Welcome to Berryman Partners
Berryman Partners Lawyers is one of Newcastle’s leading law firms, with over 40 years of providing legal services.
At Berryman Partners we have developed a professional yet friendly and personal approach to servicing the needs of our clients seeking legal representation and advice.
Berryman Partners Lawyers provides a broad range of legal services for both individuals and business.
We genuinely want to help so at Berryman Partners, we take the time to listen and find out about your needs, providing practical, plain English advice.
At Berryman Partners we understand that family law issues generally and, in particular, the breakdown of a relationship, cause enormous stress and uncertainty about the future. We combine skills in listening, advising and supporting clients at what is frequently a time of great upheaval in their lives. Our Family Law Team is experienced at guiding clients and their families through the many issues that can arise in relation to children, financial matters, and planning for the future.
You will find our family law team is approachable and diligent and willing to assist you to make the difficult decisions during what can be a stressful and emotional time. Our focus is on attaining the outcome that best suits you as efficiently as possible, thereby helping you get on with your life and limit your legal costs.
At Berryman Partners, our family lawyers possess expertise in:
1. Binding Financial Agreements (sometimes referred to as Pre-nuptial Agreements) before, during or after the breakdown of the relationship.
2. Property matters – including property division, superannuation and financial issues for both marital and de facto relationships.
3. Parenting issues – including access and shared parenting arrangements, parenting plans and/or orders and child support.
4. Divorce applications.
5. Spousal maintenance
6. Making a new Will after separation.
Berryman Partners understands that the decisions involved in buying or selling a home are significant. Our experienced property lawyers have extensive knowledge in buying and selling property and will always be available to answer your questions and guide you through the process.
Buying or selling a home can be a daunting prospect. It is a complex process involving negotiating and entering a legally binding contract for large amounts of money. Unlike a conveyancer, our property lawyers are qualified to advise you broadly in relation to contract and property law issues, asset structuring, estate planning and taxation.
Our conveyancing and property services are offered at competitive rates so before you engage a conveyancer to act on your behalf in relation to your sale or purchase consider using one of our property lawyers. We will provide peace of mind that your purchase or sale will be handled correctly.
If you are looking to purchase, we can also arrange pest, building, survey and strata inspection reports where necessary. We also offer in-house stamping so that you can delay paying Stamp Duty until the completion date if preferred.
Our property lawyers possess expertise in:
1. Dealing with all types of Title, including Torrens, Old System, Qualified, Strata and Community.
2. Acting for buyers and sellers of residential property, including drafting and advising on contracts.
3. Acting for lenders and borrowers in respect of residential mortgage transactions.
4. Creating Easements by way of Transfer
5. Acting for individuals in respect of resumptions of property by Councils and the Road Traffic Authority.
6. Advising people who are considering going into a Retirement Village or Nursing Home (including advising them about Deeds of Licence and other ""retirement living"" documentation).
Small Business Advice
If you are operating a small business or thinking about starting one there are many legal issues that will affect you. Unfortunately, many new small businesses fail within a short period of time, often with significant personal losses to their owner. At Berryman Partners, we can help maximise your prospects of success.
There are many crucial decisions which need to be made when operating a small business. These decisions range from those that arise when trying to start up a small business to those that confront the experienced business-owner who is looking to expand or to maximise their profits. Here at Berryman Partners we are qualified to advise you broadly on all the issues which affect you. We will get to know your business so that our advice is tailored to your commercial goals. Whether its advice on the right business structure to suit you, on the best way to protect your assets, or on the best way to expand your business we will arm you with the knowledge to handle the important decisions.
At Berryman Partners we can also provide expert advice in relation to buying or selling a business. We will assist you at every step of the way, from negotiating and interpreting the terms of the contract to understanding the taxation implications of the transaction. Our concern is obtaining the best result for you.
One of the significant problems affecting small businesses is recovering money from debtors. We understand the great stress that this can cause any business owner and can help you to recover debts quickly and efficiently.
