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Kristen Perry, Principal

Kristen-Perry.jpgAs Principal of Perry Legal, Kristen Perry has never run from a good fight. She loves a tough negotiation and uses her enthusiasm for the fight to the benefit of her clients. She’ll advocate for what is right, and won’t stop until the fight is done. This is a quality you want in your lawyer.

The Boring but Necessary Stuff

Kristen was awarded an Arts law degree from UWA University of Western Australia in 1998 and Master of Business Administration in 2001.

She began as a commercial litigator in 1998 at Minter Ellison in Western Australia, then spent 3 years at Amherst as a commercial litigator.  She finally came home to Newcastle in 2002 where she worked at Sparke Helmore Lawyers.

In 2004, Kristen started Perry Legal and has been running hard ever since. She has been admitted to High Court, Western Australian Supreme Court as Barrister and Solicitor, and NSW Supreme Court as a solicitor.

Kristen Advocates for Her Clients

As Principal of Perry Legal, Kristen now uses her experience and tough core to advocate for her clients, and she encourages her employees to do the same.

Kathy Tetu, Mediator

Kathy-Tetu-1-(3).jpgKathy’s goal as a mediator is to assist her clients to make their work and family lives as workable and harmonious as possible.

Kathy has been mediating with families for more than 17 years through Conflict Management Mediation Services. She specializes in working with separated parents to help them to make workable agreements that will give their children the best chance of thriving in their changed family situation. Kathy also has years of experience in conflict management in the workplace. Kathy’s knowledge and skill as a conflict coach contribute to her effective work in conflict mediation and family mediation services.

Working with Kathy is an engaging and rewarding process. She provides clients with a respectful, empathetic and personalized service.

Key features of Kathy’s qualifications

  • LEADR mediator practitioner award for ‘Significant Contribution to Dispute Resolution for Creative adaptation of Dispute Resolution to meet specific needs’.
  • Accreditation with Conflict Coaching International. Broad range of  experience as a  Communication and Conflict Coach
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner registration, in excess of 17 years working as a family mediator for agencies and privately
  • Nationally accredited mediator, working as a workplace mediator for agency panels, private businesses and government organizations for more than 12 years
  • Masters in Dispute Resolution

Deborah McDonald-Cocks

Deb-McDonald-Cocks-2.jpgDeb McDonald- Cocks is a Paralegal with Perry Legal as well as a Commercial and Residential Mortgage Broker.

Being a large volume writer and having access to many “priority” channels in the banks she prides herself on negotiating the best rates possible and offering solutions that look at long term strategy and strategic loan structures.

Also a Medical Finance Specialist for both Residential and Commercial Lending she is the “go to” person for many leading Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists and other Medical Professionals.

Deb also specialises in First Home Buyers, Refinance, Debt Consolidation, Vehicle and Equipment Leasing and Personal Loans.