LAW: Family Law, Child Protection & Civil Law

Natasha Schumacher


Committee Member

Solicitor, Morton & Morton

Paul Cate


Committee Member

Solicitor, One Legal

 

NAME: Paul Cate
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: 1 Legal
ADDRESS: Po Box 107 Maryborough Qld
EMAIL: cato.cato2@bigpond.com
PHONE: 0417 677 611
DATE OF ADMISSION: 26 October 2016

Rebecca Pezzutti


President

Solicitor, Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers

NAME: Rebecca Pezzutti
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers
ADDRESS: 45 Torquay Road Pialba QLD 4655
EMAIL: rpezzutti@bdblawyers.com.au
PHONE: 0741251611
DATE OF ADMISSION: 07/07/2006
AREA OF LAW: Family Law, Crime & Traffic, Employment & Workplace Relations, Contracts
 

 

Rebecca has practiced law since her Admission in 2006, after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) from the University of Technology Sydney.

Rebecca provides advice and representation in Litigation and Dispute Resolution across a broad range of practice areas, including Commercial Contract Disputes, Industrial Relations, Defamation, Personal Injury, Estate Litigation, and Torts. Rebecca also supports the Family Law practice of BDB’s Accredited Family Law Specialist, Margaret Kummerfeld.

As the current President of the Fraser Coast District Law Association, Rebecca is also passionate about enhancing the reputation of Regional Lawyers, and the delivery of legal services in the Regions.

As an essential part of the BDB team, Rebecca provides legal services that exceed expectations, engaging clients with understanding, and empowering clients with knowledge and strategies for effectively solving their legal problems.

Rebecca has extensive litigation experience, regularly appearing and conducting matters before Courts of all jurisdictions, including the Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court, along with the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Rebecca was admitted to legal practice after a career of more than 10 years in Professional Indemnity Insurance, during which time she performed in leadership roles, managing litigation for some of Australia’s largest insurance companies, and a top tier insurance law firm. She brings the wealth of that corporate and real world litigation experience to bear on her legal practice.

Samantha MacKay


Vice President

Solicitor, Carswell & Co

 

NAME: Samantha Mackay
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Carswell & Company Solicitors
ADDRESS: 192 Bazaar Street, Maryborough Q 4650
EMAIL: sam@carswell.net.au
PHONE: 07 4122 2622
DATE OF ADMISSION: 8 July 2013

Sarah Smith


Secretary

Solicitor CSG Law

Selena Cartwright


Committee Member

Senior Associate, James & Co Lawyers

 

NAME: Selena Cartwright
POSITION/TITLE: Senior Associate
FIRM/CHAMBERS: James Co Lawyers
ADDRESS: Shop 3/25 Queens Road, Scarness
EMAIL: selena@jamescolawyers.com.au
PHONE: (07) 41283844

Alison Chappell


Solicitor, Taylor Street CLC

Alison Geerlings


Senior Associate CSG Law

Alison is a Solicitor and a Senior Associate of CSG Law currently practising predominantly in Litigation and Family Law, but also with ongoing involvement in Commercial and Property matters as well as Wills & Deceased Estates.

Bianca


Student

Carolyn Turner


Solicitor, Seniors Legal and Support Service

Claire Riddell


Principal Solicitor, Turner Riddell Lawyers

 

NAME: CLAIRE RIDDELL
POSITION/TITLE: LEGAL PRACTITIONER DIRECTOR
FIRM/CHAMBERS: TURNER RIDDELL LAWYERS
ADDRESS: 7/415 CHARLTON ESPLANADE
EMAIL: cjturner@bigpond.net.au
PHONE: 07 4125 4818

 

Dane Lang


Partner, Lewis & McNamara Solicitors

David Buckley


Partner, Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers

 

NAME: David Buckley
POSITION/TITLE: Partner
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers
ADDRESS: 45 Torquay Road Pialba QLD 4655
EMAIL: dbuckley@bdblawyers.com.au
PHONE: 0741251611
DATE OF ADMISSION:  19/12/1996

 

David has developed his passion for property and commercial law while working in Brisbane CBD law firms including Gadens Lawyers and Nicol Robinson Hallets.

A desire to escape the ‘rat race’ and return to the idyllic Hervey Bay liftestyle saw David return to the Bay before joining Bell Dixon Butler, marrying the love of his life ‘Eve’ and together starting a family.

David’s substantial client following includes government bodies, major developers and business owners.

He is highly respected for his lateral approach to legal problems and focus on applying his legal knowledge to achieve the outcome required by the client.

He joined the Bell Dixon Butler Partnership on 1 January, 2008.

He possesses a good sense of humour (for a lawyer), is an avid reader and enjoys AFL and supporting his beloved Brisbane Lions.

David gives generously to the community which has given him so much. He has served on numerous boards and executives including the Urban Development Institute of Australia Fraser Coast branch, Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce and Fraser Coast Anglican College Governing Council.

David has an authentic ethic to look after people and derives great satisfaction from making complex legal issues easy for his clients which makes him the lawyer of choice for many across the region.

