Our Services

Beesley & Hughes Lawyers are situated in Bangalow, on the Far North Coast of NSW (about 15mins inland from Byron Bay) and have been operating in the area since 1992.

We also take appointments at Tweed Heads, NSW.

The firm provides advice in the following areas of Law:

Conveyancing (NSW and Queensland)

Family Law

Criminal Law

Environmental Planning

All areas of Litigation

Wills & Probate

Contract Law

Debt Recovery

General Legal matters


Conveyancing –

Beesley & Hughes Lawyers incorporated Trevor Beesley & Associates who had a substantial conveyancing practice in servicing the region since 1992.

Beesley & Hughes offer a superior conveyancing service because the Principal also has experience in litigation in conveyancing disputes and is also a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

This experience enables the firm to most competently represent the interest of Purchasers and Vendors.

The firm has superior ability to advise about planning issues and Vendor disclosure to other firms and included in the fixed fee price, advice about the potential development opportunities of the property being purchased and the potential of neighbouring properties.

The firm also has experience in acting in building disputes and financial restructuring with issues concerning finance.

We offer very competitive conveyancing rates. Please call us for a quote.

Criminal Law –

The Principal has practiced for many years in criminal law and has achieved some outstanding results in both the Local and District Courts.  The Principal is assisted by the firm’s Associate Solicitor Cassandra Bennett who is a very experienced and competent criminal lawyer.

We take on matters in all Courts including Ballina, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads Local Courts.

We offer Legal Aid to clients who are eligible.   Please call us to discuss whether you would be eligible for a grant of Legal Aid.

Family Law –

The Principal is assisted by the firm’s Associate Cassandra Bennett who has more than 15 years experience in family law.  The particular expertise is with respect to parenting and children’s issues however the Principal also has significant experience in property settlements and negotiating financial agreements including contested proceedings.

We also offer Legal Aid to clients who are eligible.   Please call us to discuss whether you would be eligible for a grant of Legal Aid.

Legal Aid –

The Principal Solicitor is on a panel of solicitors who may do Legal Aid work in civil litigation, criminal law, family and care proceedings, as well as in guardianship and mental health matters.

Our Associate Solicitor is on the panel for criminal, family law and care matters.

The firm also acts in deferred fee or contingency litigation matters where the prospects of success are in our view greater than 20%.

Wills & Probate –

The firm has acted in contested Will cases and experience in financial and guardianship issues which could affect us all.

The Principal therefore has a superior knowledge of issues which affect old age and because of his family law experience, is well placed to prepare Wills for clients who are in their second marriage or who have complex affairs.

Wills, Powers of Attorney & Guardianship –

We have experience in drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney’s and Guardianships.  Please telephone us for an appointment.

Commercial Leases and business disputes –

We have experience in drafting Leases for commercial shops and premises, in acting for the both the  Lessor and the Lessee.

If you are a Lessee and want advice on a Lease you are about to enter into, please telephone us for an appointment.

The firm also offers practical legal representation in regard to disputes.  Because of the Principal’s litigation experience, any disputes that can arise are normally resolved quickly and at minimal cost as opponents and their legal advisers are aware of the cost ramifications.

Environmental Planning –

The Principal was previously a legal officer with the Department of Planning and an environmental lawyer for Sutherland Shire Council for a number of years and has acted for other Councils in Council disputes in most of his 25 years of practice.

Most cases in this area lead to an expeditious issue of development consent where there is some controversy and resistance to the development proposal from the Council or consent authority.

The Principal can act in any dispute in the Land & Environment Court and has done so for many clients over the years.   There is a link to some of those cases on our website and can be viewed at the “Successful Judgments” page.

General litigation/Complex litigation –

The Firm accepts instructions in District Court proceedings and Supreme Court proceedings.

The firm acts in deferred fee or contingency matters where the prospects of success are in our view greater than 20%.

Industrial Law –

The Principal has acted for both employers and employees in a number of proceedings in the Industrial Relations Commission and Workers Compensation Commission.  A recent interlocutory Judgment can be viewed on our website at the “successful judgments” tab.

The staff –

Owen Hughes is the Principal Solicitor with 26 years experience as a Solicitor. To read more on Owen Hughes, view his profile and experience here.

Cassandra Bennett is our Associate Solicitor with 15 years experience specializing in Family Law and Criminal Law.   To read more on Cassandra, view her profile and experience here.

Alana Lee is our conveyancing and probate Paralegal with over 14 years in the legal industry working in all areas or law as a Secretary/ Paralegal.

Lisa Biddle is our Receptionist/ Secretary and has been with the firm for over 18 months.