Flat Rate Settlements

Settlement lawyers Perth WA

Our team

Michael Hodgkins

Michael Hodgkins LLB, BCom, AMusA

Supervising partner

Michael has been a partner of Birman & Ride since 1 July 2009. He leads the… Read more

Practises: Family law, wills, probate and estates, estate planning, property and commercial law

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Michael has been a partner of Birman & Ride since 1 July 2009. He leads the firm’s family and property law teams which offer a broad range of services including real estate settlements, property and commercial law, family law, wills, estate planning, probate and estates.

The firm is a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, law cadets, website and application developers.

An experienced property lawyer, Michael has acted on the sale of farms, St George’s Terrace office towers and everything in between.

Michael’s business objective is to offer a wide range of consumer legal services that are accessible, competitively priced and delivered to a high standard.

Michael is the chairperson of the Board of a local Independent Public Primary School. He is a trustee of the charitable fund of Fremantle Chamber Orchestra Pty Ltd and the orchestra’s principal clarinet. He is the web editor of several other community groups. He is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Michael graduated from Murdoch University in 1996 with degrees in Law and Commerce and joined the firm as an articled clerk the same year. He was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1997.

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Lucy Dickens

Lucy Dickens LLB (Hons), BA

Supervising lawyer

Lucy is a talented lawyer, business administrator and manager.  In her seven… Read more

Practises: Property and commercial law, Wills, probate and estate administration, real estate settlements (supervising lawyer)

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Lucy is a talented lawyer, business administrator and manager.  In her seven years with Birman & Ride she has developed her skills in various roles including lawyer, team leader, HR manager, business analyst, salesperson and marketing manager.

In the legal sphere, Lucy is responsible for supervising  the firm’s Wills, probate, estate administration and real estate settlements departments.  Lucy serves clients directly in more complex matters in these areas as well as in property and commercial law.

Lucy’s high standards, ability to lead and inspire others and facility with computerised information systems have been instrumental in the firm bringing new and innovative legal services to the market.

Working side-by-side with technology partner ContactsLaw, Lucy developed systems that enabled Flat Rate Settlements to dramatically reduce costs and improve service quality.  Leveraging these benefits and its flat-rate pricing model, the firm brought revolutionary change to the conveyancing industry in Western Australia.

Recently, Lucy has led the development the firm’s on-the-spot services – advanced interactive instruction forms enabling the delivery of many consumer legal services and court applications in one client consultation.

Lucy’s innovations have changed, and will continue to change, the way lawyers do business.

Lucy’s favourite role, however, is mentoring and coaching law undergraduates and junior lawyers and assisting them with their professional development.  Lucy co-ordinates the firm’s in-house professional training program and spends much of her time pondering how the firm and its junior employees can grow together for mutual advantage.

You will often find Lucy sitting on the floor of conference rooms or dancing up and down the hallways with her 10-month old daughter who comes to work with her.  Since becoming a mum, Lucy has become passionate about supporting and encouraging working mothers to fulfil their career ambitions.

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Krysten Russo-Battagliolo

Krysten Russo-Battagliolo LLB, BCom, GDLP

Team leader (Lawyer)

Krysten is a talented lawyer involved in the delivery of Birman & Ride‘s… Read more

Practises: Real estate settlements (team leader), probate, Wills

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Krysten is a talented lawyer involved in the delivery of Birman & Ride‘s Wills, estate administration and real estate settlement services. Since joining the firm in 2015 as an outside clerk, Krysten’s attention to detail and efficiency have seen her excel in every role she has undertaken.

Krysten completed bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce (Human Resource Management) at Murdoch University in 2014 and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2015. Krysten was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in June 2016.

Krysten is a keen baker and is responsible for supplying the office with delicious home baked treats on a regular basis. She is also a Pilates enthusiast.

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Bethany Moller

Bethany Moller LLB, BCom

Lawyer

Bethany is the principal lawyer involved in the delivery of our Family Law… Read more

Practises: Family law, property subdivisions, commercial property settlements, Wills, litigation

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Bethany is the principal lawyer involved in the delivery of our Family Law Resolution services where she assists clients with consent and property-based services including financial agreements, applications for consent orders, property transactions and divorce applications.

Since joining our team in 2011, Bethany has acquired considerable experience in real estate settlements and property dealings in our busy Flat Rate Settlements division. Bethany is responsible for the firm’s commercial property settlements, off-the-plan contract matters and subdivision applications. She drafts applications, contracts, easements and other land development documents and advises clients on matters including the transfer duty implications of their projects.

Bethany also undertakes criminal and traffic law matters including applications for extraordinary driver’s licences. She has received much positive feedback from satisfied customers.

