Team

Meet the Team

Stephen Lucas

Stephen Lucas

Principal Solicitor

Meet Stephen Lucas, the Principal Solicitor of Kingston Lawyers. He commenced practise in 1995 and has enjoyed a successful legal career. Stephen commenced work as a sole proprietor in 1997 at age 22. Stephen then acquired various firms including:

Betty Caulfield Solicitors

Thomas James Solicitors

Lombard and Associates

Tetley McNamara and Murphy

Ian Moffatt and Associates

Kevin Greggory Solicitors

Highett Law

and then founding Kingston Lawyers in 2011.

Kingston Lawyers was founded on the belief that a law firm should be long standing and enduring beyond the retirement of lawyers. Kingston Lawyers now holds more than 10,000 Wills and important documents for clients.

During his career Stephen has practised in most areas of dispute resolution in commercial, criminal and private law including family law. Stephen acts as a barrister and solicitor and has been involved in many hundreds of matters in a successful career.

Stephen has enjoyed mentoring  many young lawyers some of whom now hold very senior legal positions. Stephen has published articles on Estate Planning, Family Law, Commercial and Wills Disputes. Stephen is active in the community providing pro bono advice to a number of worthy charities.

Outside of law Stephen enjoys spending time with his family. Stephen enjoys most sports and also reading case law and history.

Professional Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • M.A.I.C.D.
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal and High Courts of Australia Memberships
  • Law Institute of Victoria (Committee Member) Law Council of Australia Business Law Section Law Council of Australia Family Law Section Australian Institute of Company Directors (15 years plus)
Jake Harris

Jake Harris

Senior Associate

Meet Senior Associate Jake Harris, an integral member of the Kingston Lawyer’s team since January 2019, offering expertise in Wills, Probate and Estate Planning and Estate Management. Jake has also competently handled many Court cases involving Will disputes.
Jake holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law.

Jake brings to our team a detail-oriented and analytical approach. His methodical approach to practice ensures structured and dependable guidance in legal matters. What distinguishes Jake is his commitment to understanding each client’s unique circumstances, and providing advice that is not only technically sound but also empathetically delivered, ensuring a stress-reduced process for his clients. Jake maintains a courteous and respectful disposition, focusing on the timely resolution of legal matters with an awareness that attaining positive outcomes is often of the essence.

Mariah Tiganis

Mariah Tiganis

Solicitor

Meet Mariah Tiganis, our solicitor who has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Literature)/Bachelor of Laws at the Australian Catholic University, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

Having started her career in financial services, Mariah forms an integral part of our Family Law Team alongside our Principal, Stephen Lucas with particular focus on matters relating to children and property. Mariah has also further developed specialisations in estate planning and commercial contract disputes.

Mariah has proven herself to have an exceptional work ethic, compassion and attention to detail to closely assist her client’s in navigating important life decisions and challenges during some of their most difficult times.

Mariah was born in the United States, is of Greek and Chilean descent, and is able to read, write and speak basic Greek. She is hoping to teach herself Spanish in the future. Mariah enjoys baking, reading fantasy fiction novels and spending time with her family during her down time.

Angela Richards

Angela Richards

Conveyancing Manager

Meet Angela Richards, Kingston Lawyers’ Conveyancing expert with over 25 years of experience. She joined the Kingston Lawyers team in 2013 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge in residential, commercial and off-the-plan transactions.
Angela understands that buying and selling your home or property can be stressful and will be with you every step of the way to ensure that your electronic settlement is smoothly completed.
Angela’s leadership and positive attitude is not only displayed in the office but also on the tennis court. Angela also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Lori Weare

Lori Weare

Assistant Conveyancing Manager

Meet Lori Weare, our Assistant Conveyancing Manager who has over 24 years of experience in conveyancing. Lori is a qualified conveyancer having completed an Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing. Lori can assist you with all your property transactions and support you through what may seem like an overwhelming and stressful period, with her positive and friendly demeanour.

Outside of work, Lori is a devoted mother to her two children, Sienna and Tahj. Lori enjoys spending her free time running, paddle boarding and jet-skiing.

