Our Team

David A B White

BComm (UNSW) LLB (ANU) Solicitor

David White did his practical legal training in Canberra after completing his post-graduate degree in law at ANU. David practised with Beveridge, Serisier & Brown Solicitors at Gilgandra for seven years before coming to A W Simpson & Co in Armidale in 1987. He is married to Karina, with three children. He is the Anglican Diocesan Solicitor and attends St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Armidale A.M. He is a member of the Alliance Française at Armidale. These days he practices mainly in Conveyancing, Commercial Law, Wills & Estates, and Family Law. He has thirty-eight years of experience in general practice.

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Clive C Sharkey

LLB (Melb) Solicitor

Clive was a member of the Victorian Police Force for five years during which time he completed National Service and commenced his Law Degree at Melbourne University. After graduating he completed his articles at a major Melbourne Law firm. He has practised as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria and New South Wales substantially in the areas of criminal and family law, and has appeared in most tribunals and courts conducting a wide variety of hearings and trials throughout both states. He has been a member of community organizations and provided assistance to community legal services. He has been on the criminal and family law panels of Legal Aid in Victoria and NSW and was employed by NSW Legal Aid to conduct a clinic providing assistance to the disadvantaged, primarily on consumer issues. He practises in Family Law and Criminal Law as he has done for many years. He joined A W Simpson & Co on 14th December, 2006.

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Benjamin G Graham

BA LLB Solicitor

Ben Graham completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New England and then completed his practical legal education at the Australian National University. Ben has been in Armidale for over a decade, has an interest in country issues, and enjoys membership of several local organisations. He joined A W Simpson & Co on 10th August, 2015.

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Cheryl Steel

Office Manager/Legal Secretary

Cheryl formerly worked with Cameron Kirk Rose, Chartered Accountants. Cheryl joined A W Simpson & Co on 2 May, 1994, is diligent and thorough, and offers valuable experience as legal secretary, receptionist, and office manager.

Lyn Calliess


Lyn has lived in the New England area for nearly 40 years and has over 25 years of experience in Finance and Administration. Lyn commenced work with our firm in late 2016 and comes with a wealth of knowledge in bookkeeping and accounting.

Jess Andrews

Legal Secretary

Jess was born and raised in Armidale. She commenced working at A W Simpson & Co in March 2010 and has completed her Certificate IV in Legal Services.

Mikayla Tinlin

Legal Secretary

Mikayla joined A W Simpson & Co as a Legal Secretary in March, 2018 whilst studying an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies majoring in Conveyancing through Southern Cross University, Lismore.