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Meet the Team

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Your Local Experts

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Martin Hunt

B Ec., LLB

PARTNER

martin@williamshuntbett.com.au

Martin graduated from Monash University with degrees in Economics and Law and was admitted to practice in 1983. After beginning his legal career working for a major Melbourne law firm, he then spent 18 months in the U.S.A. working for a New York based property development corporation.

Returning to Melbourne he then spent the next 4 years as an associate in a boutique commercial practice before “a happy series of accidents led to Mansfield”. He did the tree change before the experience was invented.

 

Martin has a wealth of knowledge and experience ranging across property and planning law, commercial disputes and litigation, wills and estates, succession planning.  He also has over 30 years’ experience in criminal and civil court appearance work across the region.

 

Martin has been a Shire Councillor as well as having served on various local committees and boards over the years, and currently sits as a board member for Mansfield Autism Statewide Services (MASS) and as a stakeholder representative on the Mt Buller Mt Stirling Management Board.  He believes it is important and rewarding to roll up your sleeves outside your work-space.

 

Outside work, he is a long time and frequently disappointed Melbourne Supporter, a sometime bike rider and trail runner and otherwise enjoys getting into the mountains when he can.

Stuart came to the firm in early August 2016 on the retirement of the then Senior Partner, Tony Williams and on 1 September 2016, Stuart entered the partnership with Martin.

 

Stuart's wider family has lived and farmed in the Yea, Alexandra and Mansfield districts since the nineteenth century. Having been schooled at Alexandra primary and secondary schools in his earlier years, Stuart completed his secondary and tertiary education in Melbourne, graduating in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne.

Having effectively spent 43 years in Melbourne, Stuart’s life has gone full circle. 

 

Stuart's legal background had been in commercial litigation and commercial law and insolvency, having been Articled to Rigby & Fielding (now Rigby Cooke)

Stuart has three adult children who are working and studying in Melbourne and enjoy the opportunity to visit the Upper Goulburn District from time to time.  Stuart was variously a member and President of their primary school council and secondary school parent’s association, as well as being a committee member and President of the alumni association (and council) of his College at University, together with involvement in other community groups.

Locally, Stuart has served two terms as President of the Mansfield Rotary Club (2019-2021), is a board member of Beolite Village Limited, a member of the Anglican Parish of St John and a Deputy Advocate and Trustee of the Diocese of Wangaratta.

 

Notwithstanding the differences between city and rural practice, Stuart’s commercial law background has equipped him well thus far for the diverse practice Williams Hunt has. Stuart is based in the Mansfield office, and also normally attends the Yea Office each Tuesday and Thursday.

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J. Stuart Bett

B A., LLB

PARTNER

stuart@williamshuntbett.com.au

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Tony Williams

B Ec., LLB

SOLICITOR

tony@williamshuntbett.com.au

Tony was admitted to practice in 1975 after completing Law and Economics degrees at Monash University and has been a Partner in the firm since 1985.  You can be confident that his years of experience hold Tony in good stead. He has broad experience in Property Law including Wills, Probate, Business and Commercial matters.

Tony is highly active in the community having served on several boards over his time in Mansfield.  He is currently vice Chair of Beolite Village Limited which operates a “not for profit” retirement village in Mansfield.

Tony is married to a fourth-generation local, Margaretanne Hood. His two boys, Sam and Alex, were born and educated in Mansfield but shunned the law to become Engineers, to some degree reflecting Tony’s own Maths/Science background.

He now works for the firm on a part-time consultancy basis.

He has now stepped back from his role as Partner and continues to work for the firm as a Consultant.

Susan was admitted to Practice in 1992 after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws. Susan began her legal career at Galbally & O’Bryan in Melbourne, before relocating to the country and finally settling in the North East, where she practiced in Benalla, before joining Williams Hunt in Mansfield in 2004.

 

Susan is a practitioner with a depth of experience and expertise, particularly in the areas of Family and De facto law matters, Will Disputes and other General Litigation matters. 

 

Susan is well practiced in all areas of dispute resolution relating to these most intense and difficult areas of law.  Susan believes to practice effectively in these areas, you need someone with balance and good judgment, who will give straight forward advice.  

 

Susan strives to be approachable, available, compassionate, and fair minded to all of her clients. Susan also works diligently to resolve all matters in a timely and cost effective and efficient manner.

 

When Susan is not attending to her clients’ needs, she enjoys all kinds of outdoor pursuits including running, bushwalking and is a very keen gardener.  Susan is married to a local farmer and has two active teenagers.

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Susan Ryan

B Comms., LLB

LAWYER

susan@williamshuntbett.com.au

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Williams Hunt & Bett also has a dedicated support team who work tirelessly to ensure that all our clients receive the most professional service possible. Need professional advice and support? Contact the team today.

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Christina Ratten

Wills & Estates

MANSFIELD OFFICE

Christina is our Probate Clerk in our Mansfield Office.

