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A law firm servicing clients in Bangalow and Surrounding Areas.
Key Staff

 

In addition to the staff below, James McConvill & Associates engages consultants and barristers to assist our clients with expert legal advice to suit their needs.

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DR JAMES McCONVILL

James McConvill is the founder and Principal of James McConvill & Associates. James has over 15 years post-admission experience in the law. James holds an honours degree in Law and a PhD from Deakin University in Melbourne. He has published several articles in Australia and overseas in leading family law journals, including the International Journal of Law, Policy & the Family published by Oxford University Press in the UK.

James has particular expertise with mediation of disputes, and preparation of Binding Financial Agreements to settle the distribution of property (especially where businesses are involved) in family law matters.

Julie Asher
Julie Asher

Julie Asher is a Senior Associate with the firm, bringing extensive business experience from her prior career in project and contract management. In her career as a lawyer Julie has developed expertise in family law, particularly in property matters. She is interested in resolution of matters via alternative dispute resolution, and has experience with drafting and resolving Binding Financial Agreements and Parenting Plans as alternatives to court proceedings. Prior to working at James McConvill & Associates, she worked at a generalist law firm where she worked in family law, wills and estates, litigation and conveyancing. Julie has a keen interest in social justice and volunteered at the St Kilda Legal Service, she is also a member of Victorian Women Lawyers-Justice Committee and the French-Australian Lawyers Society. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, travelling, painting, reading and cooking.

Adrian Barbaro
Ji Choi

Ji Choi is a Senior Associate with the firm, having obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Waikato (NZ). Ji was admitted to the New Zealand High Court as a barrister and solicitor and to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a lawyer.

Ji has a Commercial Law and Wills & Estates background but more recently gained experience in Family law, Criminal law and Dispute litigation. Ji is bilingual and speaks fluent English and Korean.

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REBECCA CANN

Rebecca Cann is the Manager of James McConvill & Associates.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting Major) from the University of Sydney, and an Advanced Diploma of Accounting (with Honours) from Kingscliff TAFE on the Gold Coast.

Rebecca has an immense amount of accounting and book-keeping experience, with both professional services firms and retail/wholesale enterprises. She also has a number of years of practical experience as a paralegal, with particular expertise in family law paralegal work.

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Krysten Basso

Krysten is our Associate Business Manager and works alongside Rebecca Cann to Manage our Accounts Department. Prior to Krysten joining the firm, she previously worked in the Real Estate Industry for the past 11 years looking after the day to day administration for the agencies sales staff. Her extensive Administration/Business Management experience and knowledge is an asset to the firm.

Simone McMahon
Simone McMahon

Simone grew up in Perth and graduated witha Bachelor of Laws from The University of Notre Dame. After relocating to Brisbane, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2017and was admitted as an Australian Lawyer with the Supreme Court of Brisbane QLD. In addition to her legal qualifications, Simone also holds an Advanced Diploma of Management, Diploma of Event Management and is a Winston Churchill Fellow. Simone also holds a certificate in speech and communication from the Australian Music Examinations Board, having had over 20 years’ experience as a professional presenter and lecturer at state, national and international levels. Simone is a highly motivated, ambitious, and professional individual who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task she undertakes. She demonstrates strong leadership qualities, management skills and highly developed negotiation competencies with significant experience in stakeholder relationships and team management successfully achieving objectives on time and with excellence.

As a qualified lawyer, Simone has extensive experience in the personal injury and more specifically workers compensation sector, however it is her long-standing commitment to community service as a health advocate and her extensive commitment to volunteer work with multiple charities that shows her true character. Through Simone’s outstanding experience within the professional sector, it is clear helping and working with people in the community is where her true passion lies.

Simone’s genuine commitment to community service has been recognised by a notable list of awards including, Order of Australia 2013

Lions Club Exemplary Service Award 2008
Winston Churchill Fellowship 2007
Browns WA Woman of the Year 2007
WA Young Australian of the Year -2006/08
Prime Ministers Centenary Medal


Simone is a vibrant and friendly person,genuinely committed to making a positive difference. She is passionate about helping clients reach their desired outcome and will make sure your case is handled thoroughly and professionally.

Catherine
Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill is a Lawyer with the firm. Catherine obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Southern Cross University and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.

Since being admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Catherine has practised primarily in family law. She has experience in a wide range of family law issues including parenting matters, financial settlements, and child relocation issues. She appreciates the sensitive nature of family law, and that each client’s needs and circumstances are individual to them, and she works with them to achieve the best possible outcome. Catherine also has gained valuable experience in the areas of wills and probate and criminal law. Prior to working at James McConvill & Associates, she worked at a generalist law firm where she worked in family law, wills and estates, litigation and conveyancing. Catherine has a keen interest in social justice, and is a member of both the General Family Law and General Criminal Law Panels for Legal Aid New South Wales.

Prior to working in law, Catherine worked in publishing in both London and New York. She grew up in Paris and speaks and writes fluent French. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, cooking and travelling.

Gary
Gary Mrocki

Gary is a Lawyer with the firm. Gary has an extensive background in consumer and commercial finance as a finance broker / consultant for 30 years. Gary also lectures at a university level in Sports Law involving negligence, contract, drugs, restraint of trade and criminal law in sport. Gary is also a current PHD student and enrolled to undertake a short course Masters of Sports Law.

