Meet the team
Coastal Lawyers was founded by a former prosecutor and former police officer with over 20 years combined experienced in the law and investigations.
We are trauma informed and provide not only the legal advice but the emotional support to guide our clients through some of the most stressful times in their lives.
Principal Lawyer / Founder
Kristal is the owner and founder of Coastal Lawyers.
Having worked for 13 years with NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) Kristal has a strong background in criminal prosecutions. Kristal worked extensively in the Local, District and Supreme Courts of NSW. Kristal is currently undertaking her Masters Degree in Family Law.
As a criminal prosecutor, Kristal represented the crown in a range of complex and high profile cases. These included murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, serious assault, dangerous driving, break and enters and multi million dollar frauds. Her time as a prosecutor set a solid foundation as a criminal defence lawyer.
Kristal is a compassionate and understanding family lawyer with a Masters in Family Law. Kristal is passionate about encouraging her clients to avoid expensive litigation by settling their parenting and property matters outside of court. Kristal is a trained collaboratively law practitioner with a real passion for the collaborative process.
“Our primary focus at Coastal Lawyers is the incredible families that we guide through the separation process and assisting them to preserve their co-parenting relationship, for the sake of their beautiful children”- Kristal
Growing up in public housing herself, Kristal has a strong understanding of the difficulties faced by individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and is passionate about presenting the best case for her clients and guiding them through the legal maze. You can read more about Kristal’s upbringing here
- Admitted as a solicitor in the NSW Supreme Court and High Court of Australia.
- Principal of a Legal Practice
- Collaboratively Trained Family Lawyer
- Master of Laws (Family Law)
- Graduate Certificate in Criminal Practice
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
- Diploma in Law
- 2022- Nominee for Terrigal Women of the Year
- 2021- Finalist as the Women’s Mentor of the Year
- 2021- Finalist as Outstanding Business Person of the Year.
Media & Articles
- Kristal has appeared in a number of published articles, which you can read here.
Luke works behind the scenes at Coastal Lawyers and is available if you need ‘urgent’ advice after-hours or on weekends.
With a background in general duties policing and having spent a decade investigating allegations of misconduct within a large government agency, Luke knows his way around a brief of evidence.
Luke is a Central Coast boy through and through having grown up at Umina Beach.
• Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
• Diploma in Law
• Bachelor of Arts
• Associate Degree in Policing Practices
• Masters Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Sarah is was originally a diploma educated child care teacher for over 19 years. A job which she loved.
After having 3 beautiful children and working with her husband’s successful building company, Sarah decided on a career change.
Sarah studied a Certificate 3 in Business Administration and we were lucky enough to encourage Sarah to come and work with Coastal Lawyers.
Sarah keeps us organised and makes our clients feel at ease with her kind and approachable nature. Sarah also makes sure that the Coastal Lawyers office is always smelling of the most wonderful essential oils.
- Certificate III in Business Administration
- Certificate in Legal Services
Cora is our lovely receptionist at Coastal Lawyers.
After completing her secondary education in 2022, Cora commenced working with Coastal Lawyers.
- Certificate III in Business Administration (ongoing)