Laura Bennett has more than 14 years of experience in the legal profession. Following her completion of a Bachelor of Laws at Newcastle University she took up a full time paralegal position before being admitted as a solicitor in 2008.
She has particular expertise in commercial contract negotiations and drafting. She has an exceptional set of drafting skills and a “can do” approach to client service.
Laura’s experience in commercial and property law includes:
Senior Associate Commercial & Estate Planning
Lana Black is a Senior Associate at Osborn Law.
With a Masters in Wills and Estates and over a decade’s experience specialising in this area, Lana heads up our Wills and Estates team.
Lana’s practice is primarily focused on estate planning and commercial structuring arrangements, along with deceased estates.
Lana is passionate about providing practical advice to clients and looks to ensure her clients’ affairs are appropriately structured both in their lifetimes and after their death.
Lana believes effective estate planning is as much about preserving relationships among family members, as it is about transitioning wealth. Lana enjoys getting to know her clients on a personal level – understanding their family, their asset structure, business needs and their priorities. There is no “one–size–fits–all” approach to this area and the strategies we use very much depend on the priorities of clients and the risks they are comfortable/uncomfortable with.
Lana also has extensive experience in the administration of deceased estates, including advising both executors and beneficiaries in a wide variety of estate matters such as family provision claims; questions of capacity; questions of informal wills; taxation; duties and responsibilities of executors/administrators; and general administration of estates.
Stemming from her background in wills and estates, Lana is responsible for dealing with the establishment, amendment and vesting of trusts for Osborn Law clients. Lana is also experienced in advising clients in relation to associated asset protection and structuring and works closely with Osborn Law’s commercial team when looking at clients’ commercial structuring arrangements and business succession planning.
Lana is a Committee Member for the Bean Counters Ball, an annual fundraiser held to support underprivileged youth and their education pathways. Lana is also regularly involved in other charity initiatives including managing Osborn Law’s involvement with Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s Wills Week and coordinating our Red Nose Day fundraising.
Lana is a member of Newcastle Law Society, Hunter Young Professionals and Hunter Business Women’s Network.
Senior Licensed Conveyancer
Yvonne has a proven track record of almost 30 years’ experience in the legal industry in both an administration and professional capacity.
Working her way up from receptionist as a 16 year old she has progressed to legal secretary, paralegal and then recently completed the Conveyancing Law and Practice course through Macquarie University to become a qualified Licensed Conveyancer.
She has worked in both large and small legal practices in Newcastle working with staff at all levels, which has equipped her with the skills and values required to carry out her role. She has a high level of attention to detail and accuracy and prides herself on her commitment, self-discipline, confidentiality, teamwork, multi-tasking, planning and prioritising.
Yvonne’s experience in property law includes both residential and commercial transactions such as:
Yvonne is a member of the NSW Australian Institute of Conveyancers and strives to identify and satisfy client needs with quality service, confidence and commitment in all aspects of her work.
Solicitor Employment & Commercial
Dominic holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2020 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2021.
Dominic has a particular interest in industrial relations, employment and commercial litigation disputes and corporate and commercial compliance. His experience includes:
Dominic is a commercially minded and practical solicitor who endeavours to achieve the best outcome for clients by ensuring his advice is not only sound and pragmatic but also tailored for the client needing assistance.
In his spare time, Dominic enjoys being with his family and friends, going to the beach, staying fit and eating good food.
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:
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.
Solicitor Commercial & Corporate
Zoe graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) in 2019. Since being admitted as a solicitor, Zoe has gained a range of experience in corporate and commercial law acting for not-for-profit organisations and private, public and ASX listed companies.
Zoe has a keen interest in corporate and commercial law and has experience advising clients on:
Zoe always endeavours to assist clients in achieving a commercial outcome. She prides herself on her professional yet personable nature and values developing long-lasting relationships with her clients.
On her days off, Zoe enjoys keeping fit, spending time outdoors and hanging out with family and friends – nothing will keep her inside on a nice day!
Jacqui is a born and bred Novocastrian, completing her studies at the University of Newcastle where she attained a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and HR/IR.
Following 3 years at the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, she then joined Lawler Partners (now known as PKF Newcastle and Sydney) as head of marketing for 6 years before moving to her current role as Marketing Manager of Osborn Law.
Jacqui loves working with the OL team to assist in ensuring they are (and feel) supported in their career journey.
Jacqui is passionate about giving back to the community and treasures her role with Camp Quality over the past 7 years as a committee member organising and running the Giggle Ball and now the By Invitation dinner. Her desire for assisting others comes from close to home, having been raised in a family heavily involved with the not for profit sector. She knows first-hand the difference these wonderful organisations can make to the lives of those who most need their support.
When out of the office, and not raising her 3 kids, she enjoys walking, catching up for a coffee or a good bubbles with family and friends, or listening to the odd John Farnham song…
Callie is a Licensed Conveyancer with over 10 years’ experience in the legal industry. She commenced her career straight out of school as a legal assistant concentrating on conveyancing matters before completing the Conveyancing Law and Practice course at Macquarie University in 2023.
Callie Joined the Osborn Law property team in 2020 and since this time has gained experience in a wide range of conveyancing matters and is a valued member of the Osborn Law Team.
