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Key Staff


In addition to the staff below, James McConvill & Associates engages consultants and barristers to assist our clients with expert legal advice to suit their needs.


James McConvill is the founder of James McConvill & Associates, and now a consultant to the firm. James holds an honours degree in Law and a PhD from Deakin University in Melbourne. His PhD was in the area of international corporate law and governance, and was published as a book by a leading law publisher in London. James commenced his professional career with top-tier international law firm Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters), and has also practised as a lawyer overseas. He is admitted as a lawyer in the United Kingdom and the British Virgin Islands, as well as Australia.

James is dedicated to his individual and business clients, and is committed to making James McConvill & Associates as user-friendly, down-to-earth, and stress-free for clients as possible.


Jas Sekhon is the General Counsel of the firm. In the role of General Counsel, Jas works closely with the Principal, the Marketing Manager and the Business Manager in relation to the strategy, marketing and overall operations of the firm.He is an expert in international family law matters (and in particular cross-border property disputes involving complex business assets), commercial litigation, international tax, trusts and estates.

Jas previously worked with the Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) Free Trade Zone Authority in the United Arab Emirates to establish RAK as a leading international finance centre and was also the Managing Director of a regulated trustee company in Dubai for the global operations of the group, based in London and Switzerland.He has published many leading books and edited many international practitioner publications in domestic and international tax and is a sought after international public speaker.

Jas graduated with a Masters in Law from the University of Sydney, with undergraduate degrees in Law and Jurisprudence (with an Accounting and Financial Management major) from the University of New South Wales. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and has served on various management committees for the same.


Rebecca Cann is the Manager of James McConvill & Associates.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting Major) from the University of Sydney, and an Advanced Diploma of Accounting (with Honours) from Kingscliff TAFE on the Gold Coast.

Rebecca has an immense amount of accounting and book-keeping experience, with both professional services firms and retail/wholesale enterprises. She also has a number of years of practical experience as a paralegal, with particular expertise in family law paralegal work.

Joseph Carbone

Joseph Carbone is a Senior Associate with the firm, bring a wealth of experience from an earlier career in business.

Joseph has developed a practice that focuses in particular on business and property matters, both in relation to family law and general commercial and civil claims. He is also committed to alternative dispute resolution and to the use of parenting plans and binding financial agreements as alternatives to family law proceedings.

Luke Seitz

Luke Seitz is a Lawyer with the firm, heading up the Gold Coast division of James McConvill & Associates.

The Gold Coast arm of the firm has particular expertise in Family Law, both in relation to complex financial property settlements and difficult child related matters. Luke is a skilled negotiator and has commercial experience in negotiations and dispute resolution. Luke is a strategic Lawyer, and whilst he is highly effective in negotiating and mediating cases, he is also capable of litigating matters when necessary to achieve the best results for clients. Luke was admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2014, after obtaining the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Laws. Luke graduated with a Law degree from the University of Western Australia, and an undergraduate degree in Business from Curtin University.

Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill is a Lawyer with the firm. Catherine obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Southern Cross University and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.

Since being admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Catherine has practised primarily in family law. She has experience in a wide range of family law issues including parenting matters, financial settlements, and child relocation issues. She appreciates the sensitive nature of family law, and that each client’s needs and circumstances are individual to them, and she works with them to achieve the best possible outcome. Catherine also has gained valuable experience in the areas of wills and probate and criminal law. Prior to working at James McConvill & Associates, she worked at a generalist law firm where she worked in family law, wills and estates, litigation and conveyancing. Catherine has a keen interest in social justice, and is a member of both the General Family Law and General Criminal Law Panels for Legal Aid New South Wales.

Prior to working in law, Catherine worked in publishing in both London and New York. She grew up in Paris and speaks and writes fluent French. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, cooking and travelling.

