I am from a family with a long history in Wollongong and the Illawarra, my family originally settled in Mt Kembla in the 1890s and later lived in Thirroul. My great grandfather was the youngest surviving miner (14 years old) when the Mt Kembla mine blew up in 1902. I have been working in the intellectual property space since 1978.
I worked as a law librarian and research librarian before commencing law practice, working here in Australia, and overseas. I have been practising law in Wollongong for over 20 years, firstly as a barrister and later admitted as a solicitor to enable a much wider area of practice.
I commenced law practice as a Crown Prosecutor at the Director of Public Prosecutions in Wollongong and Sydney. I taught law as a full time academic at the University of Wollongong Faculty of Law and then at the University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Law specialising in intellectual property law. I took up a position as in-house legal counsel at IMB Ltd, the local Illawarra Building Society, practising in corporate commercial and intellectual property law, this path eventually led to private practice in intellectual property law and commercial law in the Illawarra and surrounding areas. I have Master of Law degrees in intellectual property law and commercial law.
I have a particular interest in trade marks, advertising and intellectual property portfolio advice generally, and how to protect the logos, brands and other intellectual property of a business or individual. I am married with three children. I am a people person and I am able to help clients feel at ease to discuss their needs. I will meet clients at their chosen venue, either at home, a business or cafe as I am a mobile solicitor. I have fixed fees so that clients have certainty.
I do provide pro bono not-for-profit legal advice in Disability law to people with disabilities and their carers.