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Paul D’Angelo

I started D’Angelo Legal in 2007 solely to offer clients personalised service with someone whom they like, trust and can talk to. Today we have grown to a full-service law firm ensuring that we remain approachable at all times while providing cost-effective legal services to SME businesses and Mums and Dads. 

As a well-established firm, we value the relationship with our clients and have ensured that our team consists of like-minded individuals who value the client relationship and recognise their needs are paramount and not transactional. Today our team culture ensures that we strive to help clients resolve their legal problems.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, boating, fishing and Kung Fu.

Kealeigh Barker

I have had the pleasure of working at D’Angelo Legal since I started as a Law Clerk in 2008, when we were just a small firm of 2. Today, I am a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of WA and the High Court of Australia. We are now a full service firm with currently 17 in our team. Being involved with the expansion has been exciting, while also creating my own personal and professional networks, which has been one of the best parts of my role.  I am passionate about the firm and its direction and by being given the opportunity to network and create lasting relationships with clients and referral partners, I am able to create trust in our ability to provide great advice and service.

I am the Head of Practice in General Commercial and this diverse area of practice encompasses a wide variety of clients; including business matters, wills and estates, property and business conveyancing and all related matters such as contract drafting and reviews.  My practice areas all relate to each other, which allows me to be the primary solicitor for most matters for my clients.  As we are a collaborative law firm, I also assist other divisions with their drafting and advice. I have had exposure to most practice areas that our clients require at D’Angelo Legal. I love to learn and the variety of the work I do, which is why I have stayed at D’Angelo Legal for so long.  It also helps that we are like a family and I truly enjoy coming to work each day.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my two young children and travelling.  We like to camp and caravan, as well as hike and head to the beach, and when I get to enjoy some child-free time I enjoy a nice glass of wine and head out with friends.  I believe I have a great work / life balance which makes me a better mum and a better lawyer.

Yung Nguyen

I am the Head of Corporate and Migration at D’Angelo Legal.

I have over 15 years of legal experience, including 10 years of experience working for leading New York, London and Sydney based law firms.

I have acted for individuals, small and medium businesses and large corporate clients on a broad range of corporate, commercial, family and migration matters.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, I worked for eight years in IT and Management Consulting with some of the world’s leading IT and consulting firms, including Oracle Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Logica.

Credentials

  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Harvard Law School, Advanced Negotiation: Deal Design & Implementation
  • The University of Sydney, LLB (First Class Honours)
  • The University of Western Australia, Graduate School of Management, M.B.A. (Distinction)
  • The University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Bar admission/qualifications 

  • New South Wales
  • New York
  • Western Australia 

Nathan Draper

I am Head of Litigation at D’Angelo Legal with some 25 years’ experience in the industry. Having practiced in various areas of law, including insurance law and commercial litigation, I founded my own firm, in partnership, from 1996 until 2004, when my family and I moved from South Africa to Australia. In 2006 I was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Western Australia.

I joined D’Angelo Legal in early 2019 where I continue to act in the Magistrates Court, District Court, Supreme Court and the Federal Court, including making Appeals to the full Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. I strive to provide practical, in depth and timely examinations of legal issues and reliable advice.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and beautiful Greyhound Tommi.  I am a board member of Greyhound Adoptions WA and a member of Rugby WA disciplinary tribunal.

Roger Lewis

With 18 years of experience as a lawyer in total, I have found my niche in employment law over the past 10 years. I adopt a solution-focussed approach to client’s employment law issues and disputes and when possible identify whether there is a simple, quick fix, or self-help suggestion that can be provided to a client, and early resolution where possible. Where matters are more complex, I am skilled at extracting the key points from the myriad of issues that arise between business owners and workers within the employment relationship.

I have acted as both Lawyer and Advocate for businesses in the Fair Work Commission, and the Federal Circuit Court, including acting for the Respondent Employer in successfully defending the Appeal to the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission in the important “Labour Hire/ Frustration of Contract” case of Donald Pettifer v MODEC Management Services Pty Ltd [2016] FWCFB 5243.

