LAWYERS
 
JOHN STIRK  B.A,LL.B, Notary Public.

LAWYER DIRECTOR 

John has been a lawyer in the Northern Territory since 1980.  He spent 10 years working in Darwin and Perth in corporate reconstruction and commercial litigation.  From 1991, John has worked in Alice Springs. 

 

As a lawyer in Central Australia, he has practised in the Northern Territory and other States in a wide variety of areas, including commercial litigation, defamation, personal injury matters and provision of advice to corporations, government and

non-government organisations including major aboriginal organisations.  He advises in family law, wills and estates and specialised criminal matters. 

 

John has practised extensively as an advocate in all courts within the Territory and has regularly instructed in cases before the High Court in Canberra.  He was President of the Law Society of the Northern Territory between 1991 and 1993, and was the Northern Territory representative on the Law Council of Australia between 1991 and 1995.  

ALISON PHILLIS  LL.B.,LL.M (Health Law).

LAWYER DIRECTOR 

Alison is a long-term resident of Alice Springs.  She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and the High Court of Australia as a legal practitioner in 2001.

Alison practices in personal injury litigation including medical negligence, worker’s compensation, common law motor vehicle claims, and occupier’s liability. Alison has a professional interest in catastrophic injury cases and obtaining appropriate compensation for victims. She aims to settle matters effectively through alternative dispute resolution and mediation.

Alison also has an interest in health law and ethics, and health practitioner regulation. She has acted for health practitioners, health care users and government agencies. She is a member of the Northern Territory Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and the Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee.

Alison conducts personal injury matters on a “no win, no fee” basis, and offers free initial 20 minute telephone advice sessions.

 
NICHOLAS SIMMONS  B.Com., LL.B.

LAWYER  

Nicholas graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2005 with degrees in Law and Commerce (accounting).  Nicholas was admitted into the Supreme Court of South Australia and the Northern Territory as a legal practitioner in 2007.  Nicholas joined Povey Stirk in April 2007. 

Nicholas advises in a range of commercial law matters including commercial and property transactions, general property and contract law, wills and estates, taxation, commercial leases, conveyances, and corporate advisory and governance.  

Nicholas' efficient approach to ensuring client matters are managed effectively continues to gain great feedback and ongoing referrals. 

 
 
ALECIA BUCHANAN  LL.B.  ,B.A

LAWYER  

Alecia graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991 where she majored in psychology and social anthropology.  

 

This led to a successful 20-year career in the community services sector in which she advocated for seniors, children at risk,  children with disabilities and Aboriginal communities. She graduated from Charles Darwin University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory (Alice Springs) in March 2019.

 

Alecia is renowned for her personable approach with clients and offers an in depth understanding of complex life matters throughout her work.  Her extensive experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds enriches her law practice to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients.

 

Alecia is a member of The Northern Territory Women Lawyers’ Association (NTWLA).

 
KARLA- LEE GOODMAN  LL.B

LAWYER  

Karla has been a member of the Alice Springs community for 15 years relocating from the ACT. 

Karla graduated from Charles Darwin University with a Bachelor of Laws in June 2020.  Karla was admitted into the Northern Territory Supreme Court as a legal practitioner on 1 December 2020.

Karla joined Povey Stirk Lawyers in August 2015, starting as a receptionist, before transitioning to a Personal Assistant, Graduate Clerk and Lawyer from December 2020.

Karla has a background in Hospitality and loves good food and company.  She has a keen interest in all things sport, travel, and the ever-evolving area of Artificial Intelligence and how it impacts the legal industry.

Karla is currently still trying to find her specific passion in law, and is practicing in all areas of general practice including conveyancing, wills, estates, family law property settlements.  Karla hopes to in the future develop her overall skills in all areas.