Our People

A firm is only as good as it’s people, and we have people we can be proud of. Here are the reasons why Callea Pearce Lawyers should be your first choice.

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Our People, Your Team

Business Team

Shayne Bedford

Shayne Bedford

Principal Lawyer

Shayne’s passion is to see clients succeed in their private, business and property ventures. He is expert and well respected in these areas and clients keep coming back to him because he listens and then delivers, in that order!

Yajaira Appeldorff

Yajaira Appeldorff

Lawyer

Yajaira joined Callea Pearce after leaving a lasting impression on us during a short term traineeship with the firm in 2016. Yajaira works with the business law team and has a passion for ensuring our business clients are receiving a complete advisory service

Amer Alibasic

Amer Alibasic

Lawyer

Amer’s career started with a busy sole practitioner where he quickly gained experience in a wide variety of matters. Following what can only be described as a baptism by fire, Amer sought to broaden his commercial experience and as a result has worked with well-respected firms

Jackie Konjarski

Jackie Konjarski

Client Relations

Jackie has continued to develop and build her skills from being a junior on reception, to Personal Assistant to her most recent role as our Client Relations Manager. This role involves maintaining relationships with our existing clients and building new relationships

Sarah De Paoli

Sarah De Paoli

Lawyer

Sarah initially completed her legal training at Callea Pearce before moving into criminal law practice in the Western Suburbs for a few years. In her time as a criminal lawyer, Sarah regularly appeared in court and achieved excellent results for her clients

Jayden Vermeulen

Jayden Vermeulen

Paralegal

Jayden joined Callea Pearce as a Paralegal in 2017 working predominately in our Business Law Team by assisting our solicitors on a range of matters. Jayden has always been drawn towards business routes and is deeply passionate towards making a difference in the lives of clients

Nikita Surrao

Nikita Surrao

Paralegal

Nikita started her employment at Callea Pearce in 2016 as a Receptionist before moving into the Administration Team and then finally finding her feet as a Paralegal in our Business Law Team.

Wills & Estates Team

Maree Roberts

Maree Roberts

Estates Clerk

Maree joined Callea Pearce in 2015 and has since become Head of the Wills and Estates Department. Prior to moving to the Western Suburbs, Maree enjoyed a 35-year long career in Dingley where she worked in all aspects of Wills and Estates

Lee Robinson

Lee Robinson

Assistant

Lee Robinson joined Callea Pearce Lawyers late 2017 as a Personal Assistant in the Wills and Estates Team, preparing Wills and helping assist in the process of deceased estates for clients at Callea Pearce.

Emily Russell

Emily Russell

Paralegal

Emily has been with Callea Pearce for a little over a year; firstly as a receptionist before being snapped up by our growing Wills and Estate Team as a legal assistant.

Antonette Kemp

Antonette Kemp

Estates Clerk

Antonette started out with the firm back in 1997 when we were known as Pearce Webster Dugdales as a Receptionist, and quickly worked her way up to being the Personal Assistant to Ian Giblin

Yajaira Appeldorff

Yajaira Appeldorff

Lawyer

Yajaira joined Callea Pearce after leaving a lasting impression on us during a short term traineeship with the firm in 2016. Yajaira works with the business law team and has a passion for ensuring our business clients are receiving a complete advisory service

Family Law Team

Dimi Karangelis

Dimi Karangelis

Lawyer

Dimi is the head of our Family Law Department. Dimi joined Callea Pearce Lawyers in 2011. Prior to studying law, Dimi completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree at Monash University. Dimi also holds a Masters of Applied Law (Family Law).

Katherine Siotos

Katherine Siotos

Assistant

Katherine joined Callea Pearce in 2017 working predominantly in our Family Law team. However, her positive attitude and can-do approach means she’s always assisting our Business Law team as well.

Sarah De Paoli

Sarah De Paoli

Lawyer

Sarah initially completed her legal training at Callea Pearce before moving into criminal law practice in the Western Suburbs for a few years. In her time as a criminal lawyer, Sarah regularly appeared in court and achieved excellent results for her clients

Conveyancing & Property Team

Paula Bibby

Paula Bibby

Conveyancing Clerk

Paula is the Team Leader of our Conveyancing Department. Originally from rural Victoria, Paula commenced her career in the legal industry as a receptionist in a small country firm

Hayley Evans

Hayley Evans

Conveyancing Clerk

Hayley first started out with a local firm in Melton as a fresh faced 18 year old ready to be the best legal receptionist there was

Amer Alibasic

Amer Alibasic

Lawyer

Amer’s career started with a busy sole practitioner where he quickly gained experience in a wide variety of matters. Following what can only be described as a baptism by fire, Amer sought to broaden his commercial experience and as a result has worked with well-respected firms

Support Team

Bianca Parslow

Bianca Parslow

Financial Coordinator

Bianca joined our firm in 2001 when we were first known as Pearce Webster Dugdales as a receptionist and Conveyancing assistant. She then became our Office Manager in 2009

Claudia Larsen

Claudia Larsen

Receptionist / Administration

Claudia has since developed her skills in a wide range of areas across our firm including wills and estates, family law and will soon commence her new role in the Conveyancing and Property Law Team

Stefan Siotos

Stefan Siotos

Receptionist / Administration

Hailing from the Bellarine Peninsula, while Stefan dislikes the 3 hour round trip to work, he does believe the culture and work environment that is Callea Pearce is “totally worth it”.

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