Lawyers

Lawyers 2021-04-06T01:25:31+00:00

Deidre Tan

Experience:

Deidre Tan graduated with a combined Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tasmania in 2012. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in August 2013.

Prior to commencing practice with Wallace Wilkinson & Webster in 2017 in the area of Conveyancing, Deidre was a team member at SAI Global Property Division for a period of 2 years.

Deidre is a committee member of the Tasmanian Women Lawyers Association, the Australian Asian Lawyers Association and self-appointed chair of the Wallace Wilkinson & Webster Social Committee. She currently sits on the board of A Fairer World (an organisation that provides ways for schools, workplaces and the Tasmanian community to learn, connect and act together for positive social change).

Outside of work, this avid follower of the ‘Konmari’ method and former croupier enjoys boxing, poker and organising get-togethers.

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Alison van Dongen

Experience:

Alison graduated from the University of Tasmania with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in Laws in 2018. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2019. Alison currently practices as part of our Litigation team.

Alison joined Wallace Wilkinson & Webster in 2017 and previously worked as part of our Conveyancing and Property department while completing her studies at university.

Alison is a committee member of the Tasmanian Women Lawyers Association for 2020 and outside of work she enjoys playing sport.

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Victoria Veldhuizen

Experience:

Victoria graduated with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tasmania in 2014. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in August 2015. She joined Wallace Wilkinson and Webster in 2020 after beginning her legal career with another Hobart based law firm.
Since her admission Victoria has practised predominantly in the area of family law, appearing in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia.
 
Victoria is a past president of the Southern Young Lawyers Committee, a past Tasmanian representative on the Australian Young Lawyers Committee. She has also served as a member on the Tasmanian Family Lawyers Practitioners Association and the Tasmanian Women Lawyers Association.

Sarah Dowd

Experience:

Sarah graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and International Studies in 2015, and a Bachelor of Laws in 2016. Upon completion of her degrees, Sarah moved back to her hometown of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Sarah was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 2017 and the High Court of Australia in 2019.
Sarah joined Wallace Wilkinson & Webster in February 2021 from the Northern Territory where she previously worked in private practice predominately in family and criminal law. Sarah has appeared regularly in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and now practices exclusively in family law.
Sarah is a past president of the Northern Territory Young Lawyers Committee and is a past Northern Territory representative of the Law Council of Australia’s Young Lawyers Committee. She is a currently sits as a board member of the Royal Life Saving Society Northern Territory.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys exploring Tasmania, following the AFL, hiking and travelling.

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Kate Behrens

Experience:

Kate graduated from the University of Tasmania with a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Sociology) degree and was admitted to practice in 2009. Since that time, she has practiced exclusively in family law in Perth, Western Australia, and is qualified as an Independent Children’s Lawyer. Kate recently relocated back to Hobart and joined Wallace Wilkinson & Webster in 2021.

Kate has experience in all areas of family law including child related and financial matters. Kate has also represented clients in Family Violence and Restraint Order proceedings and Care and Protection proceedings with various degrees of complexity.

Kate is dedicated to the early and amicable resolution of matters and has a strong focus on mediated outcomes. In cases where the involvement of the Court is required, Kate has extensive experience in representing clients at Court, and in instructing both Junior and Senior Counsel at trials.
Along with her experience in private practice, Kate has undertaken volunteer work in the community, providing pro bono legal advice to women in crisis, at risk or facing disadvantage.

Kate is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

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