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At Shine Lawyers we stand up for the little guy. We right wrong for our clients and give a voice to those who would otherwise be unheard.

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Our Team Profiles

Kim Breda
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Kim Breda

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Associate, North Sydney

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Kim’s background includes experience in a whole suite of litigation methods and working with clients who come from a broad range of backgrounds. You can expect a dedicated and personal approach when it comes to your case. Kim will ensure your case gets the attention it deserves and that she has a clear understanding of your needs and expectations Kim is very proactive and will work diligently on a case all the while making sure that she keeps you informed on the progress and how you can work towards achieve the best possible result.

Zlatko Mackic
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Zlatko Mackic

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Associate, North Sydney

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Zac is well practised in providing realistic assessments of your case in order to provide appropriate legal advice and minimise legal costs and expenses incurred in each matter. His Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian clients greatly value his fluency in these languages and enable him to establish effective communication. Zac has extensive experience in investigating, preparing and providing advice in respect of liability claims against councils, RTA, various statutory authorities and CTP insurers. Similarly Zac provides practical advice relating to the value of your case and whether it should be litigated or not. Zac will provide you with comprehensive, reliable, honest and well-founded advice regarding any case in this area of law. Zac contributes regularly to Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian magazines regarding the application of law.

Kate Henderson
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Kate Henderson

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Partner, North Sydney

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Kate Henderson was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in 1995 at which time she commenced employment with Somerville & Co which then merged with Shine Lawyers in 2010. During her employment with the firm, Kate has primarily been involved in, and responsible for, the conduct of large scale & complex litigation in both the Supreme Court and District Court of New South Wales. In 2000, Kate became an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law certified by the Law Society of NSW specialist accreditation program. Kate’s career has been marked by numerous successes and she is recognised as being a highly skilled and experienced lawyer within her field of expertise. Please contact us for further information in relation to Kate’s extensive and very impressive track record. Kate is an extremely passionate lawyer who is driven to achieve the best possible results for her clients. She feels genuinely privileged to act on behalf of each of her clients and is constantly inspired by the strength of character displayed by each of them in the face of substantial personal adversity Kate has a strong sporting background and has previously represented Australia in springboard and platform diving.

James Chrara
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James Chrara

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New South Wales and Western Australian Legal Partner

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James’ unique managerial approach combined with his compelling legal knowledge and expertise has seen him move quickly through the ranks of Shine Lawyers to become a Legal Partner in a few short years. Previously overlooking the South-West Queensland area, James now manages the New South Wales and Western Australia offices. James believes any success he experiences is due to having a sense of purpose in his career. This sense of purpose comes from being able to represent a client and make a genuine difference to restore their dignity and pride, which also helps to achieve a better result for his clients. “A result that I know will secure their future and give them and their families a better quality of life than they had when they first came to see me,” he says. The result is also what drives James to overcome challenges, as well as “the desire to know that I have my client’s interest at heart and that what I do will impact upon them as individuals and their families.”

Susan Newman
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Susan Newman

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Associate, North Sydney

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Prior to undertaking her law degree, Susan worked as a Registered Nurse. This provides Susan with helpful insight when investigating cases in the health industry. She strives to achieve speedy resolutions of her client’s cases and is experienced in both litigating matters and the procedures for alternative dispute resolutions. With the day to day conduct of your matter, Susan aims to ensure that you understand the law that impacts on your case and that that you are heard and understood. Susan will always be honest about your success and the possibilities of your case.

Erin Brockovich
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Erin Brockovich

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Our Strategic Partner

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Hi I'm Erin Brockovich. For over 15 years I've fought on behalf of innocent people who have suffered harm at the hands of irresponsible companies. Now I'm working with Shine Lawyers, a firm who shares my passion for taking on tough cases. Shine Lawyers have been fighting for Australians just like you for over 30 years. I work with them and I trust them. They stand up for clients like you every day. They take this responsibility very seriously. Every aspect of their firm is geared toward ensuring you have a positive experience and achieve the best possible outcome – in and out of the courtroom.

Jodie Willey
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Jodie Willey

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Chief Executive Officer

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Jodie Willey became a Partner of Shine Lawyers in 2006, after joining the firm as a five year articled clerk in 1995. She has spent the majority of her legal career practising in Plaintiff Personal Injuries Litigation. Jodie is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Shine. In taking on this role, Jodie has been responsible for injecting consistency, structure and process to the legal operation during a period of significant growth. Jodie takes her profession to a whole new level of accountability and believes that it is her responsibility to give her clients the best results possible. “My commitment and belief in getting the right result. Knowing that we can give people the Voice they deserve,” she says is what drives her to overcome challenges. This is also what gives Jodie the greatest satisfaction from her career “I love that we act for the little guy,” she says.