Tiffany Yeo

Tiffany Yeo

Graduate Lawyer under Principal Supervision

Meet Tiffany Yeo, a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting from Monash University. Tiffany initially joined Kingston Lawyers as a Trainee Solicitor in 2021 lockdowns, eagerly absorbing the knowledge and skills that have prepared her for her current role as a graduate lawyer. Tiffany is excited to continue and advance her legal career under the guidance and supervision of our Principal Stephen Lucas.

Tiffany’s education in both law and commerce has given her a distinctive perspective in legal matters, allowing her to approach cases with a comprehensive understanding that integrates both legal and commercial dimensions. This balance of skills has already proven to be an asset in her budding career, especially as she navigates the complex landscapes of Commercial Law, an area where she has developed a pronounced interest. Tiffany is approachable, friendly, and dynamic in her style of practice and is a very well-liked and dependable member of our team.

Beyond her engagement in law, Tiffany enjoys the enrichment that comes from traveling and exploring different cultures, alongside cherishing the moments spent with family and friends.

Katarina Martinic

Katarina Martinic

Solicitor

Meet Katarina Martinic, a diligent professional steadily making her mark in the real of criminal law and intervention order matters.

Katarina has a long history with Kingston Lawyers having completed work experience with us in 2015. Katarina then went on to graduate from Monash University with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts where she majored in Criminology and Human Rights. She has undertaken one year of supervised practise under our Principal Stephen Lucas.

Katarina has experience in handling cases involving IVOs, family violence, traffic offences and sexual assault matters. Katarina has also worked in estate litigation, family law and employment law. Being multilingual and able to converse in Polish and Croatian, Katarina is able to communicate effectively with a diverse clientele.

What stands out in Katarina’s approach is her innate empathy and understanding, a trait grounded in her diverse background and refined through extensive experience in customer service roles.

Outside the courtroom, Katarina embraces a healthy lifestyle through tennis and running, and has a penchant for exploring new places, which amplifies her understanding and respect for diverse cultures and perspectives.

 

Andrew Tiganis

Andrew Tiganis

Trainee Solicitor

Meet Andrew Tiganis, our Trainee who is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) as well as a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Philosophy) at Monash University. Andrew has a keen interest in legal technology and hopes to expand his knowledge in the legal field.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family and engaging with Melbourne’s Greek-Australian community. He is also an avid supporter of the Collingwood Football Club!

Tali Miller

Tali Miller

Trainee Solicitor

Meet Tali Miller, our Trainee who is currently completing a Double Degree of a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Property and Real Estate at Deakin University. Looking to diversify her experience in all sectors of the Law, Tali is eager to grow her knowledge and skills to explore where her potential specialty area is. With her previous experience in hospitality management and executive assistance, Tali is keen to apply her admin and customer service skills to her role, bringing a level of understanding to clients through her background in support work.

Outside of work Tali is an aunty to two nieces and a nephew, and loves spending time with her growing family.

Enya Lucas

Enya Lucas

Trainee Solicitor

Meet Enya Lucas, our Trainee who is currently completing a double degree of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Criminology at Monash University. With a background in hospitality and customer service, Enya is eager to further develop these skills and is eager to expand her knowledge of law for her future career.

Enya has a profound commitment to making a positive impact on people’s lives and hopes to achieve this through her journey in legal studies. Enya is particularly interested in the areas of Family Law and Criminal Law but is excited to expand her knowledge of and exposure to many different areas of legal practice at Kingston Lawyers.

Beyond the workplace, Enya enjoys travelling, going to the gym, reading and spending time with her loved ones.

Reika Yoshikawa

Reika Yoshikawa

Trainee Solicitor

Meet Reika Yoshikawa, our Trainee who is currently completing a double degree of a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Criminology, minoring in History) at Monash University. Reika has an interest in different areas of law and looks to extend her overall knowledge and experience in the legal field. Through her experiences in customer service and business administration, she hopes to provide a unique perspective to assist a diverse range of people in the legal system.
Apart from work, Reika enjoys travelling, reading, and playing the guitar. She also likes to keep herself active with activities such as Taekwondo, Pilates, or going to the gym.