Our People

Annette Wood
Principal Solicitor

I have a background in Police and have worked in criminal and employment investigations for many years, this includes working for government and private organisations. I have the knowledge coupled with a down to earth common sense approach to the law. I believe that the law is there for everyone, it should be accessible. It can be complex at times and my approach is to try to ensure that you the client understand it.

I am a qualified Fraud Investigator, an expert in white collar, corporate crime.  I use my investigation experience to find assets in family law matters.  As a Solicitor Advocate with over 20 years experience, I achieve excellent results for clients.

I taught at the NSW Police Academy for 3 years, training police recruits in criminal law. Now I use all my experience and knowledge to ensure that you the client obtain the correct outcome in the court and in your matter. Knowing how the police operate and how to investigate is an important aspect in the practice of litigation. This means that I see points of law that other less experienced lawyers who do not have this expertise may miss.

 

Julie Robinson
Practice Manager

Julie is an experienced Practice Manager, and oversees the running of the entire office and staff.  She previously worked for Law firms in the insurance industry and Revlon.  Julie has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She is an astute administrator, approachable and able to assist clients with any queries. Julie is also a Justice of the Peace and continues our commitment to you the client to ensure that you receive value and prompt attention.  Julie is looking to commence her Juris Doctor in 2019 to extend on her current skills and knowledge.

 

Cathy Ohanian
Solicitor

Cathy Ohanian commenced her career in the legal profession in 2012 when she commenced work as a paralegal for a Sydney law firm while studying law at the University of Western Sydney. Cathy graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2013 with a double degree: Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Human Resource Management) and obtained her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice though the Australian National University. She was admitted as a solicitor in the New South Wales Supreme Court in July 2014.

Cathy assists clients in many areas of law including Family Law, Conveyancing and Property Law, Personal Injury Law, and Wills, Probate and Estate Matters. Her attention to detail and remarkable ability to multi-task across all matters within the firm results in her continually achieving outstanding results for her clients.

Cathy prides herself on providing clients with a compassionate and a personalised service, keeping clients in-the-know and informed about their matters every step of the way. Cathy’s clients are always appreciative of the excellent results she achieves for them.

 

Kruz Cupitt
Solicitor

Kruz Cupitt commenced working for Able Defence Lawyers at the commencement of 2016 as a Law Clerk whilst completing his studies at Western Sydney University. Kruz has since graduated with a double degree and was admitted as a solicitor in the New South Wales Supreme Court in February 2017.  He is able to assist clients in many areas of law including Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Wills, Powers of Attorney & Enduring Guardians.

Since commencing with Able Defence Lawyers, Kruz has developed into an exceptional young solicitor whose legal skills and ability to apply facts to law in crucial legal arguments are exceptional. Kruz prides himself on his dedication to the firm by giving exceptional customer service and an outstanding commitment to practising the law for our clients.

 

Eden Lam
Research Assistant

Eden Lam initially commenced at Able Defence Lawyers as a volunteer work experience student whilst she completes her Law Degree at the University of Technology Sydney. Eden’s attention to detail and exceptional research skills have now resulted in her obtaining the role of Research Assistant within the firm.

Eden methodically examines case law, applying legal principals to ensure that every matter within the firm is comprehensively researched. Eden’s ability to research every aspect of a case upholds the firms assurances that Able Defence Lawyers go above and beyond for all our clients by investigating beyond the initial evidence in the early stages of a matter.

 

Josh Raj
Paralegal

Josh commenced with Able Defence Lawyers in July 2018. He provides legal and administrative support to the firm’s solicitors to ensure that only legal services of the highest quality are efficiently and effectively delivered to you, our client.

Josh has graduated with a Diploma of Legal Services (Distinction), a Bachelor of Laws, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Distinction).

Prior to joining Able Defence Lawyers, Josh held various management positions with Australia’s major banks for over 12 years.

 

Crystal Silva-Hocking
Receptionist

Crystal joins our team from an operational and administrative background. She has strong commitment to providing outstanding customer service and is always happy to assist with any enquiry and she will go above and beyond.  Crystal holds a high standard of privacy and discretion and her professionalism and caring attitude brings a warm service to all clients.