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About Chris

In 1999, Chris O’Brien commenced his education in Law. While studying, Chris volunteered with Criminal Lawyer Nicolas Moir before commencing full time employment with Mr Moir as a Law Graduate in 2003.

Email chris@owplaw.com.au

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In 2004, Chris was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales before being further admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia. For several years Chris was mentored by both Nicolas Moir and Paul Rosser QC in Criminal Law, where he has come to appear in all of the New South Wales Criminal Courts, including the New South Wales Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Since 2006, Chris has volunteered his time to the University of Newcastle by assisting Moot Trials for potential Law Graduates and also donates his time to the Legal Center for legal advice sessions.

In 2007, Nicolas Moir, Chris O’Brien and Paul Rosser QC formed a Partnership known as Nicolas Moir and Associates Trading as Morelaw Solicitors and Barristers. 2007 was also the year that Chris became the convener of Lawyers for the Broadmeadow Traffic Offenders Program, at which he frequently lectures the programs legal topics. In early 2010, the Morelaw Partnership ended with both Nicolas Moir and Paul Rosser moving on to work independently as Barrister’s within the Newcastle Region. The Firm to this day however continues to associate with and instruct both Nicolas and Paul in their respective roles in the Criminal Justice System.

In January 2012, a new Partnership formed between the now Company Directors of the Firm Christopher O’Brien, Kristy Winter and Damien O’Brien. The Firm was thereafter known as O’Brien Winter Partners.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Law (LPAB)
  • Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law)
  • Associate Diploma in Architecture

Areas of Practice

Affiliations

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Newcastle Law Society
  • Young Lawyers
  • University of Newcastle

Christopher O’Brien

Director/ Solicitor

About Kristy

Kristy is a Director and Senior Solicitor of O’Brien Winter Partners, predominately practising in the areas of Criminal Law, Traffic Law and Family Law.

Email kristy@owplaw.com.au

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Kristy commenced her legal training when she was accepted to the University of New England to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Law. On completion of her studies, Kristy received recognition by the Golden Key International Society for academic excellence to the top 15% of all undergraduate degrees across New South Wales.

Kristy went on to complete her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the New South Wales College of Law and was admitted as a Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in August 2009. Kristy was further admitted to the High Court of Australia in September 2009.

It was during the Practical Legal Training component of her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice that Kristy first came into contact with Nicolas Moir and Associates. Kristy completed her legal training with Nicolas Moir and Associates in June 2009 and was offered a full time position with the Firm.

Kristy has appeared regularly in all Criminal Courts since her admission and has also expanded the Firm’s services to offer a Family Law sector.  Kristy became a Director of the now O’Brien Winter Partners in 2013 after receiving her Unrestricted Practising Certificate.

Main areas of practice

Affiliations

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Newcastle Law Society
  • Young Lawyers
  • University of New England
  • University of Newcastle
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Traffic Offenders Program Broadmeadow

Kristy Winter

Director/ Solicitor

About Damien

Damien is a Director and Senior Solicitor of O’Brien Winter Partners, predominately practising in the areas of Commercial Law, Estate Planning, Property Law and Conveyance.

Damien joined O’Brien Winter Partners in June 2009 and completed his professional legal training in 2011.

Email damien@owplaw.com.au

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Prior to joining the O’Brien Winter Team, Damien gained extensive national and international commercial contract negotiations experience with the Accor Group, a global tourism and hospitality organisation based in Paris, France. During his time there, Damien developed and managed national, regional and global supply agreements aimed at improving supply conditions and optimising spending. The last position Damien held with the Accor Group was International Category Director IT and his office was based in the Global Sourcing Department in Evry, France.

Prior to joining the Accor Group, Damien worked for Alcatel (now Alcatel Lucent), a global IT company, where he gained wide experience in marketing, procurement, account management and operations, and contract management.

Damien’s extensive experience in past areas of employment led him to pursue his now chosen field in Commercial Law. Damien now practices in all areas of Commercial Law and Contract Negotiations, Domestic, Commercial and Rural Conveyance as well as Estate Planning.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Law (LPAB)
  • Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Business (Tourism Management)
  • Diploma of Business Management (Accounting)
  • Professional Wool Classer

Main areas of practice

Affiliations

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Newcastle Law Society
  • Charles Sturt University

Damien O’Brien

Director/ Solicitor

About Kaylah

Kaylah joined O’Brien Winter Partners in January 2012 after completing her Bachelor of Business/ Commerce and Graduating in 2011.

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After a period of time in the Accounting Sector where Kaylah gained valuable experience in all aspects of Taxation and Business Management, Kaylah was poached by the Firm’s Partners to take up the increasingly demanding position of Practice Manager.

Kaylah’s background in business management and extensive knowledge of marketing techniques made her the perfect addition to the growing Firm in need of a reliable, loyal and savvy person to manage all the financial and administrative aspects of the Firm. Kaylah was integral in the rebranding and implementation of the Firms name change and has ensured that all administrative, accounting and marketing aspects of the Firm have made a smooth transition during the successful change to the now O’Brien Winter Partners.

