Born in 1956, Geoff Brazel completed his secondary studies in Sydney’s western suburbs, and entered legal practice as a LegalClerk at Liverpool in 1974.
He combined work with the study of Law part time through the Solicitors Admission Board Course affiliated with the University of Sydney. In 1975 Geoff commenced employment in Sydney as a Legal Clerk in the Office of the Clerk of the Peace, a branch of the NSW Attorney General’s Department.
Work for the Department involved prosecution of serious criminal matters in the District and Supreme Courts of New South Wales.
Geoff completed his legal studies in 1978, and following further study at the College of Law, was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in July 1979.
Between July 1979 to March 1981, Geoff was employed as a solicitor for a private legal firm in Fairfield practising mainly Criminal & Family Law, with some Conveyancing, Probate, and Civil Claims experience.
Geoff commenced practice in partnership with Peter Moore in Gosford in March 1981. Peter Moore left the Firm in 2020 leaving Geoff to carry on the practice of Brazel Moore Lawyers with his 20 Professional and Support Staff.
Michelle attended the University of Southern Queensland where she attained her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Anthropology in 2003. Michelle then went on to complete her Bachelor of Laws at the University of New England in 2014 and has practiced in Compensation, Family Law and Wills & Estates since that time.
Michelle is a member of a number of NSW Law Society Committees including the Family Law Committee (2019 to 2020), the Ethics Committee (2020), the Privacy and Data Law Committee (2017 to 2020) and has presented at conferences on data retention and Family Law Proceedings, Technology Facilitated Stalking and Privacy and Cyber-Security issues for Legal Professionals. She is also a member of the Hunter Valley
Family Law Practitioners’ Association and Women Lawyers’ Association of New South Wales.
Michelle is the Secretary of the Central Coast Law Society and the Secretary and a Board Member of digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc.
Michelle was a finalist for Regional Lawyer of the Year in the Women Lawyers’ Association of New South Wales Awards in 2019
Michelle’s priority is making sure her clients understand their rights, entitlements and the legal options available to them.
Michelle communicates clearly, in simple terms and welcomes questions from her clients. She strives to resolve disputes without Court intervention. However if litigation becomes necessary, she is a skilled advocate with a strategic approach to effectively guide her clients through complex legal matters.
Michelle joined Brazel Moore Lawyers in 2020 and has become an integral part of our Compensation Law Team.
Ryan attended the University of New England where she attained her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law. Ryan completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2015 and joined the Central Coast Community Legal Centre as a generalist solicitor in November 2015.
Ryan went on to achieve her legal practice management citification through the college of law in 2018 and was appointed principal solicitor of central coast community legal center in 2019. Ryan’s strong management and leadership skills made her highly successful in this role.
Ryan is a member of the Central Coast Law Society and spent several years as a steering committee member of the Central Coast Family Law Pathways Network.
Ryan joined Brazel Moore Lawyers in November 2020, joining the busy area of compensation.
Ryan’s focus is on giving her clients timely advice, communicated clearly in plain, easy to understand languages.
Ryan di adaptable, versatile solicitor which makes her a logical problem solver for her clients.
Personal Background and Interests
Ryan and her family have lived in Lake Macquarie for many years and enjoy all that it has to offer