Staff

A committed, experienced & friendly team, Beacon Family Law is an incorporated legal practice with many years experience in Western Australian family law.

  • Dirk Klicker

    Dirk Klicker - Senior Family Lawyer & Director of Beacon Family Law

    Dirk completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia and has practiced almost exclusively in family law since being admitted as a legal practitioner. He is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. Dirk is a member of the Family Law Practitioner’s Association of Western Australia. Prior to establishing Beacon Family Law, Dirk worked for many years as a Senior Associate with one of the larger family law firms in Perth. Dirk is a family law and divorce expert and he regularly acts and appears on behalf parties in the Family Court of Western Australia. He has acted for parties from a diverse range of backgrounds and has come across all of the issues that parties often face in family law. Dirk has experience dealing with most family law firms in Perth. Dirk established Beacon Family Law in 2009. He is experienced in dealing with complex family law matters.

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  • Catherine Wong

    Catherine Wong - Solicitor

    Catherine graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science. Catherine obtained a Diploma of Graduate Practical Legal Training from The College of Law and is admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Catherine is a member of the Family Law Practitioner’s Association. Prior to joining Beacon Family Law in May 2017, Catherine worked as a lawyer in a boutique law firm and handled various family law matters, including children’s and property matters, divorce, court representation, consent orders and child support matters. Catherine is able to provide advice in relation to complex family law matters and offer practical solutions. Catherine also has experience in restraining orders and wills and estates matters. Catherine speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin and is a member of the Asian Australian Law Association.

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  • Kirsten Hatwell

    Kirsten Hatwell - Junior Solicitor

    Kirsten graduated from the University of Adelaide with a double degree in Law and Media, and was awarded membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society for being in the top fifteen percent academically at the University. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kirsten worked as a digital marketing specialist in a boutique marketing firm. Kirsten’s passion for family law was realised during her recent experience with a specialist family law practice in Adelaide. Relocating to Perth with her partner in 2017, she is looking forward to becoming a valued member with the firm and exceeding client expectations. Away from the Law, Kirsten enjoys supporting charitable causes, travelling, playing netball and spending time with family and friends.

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  • Kylie Aquilina

    Kylie Aquilina - Junior Solicitor

    Kylie graduated from Macquarie University with a double degree in Law and Economics following which she qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst practising taxation law in Sydney, NSW.  Kylie practised as a taxation lawyer for KPMG and Ernst & Young in Sydney for 6 years before transferring to the Perth office of Ernst &Young in 2002.  In 2005 Kylie pursued a long-held interest in family law taking a role as a solicitor at a community legal centre specialising in family law and domestic violence to build her exposure and experience in family law.  Following a career break to have children, Kylie is looking forward to combining her experience in both family law and business to provide clients with a broad understanding of the issues that may arise in both property and children matters.

  • Herculine du Preez

    Herculine du Preez - Legal Secretary

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  • Melissa Fry

    Melissa Fry - Client Liaison

    Melissa is a qualified chartered accountant with close to 15 years experience in senior tax and chief financial officer roles in the accounting profession and publicly listed companies. Melissa’s experience in accounting and taxation are highly sought after commodities. Melissa is enrolled at Murdoch University studying to become a family lawyer with the firm.

Staff

All of the staff are committed to provide accountable, affordable and approachable family law services. Family law is a unique field of law where clients have additional emotional, financial and other demands and needs. Many clients face difficult issues upon a family separation including separation from children or significant financial hardship. All members of the team have extensive experience dealing in family law. The staff are trained to be understanding and accomodate the additional needs of family law clients in these difficult times. The motto at Beacon Family Law is “Guiding the Way”. That is, the staff at Beacon Family Law can be relied upon to guide clients through a separation because of their experience and training in family law on a daily basis. Whether a matter is straight forward, such as simply properly documenting an amicable agreement, or complex, such as involving third parties or significant animosity and adversity, the staff will have dealt with circumstances of similar nature. All clients will meet the members of the Beacon Family Law team so that all of the staff are familiar with each client. This ensures the clients receive a personal service from all staff members and that clients hear a familiar voice when they contact Beacon Family law. Although the relationship between the solicitor having the conduct of a client file and that client is of paramount importance, all staff/client relationships are considered important at Beacon Family Law. In addition, all of the staff are committed to ongoing professional development. In addition to practicing in family law on daily basis our team members receive additional training on a regular basis from other recognised experts in the provision of family law and general legal services. Our support staff perform legal clerical and aministrative assistant roles to assist the team at Beacon Family Law provide professional high quality yet approachable family law and divorce legal advice and assistance.