KATE McSHANE


Kate has been a Solicitor at Ezra Legal’s Port Lincoln office since 2018. She was admitted to practice in 2013.

 Kate’s pursuit of a career in the law reflects her commitment to help people solve their problems.  She likes to get to the bottom of things; to understand when the boundaries of legislation and common law have been traversed, leaning on her language and legal skills to deliver positive outcomes for her clients.

Areas of Practice

Based in the offices of GPK Accountants in Port Lincoln, our practice services local farmers, business operators, contractors, employees, retirees and others.  The practice includes:

  • Succession planning – assisting clients with wills, trusts and other planning tools;
  • Supporting family’s administer Deceased Estates;
  • Matrimonial and De facto property settlements;
  • Business and Farm sales and purchases;
  • Property –commercial leases, buying and selling; and
  • Commercial contracts and problem resolution.

Experience

After working in politics, journalism, banking and the not-for-profit sector, I was drawn to the law.  I completed my degree through Deakin University, whilst living and working in the regional community of Keith in the Upper South East of South Australia.

I moved to Port Lincoln in 2013 in order for me to gain employment as a lawyer.  I grew up in Kimba and have strong family roots there, so coming back to Eyre Peninsula amounted to a move back home for me.

After working with two other legal firms, in 2018 the Principal Lawyer of Ezra Legal, Michael Fabbro, invited me to join his practice as their first lawyer based in Port Lincoln.

One of my proudest moments as a lawyer was helping a Port Lincoln farming family to fend-off bankruptcy after they had fallen on hard times through ill-health and drought.  I represented them in 2018 at one of the first farm debt mediations held in South Australia.  We were able to negotiate terms that saw them satisfy creditors and remain solvent.

2018 also saw me take the lead on a successful multi-million dollar commercial property transaction, which involved significant negotiation, logistical planning and contracting precision.

The most rewarding component of legal services for me, however, is client satisfaction and ongoing support.  When clients return to us for advice and representation when they are in need of legal support, we know we are delivering a high quality professional service.

Memberships

  • Committee Member, SA Law Society Country Practitioners Committee
  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Wayback Football Club
  • Tod River Cricket Club
  • Contributor – ‘The Last Testament’ quarterly publication for the SA Law Society

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Deakin University
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University