We have expertise in:
1. Buying and selling businesses.
2. Advising on business structure.
4. Commercial leasing.
5. Business succession.
6. Debt recovery.
Wills & Estate Planning
As we get older we face increasing uncertainty. This uncertainty can be a source of great stress for most people. To ensure peace of mind and financial security as you get older it is important to manage your estate and financial affairs.
Estate planning is about ensuring that when you pass away your loved ones are properly provided for and your assets are distributed according to your wishes with minimum taxation and court intervention. It is also about managing your affairs while you’re still alive to ensure that your assets are sufficiently protected and continue to be protected in the event that you lose the capacity to make important decisions for yourself.
Effective estate planning gives you flexibility in the management of your estate and affairs. At Berryman Partners we can assist you to tailor you estate plan to your particular circumstances.
Estate planning comprises multiple steps. The first of these steps is to prepare a Will and/or Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship.
Preparation of a Will allows you to express your wishes as to how your assets are to be distributed upon you death. Proper planning allows you to reduce the financial burden on your beneficiaries and minimise the possibility of disputes.
Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship are effective ways of appointing either one or multiple people to make important decisions for you for either a short period of time or long term.
Estate planning also requires a broad approach and consideration should be given to all matters that may affect the important aspects of a person’s estate and affairs.
Berryman Partners can provide you with a range of estate planning services, including:
1. Preparation of Wills
2. Preparation of Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship
3. Asset protection strategies
4. Assistance with issues relating to living arrangements and aged-care accommodation.
Welcome to Dwyer Lawyers
At Dwyer Lawyers, we seek to provide the best quality legal advice by understanding our clients' individual, family and business needs.
By working closely with our clients and giving them the dedicated personal attention that only a small firm can give, Dwyer Lawyers helps them achieve their personal and family goals.
Dwyer Lawyers also work with our clients’ financial advisers to provide particular specialised advice where and when required. We are used to working with financial planners and accountants.
Our Legal Team
The Principal of Dwyer Lawyers, Dr Terence Dwyer is a highly experienced and qualified lawyer in the firm’s areas of practice.
Dr Dwyer has had wide experience in tax and superannuation advising in the Commonwealth Treasury and Prime Minister’s Department. He has subsequently advised Australian and international clients on tax and business planning and has advised on the drafting of business-friendly legislation both in Australia and overseas.
Ms Deborah Dwyer gained her LLB from the Australian National University and has added an LLM in comparative law. Her interests include advising on CGT and business succession issues, international taxation issues, tax deductible status for non-profit organisations, and has written on various tax and business subjects as well as drafting an amendments to the managed investments regime within the Corporations Act.
Areas of Practice
Dwyer Lawyers practise in all areas related to clients’ needs to grow and protect their family’s wealth and provide for their well-being.
At Dwyer Lawyers we can help you plan for the growth and protection of your hard-earned wealth, for both your benefit and your family’s. This is not an easy task. Laws and taxes are complex and seem ever-changing. We view business and investment structuring and estate planning as inter-related.
At Dwyer Lawyers we can provide advice to assist you in this area. How efficiently you and your spouse or partner manage your income and assets now determines your standard of living both now and in your retirement and will affect the estate you or your partner and your family will have available for support. The business and investment decisions you take now will determine how your estate serves you while you are alive and how it will look after your family.
Because Dwyer Lawyers have worked over the years on a range of policy and legislative changes, including drafting, Dwyer Lawyers brings to the practice of estate, superannuation, tax and business planning a range of experience and expertise which helps inform their advice. Often, there is more than one way to achieve your ultimate wealth planning objectives and it helps, in looking at alternative legal strategies, to take into account the trend of policy and legislation (which in turn may influence the way the Courts handle previous precedents).
Wills & Estates
For Dwyer Lawyers it’s the value of advice which counts. While we all like to save money, one can be “penny wise and pound foolish”.
