Kim Bainbridge LL.B

Kim Bainbridge is the Principal of Garden & Green Lawyers.  He joined the firm shortly after his admission as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1980 and for the past 30 years Kim has conducted the practice of Garden & Green and he was named Victorian Regional Lawyer of the Year in 2005.

Kim was Defence Counsel in Melbourne for many years practising mainly in criminal law but has now built one of the largest Personal Injury firms in regional Victoria conducting countless WorkCover, Public Liability and TAC Claims.  He has also successfully mediated many civil and family law disputes.

In recent times Kim has become widely known for record settlements in all types of personal injury ranging from asbestos claims, dog attack trauma, slipping cases, Q Fever and abattoir disease claims, infectious diseases and more recently School Bullying cases with one of the largest settlements of almost $400,000.00 in one case.

In one of the more remarkable cases, Kim was able to establish that an Australian employee on a work trip to Germany was bitten by a tick in the Black Forest.  The employee went onto suffer a stroke, needed a heart transplant as a result of contracting the Borrelia Virus from the tick.  The case went to the Supreme Court on review being heavily contested by WorkCover. The Court found in our client’s favour.

In another case, Kim was able to prove that a 37 year old family man had been exposed to deadly asbestos as a child while he playfully helped builders who were renovating his parent’s home.

Garden & Green maintains a wide practice in regional Victoria and has facilities to confer with our clients in Melbourne.

Leonie Conway

Leonie is Manager of our Conveyancing Department. She has many years’ experience in property transfers and enjoys the face-to-face contact with clients as well as dealing with different organisations such as real estate agents, banks and other law firms to co-ordinate and complete settlements throughout Victoria and New South Wales.

Apart from her conveyancing expertise, Leonie has previous and significant experience in the shipping and freight industry respectively both in Australia and overseas and this commercial background is invaluable in her dealings with all types of domestic, commercial and other business ventures.

Leonie’s friendly and outgoing disposition endears her to clients from all walks of life and she will go that extra mile to ensure that transactions are completed efficiently and on time.

Sophie Ryan

Sophie is a Barrister and Solicitor and who assists in our significant Litigation Department. We handle very substantial personal injury matters including WorkCover and TAC claims and Sophie’s work in this area is invaluable as the area becomes more and more specialised. Sophie co-ordinates the matters leading up to both mediation and trial, liaising with our senior Barristers in Melbourne. She also instructs Counsel in some of the more difficult trials, especially as these trials are run as far away as Melbourne, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

Jessie O’Brien

Jessie manages the Garden & Green Probate Department and comes from an accounting background. Jessie and her staff strive to provide efficient, caring and understanding service to executors and clients. Jessie is a former basketball player and loves to keep fit. This certainly helps with a very busy Probate and Estate Department. Jessie enjoys assisting executors and family members to keep matters as stress-free as possible in what can be a difficult time for many people.