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Adam Arness

Adam Arness is a Lawyer with the firm, having obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Monash University in 2014. He was admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria in August 2014, after having acquired his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

Adam prides himself on his research and writing skills, illustrated by him having been awarded a Monash Law School Prize in 2011 for International Environmental Law. Adam gained early experience in the not-for-profit sector, previously serving as an officer bearer for various local associations whereby he advised on legal compliance whilst dealing with various external stakeholders, and is also one of the youngest Directors of a Community Bank in Australia. Aided by such experiences and commercial acumen, Adam has also worked within an independent government organisation, as well as several generalist law firms in the areas of employment law, wills and estates and family law.

Most recently, Adam was instructing solicitor in a large civil litigation trial in the County Court of Victoria, covering a broad range of legal issues. Adam has a passion for achieving the best outcomes for his clients based on the understanding that their issues and desired outcomes are inherently different and thus, require tailored solutions.

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Reem Al Bahadiri

Reem Al Bahadiri is a Lawyer with the firm, having obtained her Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University in Western Australia in 2014. She was admitted as Lawyer by the Supreme Court of Western Australia in November 2015, after obtaining her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law Australia.

Reem has previously worked for a non-for profit organisation and prior to her employment with James McConvill and Associates, she was employed by a national firm and was practicing in Family, Criminal, Traffic and Civil Law. She is very passionate about Family Law. Reem is bilingual and speaks Fluent English and Arabic. In her spare time, Reem likes to travel, and spend time with family and friends.

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Maka Atanasov

Maka Atanasov is a Lawyer with the firm, having obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University with First Class Honours. She was admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2016, after obtaining her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from Australian National University. Maka completed her Dissertation thesis at University on the efficacy of econometric research in to the death penalty in the United States. She has a particular interest in Family Law and Criminal Law both on a domestic and international scale. Her passion for international law has enabled her to work with James McConvill & Associates in the United States at their Florida branch. In her spare time, Maka enjoys playing indoor and outdoor competitive soccer and cooking dishes from various cultural backgrounds.

Michael Rodrigues

Michael is a Lawyer with the firm. Michael is internationally educated, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Bond University.

Michael’s background is in sales and marketing, previously working for clients such as IBM, Cannon and Microsoft. Additionally, Michael has also worked within the public sector for both the Canadian and Australian Governments. Based on Michael’s experiences, he has fostered a passion for helping others and building strong community ties. As a Law Clerk, Michael is experienced in a diverse range of jurisdictions across Australia. He has worked closely with clients in relation to employment, family and criminal law matters. Michael also has experience in complex property and commercial transactions in Sydney and Melbourne.

Michael is currently working toward becoming an admitted practitioner in both Canada and New York. Outside of his professional capacity, Michael enjoys healthy active living, motorcycles, investing, reading, construction and travel.

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Melanie Newham

Melanie is an Associate Business Manager with the firm.

Melanie's carer has involved work as an independent consultant with 20 years’ experience in technical communication, writing, editing, web content development and knowledge management. She has worked across the management consulting, legal, IT and financial industries in ANZ, Asia, the Middle East and the US.

Melanie holds degrees in both Law and Science from the University of Sydney and has a post graduate qualification in Change Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).

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Brett Jones

Brett Jones is a Law Clerk for James McConvill & Associates. Brett has a Certificate IV in Private Investigation, an Advanced Diploma in Legal Practice, a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology Computer Science and Software Development and a Bachelor Degree in Law.

Brett has been an essential part of the team by providing support in Family Law, Property, Civil Law and Wills and Probate Law.

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Christiane Dean

Christiane is a Law Clerk with the firm. She studied Law at Deakin University and the University of Graz and undertook her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Australian National University in 2016. During her studies she represented Deakin University at the Phillip C Jessup Moot Court Competition in Vienna, Austria.

Prior to working for James McConvill & Associates, Christiane worked in the governance, risk and compliance industry, interned as a law clerk at ANZ Banking Group and Ernst & Young, and volunteered at the Western Suburbs Legal Service. She undertook a mini pupillage at Coram Chambers, a leading family law barristers’ set, in London in 2013.