Bethany completed bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015. Her Commerce majors are in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management. Bethany was admitted as lawyer of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in August 2015. She is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of WA and the Law Society of WA.

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Matthew Gunn

Matthew Gunn LLB, BA

Lawyer

Matthew is the primary lawyer responsible for the delivery of Birman &… Read more

Practises: Wills, probate and estate administration, real estate settlements

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Matthew is the primary lawyer responsible for the delivery of Birman & Ride‘s Wills, Probate and Letters of Administration on the spot services.  Matthew’s trademark approachable, friendly manner and down-to-earth style has endeared him to every client that he meets.

Since joining Birman & Ride in early 2015, Matthew has acquired comprehensive skills in the areas of probate and estate administration, Wills and real estate settlements.  He has also made appearances in the Family Court of Western Australia and the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Matthew completed bachelor degrees in Law and Arts (Political Science and International Relations) at the University of Western Australia in 2014 and holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

When not at the office or playing with his Labrador Bella, Matthew’s other interests include social sports, fitness and fishing.

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Jessica Alton Kiong

Jessica Alton Kiong LLB, BCom

Legal executive

Since joining the firm in June 2014, Jessica has built up her experience across… Read more

Practises: Real estate settlements

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Since joining the firm in June 2014, Jessica has built up her experience across a wide range of real estate and property transactions and has become a valuable member of our busy settlements team.

Clients of Flat Rate Settlements have commended Jessica on her efficiency and good understanding of the business acumen.  With her friendly approach and prompt assistance with settlement enquiries, Jessica endeavours to provide a pleasant settlement experience to our clients.

Jessica graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2011 with degrees in Law and Commerce.  Before joining the firm,  Jessica worked as a full-time tax consultant at a public accounting firm in Perth.  Jessica brings to the firm her strong commercial background and experiences and her promise to deliver excellent client services.

Jessica is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and is currently studying Chinese (Mandarin).

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Gunanithi Nagarajah

Gunanithi Nagarajah BCom

Legal executive

Gunanithi joined our firm as an Accounts Executive in 2014. Guna is responsible… Read more

Practises: Real estate settlements

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Gunanithi joined our firm as an Accounts Executive in 2014. Guna is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm’s general and trust accounts. Guna also provides real estate settlement services as part of the Flat Rate Settlements team.

Guna has a bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance at Curtin University and is currently undertaking the CPA program. He has developed his technical skills and knowledge in Accounting in previous work experience in the legal and retail industries.

Guna speaks Tamil and Malay.

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Emma Brede

Emma Brede BA, LLM, MIR

Legal executive

Emma joined Birman & Ride and Flat Rate Settlements in 2017. Emma recently… Read more

Practises: Real estate settlements

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Emma joined Birman & Ride and Flat Rate Settlements in 2017. Emma recently completed her Masters in International Law and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication Studies and Asian studies.

Emma has extensive management experience in the retail industry where she has developed exceptional customer service skills.

Emma’s interests include travelling, reading and playing hockey.

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Laura Gaunt

Laura Gaunt BA

Legal executive

Laura has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Curtin University,… Read more

Practises: Real estate settlements

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Laura has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Curtin University, with a double major in International Relations and Chinese.

Laura has extensive experience in the Hospitality and Retail industries where she developed exceptional customer service skills.

Laura’s interests include reading, travelling and learning new languages.

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Thomas White

Thomas White BCom (Econs)

Legal executive

Thomas is an experienced customer service manager who has joined Birman &… Read more

Practises: Real estate settlements

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Thomas is an experienced customer service manager who has joined Birman & Ride and Flat Rate Settlements in 2017. He has worked in a number of intense service roles where he has consistently delivered a customer experience above expectations. He has experience in customer service, management, and business administration in the retail, car rental, and engineering industries.

Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics, from Curtin University in 2016. Thomas has broad interests and has studied elective units in engineering disciplines including Computer and Electrical Engineering.

Outside the office Thomas loves to discover new food experiences and looks forward to trying new cafes and restaurants. He is an avid reader, music lover and traveller. As a hobby he is involved in the local tabletop gaming community and has been privileged to represent Australia internationally in competition.

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Hazel Hodgkins

Hazel Hodgkins BSc, Grad Dip Health

Marketing consultant

As marketing consultant, Hazel has a key role in the roll-out of the Flat Rate… Read more

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As marketing consultant, Hazel has a key role in the roll-out of the Flat Rate Settlements marketing campaigns and is a regular contributor to the FRS blog. Hazel has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding career across government, commercial and not-for-profit agencies, gaining valuable experience in social marketing, sponsorship, project management, policy development, recruitment, clinical practice, resource development and administration. Hazel graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Science (Podiatry) in 1995 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 1997.

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