Born in Sydney but raised in Newcastle, Mark attended Macquarie University and was admitted into practice in 1992 and has worked in Newcastle since 1995 initially as an employed solicitor with Baker Love Solicitors. In 1996 Mark opened his own law firm. In 1999 he incorporated into his practice the longstanding Newcastle law firm of Borthwick, Wilson, Smith and Bates.
Mark has had 25 years' experience in litigation, including principally criminal law. He also has had extensive involvement in Probate, Wills and Estate Planning, as well as Conveyancing.
He has experience in all areas of criminal law ranging from the most serious offences, to minor traffic and other matters. He has appeared extensively in the Local, District and Supreme Courts, as well as the appellate jurisdictions. In addition to strictly criminal matters he has had extensive experience with NSW Crime Commission and other quasi-criminal prosecutions.
Mark is married with 2 adult children and spends his free time with his family and friends, enjoying heavy metal music, weight training as well as being an avid Sea Eagles supporter!
Born and raised in Newcastle, Mansell Laidler, worked in the Attorney General's Department (Local Courts) for 20 years. He studied law by correspondence at Macquarie University. He was working as the clerk of the Court Woy Woy when he completed his degree and was "head hunted" by a Central Coast firm of solicitors. As a solicitor Mansell has worked on the North Coast and Central Coast areas of New South Wales before returning to Newcastle in 1999.
In total Mansell has 40 years experience in the New South Wales legal system. As a solicitor Mansell has extensive experience in Criminal Law and General Litigation.
Mansell is well known in the Local and District Courts in New South Wales for his acumen but also his good humour.
Mansell is married, has 4 children and 5 grandchildren of whom he is very proud. He enjoys a beer, music, the company of family and friends and still surfs regularly.
James completed his Legal Studies at the University of Newcastle in 1998 and was admitted as a Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and The High Court of Australia in February 1999. Since that time James has constantly been in practice in small firms throughout the Hunter and Newcastle regions including working in Singleton and Toronto before moving to Newcastle to be part of the Ramsland Laidler firm. For over 18 years James has been exposed to a wide variety of Legal Practice but in more recent times has come to focus his practice on Family Law work and Local Court criminal work.
James is an experienced family lawyer who is heavily involved in the family law arena in Newcastle; he is a past President of The Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association and currently holds the position of Treasurer within that association. James is actively involved in the education of family lawyers particularly in areas of advocacy and preparation for Court matters.
James prides himself on his Court presence and preparation.
In addition to his professional capacity James continues to play high level cricket in the Newcastle District Cricket association and is currently the President of the Newcastle University Cricket Club. James holds strong relationships with the university, new sport and the Newcastle District associations. James enjoys surfing sailing and fishing and loves spending time at the beach with his wife, two sons and one daughter.
Born and raised in the Newcastle region, Ashleigh completed a double degree in a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/ Diploma of Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Newcastle while working in the Hospitality industry. In 2017 she graduated and was admitted to the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales to practise as a Solicitor.
Ashleigh completed her Practical Legal Training at Ramsland Laidler Solicitors and has gained experience in the Local, District and Supreme Court and is now a member of the Legal Aid General Crime Panel.
Ashleigh enjoys travelling, coupled with her interest in the humanities. In 2016 she visited Vietnam with some fellow University students as part of an International Study Experience where she focused on Criminal Law in the Vietnamese Legal System.