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Baker Love appoints 3 new solicitors

Newcastle-based law firm Baker Love has continued to grow, adding another three solicitors to its swelling ranks.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 03 November 2023 SME Law
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Baker Love – which opened its doors in the NSW city of Newcastle in 1875, has welcomed Shay Riley-Lewis, Tanya Chapman, and Naomi Rizzoli to its team.

Speaking about the hires, firm partner Dean Frith said: “Baker Love has a strong and diverse base in Newcastle, with intergenerational clients relying on us for advice on matters including wills and estates, conveyancing, and family law. This loyal client base keeps us busy.

“What we are also noticing is strong growth on the corporate front, with many Hunter-based businesses on the rise as new opportunities present in the region. We, therefore, need to continue to expand our team of solicitors to ensure we can continue to deliver quality legal services to this diverse client base.”


The news follows the firm’s hiring of three solicitors in mid-June.

Mr Riley-Lewis joins the firm’s litigation team. She has worked for international law and consulting firms, including PB and Dentons, and also ran her own planning practice for 11 years.

Speaking about her new role, she said: “I am looking forward to contributing to the collegiate nature of Baker Love and promoting the firm through professional networks.

“I am particularly looking forward to court work and seeking the best outcomes for my litigation clients.”

Ms Chapman has a wealth of experience in wills and estates, deceased estates, estate litigation and elder law, and boasts an international background, having undertaken her master’s degree in international, economic, and business law at Kyushu University in Japan.

She said: “Baker Love prioritises the client relationship and the client experience.

“This approach allows me to build meaningful relationships with clients and provide them not only with specialised legal advice and representation but also an experience where they feel comfortable and supported.”

Ms Rizzoli, who is joining the firm’s family law team, brings her experience as an experienced personal injury, family law and wills and estates solicitor.

“I was attracted to the job as I knew I would be able to learn from the family law team and bounce ideas off them,” she outlined.

“I am looking forward to developing my skills and knowledge through the family law team who have vast experience. I am also looking to expand my capabilities in other areas of the law given Baker Love’s significant offering.”

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