The Team...


Our principal Joseph Morrissey is a third generation solicitor with over twenty five years experience in legal practice. Joseph and our support staff strive to provide personal attention according to each client's needs and circumstances.
Principal:     JOSEPH MORRISSEY 


Joseph commenced his legal career in 1988 as a Law Clerk at the Sydney law firm, Murphy & Moloney (now part of Hunt & Hunt).  Joseph’s grandfather and father were partners of the firm.  Joseph is a third generation Lawyer.


Working  at Murphy & Moloney Joseph gained valuable hands on experience in legal practice over a period of 5 years whilst studying Law.  He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1992.  After a further two years practicing in Sydney Joseph relocated to the South Coast of NSW in 1994 working with a firm in Ulladulla for ten years.  Joseph then undertook further study in Mediation and Collaborative Law completing a Graduate Certificate in Mediation with Relationships Australia in 2007, Collaborative Law training with the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution.


Joseph has experience in most areas of legal practice and has represented clients in a wide range of matters including civil disputes, family law, property law, conveyancing, elder law including Wills, Enduring Guardianship, Powers of Attorney, Deceased Estate administration and Wills disputes. 


Although Joseph has conducted litigation matters on behalf of his clients over the years, he now sees alternative dispute resolution through negotiation, mediation and collaboration as a better way to settle disputes and accepts instructions predominantly in matters he considers capable of resolution by these methods.


Joseph has considerable mediation experience both as mediator and in a supervisory role.  He has conducted mediation in family law parenting and property settlements, deceased estate claims, work place disputes and retirement village conflicts.  For approximately five years Joseph worked with Nowra Family Relationships Centre in a mediator and supervisory role.


Professional Qualifications


  • Dip Law S.A.B 1992

  • Solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW 1992

  • The College of Law NSW Legal Practice Management Certificate 2000

  • Certificate Level 1 Collaborative Practice UTS 2007

  • Grad Cert. Mediation (Relationships Australia) 2007

  • Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (with distinction) TAFE NSW 2010

Vanessa Cartwright
Vanessa is an experienced Legal Secretary.  She has over fifteen years experience across general legal practice. She assists in all areas of the practice, in particular conveyancing and property matters.