In 2013, Kaylah joined Christopher O’Brien, Damien O’Brien, Kristy Winter and Bradley Gabb in becoming a Partner /Shareholder of the Firm. Kaylah now manages all the day to day operations of the business including the management of all Financial, Marketing and Human Resource aspects.

In 2014, Kaylah was appointed as a Justice of the Peace and can further assist the Firm within this role.

Kaylah plans to undertake her Chartered Accountancy course next year whilst continuing to ensure the successful management and future growth of the Firm and its employees.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business/ Commerce- Triple Major in:
  • Financial Accounting;
  • Marketing and;
  • International Business

Affiliations

  • University of Newcastle
  • Newcastle Law Society
  • NSW Federation of Justices of the Peace

Kaylah Winter

Partner/ Practice Manager

Our Team

About Gillian

Gillian joined O’Brien Winter Partners as a solicitor in February 2012 after returning to work from a period of maternity leave.

Gillian studied Law at the University of Victoria, Canada. In 2008 she relocated to Newcastle and subsequently re-trained in Australia, attending both the University of Newcastle and the University of New England.

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 She obtained her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the New South Wales College of Law in 2009 and was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in May, 2009. Gillian was further admitted to the High Court of Australia in March, 2012.

Prior to joining O’Brien Winter Partners, Gillian had extensive experience appearing in Local and District Courts throughout the Hunter and Sydney. Her practice focused primarily on adult and children’s Criminal Law. While maintaining her focus on these areas at O’Brien Winter Partners, Gillian has further expanded her practice to include other areas of law, such as Mental Health Advocacy, Traffic and Licence Appeals, and Commercial Litigation.

Gillian is excited to continue her work with O’Brien Winter Partners, expanding her practice, and continuing to provide clients with the highest standard of legal advice and representation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Double Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws LLB
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Main areas of practice

Affiliations

  • University of Newcastle
  • University of New England
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Newcastle Law Society
  • Young Lawyers

Gillian Jewison

Solicitor

About Donna

Donna joined O’Brien Winter Partners as a solicitor in March 2015.

Donna completed her Bachelor of Law/Diploma of Legal Practice in 2013 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in 2010.

Donna is a Board member of a local Women’s refuge and Path 2 Change, assisting with youth homelessness.

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 Donna is excited to continue her work with O’Brien Winter Partners, expanding her practice, and continuing to provide clients with the highest standard of legal advice and representation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws LLB
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Main areas of practice

Affiliations

  • University of Newcastle
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Newcastle Law Society

Donna Smith

Solicitor

About David

David has held senior Human Resource and Industrial Relation Management positions in large National labour hire and mining industry companies. These roles involved the development and implementation of HR practices and procedures as well as performing all the IR functions relevant to companies operating in highly unionised and regulated industries.

Email davidw@owplaw.com.au

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David has extensive experience in the development of HR systems, contract formation and negotiation, Enterprise Agreements, negotiations with trade unions, dealing with regulatory bodies such as WorkCover and Fair Work Australia, Occupational Health and Safety, Workers Compensation, employee disciplinary procedures and investigations, Award interpretation and unfair dismissals. David’s compliance background has been valuable in assisting clients in meeting all of their regulatory and statutory requirements in a manner that best suits their individual operational needs and commercial situation. Our clients are instructed how to effectively protect their business from legal action and litigation, from their employees, clients and regulatory bodies.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Law
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Commerce

Affiliations

  • Newcastle Law Society
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • University of Newcastle

David Wood

David Wood

Solicitor

About Katie

Katie joined O’Brien Winter Partners in August 2012 and worked as a Legal Receptionist before being trained in her current role as Paralegal.

Email katie@owplaw.com.au

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Katie is thoroughly enjoying her time at O’Brien Winter Partners, particularly working alongside the Solicitors and support staff. Katie is responsible for the organisation and management of our Criminal and Family client files and ensures enquires are effectively noted and passed on to the Solicitors on their return from Court. Katie is employed at O’Brien Winter Partners on a causal basis to allow her to complete her Bachelor of Arts/Laws undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, Katie began her Bachelor of Arts/Primary Teaching degree at Newcastle and completed it to her third year, before realising she wanted to pursue her keen interests in the field of Law.

It is expected that Katie’s University studies will be completed in 2016 after which Katie hopes to have expertise in the Criminal Law Field and be admitted to the bar as a Barrister sometime in the future.

In early 2014, Katie became a registered Justice of the Peace and is able to assist our clients in this role. Katie is very eager to finish her Law Degree and continue working with O’Brien Winter Partners in her future Legal career.

Affiliations

  • University of Newcastle
  • Newcastle Law Society

Katie Jolliffe

Katie Jolliffe

Paralegal