Simon Morrison
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Simon Morrison

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Executive Director

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Simon Morrison became a Senior Legal Partner of Shine Lawyers In 1995 after joining in 1988. In this role Simon spearheaded the firm through a period of sustained growth to become a national company with over 350 staff members. Simon Morrison now acts as an Executive Director driving strategic growth of the firm at Board Level. He is currently working at the forefront of two high profile cases being run in Australia, working closely with well-known US personality Erin Brockovich. Simon has also enjoyed a role as the preceding National President of the Australian Lawyers’ Alliance (ALA) and sits on the Alliance's Queensland Committee, as well as, chairing the Alliance’s National Workers Compensation Special Interest Group. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and sits on that Association’s international board, Queensland Law Society, and the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in plaintiff litigation admitted to practice in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Simon has particular expertise in the field of plaintiff litigation and is an acknowledged leader at both a state and national level. He has given evidence at numerous government inquiries and has assisted in drafting legislation. He sits on a number of plaintiff litigation committees including chairing the Australian Lawyers Alliance National Workers Compensation Special Interest Group. He is a regular speaker at national and state conferences in this field.

Stephen Roche
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Stephen Roche

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Executive Director

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Stephen is Shine Lawyer’s longest serving member, joining the firm in 1981. Stephen is the former Managing Partner of Shine Lawyers and acted in this role since 1988 and over the last 27 years has been an integral part of Shine growing from a single office in Toowoomba to over 20 offices nationally. Stephen continues to drive the firm’s strategic growth at a Board Level, now acting as an Executive Director. In this role, Stephen dedicates his progressive thinking and strategist’s skills to consolidate and strengthen the firm for future growth. Stephen was among the first solicitors in Queensland to be awarded Specialist Accreditation in Personal Injuries by the Queensland Law Society. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of Laws degree from QUT. He is a past President of the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association (Queensland Branch), and a past member of the National Executive. Stephen has made a significant contribution to the protection of civil and common law rights for all Australian citizens. Regarded as an ‘activist’, he is passionate in his belief that the rights of us all are being eroded by our governments, and he is not afraid to stand up against insurance companies and corporate Australia. His innovative attitude in a corporate workplace also saw him direct The Shine Centre of Learning initiative. The vision began with turning a property in South-East Queensland into a place of learning, where staff can go to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes from experts. A custom built premise has now been established on this property providing accommodation and training facilities for the school. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an active member of The Executive Connection (TEC).

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Frequently Asked Questions

No Win, No Fee Lawyers

At Shine Lawyers, we have a fee structure in place to ensure that everyday people can fight for their legal rights, despite the cost of upfront legal fees. We will only charge fees if the outcome is successful. We assist you from the beginning to prosecute your case, by deferring payment of our professional fees and expenses until the matter has been resolved.

If we investigate your circumstances and believe you have a case, we will not ask you for any money until the successful conclusion of your matter.

In most instances, we will also pay all the running costs until your case has been resolved. This is called no win, no fee. A 'win' is defined as you recovering money from the opponent and/or for legal costs and expenses either at trial or by settlement.

Therefore, if you don't get paid, we don't get paid. This is a promise we make to you.

Philosophy: Right Wrong

Right Wrong: We hope it empowers you to seek justice for yourself, your family and society. The choice to right wrong takes courage and we will support you in standing your ground against those who abuse the rules of the law to avoid their responsibilities and obligations.

Whether the wrong has occurred in your workplace, or because of another person or company, standing up for your rights means safeguarding the rights of those around you too.

Why we choose to specialise in our field

At Shine Lawyers we are committed to specialise solely in our field of plaintiff litigation, has enabled superior business efficiency, development of custom systems and consistent business performance and more importantly better results for our clients.

Our specialist strategy means we focus all of our time, energy, resources, training and development in one area of law to become experts in that field and stay ahead of the pack. We use systems and processes, which make us faster and more successful in pursuing cases. In addition, because Shine Lawyers focus on plaintiff litigation as their core business the no win, no charge policy is applicable to all of our practice areas

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Monday 08:30am to 05:00pm
Tuesday 08:30am to 05:00pm
Wednesday 08:30am to 05:00pm
Thursday 08:30am to 05:00pm
Friday 08:30am to 05:00pm