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kymKym Briese

As the Principal of Briese Lawyers, Kym focuses on assisting clients with personal legal issues in such areas as Family Law, Personal and Business Estate Planning and Administration.


Having started her legal career in 1990, Kym’s extensive experience and intricate knowledge of legal processes allows her to offer advice that is realistic, practical and solution focused. 

Kym’s passion for people and healthy relationships sees her adopt a holistic approach with clients. Kym’s goal is to empower clients to choose the best processes and outcomes to resolve the issues they face, whilst minimising cost and delays.

Kym holds a Bachelor of Laws from QUT, a Certificate of Mediation and Collaborative Law Training, a Diploma in Child Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Studies (Family and Relationship Counselling), and is a Licensed Relationship Coach with RCI. 

Kym is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in Queensland and Solicitor of the High Court, in Australia

Affiliations

  • Past President of the Downs and South West Queensland Law Association
  • A member of the Queensland Law Society
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Australian Institute of Family Lawyers and Mediators
  • Relationship Coaching Institute
  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Darling Downs Women in Business
  • Business Networking International

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FAMILY LAW TEAM

sharynSharyn Wagner

Sharyn practices in the areas of Family Law and Estate Litigation and she is also a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. 

These areas of law require a compassionate approach and Sharyn is always willing to devote her time and energy to assist clients to navigate the wide-ranging legal issues which arise in these circumstances.

Sharyn provides comprehensive and practical advice on all aspects of family law for both married and defacto couples. She is experienced in the drafting of binding financial agreements, property settlements, binding child support agreements and parenting plans/orders.

As a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Sharyn also conducts family mediations which aim to assist parents to reach agreement about post-separation parenting arrangements for their children.

Prior to being admitted as a solicitor, Sharyn had a successful career in journalism, where she honed her skills in written and oral communication. She is a strong negotiator and proactively aims for an early resolution of all family law and estate litigation matters.

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pamPam Mortensen

Pam has practised exclusively in the area of family law since being admitted as a solicitor.

She completed a Bachelor of Laws at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010, receiving Honours. Since that time, Pam has been based in Toowoomba where she is raising a young family.

Pam is experienced in all aspects of family law, including parenting, property, divorce, domestic violence, child protection and Legal Aid work.

Pam is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and is registered on the High Court of Australia Register of Practitioners. Pam is a founding member of the Toowoomba Referral Network.

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hayleytbrieseHayley Toombs

Not every problem can or should be approached the same way and more often than not, finding creative and workable solutions to legal issues requires some thinking outside of the box.

That's where I come in!

By adopting a holistic and pragmatic approach to dealing with legal problems, I free up more space to be able to generate different ideas and solutions that are suitable to each client's individual circumstances.

I believe that life is far too short to live in conflict and my goal each and every day is to get clients off the legal merry-go-round as quickly as possible and with as little damage as possible.

Law is something I came to later in life, after I realised that I didn't have the stomach for a medical career.  I knew that I was passionate about helping people and solving problems, so I am not surprised that I found myself eventually walking the halls of the Law Faculty.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.  I am admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in Queensland and am registered on the High Court of Australia Register of Practitioners.

After an extensive history working with my brother, multi-award winning lawyer, Dan Toombs on a number of large legal interventions in Australia and the United States, I planted my feet back in both private practice and the non for profit sector and haven't really looked back.

I am currently undertaking my Masters (by research) and am focused heavily on alternate dispute resolution.  I am a routine marker (in this area) at the Faculty of Law and have been a research assistant and guest speaker on the topic of collaborative law.  I also have undertaken initial training in this area.

I am on the steering committee for the Family Law Pathways Network and a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Family Law Practitioners Association and the Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners.

If you feel I can be of assistance, please reach out to me.

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Kristal Gillkrystal

Kristal joined the team at Briese Lawyers in October 2013 after having worked for over 11 years as a paralegal with other Law firms in the Darling Downs region. 

Kristal brings to the team a wealth of knowledge in the practice areas of Family and Conveyancing Law and is an integral part of the family law team, supporting the solicitors in delivering service to our clients.  Kristal is well known for her friendliness, empathy and efficiency and her friendly disposition ensures that client's matters are handled with warmth and sincerity.

Outside of the office Kristal loves spending time with her family and playing a friendly round of golf.

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larissaLarissa Andrews

Larissa is a full-time Paralegal in our Family Law team.

Larissa joined the family law team in July 2017 after spending approximately 12 months working alongside our administration team.

Larissa's caring and empathetic nature is an asset that assists clients through what is typically a very difficult time.

Larissa has worked in other areas of employment including retail, hospitality and pharmacy where she completed a Certificate II in Pharmacy, Certificate II in Hospitality and a Certificate III in Business.

