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Richard KlimekLLB, Accredited Family Law Specialist

Legal Practice Director

In 2005 Richard established the firm and became its founding Director.

Richard has practised exclusively in family law his entire career. The Law Society of Western Australia has recognised Richard as an Accredited Family Law Specialist. His contributions to family law include serving on the executive of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of W.A., guest lecturing at university law schools, serving as a long-standing board member of W.A.’s largest community legal centre and making submissions to the Law Reform Commission regarding family violence legislation.

Richard has considerable experience as a trial lawyer, having been the barrister in over 250 trials. This experience includes highly complicated financial and parenting matters in the Family Court of Western Australia, along with highly contested Violence Restraining Order proceedings in the various Magistrates Courts of Western Australia. These trials have often been heard by the court over a few weeks and involved complex expert evidence.

While most firms brief out Trials to independent Barristers, Richard acts as the firm’s in-house Counsel. This offers clients direct access to the Barrister who will oversee their matter from beginning to end.

Richard is also heavily involved in philanthropy outside the practise of law, most notably as an Ambassador of White Ribbon Australia. In that role, he co-founded their major annual event in Western Australia, both in terms of raising awareness and funds against family violence.

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  • Telephone 61 8 9221 5775
  • Email richard@klimekwijay.com
  • Legal Assistant Shehaam Du Toit
  • Legal Assistant Email shehaam@klimekwijay.com
  • Qualifications Bachelor of Laws, The University of Western Australia
    Accredited Family Law Specialist
    Nationally Accredited Independent Children’s Lawyer
  • Memberships Law Society of Western Australia
    Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
    Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
    Family Pathways Network
  • Expertise All areas of family law
    Restraining order matters
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Rishi WijayBCom, LLB

Managing Director

Rishi is the Managing Director of the firm. His role involves oversight of complex financial matters undertaken by the firm.

Alongside his legal qualifications, Rishi has considerable commercial experience and qualifications. This has resulted in him becoming a trusted advisor to mutual clients of significant Perth accounting firms, commercial lawyers, financial planners and medical professionals. He has guest lectured at university law schools and given presentations to other related professionals.

Rishi excels in complicated financial matters. He routinely acts for high net wealth clients, whose matters involve intricate financial issues and structures such as partnerships, family trusts, discretionary trusts, unit trusts, trading companies, self-managed superannuation funds, businesses and other commercial ventures. He regularly advises clients in cases that raise issues at the intersection of family law and related disciplines such as taxation, trusts and bankruptcy.

Apart from the rigours of litigation, Rishi is also a skilled negotiator. He has acted for clients in many difficult settlement negotiations, and he regularly secures outcomes that exceed client expectations.

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  • Telephone 61 8 9221 5775
  • Email rishi@klimekwijay.com
  • Legal Assistant Michelle George
  • Legal Assistant Email michelle@klimekwijay.com
  • Qualifications Bachelor of Laws, Murdoch University
    Bachelor of Commerce, Murdoch University
  • Memberships Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
  • Expertise All areas of family law
    Restraining order matters
    Wills, Probate & Letters of Administration
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Tamara ArapovicBA(ComSt), LLB, GDLP

Associate Director

Tamara joined the firm in 2011 and was promoted to Senior Associate in 2013. She has practised exclusively in family law for the entirety of her legal career.

Tamara is well known for sensibly resolving both financial and parenting matters. Her no-nonsense and commercial approach to advice and representation frequently result in her clients avoiding unnecessary time, stress and expense associated with ongoing litigation.

Tamara also has extensive experience acting for clients whose matters have required litigation to trial. Her recent experience includes advising on matters relating to parental alienation, reversal of residency, allegations of child abuse and complex financial entities associated with property development.

Within the firm, Tamara manages our ongoing legal education programme, as well as matters relating to precedent and document control. The volume and complexity of legal documents she has drafted, including binding financial agreements (pre-nuptial agreements) and child support agreements, is considerable.

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  • Telephone 61 8 9221 5775
  • Email tamara@klimekwijay.com
  • Legal Assistant Janelle Ireland
  • Legal Assistant Email janelle@klimekwijay.com
  • Qualifications Bachelor of Laws, The University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), The University of Western Australia
    Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, The College of Law
  • Memberships Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
    Women Lawyers of Western Australia
    Law Society of Western Australia
  • Expertise All areas of family law
    Binding Financial Agreements
    Binding Child Support Agreements
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Devin SanghaviBCom, LLB, GDLP, Accredited Family Law Specialist

Associate Director

Devin joined the firm as a Senior Associate in 2014, having previously worked in a multi-disciplinary law practice.

While Devin now practises exclusively in family law, he brings to the firm considerable experience in the areas of conveyancing, wills and probate, estate litigation, restraining orders and criminal law. This broad experience enables him to provide holistic advice on the wide range of issues that can arise in family law.

Devin is a strategic thinker. His pragmatic approach and attention to detail enables him to effectively resolve matters with the highest degree of acrimony and complexity.

Devin prides himself on providing legal representation that adheres to an exemplary standard of ethics and professionalism.

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  • Telephone 61 8 9221 5775
  • Email devin@klimekwijay.com
  • Legal Assistant Michelle George
  • Legal Assistant Email michelle@klimekwijay.com
  • Qualifications Bachelor of Laws, The University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Business Law), The University of Western Australia
    Accredited Family Law Specialist
    Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, The College of Law
  • Memberships Law Society of Western Australia
    Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Expertise Property settlement (de facto & matrimonial)
    Children’s matters
    Child support
    Pre-nuptial or post-separation Financial Agreements
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Michael KlimekLLB, GDLP

Senior Associate

Michael is an Associate of the firm with over a decade of experience in family law.

Michael has been working at Klimek & Wijay Family Lawyers since January 2006.

Michael has developed significant experience by working on a range of family law matters involving financial, parenting and children’s issues, domestic violence and divorce proceedings. Michael has a keen interest in the development of family law, and is involved in most of the significant legal research undertaken by the firm. He is also a board member of the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre and regularly attends at their Mirrabooka and Joondalup offices to give pro bono legal advice.

Michael is well known for his unwavering dedication to his clients, and his commitment to securing the right outcome for them. He understands the commerciality of attempting to resolve matters by way of alternate dispute resolution practices such as mediations and conferences. However, Michael also appreciates that there are times when court action is the only way to achieve your best results.

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  • Telephone 61 8 9221 5775
  • Email michael@klimekwijay.com
  • Legal Assistant Michelle George
  • Legal Assistant Email michelle@klimekwijay.com
  • Qualifications Bachelor of Laws, The University of New England
    Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, The College of Law
  • Memberships Law Society of Western Australia
    Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
  • Expertise All areas of family law
    Restraining orders
    Negotiation of fair settlements and arbitration
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Rachel HarknessBA(ComSt), LLB, GDLP

Associate

 

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  • Telephone 61 8 9221 5775
  • Email rachel@klimekwijay.com
  • Legal Assistant Janelle Ireland
  • Legal Assistant Email janelle@klimekwijay.com
  • Qualifications Bachelor of Laws, The University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), The University of Western Australia
    Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, The College of Law
    Certificate of Legal Business Skills, The College of Law
  • Memberships Law Society of Western Australia
    Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
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Janelle Ireland

Paralegal
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Shehaam Du Toit

Paralegal
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Teneale Reid

Receptionist
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Michelle George

Paralegal
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Renae Clutton

Practice Manager