Accreditations & Memberships


NSW Law Society Accredited Specialists

Kells is proud to have 7 lawyers who are NSW Law Society Accredited Specialists:

Peter Chodat - Family Law
Roger Downs - Business Law & Property Law
David Potts - Personal Injury Law, Employment Law and Industrial Law
Michael Hatfield - Property Law
Amy Harper - Business Law
Lorri Field - Commercial Litigation
Jean Paul Fraticelli - Property Law

Specialist Accreditation identifies, monitors and registers lawyers specialising in specific areas of law. Only those lawyers who pass the NSW Law Society's exacting tests can use the Specialist Accreditation logo.

Each Accredited Specialist lawyer must have:

  • at least 5 years' full-time practice
  • at least 3 years' speciality work
  • passed rigorous exams in communication, problem solving, client service and, of course, the law.


AustLaw - an association of 12 Australian Law firms whose main objective is to provide its members with an innovative and supportive forum to share information and utilise its collective resources for the benefit of each firm.

The Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC) is a member-based not for profit business support organisation. The IBC is committed to representing the interests of its members by providing a powerful voice to all levels of Government and key decision makers on behalf of the Illawarra region and its business community. The IBC also provides members with an unparalleled range of business support products and services across the Illawarra region.

The Law Society of NSW is the representative body for solicitors in NSW. The Law Society of NSW serves solicitors and the community and promotes the fair practise of law.

The Law Council of Australia is the peak national representative body of the Australian legal profession, and represents about 56,000 legal practitioners across the country.

The Wollongong & District Law Society is a group of solicitors that practise law in Wollongong and surrounding areas.

Illawarra Connection - a networking organisation for the Illawarra.

BNI - the largest business networking organisation in the world.