 

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ESTATE PLANNING, ESTATE ADMINISTRATION &

COMMERCIAL TEAM

Kiri Edyvean

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Kiri completed her Bachelor of Laws at Queensland University of Technology, receiving first class honours.

Kiri returned to Toowoomba in 2012 with her young family and has since practiced in Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Structuring and Elder Law and she is the head of our Estate Planning and Estate Administration Team.

Kiri has a keen interest in asset protection strategies and strives to utilise differing suites of documents and strategies to meet her client's individual needs.

Outside the office, Kiri has a strong community presence as President of the Toowoomba and District Multiple Birth Association, which provides support and assistance to local families with, or expecting, twins and triplets.  Kiri is a mum of three children, including a set of twins.

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leesaLeesa Finch

Leesa completed her Bachelor of Laws at University of Southern Queensland in 2013 with Honours and was admitted to legal practice in June 2015.

Leesa is a Commercial Lawyer and joined Briese Lawyers in 2009, having previously worked with other Toowoomba firms as a Conveyancing Paralegal.

Leesa strives to provide a caring, personalised service to each client and is driven by challenge.  She takes a keen interest in changing legislation which assists her in providing efficient and up-to-date advice to her clients.

Leesa is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland, is a member of the Queensland Law Society.

Outside of the office, Leesa enjoys getting out into nature and is the mother of three girls.

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judiJudi Smith

Judi joined the Briese Lawyers family in March 2016 as part of our Commercial and Estates Team.

Judi works closely with Leesa, Kiri and Kylie to provide support for all of our commercial, aged care leasing, Estate Planning and Estate Administration clients.

Judi has in excess of 30 years experience in all areas of law, however for many years has focused her specialisation on the areas of Commercial Conveyancing, Wills and Estate Administration.

Judi is passionate about her support role and all clients can expect to be greeted with a big smile and a conscientious work ethic. 

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kylieKylie Cox

Kylie joined Briese Lawyers in July 2012 as part of our Estate Planning team.

Kylie works closely with Kym, Kiri and Judi to provide support for all of our estate planning and estate administration clients.

Kylie enjoys all aspects of an estate file and is keen to provide quality service to all clients, delivering understanding and compassion that many of our clients need during their matter. 

Kylie comes to us with 10 years experience with other Law Firms and government agencies and is also a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

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MIGRATION SERVICES

Hayley Toombs

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Not every problem can or should be approached the same way and more often than not, finding creative and workable solutions to legal issues requires some thinking outside of the box.

That's where I come in!

By adopting a holistic and pragmatic approach to dealing with legal problems, I free up more space to be able to generate different ideas and solutions that are suitable to each client's individual circumstances.

I believe that life is far too short to live in conflict and my goal each and every day is to get clients off the legal merry-go-round as quickly as possible and with as little damage as possible.

Law is something I came to later in life, after I realised that I didn't have the stomach for a medical career.  I knew that I was passionate about helping people and solving problems, so I am not surprised that I found myself eventually walking the halls of the Law Faculty.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.  I am admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in Queensland and am registered on the High Court of Australia Register of Practitioners.

After an extensive history working with my brother, multi-award winning lawyer, Dan Toombs on a number of large legal interventions in Australia and the United States, I planted my feet back in both private practice and the non for profit sector and haven't really looked back.

I am currently undertaking my Masters (by research) and am focused heavily on alternate dispute resolution.  I am a routine marker (in this area) at the Faculty of Law and have been a research assistant and guest speaker on the topic of collaborative law.  I also have undertaken initial training in this area.

I am on the steering committee for the Family Law Pathways Network and a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Family Law Practitioners Association and the Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners.

If you feel I can be of assistance, please reach out to me.

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Or alternatively, you can contact me on 07 4638 4833.

Migration Agents Registration Number (MARN) is 1797340

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CONVEYANCING TEAM

johnathonJohnathon Althaus

Johnathon is a Toowoomba local who has returned from working as a Property Paralegal for a number of years in Brisbane to join our conveyancing team. 

Johnathon is experienced in many aspects of residential conveyancing, particularly Off the Plan Sales and Purchases. 

Johnathon expects to complete his Bachelor of Law at the end of 2017, with his practical legal training to follow shortly afterwards.

Outside of the office, Johnathon enjoys most sports, but has a particular interest in Rugby League and Cricket.

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beth2Beth O'Keefe

Beth joined Briese Lawyers in 2016 as a full time Conveyancer and is dedicated to assisting clients with the buying and selling of residential properties.

Beth is in her final year of study at the University of Southern Queensland where she is completing her Bachelor of Laws.

