Our People



Mark Story

Partner
Mark Story is the senior partner. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1977 and after working for 2 of the major Brisbane firms, moved back to Bundaberg in 1983 to join Finemore Walters & Story.

Mark practices in the area of succession, property and commercial law. He has been an Accredited Specialist in Succession Law since 2002 and has an extensive practice in estate administration and estate litigation.

For many years Mark has visited the firm’s Gin Gin office on a weekly basis and has a particular interest in rural industries and assisting farming families. He is the honorary solicitor for many community organisations in the Gin Gin – Mount Perry area. Mark spends much of his spare time at his farm where he grazes cattle and breeds horses.




Geoff Ebert

Partner
Geoff is the firm’s managing partner. Having completed 4 years working in a Brisbane mid tier commercial practice, he relocated to Bundaberg in 1995 with his wife and now 2 teenage children. Since becoming a partner of the firm in 1997, Geoff has developed a broad practice covering areas of conveyancing, general litigation and wills.

In relation to specialty areas, Geoff’s preferred areas of advice include Employment Law (dismissals and contracts), Building Law (domestic and commercial disputes and contract review) and is the supervising partner of the firm’s rapidly growing Family Law practice (marital and defacto matters). Outside of hours Geoff is the firm’s sporting fanatic involved in administration and coaching of a number of sports. Currently Geoff is the Brisbane Lions AFL Academy coach for Wide Bay.




Hal Ing

Partner
Hal Ing joined Finemore Walters & Story as a solicitor in 2004 and became a partner in 2007. Hal oversees the firm’s conveyancing practice (the largest in the Wide Bay region) and acts for clients ranging from first home buyers to large developers. His practice also includes dealing with a variety of complex transactions including business sales and the negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements.

Hal’s other practice areas include commercial litigation and he has throughout his career acted as solicitor on behalf of various local governments in all aspects of their administration and operation.

Hal grew up in Bundaberg and enjoys seeing his local knowledge put to the benefit of his clients.



Annette Wesche

Partner
Annette Wesche is local to the Bundaberg region having been born and raised in the area. After completing her secondary schooling at Gin Gin State High School, Annette attended the Queensland University of Technology and completed her Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees.

After university, Annette worked in a large regional law firm in Mackay and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2000. Annette has lived and worked in Bundaberg as a solicitor since her return in 2002. Annette joined Finemore Walters & Story in 2010 and became a partner in 2017. Annette’s long term knowledge of the local community is of great value to her practice and she provides legal advice with both technical expertise and understanding.

She has a particular focus in the areas of Commercial and Retail Leasing; Business Sales and Acquisitions; Conveyancing (residential, rural and commercial); Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.



 

Rebecca De Papi

Associate
Rebecca practises exclusively in the areas of Family Law and Wills and Estates disputes. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology, and was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2012.

Rebecca first joined Finemore Walters & Story as a paralegal in 2007. She has obtained experience in all areas practised by the firm, including residential, commercial and rural property transactions, wills and estates disputes, family law and employment law.

Rebecca was born in Bundaberg and now lives in the Childers area with her young family. As a working mother, Rebecca balances her work and family life by working in the office 4 days a week. Rebecca is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association (FLPA), and she regularly volunteers at the Taylor Street Community Legal Centre in Bundaberg for family law appointments and divorce workshops.



Danielle Britton

Solicitor
Danielle was born and raised in Bundaberg and has strong ties to the region. Commencing work with Finemore Walters & Story in December 2007, Danielle has undertaken a variety of roles within the firm gaining experience from the ground up. During her time at the firm Danielle has completed her Bachelor of Laws at Queensland University of Technology and her Graduate Dimploma in Legal Practice at College of Law and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in February 2016.

Danielle has primarily gained experience in property transactional work including residential conveyancing, business and commercial transactions, commercial and retail leasing and property development including subdivision and work in a number of the regions largest land development projects.

Danielle prides herself on establishing and maintaining a valuable working relationship with clients and enjoys being able to use her knowledge to assist clients with their legal matters.



Charlotte Carrodus

Solicitor
Charlotte grew up in the Bundaberg region and has strong family ties to the local area. Charlotte completed a Bachelor of Laws at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013, and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2014.

Charlotte commenced her employment at Finemore Walters & Story in early 2014, and has gained experience in the  areas of family law, traffic and criminal matters, residential conveyancing, and wills and enduring power of attorney matters. Charlotte visits the Mundubbera office regularly, and has developed strong working relationships with local businesses and clients in the region.

Charlotte is a volunteer solicitor with the Taylor Street Community Legal Service, assisting to provide advice at the Family Law and General Law sessions and monthly Divorce Workshops. Charlotte also participates in and attends various community activities, fundraisers and events, and enjoys being part of a small, close knit community where her local knowledge is a great asset to the clients she represents.



Zack McKay

Solicitor
Zack moved to Bundaberg in 2007 and undertook his secondary schooling at the local Shalom College. He joined Finemore Walters & Story Solicitors in early 2014 and initially began working as a Law Clerk assisting the firm’s Partners with general dispute and litigation matters.

Zack currently holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law. He is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and also the High Court of Australia.

The areas in which Zack primarily practises include general litigation including Planning and Environment matters, debt recovery, QCAT Reviews, building disputes, bankruptcy, insolvency, defamation, contract disputes, BCIPA claims, disciplinary matters and the firms growing employment law practice. Zack takes a pragmatic approach in relation to disputes and litigation to ensure the best outcome for his clients.

Zack is one of few local practitioners who regularly provides advice and assistance to both employers and employees in relation to all aspects of employment law whether it be advice at the beginning of employment, matters arising throughout or disputes and compensation claims when employment comes to an end.


Sarah Protani

Solicitor
Sarah joined Finemore Walters & Story in 2012, and currently works primarily in the areas of Estates Administration and Residential Conveyancing. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Laws at Central Queensland University in 2016, and completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law in 2017. Sarah was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in October 2017.

Sarah was born and raised in the Bundaberg area, and has strong family ties to the region. She is actively involved as a group leader in local community events, and she enjoys leading an active lifestyle with her husband and family.


Sarah Shield

Solicitor
Sarah graduated from Griffith University in Brisbane with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) in 2005 and moved to Bundaberg to begin her law career. After having practised in other local law firms since 2005, Sarah joined Finemore Walters & Story in May 2017. Sarah has experience in many areas of law, including Litigation, Banking and Finance, Business Sale and Acquisitions, Conveyancing, Business and Retail Leasing, Wills and Enduring Power of Attorneys. Sarah enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge and has taught law subjects at QUniversity for 8 years.

Sarah enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle and regularly goes to the gym, runs, swims and going to the beach for a kayak.