Meet the Team

Jacqui Brauman

Jacqui Brauman is the principal solicitor at TBA Law and director of Theobald Lawyers Pty Ltd.

Since establishing TBA Law in 2012, Jacqui has become an Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates, as well as a Collaborative Practitioner, and has written and published three books: ‘In Case of Emergency; a practical guide for young families in the case of injury or death’,  ‘Death and Social Media, a guide to your digital estate planning’, and ‘The Sandwich Generation’.

She has a Bachelor of  Laws, Bachelor of Accounting, Advanced Diploma in Taxation Law, Graduate Certificate in Applied Law (In House), and an Applied Masters in Law majoring in Wills and Estates. Jacqui is a Law Institute Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates.

Jacqui has been a finalist in the Sole Practitioner category for Women In Law in 2016, and is a current finalist in the Regional Firm of the Year in the Australasian Law Awards 2017, and the Law Institute of Victoria legal awards.

Jacqui is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Victorian Women Lawyers, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, HerBusiness, Business in Heels, the UN Women National Committee Australia, WOW Women, and Professional Speakers Australia.

Rochelle Manderson

“We are an honourable profession entrusted to help the people who seek our assistance, to be an officer of the Court, and to lead by example in everything we do”

Rochelle is a solicitor who applies deep and consider thought to alternative dispute resolution. She practices across many areas of the law, including commercial, consumer, and property law; and in many jurisdictions, including VCAT, the Magistrates Court, County Court and Supreme Courts of Victoria. Rochelle is also an accredited NMAS Mediator.

Rochelle completed her Bachelor of Laws and her Bachelor of Arts (History) at La Trobe University. She loved the rich learning environment of University life and became a Deans Honours recipient in 2001 and 2002. She was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society and represented La Trobe University at the 2001 International conference in Chicago, USA.

Rochelle has taken her passion for learning into the workplace and thrives on the challenge of mastering new skills to achieve the the best possible outcome for clients.

In her spare time, Rochelle is a dedicated breeder of pedigree Schipperkes and competes in dog shows, agility trials and dances with dogs competitions throughout Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. She owns Best in Show winners and High in Trial winners, and has bred many Champions, as well as earning over 100 performance titles with her dogs over the years. She is involved in various dog clubs, is a dog obedience instructor and an ANKC dances with dogs judge.

Sarah Coombs

Sarah is a Seymour native, growing up on a farm just out of town. Completing her Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University in 2018, she is excited to return to the region to begin her legal career.

In her spare time, Sarah likes to read as many books as possible, spend time with family and friends and spending time on the farm.

Belinda Scott

With a law degree and over 15 years of experience training conveyancers and staff in law firms, and running various businesses of her own, Belinda now lives and works locally. With a young family and a developing olive farm, Belinda is a powerhouse on whatever she turns her focus.

She is the principal conveyancer for our partner brand, Easy Move Conveyancing.

Deborah Akers

Deb was admitted as an Australian Lawyer in Victoria following a successful career in health and education. Her clinical work dealt mostly with clients facing issues such as family violence, mental illness, substance misuse, family breakdown, homelessness, and child protection issues. Her legal experience includes Intervention Orders, Family Law, and Separation.

Natisha Underwood

Natisha is welcomed back after maternity leave with her two children, and resumes her successful wills and estates career in our Romsey and Wallan offices.

Karen Luk

Karen is a client-focused and dedicated lawyer joining the TBA Law team in 2022. Karen has a strong passion for helping clients with legal issues that are meaningful and personal to them. After graduating from her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2017, Karen has since worked in private practice in Estate law and as a duty lawyer in Family Violence and Personal Safety Intervention Orders. She works in Family Law, Intervention Orders and Wills & Estate law at TBA Law.

Contributing and connecting with the community is at the core of Karen’s commitment to legal work. Karen is compassionate when listening to the difficult circumstances of her clients and takes the time to ensure her clients understand the legal process and advice given. She takes a detailed approach to her legal work and gives your documents the care and attention they require to take the stress off you! Karen shares her effervescent positive spirit with colleagues in the office and is resilient in the face of challenges.

Even though she has only recently called country Victoria home, she can’t imagine living without the seeing the changing colours of paddocks and fruit orchards on her way to work. On the weekend, Karen is pottering around her home garden and taking her time browsing local markets for something new to grow or cook. Karen likes to think she takes the same generosity and determination to her legal work as she does to her love for cooking. Someday in the (near) future, she hopes to visit Julia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian and see the Big Apple!

Ivy Casquejo

Having a successful career as a lawyer in the Philippines, Ivy decided to migrate to Australia and update all her qualifications. She brings her experience from across multiple jurisdictions and her significant empathy to TBA Law in Nagambie.

Patrick Walsh

Having worked in the construction industry for 10 years prior, Patrick has started his legal career with TBA Law.

He lives in Wallan with his young family.

With over 15 years of experience, Melitta has a clear passion for conveyancing and for working closely with a diverse range of clients and on a diverse range of properties.

Melitta is experienced in purchases, sales, transfers, survivorship applications, leases and more. She understands and shares in the excitement of clients purchasing their first home or the more seasoned clients with extensive property portfolios. Melitta keeps clients informed as the matter progresses and is more than happy to answer any questions along the way.

Melitta lives at Wallan with her husband, son and baby daughter. They are involved heavily in the Wandong football club, and the CFA.

Catherine Tyrrell

Catherine is TBA Law’s Accounts Manager. She moved to Nagambie after many years of working as a contractor with the ADF and the private sector as an office manager. She works part time in Nagambie, and her role is varied and busy, making sure the offices runs smoothly and efficiently.

Ebony Green

Living now in Hidden Valley, Ebony has a strong connection with the Romsey community. She is studying law.

Stevie Frost

Stevie lives in Seymour with her serving Defence Force husband and their pets, having previously been living in Darwin on their last posting.

Talia Giampietro

Talia lives between Kilmore and Tooborac, and works from our Seymour, Nagambie and Romsey offices. She is currently studying law.

Rhea Ruga

Rhea is the Marketing Assistant at TBA Law. She is responsible for implementing marketing plans and management of the firm’s social media channels.

Prior to joining TBA Law, she has successfully spearheaded marketing efforts (traditional and digital)  for several institutions and brands, and launched numerous multi-media campaigns to add value to business.