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Legal Practitioner Director Paul D’Angelo talks about Building Disputes. There has been a sudden increase in Commercial cases regarding building disputes. We attribute this to the increase in economic confidence, which has the flow on effect of more construction projects taking place. Disputes normally arise because of contractual differences or a breach, construction defects, and / or timeliness…

We chatted with Michael Watters at D’Angelo Legal about the options available for a Workers’ Compensation claim that is in dispute. If a Workers’ Compensation claim is disputed, then Work Cover WA steps in to become the umpire providing Conciliation and Arbitration Services. Work Cover WA is a Western Australian Government Agency that oversees all workers compensation matters. We’ve found that m…

January 24, 2014

Meet Michael Watters

We chatted with Michael Watters (M) at D’Angelo Legal about his journey from Sports Physiologist to Lawyer. Q: Where did you study law and when did you graduate? M: I studied at Murdoch University and did a Juris Doctor, a post graduate law degree. I finished November 2013 – My final research paper was on stress claims. My graduation ceremony will be in April or May 2014 I expect. Q: What has b…

We spoke with Legal Practitioner Director, Paul D’Angelo, who answered the three most common commercial law questions people ask him. 1. How much is it going to cost to engage a lawyer? The initial phone consultation is always free. For litigation, there is a scale hourly rate that is set by the The Legal Practice Board Cost Committee of WA. Our hourly rate falls below that recommended rate and …

We spoke with Legal Practitioner Director, Paul D’Angelo, to answer the three most common questions people ask him. 1. What is the cost of a settlement?  A scale rate for settlement costs are set by the Settlement Agents Supervisory Board (WA regulated).  We offer our clients a 40% discount on the scale rates. For a discount voucher on settlements, click here. 2. What is the settlement process?…

We spoke with Legal Practitioner Director, Paul D’Angelo, to answer the three most common questions people ask him. 1.  What is the cost of seeing a lawyer? For Personal Injury clients the initial consultation is free and comes with no obligation to proceed any further.  It’s more of a fact-finding mission.  The Legal Practice Board Cost Committee sets the fee scale and we are not permitted to g…

November 29, 2013

Meet Kealeigh Barker

Kealeigh Barker (K) is an Associate Lawyer at D’Angelo Legal and we asked her some questions about her life as a lawyer.  Q: How long have you been working at D’Angelo Legal? K: About five and a half years now. When I started, the Firm consisted of Paul D’Angelo, our Legal Practitioner Director and one Law Clerk. I have been fortunate enough to see the firm grow to its current size of seven peop…

November 21, 2013

Meet Nora Ayrton



Nora Ayrton is a part-time legal secretary at D’Angelo Legal working 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday.  It’s her first job in Australia since emigrating from England eighteen months ago.  We asked Nora (N) some questions about what it’s like working as a legal secretary. Q: Have you always been a legal secretary? N: No. I was working for a non-fault accident assistance company in their claims d…

November 13, 2013

What is Probate?

We chatted with Associate Lawyer Kealeigh Barker who has demystified probate. What is a probate? When a person dies, someone needs to become the legal representative to the deceased’s assets (which includes land, investments and cash in the bank) and pay off any debts of the deceased prior to any distribution. If there is a will in place, it will name the executor or the substitute / backup exec…

Sandra Raub is our part-time legal clerk supporting our property division.  She is in her third year studying law and French at the University of Western Australia.We asked Sandra (S) some questions about what life is like as a working law student. Q: What law units are you studying at University?S: Trusts and Property 2.    Q: What areas of law do you enjoy learning about? S:  Commercial law is…