Christiane continues to volunteer for her local community as a board member of the Alamein Neighbourhood Learning Centre. She is also a writer, being a finalist of the 2014 Melbourne Young Writer’s Award. In her free time, Christiane enjoys studying German, reading and travelling.

Angela Crawford

Angela Crawford is a Paralegal for the firm. Angela has more than 22 years’ experience as a paralegal, and has provided legal support in all phases of litigation (including trial preparation and support) involving family law, contract and business matters, personal injury, and professional liability. She is an experienced project manager and is trained to effectively and cost-effectively implement complex litigation support, including document management, review and e-discovery.

Angela has worked and travelled overseas to work with international clients managing voluminous document productions with a team of lawyers and paralegals on several different occasions.

Angela completed a Bachelor in Political Science at University of North Carolina and completed the Philadelphia Institute of Paralegal Studies course in January 1994.

Stuart Amos

Stuart Amos is a Consultant Paralegal with the firm and is currently completing his Bachelor of Laws degree at Bond University. During his law studies, he has participated in various mooting events and enjoys advocacy. Stuart is focusing on Family Law and working towards completing the qualifications to be able to conduct Family Dispute Resolution.

Prior to commencing his Law degree, Stuart has been in various senior management roles within the wine industry and Managing Director of his own consultancy company. Stuart has commenced his professional career as a legal assistant/paralegal at James McConvill & Associates and brings with him a mature outlook and professional approach. He has perfected many skills that are essential in a legal career such as time-management, attention to detail, researching and analytical skills. Stuart applies these skills in his work by his dedication to taking on various tasks within the firm and providing excellent client satisfaction.

Khaled Wahab

Khaled Wahab is a Paralegal with the firm, and is currently completing his Juris Doctor degree at Bond University. Khaled is the Founder and President of the Bond University Mooting Association. Additionally, Khaled is the Competitions Director of the Canadian Law Students Association.

Khaled earned his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Studies and Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. During his undergraduate degree, Khaled founded Laurier Afghan Students Association at Wilfrid Laurier University. Khaled also served as the Policy Manager for the Wilfrid Laurier Students’ Union.
Prior to studying Law at Bond University, Khaled worked in various professional capacities. Khaled was a Paralegal Assistant at AR Paralegals in Canada from 2011 to 2013. As a Paralegal Assistant Khaled acquired knowledge and practical legal skills in a wide range of practice areas including small claims court litigation, landlord and tenant disputes, municipal law, employment, personal injury law, and traffic offences. Moreover, Khaled has held retail positions with reputable companies such as TD Canada Trust Bank, Bell Aliant Canada, and MBW Shoes.
Khaled’s enterprising spirit, versatility, and passion for the law, complemented by his professional, academic and volunteer experiences demonstrate his valuable contribution to the firm.

Beth Warren

Beth Warren is Marketing Manager for the firm. Beth has more than twenty years experience as a marketing expert, including as Marketing Manager for several large shopping centres.

Beth is highly organised, having a methodical approach to getting the job done with a passion to deliver outstanding customer service. She is a professional speaker and has compered numerous professional and charitable events. Beth has undertaken tertiary studies in psychology and sociology developing understanding and empathy of sensitive issues particularly relating to families. Beth has natural warmth and rapport that immediately puts people at ease.

Natalie Douglas

Natalie Douglas is the firm’s Senior Law Clerk.

She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where she was awarded the Bachelor of Laws ( L.L.B) Degree and of the Norman Manley Law School where she was awarded the Certificate of Legal Education.

Natalie assists the Principals of the firm with the preparation of legal documents (including affidavits, agreements and court application documents), preparation of Legal Aid applications, and with the marketing of the firm.

Kara Towner

Kara is our Business Systems and Customer Relations Consultant.

Kara has over 11 years experience in areas ranging from business management, project management, systems implementation & documentation, sales, marketing, training & coaching. Kara likes to use her creativity to think outside the box while also working within the current business structure to improve the current systems and enhance our clients experience.