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Senior Lawyers

Seth Howell

Seth is a Senior Lawyer in the Wills & Estates Team. He advises clients on all aspects of estate planning, administration and litigation.

Seth comes from a general practice background having previously practised in commercial law, property, family law, litigation, wills & estates, and guardianship and administration. His extensive experience places him well to expertly advise in estate planning and administration matters that commonly overlap with many other areas of law.

Seth enjoys building collaborative relationships with his clients to better understand their views, values and objectives. This enables him to tailor solutions that meet his client’s individual needs. He is passionate about utilising his skills and experience to make a positive difference for those he represents.

Seth was admitted in 2015 and joined McKean Park as Senior Lawyer in January 2021.

Expertise

  • Wills & estate planning, including discretionary trusts
  • Powers of Attorney & Appointments of Medical Treatment Decision Maker
  • Probate, Letters of Administration upon Intestacy & estate administration
  • Binding death benefit nominations & claims for superannuation entitlements
  • Reseal of interstate & international Grants of Probate
  • Guardianship & administration including VCAT matters
  • Will disputes including challenging and defending wills
  • Family provision claims seeking further provision from deceased estates
  • Deed of family arrangements
  • Special disability trusts and protective trusts
  • Private ancillary funds and charitable gifts
  • Not-for-profits and incorporated associations

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor (JD) – RMIT University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) majoring in Psychology – Deakin University

Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria

Kaye Griffiths

Kaye is a Senior Lawyer and an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation with over 19 years of experience in litigation, dispute resolution and insolvency.

She has conducted proceedings in all State and Federal Courts and Tribunals. Kaye regularly advocates for clients in mediations and before the Courts and has acted for national and international companies to individuals.

With a broad litigation and commerce background Kaye takes the time to understand her client’s objectives and how the law can work to protect and enforce their rights in a cost effective manner. She understands that it is important to formulate a global strategy for each matter and fit for each individual client, whether that be to aggressively litigate or work to retain existing business or personal relationships.

Kaye is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria.

Expertise

  • Dispute resolution & litigation
  • Insolvency, both corporate & personal
  • Mediation
  • Company disputes
  • Franchising disputes
  • Food Act prosecutions
  • Commercial & retail lease disputes

Service Areas

Commercial Litigation, Insolvency

Katrina Bristow

For over 35 years Katrina has practised exclusively in Family Law. A leader in the field, she became an Accredited Family Law Specialist in the first intake in 1989. Assisting clients in all areas, she has a focus on complex financial disputes, often involving family trusts and corporate structures.

Katrina is mindful her clients are undergoing great personal stress. An excellent listener, she assists them sympathetically, whilst being totally professional. An advocate of alternative dispute resolution, she encourages compromise resulting in appropriate and fair outcomes. This avoids the cost and stress of litigation. If required, she expertly and robustly undertakes matters through the courts.

Katrina is involved with numerous organisations outside the legal profession, with a particular interest in and support of women’s groups.

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Expertise

  • Property disputes involving complex financial structuresacc-spec-sm
  • Disputes involving children
  • Dispute Resolution, particularly in the area of financial disputes
  • Mediation
  • Relocation disputes
  • Children’s disputes involving third parties (i.e. grandparents)

Service Areas

Family Law