A simple will can be done for relatively little money but if you have complex business and assets issues, will it ensure that there are no tax traps or testator's family provision traps left for you or your spouse? What are the CGT implications? Can anyone challenge the will? Will it ensure assets are protected? Are you getting the most benefit from the CGT small business tax concessions? Dwyer Lawyers can help protect your interests - don't assume this won't be your problem. Someone else's failure to plan will be.
Where clients only require a simple will and do not wish to consider estate planning we are happy to assist.
Services we provide are:
• estate planning
• wills and probate
• family provision planning
• charitable bequests
• powers of attorney
Business and Asset Protection
Dwyer Lawyers also provide a range of services in relation to growing and protecting wealth including:
• business and commercial law
• business set-ups and structuring
• business succession planning including family or management buyouts
• business buy-sell agreements
• employee share plans
• employee or management buyouts including family buyouts
• associations and charities
• tax planning and advice
• capital gains tax
• Division 7A dividends
• international tax
• double tax treaties and reliefs
• stamp duty
• fringe benefits tax
• migration tax planning inwards or outwards
• international investment planning
• asset protection
• life insurance trusts
• superannuation including self-managed superannuation
Welcome to AM Legal Compensation Lawyers
AM Legal Compensation Lawyers provides expert legal advice and claims assistance to people injured in a range of places and circumstances, including car crash injury claims, dust diseases claims, slip/trip claims, WorkCover claims and more.
Our mission at AM Legal Compensation Lawyers is to ensure injured people receive maximum entitlements fast!
At AM Legal Compensation Lawyers we know that dealing with legal matters can be intimidating and stressful so we ensure that our clients are fully updated on a regular and timely basis. Your case is not just a file number to a large law firm that is ignored or neglected.
AM Legal Compensation Lawyers provides accurate advice in plain language and fights hard to advance all claims in a competent and efficient manner.
While our philosophy is to settle claims early, we will NOT undersell our clients' claims. If the insurance company does not offer the appropriate amount of compensation, we are not afraid to fight for it in the relevant court or tribunal.
AM Legal Compensation Lawyers has an excellent record in litigated claims - we have won all of our cases.
Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury
The Principal of AM Legal Compensation Lawyers, Antony Mastrogiannis is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury. This is awarded to a legal practitioner by the NSW Law Society in recognition for the added expertise they possess in the field of Law. A select small number of Solicitors have this sort of specialist Accreditation.
Our Expertise and Success
The establishment of AM Legal Compensation Lawyers in February 2009 was borne out of a desire to provide honest, timely and accurate advice and claims assistance.
The principal of AM Legal Compensation Lawyers, Antony Mastrogiannis, is a solicitor (Dip Law, LPAB), Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and Approved Legal Services Provider to the WorkCover Independent Review Officer.
Antony has almost 20 years experience in personal injury / compensation law. During the early part of Antony's career, he acted for many large employers and insurance companies. He understands their obligations, practices and approach to claims.
Since around 2004 Antony has acted only for injured people. He has acted for hundreds of injured people in compensation claims, providing advice and claims management and representation.
Antony has successfully appeared in the Compensation Court, Workers Compensation Commission, Motor Accidents Assessment Service, District and Supreme Courts over the years.
It is reassuring for new clients of AM Legal Compensation Lawyers to know that Antony has had a very successful record in preserving injured peoples' rights and recovering their entitlements.
Please see the testimonials from happy clients on the AM Legal Compensation Lawyers website.
Welcome to FARRAR GESINI DUNN
At FARRAR GESINI DUNN, our lawyers' knowledge & experience in the complex area of Family Law means your rights will be protected.
FARRAR GESINI DUNN was the first Family Law specialist firm in Canberra and continues to lead the Family Law community.
See Time Differently
At FARRAR GESINI DUNN you choose how your Family Lawyer charges.