David Hinton


Principal Solicitor, Hinton Law

Derek Butler


Partner, Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers

 

NAME: Derek Butler
POSITION/TITLE: Partner
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers
ADDRESS: 45 Torquay Road Pialba QLD 4655
EMAIL: dbutler@bdblawyers.com.au
PHONE: 0741251611
DATE OF ADMISSION:  19.11.1984

 

Derek Butler, Notary Public, is a founding partner of BDB and has forged a notable career across a variety of law disciplines before focusing his areas of expertise in estate law and litigation, property and commercial law.

Derek has international merchant banking experience, has worked in the big city law firms and handled large client files, but it is Bell, Dixon Butler where Derek is most at home.

Derek has amassed extensive knowledge of the local property and commercial market and has developed a wide network of contacts which make him the ‘go to’ commercial and property lawyer on the Fraser Coast.

He is a Notary Public who offers a brutally honest professional opinion, not necessarily what you want to hear, which has saved countless clients from making poor legal decisions. Derek’s methodical approach to problem solving and attention to detail is second to none.

 

Derek underpins the BDB philosophy of a firm built around honesty, client empathy and a desire to get a client’s problems solved quickly and efficiently with all parties treated with respect.

He has been the honourary solicitor for numerous not-for-profit and charitable groups across the region and chooses to live and practice in Hervey Bay due to a love of the lifestyle and the community.

Away from work, Derek’s passion is for all things aviation, British cars and classic motorcycles.

His meticulous personality and attention to detail transcends his private life and has resulted in an extensive collection of full-size model aircraft and a fully rebuilt 1974 Triumph Stag.

Dilys-Jean Bradbury


Solicitor, Turner Riddell Lawyers

 

NAME: Dilys Jean Bradbury
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: TURNER RIDDELL LAWYERS
ADDRESS: 7/415 CHARLTON ESPLANADE, TORQUAY, QLD 4655
EMAIL: legaldressing@yahoo.com.au
PHONE: 4125 4818
SOLICITOR:
DATE OF ADMISSION: 14/07/2004

Emily Brown


Graduate Solicitor, Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers

 

NAME: Emily Brown
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers
ADDRESS: 45 Torquay Road Pialba
EMAIL: ebrown@bdblawyers.com.au
PHONE: 0741251611

 

Fiona Terrell


Principal Solicitor, Carswell & Co Hervey Bay

 

NAME: Fiona Terrell
POSITION/TITLE: Principal Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Carswell & Co Hervey Bay
ADDRESS: PO Box 3341
EMAIL: fiona@carswell.net.au
PHONE: 074124 3944
DATE OF ADMISSION: 01/09/2011
AREA OF LAW: General Practitioner

Fred Kleinschmidt


Solicitor, Lewis & McNamara Solicitors

Greg Boyle


Partner, CSG Law

Greg is a Solicitor and Partner of CSG Law with an extensive knowledge in General Practice and has over 40 years experience practising law in Maryborough and Hervey Bay districts.

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Hamish Isles


Solicitor, Geldard Sherrington

 

NAME: Hamish John Isles
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Geldard Sherrington
ADDRESS: 1/43 Hunter Street
EMAIL: hisles@gslaw.net.au
PHONE: (07)41945422
DATE OF ADMISSION: September 2015

Harry Morris


Graduate Solicitor, Milburns Law

helen foster


Principal Solicitor, Law First Creating Solutions

 

NAME: Helen Kathleen Ada Foster
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Law First Creating Solutions
ADDRESS: 149 – 151 Adelaide St Maryborough
EMail helen@lawfirstcs.com.au
PHONE: 07 4122 3190
DATE OF ADMISSION: 31/01/2011

Jai R


Law Student

Quality Engineering Background

Jennifer Tweddell


Solicitor CSG Law

Joel Blane


Practice Manager, Shine Lawyers

 

NAME: Joel Blane
POSITION/TITLE: Branch Manager
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Shine Lawyers
ADDRESS: 65 Torquay Rd, Pialba, Qld, 4655
EMAIL: jblane@shine.com.au
PHONE: 0423799172
DATE OF ADMISSION: 11/09/2006
AREA OF LAW: Person Injury

John Milburn


Barrister, Mediator, Academic & Presiding Officer

I commenced practice as a barrister in 2016.

John Milburn LLB(Hons) (UQ) BCom (UQ) Barrister-at-Law, Mediator, Academic & Presiding Officer

Hervey Bay Chambers 13 Coogera Court Hervey Bay QLD 4655

T: 0400 734 789

E: john@milburnbarrister.com.au | W: www.milburnbarrister.com.au

Liability limited by a Scheme approved under professional standards legislation.