Prior to joining James McConvill and Associates Gary was employed for 6 months by the South Australian Government as a legal secretary to five senior Crown solicitors within the Department of Planning Transport and infrastructure as well as a legal intern with the Football Federation Australia in Sydney. Outside of work, Gary enjoys AFL soccer, cricket and golf.

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Kylie Fowler

Kylie is a Lawyer with the firm.

In 2009 Kylie finished a teaching degree at Newcastle University. After years of teaching she decided to follow her dream of becoming a lawyer and embark on working in the legal profession. Kylie completed years of volunteer work while studying a Bachelors of Laws at Southern Cross University. She graduated in October 2017 and was honoured to present the Graduates Speech at the Graduation Ceremony. Kylie is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Kylie is interested in all areas of law, but particularly family law. She is committed to assisting clients navigate their legal issues, providing support to the lawyers at James McConvill and Associates. Kylie appreciates the importance of an understanding ear to be able to deliver the most efficient legal services to our clients.

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Stuart Amos

Stuart Amos is a Law Clerk with the firm and has completed his Bachelor of Laws degree at Bond University. During his law studies he enjoyed advocacy and took a keen interest in the areas of Family Law, Care Matters, Juvenile Justice and working towards completing the qualifications to be able to conduct Family Dispute Resolution.

Prior to commencing his Law degree, Stuart had been in various Senior Management roles within the wine industry and Managing Director of his own Consultancy Company. Stuart has commenced his professional career with James McConvill & Associates in 2014 whilst studying at Bond University and brings with him a mature outlook and professional approach. He has perfected many skills that are essential in a legal career such as time-management, attention to detail, researching and analytical skills. Stuart applies these skills in his work and his dedication to taking on various tasks within the firm and providing excellent client satisfaction.

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Natalie Douglas

Natalie Douglas is the firm’s Senior Law Clerk.

She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where she was awarded the Bachelor of Laws ( L.L.B) Degree and of the Norman Manley Law School where she was awarded the Certificate of Legal Education.

Natalie assists the Principals of the firm with the preparation of legal documents (including affidavits, agreements and court application documents), preparation of Legal Aid applications, and with the marketing of the firm.

Jonah Town
Jonah Town

Jonah Town is a Law Clerk with James McConvill & Associates. Jonah has recently obtained his Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University and is currently in the process of becoming an admitted lawyer. Prior to graduating Jonah has had experience in the area of Family Law whilst engaging as a Paralegal whilst completing his studies.

Jonah is enthusiastic and eager to gain as much experience from the many staff members within James McConvill & Associates, and is always up for a challenge to learn and improve.

Angela Kelly
Angela Kelly

Angela Kelly is a Paralegal with the firm. Angela recently obtained a Bachelor of Business with Distinction and is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws / Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Newcastle. Angela has a keen interest in Family Law and Commercial Law, awarded first place in the course Contract Law. Angela is passionate about social justice, volunteering at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre and contributing to the Executive Committee of the EMPOWER Mentoring Program. She also enjoys teaching the course Introduction to Finance at university, as a Peer Assisted Study Leader.

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James Dance

James Dance is a Paralegal with James McConvill & Associates. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Mandarin and Policy/Politics) double degree at Deakin University, having received the Deakin Scholarship for Excellence. James has participated in numerous mooting competitions, and is the Managing Editor of an online policy publication, Centrethought. He is heavily involved in volunteer community work, and has also recently joined the Australian Army Reserve.

Adam Barrington
Adam Barrington

As a penultimate year Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Commerce student at Monash University, I bring to my work a high degree of expertise and passion when it comes to assisting people in their legal problems. Having graduated from Melbourne Grammar School as the Dux of Economics and Environmental science, there was never a question in my mind that I wanted to apply myself to the Law. Most recently I completed my Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics, whilst on a Monash Abroad Travel Scholarship to Lund, Sweden. Here, I was able to complement my studies with an international perspective, enhancing my understanding of business and commerce. I therefore consider myself to be highly adept in dealing with situations concerning business and financial concepts.

Whilst working for James McConvill and Associates over the past five months, I have gained invaluable, practical experience in multiple areas of Law. I particularly enjoy legal research as well as dealing directly with clients’ cases. I continue to study at the same time, undertaking elective units in the Criminal Law field, an area which I am passionate about and can see myself being involved in in the future. In my spare time you can find me on the golf course, cheering on my struggling football team (Carlton), or taking in some fresh air in Lorne.

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Angela Crawford

Angela Crawford is a Paralegal for the firm. Angela has more than 22 years’ experience as a paralegal, and has provided legal support in all phases of litigation (including trial preparation and support) involving family law, contract and business matters, personal injury, and professional liability. She is an experienced project manager and is trained to effectively and cost-effectively implement complex litigation support, including document management, review and e-discovery.

Angela has worked and travelled overseas to work with international clients managing voluminous document productions with a team of lawyers and paralegals on several different occasions.

Angela completed a Bachelor in Political Science at University of North Carolina and completed the Philadelphia Institute of Paralegal Studies course in January 1994.