Callie’s experience in property includes:
When out of office Callie enjoys playing league tag, spending time with friends and family & catching up on a good TV show.
Legal Secretary Wills & Estate Planning
Erin has more than 20 years’ experience in the legal industry having started her career as a young trainee completing Certificate III then Certificate IV in Business Administration. Since this time, she supported teams in a variety of firms of different sizes before finding her niche within Estate Planning.
Erin is compassionate and understands the importance of assisting clients at what can be a difficult time in their lives.
She is an absolute pocket rocket – a real doer committed to ensuring our clients and team are supported – and all done with a smile.
When not in the office you will find Erin spending time with her family including enjoying a nice meal and bottle of wine with partner Ryan along with exploring our local beautiful bush trails.
Sam is Communications graduate (2019) and is completing his Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Newcastle. With a major in News and Digital Media, Sam is experienced in interviewing and empathising when a client brings a problem. He is also passionate about clear communication and delivering solutions with sophistication and simplicity.
Sam is part of the employment and litigation team and is often tasked with undertaking a range of problems which don’t fit under a specific category of law. This has grown him as a versatile thinker, taking on tough questions which are rarely asked, but which can be all important to the client.
In his spare time, Sam is a keen surfer and enjoys exploring new surf spots. He also regularly volunteers at his local church, playing guitar and helping the youth group.
Front Office Executive
Therese has more than 40 years’ experience in all aspects of client services and customer support roles over a wide variety of sectors.
Therese (affectionately known as Aunty Therese by her OL family) is half of our wonderful front office team that welcomes clients and friends of Osborn Law.
A definite people person, Therese enjoys meeting and getting to know people and listening to their interesting stories. She loves supporting clients which is evident through her management of processes and procedures at Osborn Law to ensure the best service is delivered.
Therese is also a real jack of all trades committed to assisting our entire team – not afraid to roll up the sleeves to make sure jobs gets done.
When not in the office, Therese loves to go camping with her family to see what our wonderful country has to offer; breakfast on the beach after a 4WD on the sand dunes along with catching a live show/musical with family and friends.
Legal Secretary Property
Bel, who holds a Certificate III in both Child Education and Business Administration, has always had a desire for supporting and assisting others. Prior to joining Osborn Law, she worked in legal administration for 2 years and has enjoyed the challenge of moving to a predominately property focus within the OL property team.
Bel likes to ensure the process for clients is easy and exciting when dealing with property sales and purchases. She is enthusiastic about understanding clients wants and needs, creating relationships along the way and treating each matter like it is her own.
When not in the office, Bel enjoys spending time with her family and friends including going to the beach (she is currently learning how to surf!), travelling and attending local markets. She also likes to keep active by skating around Newcastle, swimming laps at the baths, and playing netball and water polo.
Front Office Executive
Cass is half of our wonderful front office team that welcomes clients and friends of Osborn Law.With more than 16 years’ experience in administrative support in both the medical and legal sectors, she is a great support to the OL team and the general day to day running of the office.
Cass loves the people aspect of her role and says she is happiest when looking after others, so being able to meet and greet our wonderful clients and ensuring they are cared for and valued is a big priority.
She also enjoys being involved in assisting with the social aspects of OL as well as the teams fundraising and charity work which she takes great pride in.
When not in the office, Cass loves a brunch/lunch catch up with friends and being with her family (including her adorable dog Ruby). She also likes to explore the outdoors including camping and beaching along with watching live music, horse racing and any live sport but especially her beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Meg is an experienced Legal Secretary that has been working in the industry for over 9 years’ predominantly in the areas of Commercial and Property law. She started her career in legal undertaking her Certificate III in Business Administration, a move that made her love working in the legal industry.
Mainly assisting the commercial team, Meg is the point of call for the rest of the OL team when needed and is also well known to our commercial clients.
During her time as a Legal Secretary, Meg has worked in boutique and national law firms and has developed a broad range of experience and skills in the following areas:
Meg strives to assist the team and clients to ensure that the experience is a positive one.
She enjoys that no two matters are the same and the constant learning through each new challenge thrown her way.
As an outdoors person (with a green thumb), Meg loves to spend time in the garden when away from the office as well as camping and going to the beach with family and friends.
Kylie has more than 20 years’ experience in business bookkeeping and accounting roles. She has been part of the OL family for 9 years during which time she has been responsible for all accounting and IT functions across the firm.
She enjoys working with the team and supporting where necessary. As an avid lover of spreadsheets (she will tell you!) and our practice management system, LawMaster, guru she is extremely handy to us all and we would be lost without her!
Kylie likes spending her time with family and friends when not in the office – whether this be travelling or trying new restaurants and cocktails. She also enjoys relaxing with a good book for some chill time.
Did we mention she also has THE best laugh?
Solicitor – Property & Commercial
Terence holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of New South Wales and was admitted as a solicitor in 2020.
Since admission, he has worked in property law. He continues to build his skills and experience in this field, working within the Commercial and Property Team at Osborn Law.
Terence has a range of experience in:
In his spare time, Terence enjoys watching a good movie, a nice coffee or board games with friends.
Terence is fluent in Mandarin and English.