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Team members

At KLM Solicitors we have a team of legal specialists covering a wide variety of experience. We will ensure that you are partnered with the best member of our team to suit your location and needs. Our team are here to support you and to ensure that you are given the most practical legal advice.

Kelli Martin

Managing Partner

Kelli Martin is a talented and respected solicitor, business leader and social justice advocate. She has worked predominantly in family and criminal law after being admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2008. Kelli founded KLM Solicitors in 2015 with a vision for a contemporary, client-focused law firm. She is a former Board Director for the not-for-profit Red Rose Foundation and actively works to end domestic and family violence. Kelli and her team regularly undertake community legal work, including volunteer hours for community legal centres. In 2021 she received an Excellence Award in the Australasian Law Awards in the Law Firm Leader of the Year (<200 employees) category and took out Queensland Law Society’s Access to Justice (Private Practice) Award. Kelli was also a Queensland State Finalist in the Telstra Best of Business Awards, Accelerating Women category. She was also a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards (Managing Partner of the Year and Mentor of the Year categories) and a finalist in the WLAQ Award for the Leneen Forde AC Woman Lawyer of the Year. Outside of her enormously rewarding and busy work life, Kelli raises her two young daughters.

Shaun Kolo

Shaun Kolo

Partner

Shaun joined the KLM Team with more than seven years’ experience practising in family law, domestic violence, child protection law and criminal law. Shaun was admitted in 2014 as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. He honed his legal skills working in the major south-east Queensland regional cities of Ipswich and Toowoomba. With a deep passion for justice, Shaun provides trusted guidance in achieving fair and just outcomes for his clients. Having now been promoted to Partner - Family Law, Shaun works across KLM Solicitors Brisbane CBD, Nundah and Cleveland offices.

Jane Bruxner

Senior Associate

Jane specialises in criminal law and is an accredited Children’s and Adult Duty Lawyer in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. After joining KLM Solicitors in August 2017, Jane’s skills, passion and dedication were recognised with her promotion to Senior Associate in early 2020. Alongside criminal justice, Jane is passionate about mental health care and child protection matters. She considers her work in these areas imperative as she can give voice to those often unheard in the justice system. Jane takes enormous pride in assisting her colleagues to develop and grow in their roles. In 2021, she was a Finalist for the Australasian Lawyer Rising Star Award. She was also a Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards in the criminal category. Jane works across our Brisbane CBD, Nundah and Cleveland Offices.

Rachel Stuart

Rachel Stuart

Senior Associate

Rachel began her legal career in 2016, after graduating from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). Prior to joining the KLM team in January 2020, Rachel worked in family law at a commercial litigation firm and city-based law firm. Rachel believes that the family culture and work-life balance that is encouraged at KLM Solicitors truly sets the company apart from other legal firms. Rachel’s passion for social justice and compassionate nature means she supports her clients every step of the way and assists them to navigate their way through challenging times. She works across our Brisbane CBD, Nundah and Cleveland Offices.

Candice Bell

Senior Associate

After establishing a carer in another profession for two decades, Candice began her legal journey in 2017 and graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Her leadership skills, personable nature, and ability to converse with people from all walks of life makes her the perfect fit for her role as Senior Associate. Specialising in family law, Candice’s strong advocacy for clients and exceptional interpersonal communication skills is matched by her dedication and drive to deliver fair and just outcomes. Alongside family law, Candice is passionate about social justice issues and giving back to the community through volunteering at community legal service organisations. Prior to joining the KLM team in January 2022, Candice worked as a solicitor in family law for three years. During this time, she was exposed to a variety of sensitive and complex matters, while also mentoring legal practitioners and support staff. Candice is based at KLM Solicitors Maroochydore office.

Sam Hollis

Sam Hollis

Associate

Passionate, caring, positive and dedicated, Sam has been a solicitor at KLM Solicitors working on family law and domestic violence matters since 2016. Sam has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Psychology. His background in studying psychology has equipped him with the skills to work with a range of clients from diverse backgrounds who are dealing with immense emotional stress. Sam believes the supportive, tight-knit and vibrant team sets KLM Solicitors apart from other legal firms. He works across our Brisbane CBD, Nundah and Cleveland offices. SAM IS ON LEAVE FOR 2022.

