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Jennifer Claridge

Managing Lawyer Capalaba Office

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Jennifer will proudly share with you that she was born and raised “in the bush”. Her family was living in Broken Hill when she was born and she has fond memories of growing up in this country town.

When you meet Jennifer one of the first things she will ask you is “would you like a cup of tea”. Jennifer loves her tea, Irish Breakfast is her favourite, and she prides herself of making a perfectly brewed cup. Having grown up in the bush she is a believer in the philosophy that a lot of problems can be helped by a chat and a cup of tea. Anyone who has seen Jennifer at our Capalaba office will agree that she makes a good cup of tea and she is a good listener.

Jennifer’s approach to resolving complex legal situations extends beyond just having a chat and a cup of tea. She is a highly experienced Lawyer having practiced exclusively in the areas of family law and estate law for the past 8 years. Her experience is backed by formal qualifications of an Associate Degree in Law, a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and she is admitted to Practice in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland. Some examples of matters that Jennifer has recently resolved include:

  • A complex will dispute where a parent left insufficient provision for two adult children with significant health needs.
  • A difficult parenting matter where two young children were left orphaned after their mother and father passed away and needed to be placed in the care of an aunt.
  • A complex property and spousal support settlement between a husband and wife which involved a business interest with a third party

Jennifer is a strong communicator and presenter and she has presented information sessions on various family law and estate law topics to community groups. She has also presented a webinar on technical aspects of estate law to other lawyers within the legal profession.

Keith Sun

Lawyer Capalaba Office

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After finishing his secondary schooling Keith was faced with a difficult choice, to study medicine and become a doctor or to study law and become a lawyer. Keith initially started down the pathway of medicine – he completed a two year period of national service with the Singapore Civil Defence Force as a Medic. However his love for the law won out. Keith will share with you that one of the reasons he ended up choosing to become a lawyer was because he grew up watching his Father enjoy his career as a lawyer, and then a Judge, and he felt inspired to follow the same path.

When you meet Keith you will be impressed by his intellect and technical knowledge of the law but also his caring and supportive manner which no doubt comes from his previous medical training. Keith strong knowledge of the law stems from his study of a Bachelor of Laws through the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology. He is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland and has specialised in family law and estate law since his admission.

Keith has resolved many difficult and challenging legal matters since being admitted as lawyer, some examples include:

  • Having a handwritten testamentary intention on the back of a receipt recognised as a formal Will;
  • A challenging parenting matter where two young children needed to be placed in the care of their grandmother
  • A complex parenting matter involving parental alienation and property settlement matters involving an ongoing business.

Keith has a gift for languages and is multi-lingual. In addition to English Keith also speaks Mandarin and Teochew.

Cassie Wagstaff

Legal Secretary Capalaba Office

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Cassie has a figurine of the super hero Groot sitting on her desk at work. The figurine was a gift from her partner who enjoys the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.  According to the Marvel website Groot  is described as having “branched out of his comfort zone to help the Guardians of the Galaxy keep the people of the universe safe”.

It is fitting that Cassie has this figurine on her desk as she is the resident super hero of our Capalaba office and she actually shares some similar qualities with Groot. In 2013, after completing a Certificate II in Business Administration,  Cassie decided to branch out and start a career in the legal profession. Having now been the Legal Secretary at our Capalaba office for the past five years she is has a particular skill for making anyone that comes to our office feel safe and comfortable.

Cassie’s special skills and powers include her ability to provide strong administrative support, her organisational skills, her friendly manner and her dry sense of humour. Cassie is also a registered Justice of the Peace with the Department of Justice and she regularly helps out providing document witnessing services at our Capalaba Park JP Stand.