We are leading Canberra Family Law firms in moving away from time based billing.
Get open legal advice and guidance from FARRAR GESINI DUNN.
Opt out of the Family Court. Control your own outcome.
Find Solutions That Fit
At FARRAR GESINI DUNN our lawyers treat you like a person, not a case.
We provide legal advice customised for you.
You have a divorce lawyer achieving the outcome and using the process that is best for you.
Work With The Best
FARRAR GESINI DUNN only work as Family Lawyers.
We were one of the first law firms in Australia to specialise in Family Law. We know what we're doing; and we stick to it.
McNamara & Associates is a well-established law firm in Ipswich providing comprehensive range of legal advice and services including personal injury law, family law, divorce law, child support, will disputes, commercial law, conveyancing.
Welcome to Attwaters Solicitors
Established for more than 50 years Attwaters Solicitors have been offering legal services to the community supported by a wealth of professional knowledge.
At Attwaters Solicitors, we focus on the best and most cost-effective outcomes for clients.
Attwaters Solicitors strives to maintain the highest degree of professionalism, integrity and honesty.
You can be assured Attwaters Solicitors treats our clients' information with the utmost confidentiality.
Areas of Law
Attwaters Solicitors has specialists accredited by the Law Society of NSW in the areas of Family Law and Property Law.
Our practice has an emphasis on business law, family law, hotel and liquor licensing, litigation, property law, conveyancing, and wills and estates.
Attwaters Solicitors have a proud history in the east end of Newcastle.
Founded by John Attwater on 21 September 1959, we have grown from having just one member of staff to a team of professional and administrative support staff.
Attwaters Solicitors is now one of the most respected and progressive law firms in the Newcastle region.
Advice and guidance at Attwaters Solicitors focuses on the best and most cost-effective outcomes for our clients.
Attwaters Solicitors will always take the time to work with you to build strong relationships and achieve the required result.
Imagine; you are a traveller free, not a care in the world, ready for new experiences, new discoveries and just when life couldn’t get any better you meet a certain someone, a drink becomes a meal. A meal becomes endless conversations and lots of time together and a little change in course happens, we like to call love and you find yourself in a very happy and fulfilling relationship.
One of you is from Australia and one of you is from another part of the world. Everything is great, you feel you are on a wonderful journey of discovery together, you might even be living together starting a new life in Australia, then comes some uncertainty. Your current visa is about to expire. You want to know your best route to ensure safe passage.
Personal Injury Accredited Specialists
Beston Macken McManis Lawyers is a longstanding, respected law firm specialising in Personal Injury.
The firm has been serving the injured since the 1960's. All our solicitors are Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury law, which means our dedicated team are experts in this field.
Beston Macken McManis Lawyers are able to address your claim with all the knowledge and resources you will need to get the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.
We also have extensive experience in assisting clients who have complications and limitations that last a lifetime.
If you have been injured through a motor vehicle, workplace or other accident and need a professional opinion regarding your rights and entitlement, then Beston Macken McManis Lawyers are able to give you the expert advice you need.
Beston Macken McManis Lawyers provides a personal service to clients. Unlike large commercial practices, it is a policy of our Principal Partners to be involved in all claims handled by our team, and we pride ourselves in this regard.
Specialising in a Range of Personal Injuries
• Motor vehicle accident injury claims
• Brain injury
• Spinal Injury
• Slip & Fall Claims
• Public Liability/Occupiers Liability
• Medical Negligence Claims
• Work Injury Claims
• Top Up Workers Compensation Claims
• Total and Permanent Disablement Claims
High Level of Expertise
HUGH MACKEN - Partner
Hugh Macken is an Accredited Specialist in personal injury law. He holds a Master of Laws Degree, and has extensive training and experience in industrial relations matters, court litigation, and alternative dispute resolutions. Hugh is also a past President of the Law Society of New South Wales.