Before the Fair Work Commission, I have also acted on behalf of employer’s in negotiation of enterprise bargaining agreements with various unions and have extensive experience in the conduct of unfair dismissal and general protections (adverse action) claims, most of which we have successfully managed to resolve at the conciliation stage. 

Outside of work, I enjoy playing golf (poorly) and taking my children fishing.

Stephanie Powell

I graduated from Murdoch University (Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History) in 2013 and then completed the College of Law. I was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia, in 2014. I am the Head of Family Law and joined the D’Angelo Legal team in 2019.

Since 2014 I have been working exclusively in the area of Family Law. I enjoy all areas of Family Law, though I take a particular interest in children’s matters, alternative dispute resolution and adult maintenance issues. I was honoured to be co-published in the Australian Journal of Family Law in 2014 and 2019 on the ‘guidelines for parenting disputes and coercive relocation orders’ (Australian Journal of Family Law & Legitimate guidelines, parenting disputes and the case of ‘coercive’ relocation orders). 

I have completed my Masters in Family Law and Family Dispute Resolution and I am in the process of registration with the Attorney General’s office as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

My client’s often describe me as being being open, supportive and straight-forward in the advice I provide and the approach I take. This is because I take pride in providing high-quality legal services to my clients and help them reach their goals post-separation wherever possible.

I am also a member of the Legal Aid Family Law Practitioners panel that allows me to take on both private and Legal Aid clients.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and also enjoy reading, listening to music and engaging in fitness activities. When I haven’t got my “lawyer hat” on I enjoy spending time with my daughter at, or near, the ocean.

Claire Fowler

I am the Head of Personal Injury at D’Angelo Legal and have been working in the legal industry since 1997. I completed my Bachelor of Laws through Edith Cowan University and then College of Law in 2018 and was admitted in 2019. 

My extensive legal experience has involved Plaintiff Personal Injury claims, including; Motor Vehicle Accidents, Workers’ Compensation, Public Liability, Product Liability, Medical Negligence, Criminal Injuries Compensation and TPD/Income Protection claims. Being able to advise, guide and assist injured people from start to finish through the claim process is extremely rewarding and I am always motivated to achieve the best result for every client.

I am an active member of The Law Society of WA and the WA Women’s Lawyers Association which I enjoy being involved with. In my spare time I enjoy trail running, hiking, travelling and spending time with my children. 

Jess Vu

I started as a Law Clerk with D’Angelo Legal in June 2019. Since graduating from UWA, I work with the team at D’Angelo Legal as a Law Graduate and will be admitted in 2020 once I complete College of Law. 

I work closely with Paul and Yung to provide support on their various matters. I began studying law because I wanted a profession where I was able to help people. I am interested in family law and migration law as I believe these are more personal areas of law where I can make a positive impact in my client’s lives.

In my spare time, I like to stay fit by playing touch football (or otherwise known as touch rugby). I have played in tournaments in New Zealand, Singapore and the USA.

Rebecca Womack

I have been the Conveyancing Manager since early 2017 at D’Angelo Legal, having obtained my Settlement Agents License in 2007. I have managed the full gamut of conveyancing matters including, but not limited to; commercial, rural, residential, strata, off-the-plan properties, vacant land and subdivisions.  I also deal with a wide range of transactions from survivorship transmissions, matrimonial property orders, lost titles, changes of name, and any type of related party transaction that involve a change to property ownership.  I also assist with the preparation of Sale Contracts.

I was born and lived in the UK until emigrating to Perth in 2005.  I have a strong business and commercial background, with a BA (Hons) in Business Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing, together with commercial experience in the pharmaceutical sector prior to commencing my career in settlements. 

While working at D’Angelo Legal I am able to assist in many other areas, in addition to conveyancing, as my passion is to constantly learn new skills and take on new challenges. I thoroughly enjoy working within the settlement industry as no two days are ever the same!

