Meet our team

Meet our Professional team of lawyers

Peter B. Kakulas

Peter B. Kakulas

Director – B Juris LLB (UWA)

Peter is a UWA law graduate.  He joined the firm as a partner in 1989. Prior to that, he gained generalised legal experience at Freehills in Perth and top-tier commercial law firms in London. Peter Kakulas has spent almost 30 years building up his expert knowledge of this specialised area of law and each client benefits from his invaluable expertise.

 

What I enjoy most about my practice is achieving results for our clients that exceed their expectations. There is a no more satisfying  feeling than achieving outstanding results for clients whose lives have been significantly affected by someone else’s negligence and helping them get back on track. I strive to get every extra dollar for my clients and am always looking for ways to maximise my client’s compensation entitlements.

That is why we are here – to fight for the rights of our clients and go the extra mile to achieve the best possible outcome. We are committed to conducting our practice with integrity, honesty and ensuring our client’s interests always come first.

I believe my greatest virtues are my patience, tolerance and being a good listener.  I am rewarded when my clients understand legal concepts that I explain in simple easy to understand terms.

I take pride in how many referrals come by word of mouth.  They are the best endorsement of our ability.  By far our greatest source of work is from our satisfied clients.  I pride myself in living up to the expectations of the client and also the person who referred them.

Importantly, I am blessed that we have built a team comprised of committed, very experienced and skilled solicitors, legal assistants and support staff.  As a team we have a single minded focus: to deliver personalised quality client service and achieve the highest possible compensation for our clients.  Our people are our greatest asset and source of competitive advantage. Come in and meet us and you will agree.

I am pretty much a workaholic but enjoy spending my weekends with friends, watching the football and teaching my children how to play tennis.

Lian Hall

Lian Hall

Senior Lawyer - B.Com LLB

Lian has specialised in personal injury work in Western Australia since 2003. Before coming to Perth in 2001 Lian practiced as an insurance litigation attorney in South Africa. Prior to joining Kakulas Legal Lian worked at a major national personal injury firm, and before that for 8 years at a well-known boutique practice in Perth.

I only work for Plaintiffs.  My work mostly involves people injured in motor vehicle accidents, but also work accidents and medical negligence.  I work with people who have suffered whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries, including loss of limbs and catastrophic spinal cord injuries, as well as for surviving families of people who have been killed in accidents.  We take every case seriously.  Having done this work for so long I appreciate that every injury affects people not only personally, but also their surrounding family and work.

I bring determination to each claim.  My primary focus is on getting people funding for the treatment and care that they need.  Thereafter I am focused on getting the best possible settlements for my clients.

I enjoy keeping up to date on all legal developments and am always available to chat to clients about how to maximize their claims.

In my life outside of work I enjoy my family and denying aging by enthusiastically going to the gym and commuting on my out of style bicycle.

Kate Colyer

Kate Colyer

Senior Lawyer – LLB BA Grad Dip Leg Prac

Kate was admitted in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2004 after completing a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Psychology) at UWA. Kate has worked for Kakulas Legal (then Kakulas & Kakulas) since 2004, taking a break in 2011 to start a family and returning on a part time basis in 2012.

When I first started working in law I knew that I wanted to help people on a personal level and make a genuine difference to their lives. I have been lucky enough to be able to do this by specialising in personal injury claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents for my entire career.

I feel that my background in psychology has enabled me to relate to clients and assist them through what can be the most difficult time of their lives. Helping my clients navigate the complexities of an insurance claim whilst simultaneously helping them get the treatment they need and the settlement they deserve is my number one goal.

I think one of the most important things I can do to help my clients is to explain each step of their claim simply and clearly so that they know what to expect. This removes a lot of the stress from the whole experience. The hard work that we put in for our clients is all worth it when my clients feel that they have someone who is genuinely listening to their problems and fighting on their behalf.

When I’m not at work I love spending time with my family and letting my creative juices flow exploring new crafts.

