Paton Hooke


Paton Hooke Lawyers was founded in 1911 and as the oldest law firm
in the Manning Valley has evolved into one of the leading law firms on the
Mid North Coast.  All staff proudly maintain traditional standards
while embracing new ideas and the innovative practices
required of a modern legal office.


Who we are

Paton Hooke is a team of skilled lawyers, conveyancers, paralegals and office staff.
Over 200 years combined legal experience brings together an expansive knowledge base.

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What we do

We can help with:

Family Law
Property & Conveyancing
Compensation & Insurance
Estate & Succession Planning
Wills, Powers of Attorney, Enduring Guardianships
Court Work
Notaries Public
Local Government, Planning & Environment
Business Brokers
Corporate & Commercial
Tourism & Hospitality



Paton Hooke Lawyers work with our clients to keep our practice running at its best.  By asking
clients how they feel about us, we are able to continue to evolve our best practice skills.

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Paton Hooke Lawyers list articles regarding current issues and we
encourage you to look through these.

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Contact Us














James Paton

Principal and Managing Director of Paton Hooke Lawyers, James is
responsible for the management of the firm, specialising in Family Law,
Elder Law, Wills and Estate Disputes, Compensation Claims, Migration Law
and all court work. James is a Notary Public, Licensed Migration Agent,
Licensed Real Estate and Business Broker.












Paul Lewers

Paul is a Director and Lawyer with Paton Hooke and as part of the firm’s
management team he assists in ensuring compliance with practice
standards as well as specialising in Family Law, Wills, Powers of Attorney,
Enduring Guardianships, Estates, Estate Planning and Disputes and
Property Law. Paul is a Notary Public.











Anthony Marshall

Tony is a director of Paton Hooke Lawyers and with James Paton and Paul Lewers
is responsible for ensuring quality and standards are maintained.

Tony specialises in Commercial and Business Law, Land and Environment,
Property Law, Local Government, Taxation Law, Leases, Trademarks
and Tourism Hospitality.











Gus Farland

Gus, originally from South Africa, now an Australian
citizen, completed his law degree several years ago, having
completed degrees in philosophy, including a PhD.

Gus specialises in Family Law, Employment Law, Crime, Litigation.











Elizabeth Shanahan

Elizabeth is a Licensed Conveyancer and member of the Australian
Institute of Conveyancers.  Elizabeth has 15 years property
experience and has a varied practice that includes Rural,
Residential and Commercial Property Conveyancing, Purchase
and Sale of Businesses and Commercial and Retail Leasing.