Our Team

Danielle Cartwright

Background & Area of Expertise

Danielle is a solicitor in our Parkes office since 2012. Danielle has been working in Family Law matters at Matthews Williams since her admission in October 2012. She has been involved in complex parenting and property matters in both the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court of Australia. As with any good country solicitor, Danielle is also involved in Conveyancing, Wills and Estates, debt collection and leasing matters.

Danielle did the majority of her schooling in Parkes and then went on to complete her double degree in Arts (majoring in Peace and Development Studies) and Law at the University of New England. Danielle completed the requisite Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through the College of Law in 2012 and is almost finished with her further studies through the College of Law in a Masters of Law (Applied Law) majoring in Family Law.

Interests

In her spare time Danielle enjoys baking and her and her husband run a small cake decorating and sweet treats business in Parkes.

Ben Ward

Background & Area of Expertise

Ben was born in Parkes and attended schooling at Parkes East Public and Parkes High schools. Thereafter, he went on to complete his Bachelor of Business (majoring in management) and Bachelor of Laws through the University of New England.

Ben has been with the firm since 2015 and is a solicitor in our Parkes office. He has experience in Commercial & Corporate transactions, Criminal & Traffic Law and Compensation Litigation.

In addition to the above, Ben is also involved in the preparation of Wills, Power of Attorney & Enduring Guardianship documents, Deceased Estates and both Rural & Residential Conveyancing.

Interests

Ben's interests outside of the law include motorsports and wakeboarding.

Peter Buckley

Background & Area of Expertise

Our Senior Consultant, and originally from Nevetire in NSW, via Bathurst.

Before being admitted as a Solicitor in 1984, Peter spent many years in Local Courts (Petty Sessions Courts). Peter was the Registrar of the Local Court at Parkes before he joined Matthews Williams.

He practices in the area of Conveyancing and Commercial work, Probate and Liquor Licensing.

Peter retired from the Partnership/Directorship as from the 1st July, 2013 and now attends our Parkes Office Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Interests

Peter is married to Dymphna and they have two adult daughters. His outside interests are Furniture making and Fishing.

Ben Mackay

Background & Area of Expertise

Ben is experienced in property, estates, commercial and agribusiness, and legal disputes.  He has a background in commercial litigation (insolvency) and enjoys helping clients to understand the complexities of the law and apply it to their particular situation.

Interests

Ben appreciates the benefits of living and working in a rural community, and is involved in a local church and number of community groups.

Peter Martin

Background & Area of Expertise

Peter Martin was admitted as a Solicitor in 1997. He's from Gunnedah, N.S.W.

Before practicing the law, Peter was a Public Servant in Sydney.

He moved to Parkes in 1989 and was involved successfully in a small business venture until he sold that.

He is now a Partner and practices in Parkes and Condobolin in the area of Conveyancing and Commercial Work and in the Local Court.

Interests

Peter is married to Trish and they have three young children.

Peter's interests outside the law include Rugby Union, he's Chairman of the Holy Family Catholic School Board and he is currently the President of the Early Childhood Centre.

Allen Duggan

Background & Area of Expertise

Allen has been a solicitor since 1969 practicing in Sydney for many years before getting a yearning for country life. He moved to the North Coast and then to Dubbo and now to our Forbes Office.

Whilst Allen has a vast amount of experience conveyancing and probate matters, he is involved in Commercial work and Family Law.

Interests

Allen is married to Chris and has a daughter in Condobolin.

Elisa Hardy

Background & Area of Expertise

Elisa joined our team in 2016. Elisa has a particular interest in the areas of Commercial law, Family Law and Conveyancing. However, Elisa practises in various areas of law, including Wills, Estates and Criminal Law.

 

In addition, Elisa brings with her experience from working in Government and the mining industry.

 

Elisa has a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Human Resource Management and Marketing) and a Bachelor of Laws. After completing a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Elisa was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2012.

 

Mark Olson

Background & Area of Expertise

Mark Olson was admitted as a Solicitor in 1987 having previously been a Clerk of Petty Sessions and Registrar of Courts.  Born in Sydney but has been living in Parkes for almost 30 years.

 

He is now a Solicitor/Director in Parkes and Lake Cargelligo and works in the areas of Conveyancing, Civil Litigation, Wills, Probates and takes instructions in respect of Enduring Powers of Attorney and Guardianships.

 

Interests

Mark is married to Ann and has one adult son.  Apart from family, Mark’s is involved in Anglicare, the Anglican Church, Action Club of Parkes, Currajong Disability Services, Parkes Picnic Races and a number of other community events.  He and Ann have a large garden to look after and Mark is very much interested in Railways and Railway History.

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