Our People .


Jacinta Hamilton

Jacinta Hamilton has been practising at matthew verney lawyers since 2016 and has been the principal / director since the end of 2021.

Jacinta can help you in the following matters:-

  • Buying and selling your home or investment property (conveyancing);
  • Buying or selling your business;
  • Leases;
  • Wills;
  • Powers of Attorney;
  • Estate matters;
  • Divorces;
  • Separation – how to divide your property and have it transferred into your name;
  • Being able to see your children after separation; and
  • Child protection.

Jacinta understands some of the unique challenges that face the North-West Coast due to living here all her life (apart from a 5 year gap to attend university) on the Coast. Jacinta enjoys being a lawyer and assisting client’s navigate the legal system to achieve the best outcome.

Jacinta is a current member of the Family Law Practitioners of Tasmania Committee and the North West Community Legal Centre Board.

In her spare time, Jacinta enjoys being with family and reading a good book.

Jill Prentice

Jill grew up in Devonport and attended University of Tasmania.  She graduated in Law and was admitted to practice in 1983.  She has worked in Hobart, Leeds (UK) Dandenong, Ulverstone and Devonport.  Since 2006, Jill has worked exclusively in Family Law.  In 2010 Jill completed qualifications to be a mediator and then in 2012 became accredited as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.  Jill’s most satisfying work is in helping families resolve their issues on a fair and child focused/future focused basis.

Jill also works with children in the Child Safety jurisdiction and for parents.

Having worked and lived in other parts of Tasmania, Australia and UK, Jill chooses to live and work in the best place in the world, the North-West Coast of Tasmania.  She has an understanding of the issues facing farming families, having been part of a family farming enterprise for 20 years, and the issues of town dwellers. 

Outside work, Jill loves her family.  She also loves her garden and working hard to produce fruit, veggies and of course beautiful flowers.  She takes a keen interest in women’s soccer and cricket, having played both for several years.  She loves the bush and getting away on adventures with friends, exploring Tasmania.  Jill absolutely loves snorkeling and is keen to explore more underwater places.  She would love to travel some more and is confident the time will come.

Donna Allen

Donna was admitted into practice in January 2017. Donna practices primarily in Family Law and Criminal Law and can assist you in obtaining or trying to revoke a family violence/restraining order.   Since joining the team at Matthew Verney Lawyers, Donna has expanded her practice to include Child Safety Service matters, Wills and conveyancing.

Donna is a North-West Coast native and has an understanding of the demands individuals face on the North-West Coast.

Donna is a dog lover and outside of work enjoys running. Donna is enthusiastic about her role as a lawyer and enjoys being able to assist people when they need to engage with the legal system.

Callum Tregurtha

Callum was admitted as a lawyer in August 2018 and predominantly practices in family and criminal law.

Returning to his north-west roots, Callum was born in Burnie and attended what is now the Penguin District School and Hellyer College. Callum then completed a Bachelor of Arts and Laws with first class honours at the University of Tasmania, with his honours thesis focussing on the reform of surrogacy laws in Australia.

Callum has a particular understanding of north-west coast issues, having prior to his entry to practice worked as a Research Assistant to a Devonport based independent politician and volunteered as both an Advocate in the Mental Health Tribunal and a telephone advisor to rental tenants throughout Tasmania.

Callum is passionate about ensuring his clients feel as comfortable as possible when interacting with laws and the legal system, providing clear and accessible advice that avoids as much of the jargon and legalese as is possible.

Outside of office hours, Callum likes to explore local wineries and food venues (in moderation), and adventure outdoors to go bushwalking, snow and water skiing and check out a live concert.

Callum looks forward to meeting with you to discuss your case.

Callum Purcell

Callum commenced at Matthew Verney Lawyers in 2021.

Callum can assist you with the following matters:-

  • Police charges
  • Building disputes
  • Defamation
  • Debt recovery
  • Estate disputes/challenging or defending a Will
  • Commercial disputes
  • Consumer law
  • Neighbourhood disputes
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Employment law matters, including issues regarding mandatory vaccines
  • Workplace relations
  • Unfair dismissal

Callum was the President of the North-West Young Lawyers for two years and is now a member of the Council of the Law Society of Tasmania.  He is the current Chairperson of the North-West Community Legal Centre (NWCLC).

In his spare time, Callum enjoying playing squash, spending time with friends and is an unfortunate supporter of the Fremantle Dockers.


Erica Murfet

Erica started working as a legal secretary in 2001 in another local law firm but then commenced working with Matthew Verney in 2005 and has been ever since. She is now the firm’s senior legal secretary and office manager.

Erica enjoys her job and values being part of a cohesive team helping clients resolve their legal problems.

Outside of work Erica loves spending time with her family and friends, travelling and going camping, in particular spending as much time as possible outdoors. She likes to be active and plays basketball and netball.

Lee Cousins

Lee has been a team member at Matthew Verney Lawyers for over 6 years and is one of our senior secretaries.

When Lee is not busy working, you are likely to find her out on the beach with her beautiful West Highland Terrier, Charlie, or her grandchildren.

Daleen Koch

Daleen joined the team at Matthew Verney Lawyers in 2019 as a senior legal secretary. 

Outside of work, Daleen loves her football and soccer.  You are likely to also find her curled up with a good book or “playing” in the garden.

Anita Hillier

Anita commenced at Matthew Verney Lawyers in 2021 and has been a legal secretary for over 30 years. 

In her spare time, Anita likes to travel and go to the gym.

Jasmine Donovan

Jasmine started working at Matthew Verney Lawyers in 2021 after working at the Devonport Magistrates Court and another local law firm.