Peter has been a practising solicitor since 1978. He specialises in conveyancing, finance and mortgages, subdivision and development, leases, business law, commercial law, franchising and liquor law.
It is doubtful whether there is a practising lawyer in Newcastle or the Hunter Valley with wider business or property knowledge or experience.
Peter is currently negotiating and documenting leasing deals for landlords with the likes of Hoyts Cinemas, AAMI Insurance, Wormald, the Australian Government and Telstra to name a few where rentals in many cases exceed $250,000 per annum.
Peter is a life member of the Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club and a member of the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and the Newcastle Golf Club. He is also a very passionate Newcastle Knights supporter.
Ray has been with Bale Boshev Lawyers since 1997. In that time he as worked in our Hamilton and Belmont Offices. Ray now heads up our office in Greenhills, East Maitland.
Ray specialises in all areas of personal injury law and has extensive experience in advising clients in complex compensation law issues. He also manages victims’ applications, motor vehicle claims as well as public liability and negligence claims.
Ray grew up in Tamworth and graduated from the University of New England with the degrees Bachelor of Music/Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 1997.
Josh Hay is a lawyer working in our property and commercial and wills and estates teams.
Josh has been practising law for over 9 years, joining Bale Boshev at the start of 2015 following time spent with a couple of larger Sydney firms.
From his Sydney experience Josh gained a varied exposure and had the opportunity of working on a number of high profile due diligence projects, commercial contracts, real estate acquisitions and disposals and leasing deals.
Since joining Bale Boshev Josh has enjoyed working with our diverse client base which includes not only corporate and small business clients, but also mums and dads.
Whilst working in our property and commercial team, Josh’s work is varied and involves him working on conveyancing and property development matters, leasing [commercial, retail and industrial], liquor licencing and general commercial and contract preparation and advice.
Josh’s work in our wills and estates team sees him regularly preparing wills, powers of attorney and appointments of enduring guardian documents for his private clients and undertaking all work associated with assisting executors to obtain grants of probate and administrators obtain letters of administration and undertaking estate administration generally.
An increasing aspect of Josh’s work involves estate litigation, where he acts and advises executors, trustees, administrators, beneficiaries and other interest parties concerning estate disputes including unfair wills and the seeking of family provision orders, contested probates and the validity of wills.
Josh takes a down to earth, pragmatic and commercially savvy approach which enables him to get the job done for his clients without fuss.
In Josh’s spare time he enjoys any and all forms of travel, spending time at his family farm north of Newcastle and reading the odd novel whenever he gets the chance.
Ongami has over 11 years’ experience specialising in compensation law and litigation for a couple of Sydney firms. He joined the Bale Boshev litigation team in 2019. Ongami acts predominantly for Plaintiffs, providing advice on all issues Compensation and has an interest in conducting medical negligence, motor vehicle accidents and public liability matters.
In addition to being experienced in conducting litigation in most Australian jurisdictions, Ongami is also a qualified accountant.
Ongami has gained a deep understanding of his clients’ needs and has earned a reputation for his commercial and competitive approach to dispute resolution.
Ongami was admitted to practice in 2008.
George is one of the senior managing partners of the firm. He grew up in a rural property in New South Wales and after completing high school, attended the University of Newcastle where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree with First Class Honours. He subsequently was granted admission to the University of Sydney Law School where he qualified and was admitted in February, 1977. He worked as an employee for a Sydney legal firm for some five years, both prior to and subsequent to his admission. He practised primarily in the fields of personal injury litigation (including third party, workers compensation and public liability claims), conveyancing, commercial law and estates.
He returned to the Newcastle area in 1980 and subsequently established the present firm in partnership with Peter Earle Bale. Mr Scott Kingston Bryant joined the firm and was admitted into partnership on 1 July 1989.
The firm consequently grew, emphasis being placed on litigation, banking and security law, licensing law, commercial litigation and estates and general conveyancing.
George practised primarily in the area of personal injury litigation, conveyancing and estates over the next 25 years but has now gradually assumed a greater role in office management and administration.
George is married with four children and outside of the office enjoys reading, card playing and spending time with his family and friends.
Areas of law
Personal injury litigation
Conveyancing and estates
Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Bachelor of Laws – University of Sydney
New South Wales Law Society
Damian graduated from Sydney University and was admitted as a Solicitor on 4.8.1983. Since then he has practised in the Newcastle area working for and as a Partner in major Union firms fighting for workers compensation entitlements for injured workers ever since.
He obtained Specialist Accreditation in 2008 but he let this lapse in 2015 as his practise was more important to him than a piece of paper. He has vast experience in coal mining , rescue worker and general workers compensation claims
Damian practised in coal mining workers compensation for a period of in excess of 20 years, and has also has made claims in the Dust Disease Tribunal for asbestos claims.
Having begun her legal career as a Paralegal ten years’ ago, Katherine was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2015. Spending 8 years working in specialist personal injury firms in Sydney, she has extensive experience in workers compensation, work injury damages, medical negligence, public liability and Total and Permanent Disablement claims.
Katherine’s experience over the years has also included running a large number of claims for injured emergency service workers and those in the coal mining industry.
With the ability to read, write and converse in the Macedonian language, Katherine has always endeavored to assist those whose English skills are limited to ensure their best interests are protected.
Scott is a Newcastle boy born and bred in inner Newcastle. He manages our Belmont Office concentrating on conveyancing and commercial transactions as well as Estate work. He has been practising law for thirty years.
Scott is an avid sports fan but more particularly is a rugby league tragic. He likes the odd beer. “No good drinkin’ if it don’t affect you” but abstains from alcohol for all of February each year, that being the shortest month of the year.
Phil Brogan specialises in the areas of family law and wills & estates. Phil has extensive knowledge and experience in these areas. Phil commenced practising law in small firms conducting a variety of legal matters including criminal trials, debt recovery, personal injury law, etc. For over the last decade, Phil has practised exclusively in the areas of family law and wills and estates and he makes regular appearances in the Family and Federal Circuit Courts and Supreme Court of NSW. Phil has also conducted public legal education seminars. Phil has a broad range of interests. He has a musical background. Phil was raised in a musical family and has performed professionally in bands. Phil is passionate about motorcycles and loves riding and working on his motorcycles as well as building projects and basically all things mechanical and creative. Phil is down to earth, friendly and very approachable. Phil is very meticulous when it comes to detail and he is also well liked by clients because of his highly professional yet caring and endearing nature. If you need to see a family law or will or estate solicitor call us to arrange an appointment with Phil.
A lawyer since 1985, Paul specialises in Liquor, Gaming and Racing Law.
He also maintains a practice in Commercial and Criminal Law.
Paul`s client base is Australia wide.
Sam is a solicitor practicing in the Family Law team.
She is a local, having grown up in Maitland. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013 and a Bachelor of Laws in 2016.
Sam spent more than 4 years working for the Family Law Courts, including 2.5 years working as a Judge’s Associate in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia at Newcastle. This helped her develop an extensive knowledge of Court procedure and practice and exposed her to countless hours of Family Law advocacy.
Sam loves to travel and is always saving up for her next trip overseas. In her spare time she enjoys catching up with friends, accepting any opportunity to eat great food, listening to heavy metal and keeping active.
Sam was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2018.