Serving Wauchope for Over 40 Years

Loris Hendy

Loris Hendy

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.

Priest Legal established their current office in Wauchope in 1999 and have continuously served the Wauchope community for over 40 years.

The Priest Legal Wauchope team can offer advice and assistance if you are buying and selling property, in the event of a break down of a relationship, the death of a loved one or to help with planning your estate.

Our services include:

  • Family law
  • Estate planning
  • Conveyancing

The Wauchope office is conveniently situated about 200 metres from the Court House where we are able to attend for both the  Federal Circuit Court and Local Court hearings.

We are able to represent our local community as well as assist with agency work for people whose solicitors are not able to travel to Wauchope.

Loris Hendy is the primary solicitor working out of the Wauchope office.  Fellow solicitor Emilie Cooper also attends the Wauchope office each week to see her Wauchope clients and to provide support to Loris Hendy and her staff.

Loris has nearly 40 years experience and is supported by Ali Zahn-Meyer who is a highly experienced conveyancing secretary and our licensed conveyancers, Melissa Kennedy and Joy Brinklow who are both Wauchope residents.   Loris also lives in Wauchope and has had a presence in the Wauchope community for 16 years. The office assisted by additional staff shared between our two offices to ensure you always have the best legal representation across multiple disciplines of law.

If you require legal support in Wauchope, you can rely on the professional support from the Wauchope Priest Legal team


Emilie Cooper

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.

Priest Legal team. Port Macquarie and Wauchope. Pic: Lindsay Moller Photography

Melissa Kennedy

Licensed Conveyancer

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.

Priest Legal. Pic: Lindsay Moller Photography

Joy Brinklow

Licensed Conveyancer

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.

Priest Legal team. Port Macquarie and Wauchope. Pic: Lindsay Moller Photography

Alison Zahn-Meyer

Legal Secretary


Lisa Brown

Legal Secretary