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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.

Phone 0431 600 666

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 Barristers 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 of Applied Science (Architectural Drafting)

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.

Phone 0431 600 666

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 including the Supreme Court of NSW and the Court of Criminal Appeal. Kristy has had extensive experience as an Advocate appearing in Local and District Courts throughout the Hunter and Sydney and regularly travels to instruct and appear in complex Criminal Trials throughout the State. Kristy 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 completing the Practice Management Course and receiving her Unrestricted Practising Certificate.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor or Arts/Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (The College of Law)
  • FMRC Practice Management

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, practising in the areas of Commercial Law, Property Law and Estates.

Damien joined O’Brien Winter Partners in June 2009 and holds an Unrestricted Practising Certificate.

Phone 0400 664 862

Email damien@owplaw.com.au

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Since 2012, Damien has volunteered his time to the University of Newcastle by assisting potential Law Graduates and further donates his time to the University Legal Centre for legal advice sessions.

Damien is passionate about delivering the best quality services to his clients and believes a client referral is the best measure of your service.

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 based in Paris, 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. Damien now practices in all areas of Commercial Law and Contract Negotiations, Residential, Commercial and Rural Conveyance and Estates.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Law (LPAB)
  • Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Business (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 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.

Phone 0431 600 666

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, AwardInterpretationn 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

Solicitor

About Rose

Rose commenced work at O’Brien Winter Partners in May 2016, predominantly practising in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Commercial Law, Industrial Law, Defamation, Wills & Estates, Taxation, Commercial Contract Documentation and Mediation.

Phone 0431 600 666

Email rose@owplaw.com.au

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Rose completed her Diploma of Law through the Legal Profession Admission Board in 2016 and was admitted to the NSW and High Court roll in July 2016.

Before her employment at O’Brien Winter Partners, Rose worked as a paralegal in Dubbo from 2011 and Wollongong in 2010.

Born in Wollongong, raised in Orange and Dubbo some of Rose’s interests include Rugby League (Rabbitohs), Rugby Union (Warratahs), Netball (Giants), reading, sunshine and humour.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Law
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Main areas of practice

Affiliations

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

Rose McKenna

Solicitor

About Katherine

Katherine commenced her career at O’Brien Winter Partners in 2016 where she discovered her passion for property and commercial law. She completed her Conveyancing Law & Practice Diploma at Macquarie University in 2018.

Phone 0431 600 666

Email katherine@owplaw.com.au

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Katherine is very passionate about her role and is dedicated to expanding her legal knowledge to assist our Commercial Team and to always exceed the expectations of our clients.

Katherine’s conscientious attitude, commercial knowledge and exceptional organisational skills ensure our clients’ matters run smoothly and meet deadlines. Whether our client be a large developer or an individual purchasing their first home, all of our clients receive the same high level of friendly and professional service.

In 2017 Katherine became a registered Justice of the Peace and further assists the Firm and our Clients in this role.

Main areas of practice

Affiliations

  • Macquarie University
  • NSW Federation of Justices of the Peace

Katherine Weeks

Licensed Conveyancer

About Ana

Ana practices in the areas of Criminal Law and Traffic Law.

Phone 0431 600 666

Email ana@owplaw.com.au

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Ana was admitted to the NSW roll of solicitors in February 2015.

Ana has appeared in the Local, District and Supreme Court in a variety of criminal matters. Ana regularly appears in defended hearings (including domestic violence matters), AVOs, section 32 applications, licence appeals, bail applications, sentences and appeals on conviction and sentence.

Ana continues to appear in Courts in Newcastle, the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney and has a great working relationship with prosecutors and members of the bar.

Also holding a degree in Science with distinction (double major chemistry and biology), Ana brings a uniquely analytical mind to scrutinising evidence served against our clients. Ana fights hard for our clients to ensure they get the best results in Court.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws and Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Science with distinction;
    • Double major in chemistry and biology

Main areas of practice

Affiliations

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Newcastle Law Society

Ana Qvist

Solicitor

About Tracey

Tracey joined O’Brien Winter Partners as a solicitor in July 2018, predominantly practising in the areas of Family Law and Criminal Law.

Phone 0431 600 666

Email tracey@owplaw.com.au

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Since graduating from the University of Southern Queensland with honours in 2016, Tracey has gained experience in all areas of law.

Tracey has recently been approved to sit on the Legal Aid Panel which means that she can now offer clients from disadvantaged seriocomic areas quality legal advice and representation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Diploma in Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Main areas of practice

Affiliations

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Newcastle Law Society
  • Hunter Valley Law Society
  • Golden Key Honour Club

Tracey Wallace

Solicitor

About Ana

Ana completed her Bachelor of Arts (Major in Conflict Resolution)/Bachelor of Laws Degree at Macquarie University in 1997 & was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in October 1998.

Phone 0431 600 666

Email ana.grguric@owplaw.com.au

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Over 20 years later, Ana’s practised predominantly in the areas of Commercial, Civil & Estate Litigation in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth & Newcastle over the last decade, providing her experience and skills to our firm as a Consultant.

Ana’s approach is to individually explore each & every dispute with common sense towards reaching an agreement, applying efficiency in the areas of legal costs & time to an outcome for the client & the diligent application of the law.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws;
    • Major in Conflict Resolution

Main areas of practice

Affiliations

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Newcastle Law Society

Ana Grguric

Solicitor