In 1989 Catherine commenced working as an Articled Law Clerk. She completed her legal studies part time and was admitted to practice in 1996.
From 1994 she was articled to the Honourable Peter Dowding S.C. at DCH Legal Group and she worked with him, assisting with many complex financial and children’s cases, including trials in the Family Court.
In 1998 Catherine became a partner of DCH Legal Group, resigning in 2001 to form the partnership of Maughan & Leach.
In March 2004 Catherine commenced Leach Legal.
Catherine is passionate about assisting clients to explore options that enable them to avoid Court proceedings and obtain an optimum outcome. She trained as a mediator and a collaborative lawyer and supports and advocates those methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as encouraging and facilitating ongoing negotiation.
Catherine completed her Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) in 2012 and in 2013 she lectured for the Masters Course in Perth in Family Law.
Catherine is a member of the Law Society of WA, the Family Law Council of Australia and the Family Law Practitioners Association.
She is a member of the international Entrepreneurs’ Organization and sits on the Board of the Perth Chapter.
Elizabeth O’Sullivan worked full-time as an Articled Clerk and studied law part-time and was admitted to practice in 1994.
Elizabeth practices in the areas of Commercial Law, particularly Property Law, Business Law and Wills and Probate.
Elizabeth was a former partner in a boutique commercial firm in St Georges Terrace.
Elizabeth now practices as Leach Legal’s Commercial and Estate Lawyer.
Damien has more than 30 years’ experience as a Family Lawyer, and an accredited Family Law specialist for more than 19 years, his particular areas of practice are financial settlements and financial agreements.
Damien has many years of experience in all aspects of Family Law including negotiated and litigated financial settlements involving property. He also has extensive experience in pre-nuptial agreements or cohabitation agreements for de facto couples.
Damien is able to act for clients in settling Family Law matters through the collaborative process whereby parties agree not to go to court. Instead, with their lawyers, they negotiate an outcome based on what is best for their family, rather than based on their legal rights.
Damien grew up as the son of farming parents and worked on numerous farms in his earlier years. He has an extensive background in, and knowledge about, farming. Damien owned a farm on which he ran cattle until recently. Therefore, Damien has an innate knowledge of the farming industry and has a long list of farming clients for whom he has acted. Damien is uniquely placed to better understand the real impact on farming businesses when family relationships deteriorate and the advice of a Family Lawyer becomes necessary.
Between finishing school and commencing law studies, Damien worked in a variety of jobs. He worked as a bulldozer operator for an earthmoving contractor in Esperance clearing land and building dams; as an ore sampler for a mineral exploration company in the Hamersley Ranges; as a trade assistant to boilermakers and electricians at Mount Newman; as a ganger on railway gangs and as a wharfie at the Fremantle Harbour.
Linda graduated from Murdoch University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics). Linda’s Honour Thesis considered 25 years of decision-making under the Family Law Act 1975.
She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1996 and worked mainly as a family lawyer in a medium sized firm until 2000 when she commenced as a sole practitioner. For the next 13 years Linda ran a very busy practice working predominantly in family law while also volunteering at Citizens Advice Bureau, Gosnells Community Legal Centre and was a board member of Perth Inner City Housing Association.
She particularly enjoys complex legal issues and advocacy. Linda’s friendly style and professional skills meld well with the Leach Legal team.