Thomas (Tom) Beale
Tom became the principal of Beale Lawyers (formerly Beverley Foster & Associates) in October 2010. He is a very experienced lawyer, having been in legal practice for more than 25 years.
Tom obtained an Arts/Law degree (BA LLB) from Sydney University and spent around 10 years with the Australian Government Solicitor’s office in Sydney where he worked in the Commercial Law Branch, being principally involved in large property transactions for government departments and agencies. For the 10 or so years prior to taking over the practice here in Drummoyne, Tom has worked in private practice, mainly in a small Sydney CBD firm where he gained experience in a wide range of areas typically dealt with in general practice.
With particular expertise in property and general commercial law, Tom has in recent years become more involved in the estate planning area, and can provide expert advice on wills, the administration of estates and estate disputes. He has recently obtained a Graduate Diploma in Applied Laws (Wills and Estates) from the College of Law and is continuing his studies in this area with a view to obtaining a Master’s degree.
Tom lives with his family in Sydney’s inner west. He is involved in a range of cultural and sporting activities in the local community. He is a keen soccer player and has been heavily involved as a player and administrator with the Sydney University Soccer Football Club for the last 20 years. He has also assisted as on the judiciary committees with the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association and was Chairman of the Association’s Appeals Committee for a number of years.
A keen amateur musician, Tom has been involved in community orchestras as a clarinet player for many years, and in an administrative capacity as President of the Waverley Philharmonic Orchestra in the early 1990s and as co-founder of the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996 and its Secretary for the following 15 years.
Consultant Lawyer and Mediator
Beverley Foster was the founder of Beverley Foster & Associates, having commenced the practice in 1999. Originally based in Narellan, in the south west of Sydney, the firm was relocated to Drummoyne in 2003.
In October 2010 Beverley became a Consultant Lawyer to the firm. With over 20 years experience as a lawyer in private practice, including many years as the managing partner in a medium-sized firm, she has gained a wealth of experience in all facets of legal practice.
Beverley’s particular focus over recent years has been employment law, family law and other general litigation. In her role as Consultant Lawyer she will continue to provide her expert service in these areas for the firm’s clients. Beverley’s high-level expertise has helped many clients through difficult disputes, particularly those relating to family law.
Beverley became a Mediator and Conciliator in 2002 and in 2006 became an accredited Mediator with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. She is accredited under the National Standards and mediates regularly. Beverley’s approach is to discuss in the first consultation all available options with her clients involved in disputes, and then to formulate together with them a strategy for achieving a good, cost effective and timely outcome.
Gai Cullen works as a part-time legal secretary with the firm.
She has over 30 years experience as a legal secretary having worked in both city and suburban law firms.
She has an excellent understanding of the processes in conveyancing, probate and litigation matters and provides valuable assistance to our professional staff.
Gai has a very warm and helpful personality, and deals well with our wide range of clients.
She enjoys travel, bushwalking, and spending time with her family.
Soon Young Lee
Soon Young Lee is our administrative assistant. She looks after our accounts and other general administrative tasks.
Born in Korea, she worked as a journalist for one of Seoul’s leading newspapers and then ran a small commercial publishing business.
She moved to Australia in 2001 and became an Australian citizen in 2006.
Soon Young studied art at university in Korea and tries to pursue her painting when she finds time in her work and family life.