Who We Are
jk legal in Armadale began operating in August 2011. The firm practises primarily in the area of family law, but can also assist you with many other legal situations. We pride ourselves on our high level of client care, communication and client satisfaction.
Meet the Staff
Jude Keatley – Senior Solicitor/Legal Director
Jude has been in practice since 1998, when she started as an Articled Clerk with a Fremantle law firm. Jude became a partner there in 2003, resigned in 2007, travelled, picked grapes and flowers and then took up law again at a firm in Albany in 2008. In 2011, Jude opened jk legal in Armadale. Jude’s approach with clients is to be calm, understanding and compassionate and she strives to keep clients focussed on what is real and important in the usually emotional area of family law. Jude is the principal solicitor. Jude also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of WA.
Hannah McPherson – Junior Solicitor
Hannah completed her law degree at Murdoch in late 2014, but has worked with jk legal since May 2014. Hannah has done her Practical Legal Training with the firm and was admitted in November 2015. Hannah brings a fresh, enthusiastic approach to the office. Hannah has previously worked in customer relation roles and teaching and offers clients a friendly face and kind approach.
Julia Humphries – Accounts Manager
Julia has worked in the legal accounts area for the last 12 years in various small and mid-size practices around Perth. Julia was instrumental in establishing jk legal in 2011 and now handles the advertising, accounts payable, receivable, invoicing and general accounting duties, and assists in family law matters in collating and interpreting financial transactions. One of Julia’s core qualities is precision – she likes to cross the t’s and dot the i’s in all her work (just what the financial department needs). Julia is also a deft negotiator. Outside work, Julia enjoys raising her son and is passionate about horse-riding and natural horsemanship. Clients with any concerns regarding their invoices should contact Julia for assistance.
Sheryl Shilling – Senior Secretary/Paralegal
Sheryl has been working in law firms in the Albany area for approximately 28 years and joined jk legal in June 2012. Sheryl brings years of experience to jk legal and is the “go to” girl for procedural questions in family law and probate jurisdictions. Sheryl is the main receptionist and legal secretary, and does the majority of the word processing. Sheryl’s knowledgeable and meticulous approach to the firm ensures that the work produced by the firm is at the highest standard. Sheryl also works as a paralegal in the preparation of Divorce applications for the firm. Outside work, Sheryl spends time with her family and enjoys gardening, reading and native wildlife – most of which lives in her garden!
Siobhan Fox – Receptionist/Settlements Clerk
Siobhan joined jk legal in August 2012 and, at that time, was new to working in a legal practice, but had prior experience in licensing and bookwork. Siobhan excelled in customer relations as the main receptionist/secretary and her personable nature and friendly smile have been a great asset to jk legal. Siobhan’s unflappable approach meant she was suited to the sometimes complicated and challenging area of settlements and she began studying conveyancing in early 2015 at the Central Institute of Technology. Outside work, Siobhan enjoys her 3 children, hiking and running.
Rita Keatley – Secretary
Rita worked for 27 years in various administration roles at Katanning Senior High School and Albany Senior High School with the Education Department before retiring and then joining jk legal in July 2012. Rita assists with asset management. Rita also does word processing. Rita’s work with children and extensive life experience offer clients a gentle and compassionate contact. Outside work, Rita enjoys her home, artwork and volunteering at the local kindergarten.
Michelle Waaka – Legal Secretary/Receptionist
Michelle worked in the legal industry in New Zealand for 35 years before overseas travel landed her in Perth and available for a job. Michelle brings a wealth of life and legal experience to jk legal and is currently working as the principal Legal Secretary/Receptionist. Michelle enjoys watching all sports, gardening, socialising and travel – which is lucky as it is a fair hike to visit her children and grandchildren in New Zealand!