Outside of work I love to spend time with my family. We have a son who loves the great outdoors, and especially love finding new places to explore with our dog.

Nora Ayrton

I am the Office Manager for D’Angelo Legal and I have been with the firm since 2012 working alongside Paul and the team in both an administrative and management capacity. It is important to me that we provide our client’s with the very best level of service from the moment an enquiry is made, through to completion of their matter and beyond. Our work culture is collaborative, lively and friendly which makes for a great place to work.

Outside of work, I enjoy all aspects of interior design and renovating properties as well as socialising with friends.

Kate Jones

As a Paralegal within the Personal Injury team I work closely with Claire and Nicola. I have been working in the Legal industry for the past seven years and with D’Angelo Legal since 2017. Being part of the Personal Injury team I am able to help clients during what can be a difficult time for them. I enjoy working with the team as we work in a friendly collaborative manner. 

Outside of work, I enjoy socialising with family and  friends as well as enjoying long walks along the coast.

Nicola Ford

I have worked with D’Angelo Legal since 2018 in a Paralegal role. Working as part of the Personal Injury team is both rewarding and challenging, allowing me to continue learning, whilst collectively aiming to provide our clients with the best outcome possible for their unique circumstances. Our office has an open door approach, ensuring each member of staff is valued and equal.

In my private life, I enjoy the simple things in life including; camping and exploring, designing and completing the garden of our family property and preparing meals to share amongst family and friends.

Jessica Simpson

I am a Paralegal here at D’Angelo Legal and have been working in the Law Industry for 6 years now. It is important that our clients are well looked after and assisted during some of the hardest and stressful times. I very much enjoy the culture and team support here at D’Angelo Legal and I never go a day without laughing. 

After hours I am heavily involved in Surf Lifesaving wherein I enjoy competing, training and patrolling at Fremantle SLSC. 

Keith Baxter

Born and brought up in the UK, I moved to Perth in 1991. Having studied at The University of Western Australia and graduating with a Commerce degree in 1996 I then completed the CPA Program in 2004. Thereafter I was employed as an Accountant with companies as diverse as Downer Engineering, The West Australian Egg Marketing Board, Mineral Resources, and various others.

Since 2016, I have been working as a Legal Clerk and Assistant, bringing my financial skills to this role. In my role as Paralegal at D’Angelo Legal I am able to liaise with and support clients administratively, as well as perform certain legal drafting, document management and assist other legal staff, particularly in relation to financial matters.

Outside of my work, my interests include golf, chess, reading and AFL football, and I also describe myself as a cricket tragic. I am a loving husband and proud father to three children, two daughters and a son, and currently have one grandchild.

Rebecca Pemberton

I am the Receptionist at D’Angelo Legal and have been with the firm since 2017. I have over 7 years’ experience providing administrative support within law firms. I enjoy the working culture as the team are very friendly and family-like which I feel allows us to provide a very personalised service to our clients. 

Outside of work I enjoy going on hikes with my dog, Murphy (a very energetic boxer) and spending time with friends and family.  

Kate Wilkes

I have been a Law Clerk at D’Angelo Legal since 2018 learning from the incredible team of lawyers at the firm. I have been involved in various administrative and legal tasks to assist all our clients in the most effective and comprehensive way possible. I am about to enter my final year of a double degree in a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and International relations at the University of Notre Dame. 

Outside of work and my studies, I enjoy supporting the Fremantle Dockers, participating in various fun runs and spending time with family and friends.

Elise D’Angelo

I have worked with D’Angelo Legal since opening in West Leederville in 2007. Over the years I have assisted with general administration, reception, human resources and legal support roles as required. Having been part of the firm since the beginning I have seen the firm grow to the hard working and experienced team they are today.  

When not in the office I spend time with our children and enjoy a walk at the beach, taking a photo or ten, precious family time and catching up with friends.

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