Phoebe Courtney

Associate

Phoebe is primarily based at KLM Solicitors’ Maroochydore office, specialising in family law and domestic violence matters. She takes the time to listen and understand her clients in order to achieve the best possible outcome for each of her clients. Trusting, approachable and reliable, she always strives to go the extra mile in all that she does. Phoebe is motivated to make an impact through her role at KLM Solicitors by giving back to the community and making a difference through her legal aid work, which allows people to access free legal representation.

Rhys Foster

Rhys Foster

Associate

Before commencing his role at KLM Solicitors in September 2020, Rhys practised as a criminal defence lawyer in some of Queensland’s most challenging jurisdictions. Rhys is motivated to make an impact through his role at KLM by empowering his clients during one of the most difficult times of their lives and giving them back some independence and control over their lives. He thrives in the high-pressure environment of the court room, making him the perfect fit for his role as a Criminal Law Solicitor. Rhys works across KLM Solicitors’ Brisbane CBD, Nundah and Cleveland offices.

Amahlia Riley

Amahlia Riley

Solicitor

Determined, caring and goal oriented, Amahlia is committed to going above and beyond for her clients. Her ability to handle a wide variety of cases and her empathetic nature makes her the perfect fit for her role as a Family Law Solicitor. She is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of those most vulnerable in her community. She loves to volunteer at community legal service associations, providing legal services at no cost. Amahlia is based at KLM Solicitors’ Brisbane CBD Office.

Katie Patterson

Solicitor

Katie is based at our Maroochydore Office, specialising in criminal law and child protection matters. She has a Bachelor of Laws and brings strong advocacy and negotiating skills to the KLM Solicitors team. Alongside criminal justice, Katie is passionate about mental health care and child protection matters. Katie strongly believes everyone deserves a fair go in the justice system and goes above and beyond to achieve the best outcome for her clients. She is looking forward to growing with the firm and one day hopes to become an accredited specialist.

Olivia Ledger

SOLICITOR

Olivia has been with KLM Solicitors since 2018, working in the criminal law team at our Nundah office. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Southern Queensland, Olivia has embarked upon a new career journey, working as a Paralegal in Family Law at KLM Solicitors’ Brisbane CBD office, pending her admission as a solicitor in December 2021. Throughout her ten years working in the legal profession, Olivia has gained extensive experience working with a range of clients, supporting them every step of the way. Extremely hardworking, loyal and compassionate, Olivia is dedicated to her role as a Solicitor.

Bree-Anna Bowtell

Solicitor

Bree-Anna Botwell is a criminal lawyer, having been admitted as a solicitor in mid-2020. She is passionate about social and youth justice, and is currently studying her Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Bree-Anna takes great pride in advocating on behalf of her clients and is looking forward to the opportunity to do more in the youth justice space. Outside of the office, Bree-Anna is a volunteer for Special Olympics Australia, a role she connects with on a personal level and finds incredibly rewarding.

Val Ladlay

Val Ladlay

Practice Manager

Val has been with KLM Solicitors since it all began back in 2015. She has brought to the firm over 30 years of experience in business and senior management roles. Val’s high level of knowledge and incredible leadership skills in the legal and corporate sectors are central to her role as firm Practice Manager. No decision is too difficult to make for Val, as she ensures to always carefully take the time to assess a situation. Val is motivated by the results the team is able to achieve for their clients. She is currently based across our Brisbane CBD, Nundah and Cleveland offices.

Tanya Stirrup

Tanya Stirrup

Accounts Manager

With over 20 years of experience in accounts and administration, Tanya brings a can-do attitude to the KLM team. Based primarily at KLM Solicitors’ Maroochydore office, she is a diligent and dedicated problem solver with the ability to adapt and change in a fast-paced working environment. Tanya is motivated to make a difference each working day by keeping clients happy and finds her job immensely rewarding when resolving issues. She believes the family environment sets KLM Solicitors apart from other legal firms.