 

Judica Swift


Director & Principal Solicitor

Kara Mehmet


Solicitor, Lewis & McNamara Solicitors

 

NAME: Kara Mehmet
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Lewis & McNamara Solicitors
ADDRESS: 5/6 Liuzzi Street, Pialba QLD 4655
EMAIL: kara@lmlaw.com.au
PHONE: 4128 1177
DATE OF ADMISSION: 18 December 2014

Larry Bell


Consultant, Bell Dixon Butler

 

NAME: Larry Bell
POSITION/TITLE: Solictior
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers
ADDRESS: 45 Torquay Road Pialba
EMAIL: lbell@bdblawyers.com.au
PHONE: 0741251611
DATE OF ADMISSION:  29/07/1985

 

Larry is a founding partner of Bell Dixon Butler and is recognized as a pioneer in Elder Law which has been his personal crusade for more than a decade.

He has provided hands-on peace of mind legal and personal advice to countless numbers of families across the region and his professional manner is more that of a ‘pastor’ rather than a ‘legal practitioner’.

Larry always goes above and beyond for his clients and nothing is too much trouble to assist the elderly and frail and their families. He takes the personal approach to solving legal problems and is revered for his dedication and service.

He becomes an extension of your family in their time of need and regularly the first person a family contacts when a loved one has passed away or they require honest, ethical legal advice tailored for the Fraser Coast.

His genuine passion to guide the elderly and their relatives through the complex legal and social issues of the later years of life and he has been recognized for his compassion and service with several awards.

He is a winner of the Queensland Law Society Community Legal Award and has served on the Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee.

He has also been recognized by Fraser Coast Regional Council as a ‘Community Champion’ for his years of dedication for his work with the aged, flood victims and mentoring members of the community.

He was also chosen to carry the Olympic Torch during its leg through Hervey Bay prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was the driving force behind the highly successful Seniors Expo which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

 

 

Lesley Powell


Principal Solicitor, Milburns

Louese McConnell


Solicitor, Lewis & McNamara

 

NAME: Louese McConnell
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Lewis & McNamara Solicitors
ADDRESS: 5/6 Liuzzi Street, Pialba Qld 4655
EMAIL: louese@lmlaw.com.au
PHONE: 41281177

Margaret Horlock


Principal, Margaret Horlock Commercial & Succession Lawyer
Margaret Horlock
Principal
Margaret Horlock Commercial & Succession Lawyer
PO Box 7311, Urangan, 4655
margaret.horlock@me.com
0409413943
Date of Admission : 12/12/2012
Commercial, Wills and Estates, Succession Planning

Margarett Kummerfeld


Partner, Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers
NAME: Margarett Kummerfeld
POSITION/TITLE: Partner
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers
ADDRESS: 45 Torquay Road Pialba
EMAIL: mkummerfeld@bdblawyers.com.au
PHONE: 0741251611
 Date of Admission: 17.12.86

Accredited Mediator and Family Law Specialist

LLB, Member STEP QLS & AMA

 

Margarett is Hervey Bay’s only Accredited Family Law Specialist proving she has the discipline and dedication to ensure she brings the best skills to the table to assist her clients.

She has endured the extra study and commitment required to achieve this highly regarded accreditation and applies her skills on a daily basis.

She has qualified as a mediator with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, and is fully equipped to deal with complex property and children’s matters including superannuation splitting and succession planning issues.

Margarett is widely acknowledged for her straight talking approach and real world experience in assisting people to make sensible decisions at difficult times in their lives. She knows there are ‘no winners’ in the process of family breakdown and she works efficiently and diligently to achieve the best outcome.

She is a real strength to her clients throughout the process and her practical experience goes beyond just legal advice.

Margarett knows ‘timing is everything’ when it comes to family law and she encourages clients to get advice as early as possible if a relationship breakdown is on the horizon.

 

Her philosophy to family law is to encourage her clients to be reasonable and respectful to one another and she consistently displays strength, common sense and strong compassion while getting a result.

She understands that every relationship is different and with her expertise and local knowledge she can tailor a solution to even the most complex family law matters.

She is testimony is BDB’s philosophy of constantly providing quality legal advice while acting with integrity.

Melissa Seymor


Principal Solicitor, Taylor Street CLC

Murray Nielsen


Partner, Lewis & McNamara Solicitors

Penelope McCreery


Rebecca Shaw


Solicitor, Carswell & Company

 

NAME: Rebecca Shaw
POSITION/TITLE: Solicitor
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Carswell & Company
ADDRESS: 192 Bazaar Street, Maryborough
EMAIL: rebecca@carswell.net.au
PHONE: 07 4122 2622
SOLICITOR:
DATE OF ADMISSION: 17/12/2015
AREA OF LAW: Criminal; Commercial; Litigation; Personal Injuries

Stephanie Bayley


Tim McQuaid


Partner, CSG Law

Travis George


Partner, Suthers Lawyers

 

NAME: Travis William George
POSITION/TITLE: Principal
FIRM/CHAMBERS: Suthers Lawyers
ADDRESS: 128 Richmond Street, Maryborough. Q. 4650
EMAIL: travis@sutherslawyers.com.au
PHONE: 4121 3650
DATE OF ADMISSION: 02/02/2004

 

Trinity McGarvie


Principal Solicitor, McGarvie Family Law Practice

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