 

Christina joined our firm in April 2019 having worked in the legal industry for many years in Melbourne and Gippsland. She has extensive experience.

 

Christina has a wealth of knowledge of the legal system, extensive experience, and now specialises in Estates, Wills and Powers of Attorney.

 

Her hobbies include snow skiing, and the great outdoors in both Summer & Winter, embracing all Mansfield and its surrounds have to offer.

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Jeanette Whyte

Accounts / Reception

MANSFIELD OFFICE

Jeanette is our Receptionist and is in charge of office accounts. 

 

Jeanette has long standing experience as a Personal Assistant in both small and larger law firms as well as roles in Computer Administration and staff training.

 

After many years in hospitality, the opportunity came for her to return to working in a legal office.

 

Jeannette says that after living in Mansfield for over 20 years, she cannot think of anywhere else she would rather be.

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Belinda Caldow

Conveyancing

MANSFIELD OFFICE

Belinda is one of our Senior Clerks in our Mansfield Office.

 

Belinda has worked in the legal profession for more than 30 years.

 

Belinda has a depth of experience and knowledge in a wide range of practice areas including conveyancing, criminal, business, leasing, and litigation, which is matched by her friendly and professional approach. 

 

She has been with the firm since moving here in January 2007.

 

When not at work, Belinda pursues her lifetime passion for horses.

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Kristy McGill

Leasing & Conveyancing

MANSFIELD OFFICE

Kristy is our Conveyancing and Leasing Clerk in our Mansfield Office.

 

Kristy is an experienced Law Clerk with a demonstrated history of working in legal practices for over 20 years in the Melbourne CBD.

 

Skilled in Family Law, Conveyancing, Wills and Estates, Commercial Leasing, Business Law and Litigation.

 

Kristy relocated to Mansfield from Melbourne and joined the Conveyancing and Leasing department at Williams Hunt & Bett in 2019.

She is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing at RMIT and will become a Licenced Conveyancer in 2021.

Kristy has a passion for building strong client relationships with a focus on delivering excellent service to our clients.

In her spare time Kristy enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, travelling and camping, snowboarding, listening to music and learning to play the piano.  She is also a member of the Carlton Football Club and loves following the footy and the tennis!

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Tania Day

Conveyancing

YEA OFFICE

Tania is our Conveyancing and General Clerk in our Yea Office.

 

Tania has been a part of the team at Williams Hunt & Bett since 2014.

 

Tania comes from a finance/banking background having worked both here and overseas for many years before settling in the area with her young family.

 

Along with Jess, Tania manages conveyancing matters alongside other general matters.

 

Tania lives in the Highlands running a sheep and cattle farm with her husband and two boys.

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Jess Robinson

Conveyancing

YEA OFFICE

Jess is one of our Conveyancing Clerks in our Yea Office.

 

Jess has extensive experience in conveyancing and property development areas after working for a law firm in South East Melbourne including managing their Conveyancing Department.

 

Jess relocated to Cathkin to establish a better work life balance and to be closer to her family.

 

Jess is now settled in our Yea Office.  

 

Outside work you will find Jess on the farm or with a team of show horses travelling and competing in shows around Victoria.

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Catherine Fogarty

Wills & Estates

ALEXANDRA OFFICE

Catherine is our experienced legal assistant based in Yea and Alexandra.

 

Catherine specializes in Estates, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Leasing for both Offices.

 

Catherine started her working life in Melbourne assisting a building development legal department for several years, before working with the Australian Council of Trade Unions where she assisted in the formation of industry superannuation and various other departments (such as working women, building and health services).

 

Locally, Catherine has also worked in many different industries, including community health and aged care, and has had contact with many community members and organisations in both work and voluntary roles.

 

Catherine gets much satisfaction working through Estate matters with clients.  Catherine strives to make our clients feel confident that they are being well looked after, at a time when they need support and guidance, working through a process which can be both emotional and complex.

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Cass Simms

Conveyancing

ALEXANDRA OFFICE

Cass is our Conveyancing Clerk in our Alexandra Office.

 

Cass joined Williams Hunt & Bett in 2015.

 

Cass specialised in personal injury matters, mainly asbestos litigation for a Law Firm in Melbourne.  She has also been an Office Manager for a boutique Defendant practice.

 

Cass has brought her considerable experience of in excess of 15 years in the legal industry to Alexandra and is renowned for having a good eye for detail.

Stacy Kerr

Family Law & Litigation

MANSFIELD OFFICE

Stacy is our Family Law and Litigation Clerk in the Mansfield office.

 

Stacy has been employed with Williams Hunt & Bett since 2000.

 

Stacy is extremely experienced. Stacy has worked as a legal secretary for over 30 years in Law Offices throughout Melbourne and Alice Springs; predominately in litigation, criminal, civil, and family law.

 

Stacy enjoys assisting people with their legal matters.

 

Away from the office, she enjoys travelling, bushwalking, exploring, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

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