As most of our clients probably know by now, our solicitor Winnie Chan left at the end of last year and was replaced by our new paralegal  Hamish Williams.  This year Janis Donnelly-Coode ceased working full time at Coode & Corry and her clients and files are now being looked after by Ms Jacinta Watkins.  We have been very busy with the changeover of staff, and caring for our usual clients, and this is why we haven’t sent out a client newsletter in some time.

Jacinta started working in a barrister’s chambers in 1993, and started studying law in 1995.  She worked for a  city law firm from 2001 until this year, but has for various reasons decided that she now wants to give up the commute and the big city approach, and join a small local suburban firm.

Jacinta is very experienced in court work and understands that family break down, or the death of a loved one, is an emotional time for our clients and will do her best to make the process as easy to understand as possible.

Jacinta works from Tuesday to Friday and her areas of law include:

  • Family Law
  • Estates
  • Commercial litigation, including loans, mortgages, insurance and banking law
  • Wills, Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Enduring Guardian
  • Bankruptcy, corporate insolvency and other related work

Hamish Williams started with us at the end of 2014.  He is a final year law student at the University of New England.  Before he came to work with us at Coode & Corry he also started his legal career at a barrister’s chambers, assisting the barristers with drafting of Court Documents, preparation of legal advice, obtaining research or dealing with clients or solicitors.

During his time at Coode & Corry he has become experienced in dealing with family law matters, and it would appear that many of our clients appreciate his friendly and compassionate approach to their matters.  Hamish mostly assists Jacinta with the family law matters or estate matters, but can also be found assisting the Principal Bruce Coode with his work from time to time.  If you need to speak with Jacinta about your family law or estate matter and she is unavailable, you may find that Hamish can answer your query.  Hamish is here five days a week.

Janis is still working at the firm but only one day a week, and is assisting Bruce and Jacinta with their practice.  Janis is also investing time in attending local community groups, like high schools or churches, to share her experience dealing with domestic violence through her years as a family lawyer.  Janis is talking with high school students about the importance of respect in all relationships in their lives, and talks with adults about the reality of domestic violence and what to do if they, or someone they love, find themselves in that situation.