Having graduated from Canberra’s ANU in 1978, and practicing for most of that time in and around Byron Bay NSW, Stuart Garrett knows that it’s the traditional values – trust, confidentiality and accountability – that really matter.
Stuart’s clients see him like an old-school country family doctor – a wise, experienced and caring practitioner whose commitment to his clients outweighs all else. Good lawyers earn the respect they receive from clients (because Stuart is dedicated to the best possible result, he knows it’s important to break down a legal situation into its parts so clients can make the best possible decisions). Clients know that when they’re committing to a course of action, they are not lost in language and procedures they don’t understand. Stuart’s specialities are Property, Commercial Law and Estate and Succession Planning. He chaired a NFP Aged Care facility when it won international and national awards, which gave him detailed knowledge about Aged Care needs and issues.
Meredith Duensing (Chittick) has worked with Stuart as his “right hand” for over 20 years. She is a highly experienced member of the team who has proudly established strong relationships with clients, agents, accountants and other professionals. She is known for her efficiency and diligence. Having lived in the Northern Rivers her whole life, Meredith has expert knowledge of the local area and the issues that can arise, particularly in property transactions.
Drafting and negotiating real estate contracts, shareholders agreements, leases and other commercial documents is a skill which Meredith has developed over the years. Meredith has extensive experience in conveyancing, subdivisions, easements, leases, strata, sale and purchase of business, commercial law, business law and planning law.
Katrina Bell heads our Cabarita conveyancing team. When you have a Conveyancer of 35 years experience in a growth area, our clients know that they are in experienced hands.
Katrina has been in the industry for 35 years and worked for Stuart Garrett for more than 10 years. Her strong repeat client base – including agents, service providers and other professionals – shows a real vote of confidence and a high level of professional respect for her services.
Katrina’s reputation as experienced, caring, practical and pragmatic is well earned. She has considerable skills, knowledge and experience and provides practical, effective and timely advice to enable cost effective solutions, with detailed local knowledge, to her clients.
Our recently admitted solicitor Jack Raward works from both Byron Bay and Cabarita Beach offices. Jack gained a double degree in Law and Accounting from Southern Cross University. He has a special interest in Wills and Estate Planning and estate litigation and commercial litigation generally. Jack has a proud family history in this region and is looking forward to a long and successful career with Stuart Garrett Lawyers in the Northern Rivers.
Belinda Trushell is a strong part of the Cabarita conveyancing team. She has 25 years experience in the legal sector working in the ACT, South Australia and NSW, and some time working with the Federal Government in the ACT and Queensland.
Belinda has lived in the Byron Shire for the last 5 years, enjoying the warm weather and relaxed lifestyle the area offers. She is personable and efficient, working closely with Katrina to ensure successful outcomes for our clients.
Sharon Haselden works closely with Stuart Garrett, assisting him with Probate files.
A strong engine needs every cog turning, and Sharon’s the ‘quiet achiever’ who works with banks, government bodies, clients and other entities in estate and other matters to facilitate accurate and efficient progress of those matters. Sharon is well known to many from her years in the banking industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. She is pragmatic and meticulous- both attributes which benefit our clients.
Carolyn Garrett is taking a break as Practice Manager and is currently working with Wills and Estates.
Carolyn’s the team member wearing the skates and her local knowledge, considerable office skills and out-of-the-box thinking ensures she supports team leaders with remarkable efficiency and a good dash of humour.
Narelle Watton has over 30 years experience in a broad range of Law, including both New South Wales and Queensland jurisdictions. Aside from her busy role of PA to Director Stuart Garrett, Narelle is now taking on the role of Practice Manager. Narelle is a ‘quiet achiever’, patient and understanding to the needs of clients and industry colleagues. With her IT knowledge, attention to detail and practical experience, she is a very much respected and appreciated member of the team.
Although Taylor has only been with our firm for a little over 2 years, she has worked in the industry for 6 years. She is enrolled at Southern Cross University and on her way to completing her Bachelor of Laws Degree.
Taylor works from the Byron Bay office assisting Meredith Duensing in a broad range of property matters. She has a broad practical knowledge of conveyancing particularly in Northern Rivers.
Dot Rose is our fabulous bookkeeper. Every strong business has a good financial backbone and Dot ensures that we’re a ‘well-oiled’ machine with accurate records and clarity. She has returned to the practice bringing her vast corporate knowledge, experience and skills.
Chloe Nicholson is our receptionist. She is a breath of fresh air and has a can do attitude. She is always happy to assist and aims to please.