David Allen – Principal

Bachelor of Legal Studies Macquarie University

David commenced work with T A Hill & Son (now Hill Solicitors) in March 1982 as a Law Clerk and completed his degree at Macquarie University.

David was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in December, 1987 and invited to the partnership of Hills Solicitors in July, 1990.

As a result of many years of experience in the management of Hills he has a strong understanding of the challenges facing business and provides a wide variety of advice to small, medium and large business enterprises in the Hunter region.

While primarily focused in the areas of Commercial Law, Conveyancing, Probate, Wills and Estates he is often consulted regarding Commercial Disputes and has been involved in many large Commercial Litigation matters over the years.

David has volunteered his time over the years as honoury Solicitor to may community organisations and is proud to be a past Director of Mai-Wel Limited and a member of the Mai-Wel Corporate Governance Committee.

He also served for many years as a Committee Member , Secretary  and then President of the Hunter Valley Law Society, Committee Member and President of Maitland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Board Member, Treasurer and President of Maitland Lions Club.

David has encouraged the firm to be involved in community activities and Hills is presently involved as sponsor of Northern Suburbs Cricket Club, Hills Netball Club, Bolwarra/Lorn Junior Soccer Club and Weston Worker Bears Football Club.


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Bachelor of Laws University of New England
Bachelor of Commerce University of New England
Graduate Diploma of Professional Legal Training
Masters in Applied Law – Wills and Estates

Lucy started her career working in rural New South Wales and was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in April 2011.

Lucy worked for law firms in rural and regional New South Wales as well as Sydney CBD before joining Hills Solicitors in 2014.

Lucy undertakes a variety of legal work including conveyancing (residential, rural and commercial), wills, estates, estate litigation and succession planning.


Ralph Ward

B E ( Hon 1); M E ; Solicitors Admission Board:
Undergraduate Degree in Chemical Engineering;
Masters in Hydrometallurgy.

Ralph’s career to the law started at after attaining a degree in Chemical Engineering and then awarded the Monash University Medal.

Ralph then pursued qualifications in Accounting while employed with BHP.

Ralph then decided that qualifications in law would be valuable and completed the Solicitors Admission Board examinations resulting in his admission as a Solicitor in New South Wales in 1978.

Ralph is known for his energy and intense work ethic and combined with a science and audit background his legal advice is highly sought after by Developers, the business community and commercial clients.

Ralph continues to offer a full range of Conveyancing, Commercial and Estate Planning advice to his vast array of clients throughout the Hunter region.

The Ward family has developed a strong interest in varied aspects of rural life.

Ralph has served for a long period of time as a Committee Member of Maitland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, served as President of Maitland Liquor Accord for many years, a long standing and active Community Member of Maitland Show Society and past member of Rotary.


Kathryn Wielinga

Bachelor of Communication with Distinction;
Bachelor of Laws;
Diploma of Legal Practice.

Committed to staying on top of the newest developments in the law for her clients, Kathryn is part-way through a Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) through the College of Law.

Kathryn is admitted as a solicitor to the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

She is experienced in both the private and public sectors assisting clients with family, criminal, traffic and civil law matters.  Kathryn has researched and written in a number of areas of law including forensic procedures undertaken by the NSW Police.

Before becoming a lawyer, Kathryn worked extensively with charity groups and sat on the Board of Directors of the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation.  In this role, Kathryn learnt the value of good support networks in times of adversity.

As a lawyer, Kathryn takes her role as her client’s advocate very seriously – ensuring her clients come through times of adversity in the best possible way.  Her aim is to provide clients with the highest quality advice and advocacy, while minimising the expense of legal representation.

In her spare time, Kathryn is actively involved in animal rescue. Outside of work, she can often be found near the beach being walked by her blind rescue dog.  At home, Kathryn is regularly and mercilessly bullied by her two entitled rescue cats.

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