PEOPLE

Our Ethos: 

 

Our firm aims to provide a caring and compassionate service to clients who are often going through the most difficult periods of their professional lives. The vast majority of our client base are individual practitioners, and our aim to is help individuals practice their profession to the best of their ability, by simplifying the often complex regulatory processes.

 

It is important to us that we maintain consistency in the people that our clients deal with. Our firm ethos aims to provide a strong and supportive workplace for our staff. With high staff retention, you can be confident that you will be dealing with the same people throughout the duration of your matter. 

 

We work in a collaborative manner to ensure that all of our clients get the benefit of the significant experience of each member of our team. However, we are also committed to ensuring that we deliver the best value for money for legal services. We’re very cognisant of wanting to help people access justice and try to be far more cost effective (and we believe we are) than other law firms. We know our practice areas well, so you aren’t charged for us to up-skill.

 

We are pleased to present our team below:

David Gardner

Director

E: david@gardnerlr.com.au

David graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia.

 

David’s background is in top tier litigation and health regulation, including a period as an investigator and, later, a manager at AHPRA. A skilled investigator and leader, David managed several large teams of investigators, dealing with high risk and complex matters involving health practitioners. 

David leads our team with integrity and passion, to improve the situation for health practitioners who find themselves the subject of notifications and complaints, Professional Services Review Processes and other regulatory issues. These processes can often be brutal and dehumanising – David’s experience means that he knows how to navigate these processes with sensitivity, skill and tact, to obtain the best possible outcome possible.

Sophie Kelly

Senior Solicitor

E: sophie@gardnerlr.com.au

Sophie graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Media (Honours). She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia.

 

Sophie has extensive experience as a litigator and negotiator, having worked for the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office for over 14 years. Having practised largely in the areas of medical negligence, coronial inquests and insurance litigation, she has always had a passion for advocating on behalf of health practitioners and health service providers. Sophie is adept at helping those in the health professions navigate the often murky waters of the medico-legal landscape.

 

Complementing her litigation experience, Sophie has also spent a number of years working as an in-house legal advisor to the South Australian Public Trustee’s Office where she provided high-level strategic advice and representation on legal matters impacting upon the most vulnerable members of our community. Her wide-ranging legal experience makes her an extremely adaptable advisor and advocate, committed to getting the best outcome for her clients no matter the circumstances.

Ailie Shaw

Solicitor

E: ailie@gardnerlr.com.au

Ailie completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) at the University of Adelaide. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia.

 

Her previous experience clerking in both civil and criminal jurisdictions ensured she quickly picked up the ropes of client management and litigation.

 

Highly organised, Ailie enjoys working closely with our team across all matters at the firm. Having worked for us for her entire career as a solicitor, Ailie has built a strong foundation of skills that she continues to build upon. Ailie engages our clients with kindness and consideration of their personal circumstances, and is driven to ensuring that clients are assisted through often difficult legal and administrative processes.  

Tania Hall

Office Manager

E: tania@gardnerlr.com.au

Tania began her professional career as a paralegal for a large Adelaide law firm in the 1980s. Other opportunities presented themselves in the heady days of FM radio, leading to a successful career in media and marketing, with Tania working as Marketing Manager for a leading retailer for over twenty years.

 

Now Tania has come full circle, to join us as our Office Manager. Tania enjoys working with colleagues who share her ethical values of fairness and respect.

 

Tania is the first person that our clients speak to at Gardner Legal & Regulatory, who she greets with warmth and empathy. Tania is focused on understanding and documenting individual challenges of our clients, and greatly assists our legal team in its work to provide our clients with positive outcomes.  

Georgia Treasure

Law Clerk

E: georgia@gardnerlr.com.au

Georgia is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Relations (Languages) at the University of Adelaide.

 

With a meticulous eye for detail and aptitude for efficiency, Georgia assists our solicitors with complex legislative research and operational tasks to assist in the completion of matters.

 

Georgia’s extensive experience in not-for profit and hospitality means that she understands the importance of compassion and communication in achieving positive client relationships. The empathic ethos at our firm has fortified Georgia’s belief that the law can be exercised compassionately without compromising on quality or client care.

Andrew Hawking

Consultant

E: andrew@gardnerlr.com.au

Andrew assists us on litigation and commercial matters. Andrew is an experienced legal practitioner, commencing his career in 1995 and working in both private practice and for Government and statutory authorities.

 

Andrew’s extensive experience includes assisting government bodies in advisory roles, as well as his role as in-house counsel supporting commercial organisations across a number of industries. Andrew also spent a number of years in commercial litigation at the independent Victorian Bar.

 

Andrew is pleased to assist us in achieving outcomes for health practitioners, and developing solutions that promote and progress the individual and unified interests of health practitioners in Australia.