Prior to opening her practice in Waratah in 2011, Rebecca worked around the state. Having completed her Arts/Law degree at the University of New England, Rebecca commenced practice in Moree in Far North Western NSW, concentrating in the practice areas of Crime, Family Law and Care and Protection.
After moving to Taree then Newcastle, Rebecca’s practice focused toward Children’s Law incorporating Family Law and Care and Protection. With 15 years advocacy experience in Family, Care and Protection, Criminal and general litigation, in the Federal Circuit Court, Family Law Courts, Children’s Court, Local, District and Supreme Courts, Rebecca brings a wealth if knowledge and experience to her practice.
As a member of the Department of Family and Community Services (DoCS) External Legal Practitioners Panel, and the Legal Aid Adult and Child representation panels in Care and Protection, Family Law, Criminal indictable and non indictable panels, Rebecca advocates in a wide range of jurisdictions and practice areas.
Rebecca has been active as an Executive Councillor and Office Bearer of the NSW Young Lawyers, Chair of the Bushweb Committee and active member of the Criminal Law, Family Law, Human Rights, Bushweb and Civil Litigation Committees. She was also a representative member of the Law Society Rural Issues Committee, and has been involved in the promotion and production of core programs for the education and advancement of Young lawyers within our profession and access to Justice for the greater Community.
Rebecca’s passion for Children’s Law has lead her to obtain Specialist Accreditation in Children’s Law from the Law Society of NSW. She is a qualified Children’s Legal Representative in Children’s and Family Courts. She provides legal advice sessions within the Community and advocates for fair and equitable access to responsible, quality, legal advice for service sectors addressing disadvantaged clients.
Rebecca is also an Accredited Collaborative Professional, past committee member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (ICAP), current member of Collaborative Professionals of NSW (CPNSW), the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners, and International Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). This ensures that Rebecca’s professional approach remains progressive, conciliatory and considerate of the most up to date relevant legal and social research.
Rebecca is the Mother of three wonderful, boisterous children who she dedicates her ‘spare’ time to. With an ongoing 7 year home renovation, she has unrivalled stamina, supreme patience and undying enthusiasm. She dreams of having the time to read more, practice yoga and return to art classes (and one day having a finished home).
Trevor has a very diverse background, from being a stockman in the gulf of Carpenteria, jockey, truck driver, wards man and armed guard through to having a professional career in casework and professional safety including as the safety manager on the Port Waratah K7 Wharf Extension.
Trevor has been heavily involved in business and business development throughout these roles and provides consultation services to many NSW based businesses in business development and safety from start ups, marketing, staff selection and training. Trevor has been a National Trainer for UGL servicing all of Australia and New Zealand developing and delivering targeted training.
Trevor was also a Workcover accredited trainer in General Safety, Safety Management for Supervisors and Construction Induction. Trevor has consulted to companies such as Joblink Plus, Mitubishi Australia Plant Services, UGL, Bechtel, Laing O’Rourke, Hydro and Hydro Norsk, researched and developed training programs for at risk work groups that were highly successful.
Trevor is heavily involved with Harpers Legal staff proving on the job training in practice management and stress reduction. He has also developed training packages for OOHC case workers on legal aspects using the solicitors as content experts.
Trevor's knowledge and ability to plan then engage with the stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes is invaluable to Harpers Legal current and continued success.
Outside of work Trevor is dedicated to spending time with his wonderful wife and three children. Trevor enjoys watching sports, fishing and helping those he cares about to achieve life goals.
A graduate of the University of Newcastle, Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice (Honours Class 1). Natalie joined the Harpers Legal team in 2012 and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court Register of Practitioners.
Natalie primarily assists our family law, criminal law and care and protection law clients. She also has experience advising clients on wills, conveyancing and victims support matters. Natalie has extensive experience appearing in the Local, Children’s, and Family Courts and representing clients at mediation.
Natalie is appointed to the Family Law, Care and Protection (acting for adults and children), Domestic Violence and Criminal Law Legal Aid panels, and is on a panel of external practitioners to act on behalf of the Department of Family and Community Services in care matters.
She is a passionate advocate for justice, the socially disadvantaged and vulnerable within society. As part of this, Natalie is involved in the firms outreach volunteering to Domestic Violence and family support services within the local community.
Outside of the office, Natalie is an avid Harry Potter fan, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Ben and their little boy, Henry.
Tina has over 25 years’ experience in administrative law and policy development. She is passionate about supporting children and families and was originally a welfare worker in children’s services before retraining in law.
Tina has been a member of a number of Commonwealth Administrative Tribunals dealing with the rights of students, Centrelink recipients, families and Child Support. She works in Care and Protection and Family Law, and also provides legal advice and policy development and review for non-government organisations providing services to children and families.
Tina has two children – one musical and one sporty. When she’s not at work she can be found in her car driving teenagers from one place to another. If she gets down time she will be reading a book, going to the gym, cooking something fabulous, having friends over or playing with her rescue dog.
Born and raised on the New South Wales Central Coast, Jade attended Gosford High School before moving to Sydney to attend University. She has around six years experience in the legal industry as both in Property and Family Law.
In 2012 Jade attained a Bachelor Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Social Science) from the University of New South Wales and then went on to pursue her passion for law by undertaking the Juris Doctor at the University of Technology Sydney.
In early 2018 Jade relocated to Newcastle and became part of the team at Harpers Legal. Her strong background in social science allows her to bring a non-judgemental approach to any situation ensuring the best outcome for her clients.Jade is on the Legal Aid Family Law Panel, and a member of the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association.
In her spare time Jade hangs out with her Fur-Baby and is fond of binge watching supernatural tv shows…
Phoebe joined our firm during the final months of her study. She has now graduated from her dual degree of Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Fine Arts and has started her practical legal training, working towards becoming admitted as a solicitor.
Phoebe provides support to our solicitors in a number of ways and is the first point of contact for our clients.
During her studies Phoebe worked and volunteered for a number of legal centres including the Aboriginal Legal Service and the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service. She is passionate about accessible justice and finding realistic solutions for problems.
Having grown up in the country, Phoebe loves nature and outside of work can usually be found at the beach or in her garden, usually with one of her many siblings.