SAB, admitted 1972
When he is not at work, Alan is a keen cyclist, surfer and photographer.
BA (Psych.), LLB
LLB (Hons), BA (Spanish and Latin American Studies), admitted 1999.
Emilie combines a varied international background with experience in business and in education before commencing her career as a lawyer in 1999.
Emilie’s main areas of practice at Priest Legal are family law, wills and estates, conveyancing and mediation.
Emilie’s spare time is taken up communing with the great outdoors whether it is walking, cycling or taking photographs and spending time with friends and family.
BA (Asian Studies) LLB Admitted 1981
Loris has more than 30 years experience as a lawyer. She is committed to obtaining the best outcomes for clients whether it means attending at client’s homes, seeing clients after hours or negotiating better terms.
Loris works in the areas of family law, wills and estates, local court litigation, commercial litigation, conveyancing and mediation.
Loris swims competitively and enjoys exercise and is becoming increasingly interested in restoration – whether it is the garden or old furniture.
BA (International Relations), LLB
Melissa has been a member of the Priest Legal team for over 9 years. She is a licensed conveyancer and a member of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers NSW Division. Melissa adopts a practical approach to her work and believes her local knowledge assists her when guiding clients through a Conveyancing transaction.
Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, reading, horse riding and movies.
Before joining Priest Legal, Joy worked in the corporate sector as a Commercial Director and Company Secretary. A “tree change” to the mid-north coast saw Joy change careers. She completed Macquarie University’s Conveyancing Law and Practice course in 2016, and is now a Licensed Conveyancer.
Joy brings many years corporate experience to the firm and combines strong management and communication skills with attention to detail to ensure the best outcome for our clients and stakeholders.
I completed my legal training in Grafton and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1972. After practising in Grafton and Sydney I came to Port Macquarie on a surfing trip in 1974 and stayed. I became principal of the firm in 1976 and named it Priests. We moved into the current Priest Legal premises at 41 Hay Street in 1978 and the firm has been here under various names ever since.
We have seen many changes in legislation and the way legal services are delivered over that time. My guiding rule has always been to deliver the best service for our clients. The practice continues to maintain those high standards today thanks to our committed, skilled and diverse team.
The Port Macquarie premises of Priest Legal are an integral part of our identity as a firm – built to last.
Originally constructed as the home of Mr John Hayward and his family in 1888 and extended in 1936, the building retains many period features. In 1888 it was described in the Port Macquarie News as:
“The prettiest and most comfortable building in Port Macquarie ... commanding a beautiful view of the whole surrounds” featuring “lofty, large and well ventilated rooms” reached through “doors of stained glass which look exceedingly elegant”.
The house and its long history provide a pleasant counterpoint to the busy activity of a modern legal practice, and the firm is justifiably proud to occupy and maintain one of Port Macquarie’s most historic buildings.