Our Team

Leo Reynolds – Principal

Leo is our Principal solicitor and has over 25 years experience in law. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1992.

He has extensive experience in many areas of law including Family Law, Independent Children’s Lawyer matters, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Care Directives, Deceased Estate Administration, Deceased Estate Disputes, Commercial Law, Conveyancing, and Civil and Criminal Law.

Prior to his career in Law, Leo was a farmer and holds a Bachelor of Science. He also served as Chairperson of his local Community Centre for several years.

Leo focuses on practical solutions for his clients and operates with openness and honesty.

Qualifications
  • Member of the Law Society of South Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Registered Arbitrator

Richard Hoang – Solicitor

Richard is a new addition to Southern Vales Legal. Admitted in 2018 in the Supreme Court of South Australia he brings with him a passionate and dedicated approach to his work and clients.

Richard is fluent in spoken Chinese (Mandarin) and possesses a strong awareness of the respective culture.

Outside of work he contributes to the Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre as a volunteer and management committee member.

His experience in commerce and exposure to commercial practices guides his no-nonsense approach to achieving practical results.

Qualifications
  • Member of the Law Society of South Australia
  • Member of the Law Society Advocacy Committee
  • Bachelor of Laws and Commerce
  • Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Emma Trenerry – Paralegal

Emma began working for Southern Vales Legal in 2016 as a Legal Receptionist and has now progressed to a Paralegal working primarily on Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Care Directives and Deceased Estates however she also works on a variety of other matters.

She has a background in Retail, Finance and Office Administration and as such she brings a well-rounded set of skills to assist our clients with their enquiries and ensure files are maintained and up to date.

Emma’s friendly personality mixed with her work ethic and attention to detail makes her a valued member of our team.

Linda Hickman – Legal Secretary

Linda joined us at Southern Vales Legal in June 2019 as a Legal Secretary working primarily in Family Law but also assisting with other matters.

She hails from London, having emigrated to Australia in August 2007 and she comes to us from a finance background having worked as a Finance Officer and in Credit Control and Mortgage Litigation.

Linda has proven herself to be a big asset to our business and to our clients.

Lisa Goldfinch – Legal Receptionist

Lisa worked for Southern Vales Legal as a Legal Receptionist from 2008 until 2016 when she decided to take some time out for her family. She returned in January 2019 and we are very pleased to have her back.

Lisa is a local of McLaren Vale, having grown up here and completed her schooling at McLaren Vale Primary School and Willunga High School.

She has a wonderful, bubbly personality, perfect for assisting our solicitors, greeting our clients and attending to their queries.