Graham McKee – Principal Solicitor
Prior to setting up McKees in 1999 Graham graduated with honours specialising in Environmental Law. Graham then completed a Masters of Environmental Law while practising as a solicitor advocate in the Land and Environment Court advising and acting primarily for the Hornsby Shire Council.
Having started McKees Legal Solutions in 1999, Graham’s passion is for people and design which protects and enhances the environment. Graham is intent on progressing matters forward to achieve an approval that maximizes development potential. Graham has over 25 years of advising and acting for both Councils and developers in all aspects of Environmental Planning Law. Graham has specialised in advocacy before the Land and Environment Court and strategic advice in the preparation of complex Development Applications through to an approval. Graham has built an impressive reputation amongst the development community for being both passionate and fair in his dealings with all clients alike. Graham is adept at Court advocacy and mediation processes alike and brings these skills to all matters that McKees deals with.
David Tyrrell – Senior Associate
David joined McKees Legal Solutions in 2012 and has proven himself to be as keen and fair as Graham in dealing with clients in all areas of environmental and local government planning law. David particularly specialises in the areas of Class 1 applications, easements and development applications and he has particular strengths in both researching and providing complex written advices, including offering an alternative for all Court matters.
David provides a high quality level of legal services to all of McKees clients while developing and maintaining client relationships. David attends all pre-hearing Court appearances, including Notice of Motions and he is achieving successful outcomes and continually provides a high level of service.
Kate Ghosn – Senior Paralegal
Kate has been with McKees since 2008 and her experience and expertise have led to many matters being successfully resolved for clients. Her positive professional nature and excellent communication has made her a favourite with clients she has worked with over the past decade. Kate has exceptional knowledge of environmental law practice and procedure, document management skills and carries full responsibility for file management. As a senior paralegal, she has responsibility for managing the process of Class 1 proceedings.
Marianne de la Mare – Legal Secretary/Paralegal
Marianne joined McKees in 2014 and works closely with David to progress and manage his matters. Marianne is already an exceptional legal secretary and is now on the journey to become a paralegal. As the first point of contact, and with specific responsibility for negotiating easements, she is highly efficient and enthusiastic. Marianne is a great part of the McKees team.
Marianne enhances David’s effectiveness by providing information management support, maintaining David’s calendar, ensuring tasks are completed in a timely manner, contacting and following up clients. Marianne develops strong relationships with clients, often having a laugh and ensures each client obtains a high standard of service. She is always happy to assist whatever the situation may be.
Pamela Poong – Accounts manager/Office Manager and All-Rounder
Pamela has been with McKees since 2007 and is the office all rounder. Pamela is a great support for all and has implemented many effective reports to ensure McKees consistently develops and delivers quality advice. For the past decade, Pamela has become the glue (through her quirky sense of humour) that makes McKees the tight knit productive team that we are.
Pamela is responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting, developing and maintaining accounting principles, including practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. Pamela monitors all financial matters, in particular, cashflow, assessing the collection, consolidation, and evaluation of financial data. On top of her usual responsibilities she takes on the role of office manager handling several tasks throughout the office and she is always willing to help and provide assistance.
Jen McKee – Accounts Receivable
Jen has been with McKees since 2010 and is responsible for the firm’s budgets, invoicing and collection. She has been the key person to develop and implement a customer focused system with fee estimates, billing and collection processes to ensure client understanding and satisfaction. Jen works with the paralegals to ensure timely and accurate invoicing occurs. Jen is continually providing excellent service and updates our processes and procedures to respond to clients’ needs and ensuring their satisfaction. Jen also ensures a timely and respectable approach in collecting monies due and is a great part of the McKees team.
Lauren Habkouk – Receptionist/Administration
Lauren is our newest member of the team and the window to our office. She is the first point of contact and assists the McKees Team with all ADHOC tasks.