Our People .


Matthew Verney

Matthew has been in legal practice in Devonport since 1994. His primary areas of work are Family Law, Child Protection Law and Conveyancing / Commercial Law. He worked as an employed lawyer in a couple of other local firms for 9 years but then commenced his own firm in 2003 which at the time was known as Verney & Co. He rebranded and relaunched his practice in 2009 as matthew verney lawyer.

Matthew’s primary focus in practice is to ensure that his client’s receive skilled, progressive and understandable representation. It is important to Matthew to know that his clients “get” what their case is all about and the direction that it needs to take.

Outside work, Matthew enjoys community work and service to the legal profession. He is a keen Rotarian having been in Rotary since 1995. He has served 3 terms as Club President and has been a member of the Rotary District Leadership Group for several years. He has been a board member of Ronald McDonald House representing the North West Coast, a board member of the North West Community Legal Centre, and a board member of Mersey Community Care Inc.

His service to the legal profession is by way of being a member of the Council of the Law Society of Tasmania for several years. Matthew served 2 terms as President of the Law Society of Tasmania between 2014 and 2016. He also served as a Director of the Law Council of Australia from 2016 until 2018.

In 2012 Matthew was appointed as a member of the Mental Health Tribunal and was reappointed to that position in late 2013 and again in late 2018. In early 2019 he was appointed as a legal member of the Guardianship and Administration Board.

Matthew looks forward to doing all he can to assist you with your legal problems and to ensure you are well represented.

Linda Connelly

Linda commenced legal practice in 2004 and since then has chosen to become a Family Law specialist. Linda’s experience covers simple and complex matters in both Children’s and Property areas. She aims to achieve the best resolution for you.

When not at work, Linda enjoys travelling, cooking, running (to work off all the eating of the cooking) and playing cards. She has spent her entire professional life living on the North West Coast which almost qualifies to be a local.

Linda takes seriously the responsibilities to our profession and the need to continue our professional development. Linda has recently been appointed to the Law Society’s Continuing Professional Development Committee.

Jacinta Hamilton

Jacinta was admitted as a lawyer in 2016. She practices in a variety of areas, including family law (children and property), child protection, buying and selling property, wills and powers of attorney, and restraint orders. 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 member of the North-West Young Lawyers Committee.

Donna Allen

Donna was admitted into practice in January 2017. Donna’s primary practice areas are in Family law both children and property, criminal law and child protection but Donna is working on expanding her practice to include conveyancing, wills, power of attorneys and estates.

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 legal system.

Donna is a member of the North-West Young Lawyers Committee and serves as that Committee’s co-ordinator for continuing professional development.

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.


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.

Gavin Chadda

Gavin has joined our team as one of our talented legal secretaries. Whilst new to the role, he brings with him great skills. He holds tertiary qualifications with a Masters in Management and Strategic Management. His recent employment history has included working as a disability support worker.

Outside work, Gavin is a member of the Mersey Colts Cricket Club and enjoys travelling and socialising with friends.

He looks forward to being able to support our clients in accessing our legal services.