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Stephen Duffy

Stephen Duffy

Director

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Stephen was admitted to practice in 1992 and practiced for many years in Sydney, primarily in the areas of civil litigation and insurance law.

Stephen joined the family firm as a Solicitor in 1998 and became a Partner of the firm in 2006.

Stephen practices in common law, civil, commercial and estate litigation. Stephen also acts on rural and residential conveyancing, the sale and purchase of businesses and in estate planning.


Robert Elliott

Robert Elliott

Director

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Rob was raised in Dubbo and commenced his career in law as a clerk at a local firm while studying Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at the University of New England in 2008.

Rob was admitted to practice as a Solicitor in February 2009 and in May 2009 was entered on the High Court of Australia Register of Legal Practitioners.

Prior to returning to Dubbo in 2012, Rob worked in private practice in Wagga Wagga NSW. Rob commenced working for M.J Duffy & Son in 2012 and was welcomed as a partner of the firm in 2014.

Rob practices in the areas of rural, residential and commercial property, commercial transactions, sale and purchase of business, business structuring, all leasing matters, liquor licensing, wills, estate planning and estate disputes.


Robert Duffy

Robert Duffy

Legal Consultant

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Robert Duffy was admitted as a Solicitor in 1988 and joined M.J.Duffy & Son in that same year. Robert, along with his brother Stephen are the 4th generation of the Duffy family to be employed at the firm.

Over the years Robert has expanded his practice from criminal law to include business and commercial law, corporate structuring, purchase and sale of business, trade practices and all aspects of conveyancing. Robert also has an extensive knowledge of estate planning, wills, power of attorney and enduring guardianship documents.

Robert acts for many prominent businesses in Dubbo and the surrounding area and has developed thorough relationships with government authorities, the business community and the Orana community as a whole.

In Robert’s spare time he is a dedicated ironman competitor.


Jennifer Spear

Jennifer Spear

Senior Associate

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Jennifer was  admitted as a Solicitor in 2014 and was entered on the High Court of Australia Register of Legal Practitioners in 2015.

Jennifer practices primarily in wills, estate planning and estate administration. She also handles all criminal law matters and appears regularly at the Court.

Jennifer prides herself on her ability to help her clients understand their rights and the legal process before them, whether this be in estates or a criminal matter, allowing her clients to make an informed decision about the best course of action.

Outside of work she is passionate about social justice issues, travelling, photography and netball.


Claire Booth

Claire Booth

Senior Associate

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We welcomed Claire to our team in January 2019. Claire comes to Duffy Elliott Lawyers with a wealth of experience in a wide range of areas.

This role will enable Claire to provide specialised legal advice in the areas of:

  • Estate Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Commercial Law, including trusts and companies

Claire enjoys working with families who have particular challenges, needing special attention, this includes:

  • creating flexible structure for multi-generational businesses
  • structures to deal with impacts of drugs, alcohol, gambling or spendthrift relatives
  • special disability trusts to look after children long after parents have died
  • managing families with children of different parents

Andy Leathem

Andy Leathem

Solicitor

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Andy was raised in Mudgee in the Central West and has worked as a Law Clerk for Duffy Elliott Lawyers whilst he finished studying a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws in 2020.

Andy was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2021 and is well on his way to building a strong practice in commercial and conveyancing matters. Andy has experience in the sale and purchase of residential and rural property, the sale and purchase of businesses and a range of leasing matters. Andy is also available to assist with estate planning such as the preparation of Wills, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship documents..

Andy is proud to be giving back to the Central West community, and is involved in the local rugby union, touch football and water polo competitions.  



Carene Smith

Carene Smith

Licensed Conveyancer

Carene has been with Duffy Elliott Lawyers since 2012 where she developed a strong interest in conveyancing transactions. She worked under the guidance of Robert Elliott while completing the Conveyancing Law and Practice course through Macquarie University. After four years of study alongside full-time work, in 2019 Carene obtained her unrestricted Conveyancing Licence.

Carene is experienced in sales and purchases of residential and rural property, including subdivision matters. Carene finds helping people buy their dream home incredibly rewarding and offers a high quality personal service to her clients. Carene’s down-to-earth and friendly approach is welcomed by both first-home-buyers and regular property investors alike.

Outside of work Carene can be found baking, spending time with her beautiful family, cheering at local sporting events, watching a movie or enjoying a good meal with her family and friends.