Beth is the current secretary of Toowoomba Progressive Professionals and is also a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

Outside of work Beth is passionate about travel.

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Amy Carwood

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Amy joined the team at Briese Lawyers June 2013 and works as a paralegal in our Residential Conveyancing department.

Amy joined the team after having studied at the University of New England and working in the practice areas of Conveyancing, Estate Planning, Commercial and Property Law since 2008.

Amy works in closely with our Conveyancing team, supporting Beth and Johnathon in assisting their clients with buying and selling transactions.

Amy has been previously affiliated with Business Networkers International Fortune Chapter and the Downs & South West Queensland Law Association.

Outside of the office, Amy has a keen interest in photography and travel.

 

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Katie Owens

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Katie started out in a law office straight out of school and hasn’t looked back. 

She has had a keen interest in the conveyancing area for over 20 years including running her own files.  She has returned to the legal profession to join the Briese Lawyers team.

Katie is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified)

Outside of the office, Katie helps run the family dairy farm and enjoys the company of her 3 children.

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Brodie photo small mpBrodie McKenzie

Brodie is a full-time Paralegal in our Conveyancing team.

Brodie brings a caring and friendly nature to the team to assist our clients during their conveyancing matter.

In her spare time Brodie loves to further her knowledge with studies and has various qualifications such as a Certificate III in Business Administration and a Certificate in Legal Support.  Brodie is currently completing her Certificate III in Bookkeeping.

Brodie is also a qualified Commissioner of Declarations.

Outside of work hours, Brodie also loves to make soy candles and has successfully turned her hobby into a small venture.

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Karen Liebke

Karen joined the Briese Lawyers team in June 2010, as a member of our Conveyancing Team and works along side our conveyancing staff.

Karen has over 30 years of Conveyancing experience and currently works behind the scenes assisting Johnathon and Beth.

Karen has a passion for conveyancing and helping our clients through this process. Karen is always looking to further her level of knowledge and likes to keep up to date with ever changing legislation.

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madonna2ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Madonna Wilson

Madonna has more than 17 years experience in the legal industry. Her time in the industry has seen Madonna work in many roles and areas of practice.  Madonna started as an Office Junior and moved quickly into an accounting role. From there, she moved into an Accounts Manager position. Madonna then secured a position which saw her utitilse her accounting experience while also training as a Paralegal. Madonna has worked in various areas of practice, including Family Law, Conveyancing, Estate Planning (& Administration) and Commercial.

Madonna’s role with Briese Lawyers spans across many facets. Madonna’s primary role is overseeing all financial aspects of the firm and oversees the Briese Lawyers family. Madonna provides paralegal support to all areas across the practice when needed.  Madonna holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Business Law) through the University of New England. Madonna has been apart of the Briese Lawyers family since the beginning and really is the glue that holds us all together.

Madonna is married with two children, a dog and a cat and has recently joined the doTERRA company as a Wellness Advocate.

 

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margaretMargaret Lyons

Margaret joined the Briese Lawyers team with over 12 years experience in customer service.

Margaret is employed as part of our Administration team, in particular in the role of public relations for the firm.  

Margaret has worked for Briese Lawyers for many years and is enthusiastic and passionate about her role.  Margaret enjoys working with many of the groups & charities that Briese Lawyers raises funds and awareness for and in particular she really enjoys working closely with Kym Briese in supporting Darling Downs Women in Business.

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carolynCarolyn Pohlner

Carolyn brings over 25 year’s experience in the legal industry to the firm.

We are very fortunate to have Carolyn Pohlner as part of our Team at Briese Lawyers as she has a diverse knowledge of the legal industry, especially in the area of Conveyancing.

Carolyn’s roles in the office are many and varied and currently she is working in the support role for both our Administration and Conveyancing Teams.

Carolyn is also a Commissioner for Declarations.

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kiaraKiara Elias

Kiara has been providing administration support at Briese Lawyers since graduating high school in 2013. 

Kiara is part of the team on a casual basis whilst completing her Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of Southern Queensland. Her favourite part of the teaching role is the relationships built whilst interacting with and supporting her students.

Kiara works along side Margaret, Sonia and Mia in client service on reception as well as attending to administrative duties. Her friendly disposition and infectious smile are a pleasant way to be greeted by phone or in person when dealing with Briese Lawyers.

soniaSonia Pocock

Sonia joined the Firm in April 2013.

Sonia has 12 years experience in office administration and has a passion for client care. Sonia assists with all facets of behind the scenes operations within our firm and supports the Administration Team on reception. Sonia’s friendly and caring manner makes her a valuable asset to our team. 

Outside the office, Sonia is a mum of two children and enjoys being involved in her church community.

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