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Serving Tamworth and beyond since 1934 . Lyons – Barnett – Kennedy

Our People

As a law firm, LBK aims to be different, and to make a difference. Our clients are not numbers; they are people with genuine needs and concerns. They aspire to own homes; start, buy or sell businesses; protect their assests; and plan carefully for their families’ futures. And we want to be there with them, providing the expertise, advice and care they need as they negotiate the changes and decisions life presents. Read on to find out more about our team.

Partners

David Cumming
LLB
After 28 years at LBK, David Cumming has experienced working in most areas of law that meet the needs of the local and wider community. Since becoming a partner in 1991, David has undertaken work mainly in the area of litigation – in particular family law, civil and commercial law and estate disputes. David sees that each new client presents an opportunity to help someone through a difficult situation. This often involves a challenge to think “outside the box” as he works to protect and maintain the rights of his clients. David says there is no “one size fits all” solution.
Wayne Riggien
B. Comm LLB Notary Public
With almost 20 years experience advising a diverse client base, Wayne’s clients appreciate his practical grasp of commercial practices, and his wide knowledge of business and law. Wayne acts as a Director for several client companies, and he is often invited to participate in strategic management and planning meetings. Wayne is known for developing close working relationships with his clients. Appointed partner in 2007, Wayne leads the firm’s Commercial Group which has three teams – Commercial, Property and Conveyancing.
Bridget Cumming
BA Dip Law ( SAB)
A solicitor for 21 years and a partner since 1st July 2014, Bridget practises in the areas of personal injury litigation, including medical negligence, in both Supreme Court and District Court matters. Bridget has been part of the team at LBK for almost 12 years. She recently expanded her practice to include Wills, estates, succession planning and employment law.

Special Counsel

Peter Godden
B.Comm LLB
Peter was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and joined LBK in 2016, having previously been a principal of Patterson, Byfield & Bryen. Peter’s main areas of practice are rural, commercial and residential conveyancing, estates and estate planning as well as being Honorary Solicitor to a number of community organisations. Outside work Peter is a member of Tamworth Rotary Club, an active (and life) member of Tamworth Musical Society (principally involved with lighting and other technical services), a church organist and a licensed pyrotechnician.

Solicitors

Harry Pendlebury
BCrim. LLB. GDLP.

Originally from Sydney, Harry joined the firm in May 2018 after enjoying the rural lifestyle at University and private practice in Narrabri. Harry graduated from the University of New England in early 2017 with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology, was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in August 2017 and was entered as a practitioner on the High Court Roll in July 2018. Harry is part of our litigation team assisting clients in Family Law, Criminal Proceedings and Civil Litigation. Harry has experience appearing as an advocate for his clients at the Local, District and Federal Circuit Courts and regularly briefs a range of barristers in complex litigation matters. Harry is currently undertaking his Applied Masters degree through Sydney and is available for agency matters. Outside of work Harry enjoys being part of Tamworth Magpies Rugby Club and waterskiing with friends.

Annabelle Marie Walsh
LLB. GDLP M.A.L (Applied Law)
Annabelle relocated back to Tamworth where she was raised, shortly after completing her law degree at Southern Cross University and working for a Principal of a firm in Tweed Heads. She joined the team at LBK in 2018. Annabelle has been practicing in the Tamworth and surrounding areas since 2014. She frequently accepts instructions from clients in relation to the buying and selling of property, wills and estate planning, elder law, including retirement village leases, commercial transactions, companies and trusts. In 2018 Annabelle completed a Masters of Applied Law with an Estate Planning Major. She has found this particular area of study useful when advising clients how to best protect their assets and meeting their estate planning objectives. Annabelle prides herself on communicating complex issues that might arise to her clients in understandable terms, as well as being efficient and contactable. In her spare time, Annabelle can be found playing rugby for the Tamworth Magpies, playing Oz Tag and judging or assisting at the Tamworth Pony Club.

Joe Howard
LLB. GDLP

Prior to joining LBK Solicitors this year, Joe has been practicing in Sydney at Shine Lawyers and ACA Lawyers. Joe worked in teams on numerous class actions, personal injury matters and general civil and commercial litigation. Joe’s experiences have taught him the skills required for litigation of large-scale, complex and novel matters. Prior to ACA Lawyers, Joe quickly established and advanced his legal skills at Allygroup where he formed part of teams that conducted Federal and State Government agency legal system reviews, drafting government policy and project management of large scale litigation. Joe studied a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at the University of New England and then a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in May 2016. Joe accepts instructions in the areas of civil, commercial and personal injury litigation. Outside work Joe can found at a wide variety of sporting events and exploring his new home town and surrounds.