Our Team

TALS employs a group of skilled, experienced and passionate staff who are dedicated to supporting local Aboriginal communities.

Executive team

  • Chief Executive Officer - Jacob Smith
  • Corporate Services Manager - Amanda Morris
  • Principal Lawyer - Hannah Phillips
  • Community Engagement and Program Manager - Lee-Anne Carter
  • Principal Lawyer - Family & Child Safety - Tyne McConnon

Corporate Support provides finance, human resources and executive support.

  • Michelle

Aboriginal Liaison Officers facilitate the intake and eligibility process and provide non-legal support to clients. Our team includes:

  • Lisa Lydon (Team Leader)
  • Daniel Hall
  • Carolyn Wright
  • Genavene Radford
  • Nikki Smith
  • Tracey Dance

Criminal Law team represent and support clients in a range of summary and indictable criminal matters. Our team includes:

  • Senior Lawyer Hobart - Alan Hensley
  • Senior Lawyer Launceston - Ben Ashman
  • Lawyers: Rosie Battaglene, April Vandermeer, Katri Sallinen, Jessica Stewart, Nathaniel Lau
  • Admin support: Jemma, Myra, Teegan, Lisa-Maree, Chloe

Family/Child Safety/Civil team represent and support clients in a range of parenting, child safety and civil matters. Our team includes:

  • Senior Lawyer - Inga Eskirtas
  • Lawyers: Jordan Shakespear, Danielle Price, Aline Fray
  • Admin support: Molly, Natalie

Community Engagement Program team is responsible for facilitating a range of funded programs. Our team includes:

  • Aboriginal Wellbeing and Support Coordinator - Amanda Ripper
  • Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer - Dallas Burgess
  • Community Legal Education - Dani
  • Bail Support Program Manager - Lucas Tolputt

SiS is our dedicated Family Violence Prevention Legal Service. Our team includes:

  • Managing Lawyer - Tyne McConnon
  • Lawyer (North and NW) - Carmen
  • Lawyer (South) - Jade
  • Aboriginal Education and Community Coordinator - Sonia
  • Admin Support - Jaymie


Team Flinders Island
TALS team at Wybalenna, Flinders Island (July 2022)