The Osborn Law debt recovery service will send letters of demand on behalf of our clients to customers who owe money. We do not charge our existing clients to prepare and send an initial standard debtors letter by email.

Should this initial letter not achieve the desired outcome, then Osborn Law can act on your behalf in recovering the debt through the court system. We will advise you up front what the fees will involve in this process to ensure that the debt is worth pursuing and incurring the legal fees to do so.

Our debt recovery team is led by Solicitors, Christie Howson and Tasha Wolodko-Kouril.

Please contact our team if you would like to discuss a debt recovery matter or if you have any questions that we can answer.

Christie Howson

Solicitor Director Employment & Litigation

Christie Howson brings a wealth of experience to Osborn Law in the constantly changing and ever challenging area of employment law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Accounting) and has been qualified as a solicitor since 2000.

Christie has practiced extensively in this area for over 18 years and some of the work that she has performed involved the following:

  • Drafting industrial documentation including common law employment contracts, subcontractor agreements and enterprise agreements for a large mining contractor
  • Advising on compliance with workplace laws and in particular, the Fair Work Act 2009 and Modern Award compliance for many industries including manufacturing, black coal, retail, administrative and hospitality
  • Enterprise Agreement negotiations, strategy advice and complying with Fair Work requirements for ratifying
  • Advising on terminating problem employees in order to reduce exposure to an unfair dismissal or general protections claim, including but not limited to performance and conduct issues, redundancy, medical retirement
  • Appearing at Fair Work Australia on behalf of clients to defend unfair dismissal and general protections claims
  • Assisting an engineering client who bought a business to understand the legal obligations of transferring employees
  • Advising a construction client on restraint of trade issues when a senior manager resigned and attempted to solicit clients
  • Appearing in a case for our client which involved in a claim for damages of $750,000.00 in the Federal Court in Queensland for an adverse action claim for breach of the general protections provision of the Fair Work legislation
  • Advising client in the medical field on the use of subcontractor agreements and License agreements
  • Assisting client in the amusement industry to respond to an audit by the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment
  • Provide advice on compliance with Work Health and safety Act 2011

Christie regularly conducts in house training sessions for Osborn law’s client employers to assist our clients and their managers on how to deal with effective performance management, and bullying and harassment claims. She has also conducted workplace investigations into claims.

Christie also worked for 4 years in a national law firm in insurance law where she acted on behalf of workers compensation insurers. This background assists greatly in employment law work when complex workers compensation issues are involved.

In addition to the employment law work, Christie manages major commercial litigation disputes, particularly those in the Supreme Court of NSW but also in the District and Local Courts. Some of the work that Christie has performed involved the following:

  • Appearing in a Supreme Court matter which involved a breach of contract and claim for $800,000.00 in damages.
  • Appearing in the Federal court in an Intellectual Property dispute where are our client alleges that its Intellectual Property rights were infringed upon and also an associated breach of contract case.
  • Appearing in a District Court matter where the damages claimed was $750,000.00 for breach of contract and a claim for damages (due to failed property deals).
  • Appearing in a District court matter where a former subcontractor attempted to poach clients.
Tasha Wolodko-Kouril

Senior Solicitor – Employment & Litigation

Tasha has more than 7 years’ experience in the legal profession. Tasha has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New England and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 2016.

Tasha began her career working as a paralegal for a mid-sized firm in Sydney. Once admitted, she accepted a role at the same firm as a Solicitor, advising the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation in relation to insolvency matters (both personal and corporate) and the Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer in relation to debt recovery.

After making the move back to Newcastle following the birth of her first child, Tasha has continued to develop her practice in the areas of debt recovery, home building disputes, insolvency litigation, and the effective use of security of payment legislation.

Tasha’s expertise includes:

  • debt recovery in the Local and District Courts;
  • acting for both builders and homeowners in relation to residential building disputes;
  • acting for liquidators in relation to unreasonable director-related transactions;
  • providing advice in relation to, and where necessary litigating, unfair preference claims,
  • providing advice on the effective implementation of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1989 (NSW)
  • drafting and advising on terms of engagement, terms and conditions of trade, distributor agreements and supply agreements;
  • drafting and advising on general security agreements, loan agreements and other security documents; and
  • drafting and advising on contractor agreements.

Tasha aims to assist her clients in avoiding expensive litigation where possible by providing accurate and timely advice to assist in managing commercial risks, and by engaging other parties at an early stage to explore amicable resolutions to disputes. Tasha places great importance on keeping her clients informed of the costs and likely costs of assisting with their legal issues.

When not in the office, Tasha enjoys spending time with her young family and enjoying a nice glass of red wine – not always in that order.