Martin Koshy

Martin Koshy

Lawyer

Martin, a law graduate of the University of Western Australia was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1999. He has extensive experience in representing injured claimants.  Martin began his legal career with Kakulas & Kakulas, as Kakulas Legal was then known.  He also has experience representing defendant insurers and commercial litigants in one of Australia’s largest law firms.  He is a current member of the State Bar of California. In addition, Martin holds a Certificate of Christian Ministry.

I understand the physical and emotional impact an accident can have on a person and his or her family and loved ones. With this understanding, I am passionate about achieving the best outcomes for our clients at a reasonable and affordable price.  I know each client has unique needs and goals in making a claim and I am committed to providing comprehensive advice which is tailored to the particular needs of each client.

Having specialised in personal injury law for several years, I am very aware of the day-to-day concerns of claimants as they make their claims.  I am focussed on making the claims process as client-friendly as possible.

I value the best-practice standards Kakulas Legal adheres to in representing its clients.  Our service to our clients is always marked by honesty and integrity.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing and watching basketball, serving in my local Church as an Assistant Minister, hiking, bushwalking and exploring the South-West on road trips with friends.

Elizabeth Le Breton

Elizabeth Le Breton

Legal Assistant – LLB

Elizabeth studied law at Murdoch University and completed her degree in 2012.  Whilst at university she worked at a law clerk in a family law firm.  Since graduating, she has worked as a paralegal in a commercial law firm.  Elizabeth has enjoyed travelling extensively, including spending a year in the UK where she worked as a paralegal.

I work as a legal assistant.  The job of the lawyers is to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible for the client and I would say my job is making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible for the lawyer.

What I love about this job is the interaction I have with the clients; I get to know them and their story.  This relationship makes me feel personally invested in ensuring the lawyers have everything they need to get the client the best possible results.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, diving, music, art and cooking.

Ana Vasquez

Ana Vasquez

Bookkeeper – Certificate of Business Administration

Prior to moving to Australia, Ana was a qualified accountant in El Salvador. She moved to Perth in 1990 with her husband and two boys, and has been working at Kakulas Legal since 2002.

I have been with Kakulas Legal for over 11 years.  I enjoy being part of a team where the common goal is to achieve great outcomes for our clients.

My role involves ensuring smooth operation of our accounts.  On a more specific level it is supporting our senior lawyers in paying for disbursements such as doctors’ reports to assist claims and processing our client’s claims as efficiently as possible.

I understand that every dollar is significant in making a difference for our clients and their families.

I enjoy working in a client focused, experienced and well respected firm where the director is always readily available to speak with our clients or members of the team.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, spending time with family and friends and going on long walks.

Soula Kakulas

Soula Kakulas

Psychologist & Human Resource Manager – BA BPsych Grad Dip HRD

Soula started her career as a Psychologist in 1998, in the Rehabilitation Industry. Soula worked as a Vocational Counsellor and in Vocational Redirection assisting workers compensation clients in finding a new career after a workplace accident.  Following this she headed up the Assessment and Development division of an international organisation, with a particular focus on assessment, coaching and career transition.

My background provides me with a comprehensive knowledge of how the insurance industry works, a deep understanding of the impact on our clients from a psychological perspective and the motivation to make a difference.

My role at Kakulas Legal includes recruiting the very best people for our firm and maintaining high levels of employee engagement.  The ultimate goal behind everything I do is to ensure that my colleagues are supported and are able to continue to deliver the best outcomes and an excellent service for our clients.

I particularly enjoy seeing the common goal of assisting our clients with a whatever-it-takes attitude, underlining all we do.  It is this shared vision to do the best for our clients that provides the whole office with a sense of purpose, satisfaction, as well as making for a wonderful atmosphere.

I am very proud to be part of a firm with a fantastic reputation for achieving excellent results.  The team are genuinely committed to supporting our clients in a respectful manner, through what can be a confusing and stressful time for them.  This results in outstanding results and happy clients, which is rewarding for everyone.

Outside of work I enjoy interior design, catching up with friends and watching my 3 children in their numerous activities as I attempt (albeit unsuccessfully) to make it to top 10 mum status!

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