JOHN McMANIS - Partner
John is an Accredited Personal Injury Specialist, with extensive experience in catastrophic injuries in Australia and around the world, most notably the United States of America and the United Kingdom. John is always involved personally and directly with his Clients.
Cameron spent 10 years as a Barrister, acting primarily for Plaintiffs in Personal Injury Litigation. During that time Cameron worked extensively with Beston Macken McManis, acting for our Clients in all jurisdictions from Local Courts to the High Court of Australia. In 2007 he joined the firm, becoming a Law Society of New South Wales Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury.
Other Areas of Law
Beston Macken McManis Lawyers other legal services include Estate Matters, Drafting Wills, obtaining Grant of Probate, applying for Letters of Administration, executing Power of Attorney documents, and providing Guardianship advice.
We also administer all property matters, including the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property.
Armstrong Legal has 14 lawyers who practice only criminal law.
Armstrong Legal is the largest criminal law firm in Australia. Our team includes five accredited specialists in criminal law (more than any other law firm in Australia). Armstrong Legal handles over 1000 criminal cases a year. Our clients come to us charged with a range of offences including speeding, drink driving, assault, murder, drugs, fraud, corporate crime and tax fraud.
At Armstrong Lawyers, we know all the magistrates. We know what to say and what not to say. We appear in all NSW courts.
If you have been accused of a traffic offence or crime, call Armstrong Legal today on 9261 4555. Your first consultation is free if you decide not to proceed.
Armstrong Lawyers also has 14 lawyers who practice only family law.
Our family lawyers include five accredited specialists in family law. Armstrong Legal handles a wide range of family law matters.
Armstrong Lawyers welcomes people with family legal problems to come and talk to us informally about their needs. We’ll give you a simple outline of the legal aspects of your situation and recommend what steps you could take next, if and when you’re ready to proceed. Your first appointment at Armstrong Legal is without obligation and there’s no fee if you decide not to proceed.
If you do go ahead, you can decide how involved you want to be at every stage and how much you’d like us to do for you.
Welcome to Watts McCray Lawyers
As a specialist and leading provider of Family Law services in Australia, Watts McCray Lawyers really understand Family Law.
Many of the lawyers at the firm are Accredited Specialists in Family Law and so are well placed to provide clients with the best possible representation in all types of Family Law cases.
As a client of Watts McCray Lawyers, you always have access to a Family Law Specialist who has the ability to discuss any matter of concern with you.
Watts McCray Lawyers understand the importance of providing our clients not only with expert advice, but also guidance during what is often a difficult time in life.
We ensure help and support is there when needed, and always provided professionally and in an understanding and empathetic manner.
Watts McCray Lawyers is committed to helping resolve our clients’ matters promptly, cost-effectively and where possible, without the need to attend court.
Our Legal Team
Watts McCray Lawyers have been servicing clients for more than 25 years, with over 400 combined years of experience.
Our team includes a retired Family Court Judge, a current professor in Family Law and former Chair of the Family Law Counsel, and some of Australia’s most respected and well-regarded Family Lawyers. Additionally, two of our solicitors are Fellows of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Family Law Services
Watts McCray Lawyers has Australia’s leading Family Law Specialists available to advise you in a variety of Family Law matters including:
• Consent orders
• Same-sex couples
• De facto relationships
• Spousal maintenance
• Child support
• Child custody
• Court representation
• Domestic violence
• Binding financial (pre-nuptial) agreements
• Property & financial settlements
• Settlement conferences
• Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Other Client Services
At Watts McCray Lawyers, we also take pride in our expertise in a range of different areas of Australian and International Law.
As well as expertise in Family Law, we also have extensive experience in property law and commercial law, allowing Watts McCray Lawyers to give you in-depth advice and services for many legal needs you may have, including:
• Property Law
• International Law Services
• Commercial & Corporate Law
• Settlement Conferences
• Wills and Estate planning
• Notary Public
• SAFAR; a system for the security of legal documents
• Urgent legal applications