Our lawyers

As a trusted legal practice servicing Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Esperance we pride ourselves on the quality of our services and the character of our professional staff.  You will find every member of our professional staff to be approachable and easy to communicate with, respectful of you and understanding of your situation.  We use our communication skills to attempt to resolve any dispute or conclude any negotiation process in your favour at minimal cost to you, but if the circumstances require it, we will ensure that your rights are enforced in the courts.

Lisa Ellery (Principal Solicitor)

Phone:        (08) 9022 2411

Email:         lisa@ellerylegal.com.au

Lisa founded Ellery Brookman in February, 2008. 

She grew up in a farming family at Gibson, near Esperance, and after graduating from the University of Western Australia in 1998 was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1999.

Lisa relocated to Kalgoorlie-Boulder after graduating and has practised in this city throughout her legal career. 

She serves the Goldfields community through membership of the Rotary Club of Hannans and as a director of the trustee of the Goldfields Esperance Community Trust.

Lisa’s areas of practice include commercial and business law, business sales, estate and succession planning, Wills, contracts, commercial leases and mining law.

She loves living in the Goldfields, and enjoys waterskiing and running.

Frances Liston (Senior Solicitor)

Phone:        (08) 9022 2411

Email:         frances@ellerylegal.com.au

Frances grew up in Ballarat, Victoria and attended Deakin University in Melbourne.  Whilst studying Frances travelled to rural Cambodia to volunteer at a local aid organisation. 

Frances began working for Ellery Brookman in August 2009 as a paralegal clerk whilst completing her law degree by correspondence.  She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 4 April 2011.

Frances serves the community through her work with the Goldfields Childrens Charity Inc committee.  She plays mixed netball and likes to relax by reading or listening to music.

Alex Makore (Senior Solicitor)

Phone:        (08) 9022 2411

Email:         alex@ellerylegal.com.au

Alex grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. In 1999, Alex moved to the Republic of South Africa where he graduated a Bachelor of Laws from the University of South Africa. He then began his legal career working for a small commercial firm in Johannesburg before relocating to Perth in 2008.

Once in Australia, Alex undertook further studies at Murdoch University for a year before beginning his articled clerkship with Legal Aid Western Australia. On 2 February 2010, Alex was admitted as barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of WA.

Alex has worked within the government and not for profit sector in regional WA for much of his career.  During that time he completed postgraduate studies in Migration Law, which is an area of particular interest for Alex. He has recently joined Ellery Brookman and his practice areas include Family, Criminal, Civil, Estate Planning and Migration law.

Fiona Clare (Senior Solicitor)

Phone:        (08) 9022 2411

Email:         fiona@ellerylegal.com.au

Fiona graduated from the Australian National University in 2003 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2004, and the High Court in 2007. 

She has extensive experience as lead trial counsel appearing in over 100 trials in the Supreme and District Courts including jury trials related to complex drug matters, sexual offences including historical allegations, armed robberies, violence and aggravated burglaries.   

Fiona relocated to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in 2017 with her family and continues to practise law with the same analytical skill, thoroughness and dedication.  She serves the Goldfields community through her work on several boards and sporting associations.  In her spare time Fiona enjoys spending time with her family, running, Pilates, swimming and reading.

Sarah Hay (Solicitor)

Phone:        (08) 9022 2411

Email:         sarah@ellerylegal.com.au

Sarah grew up on a farming property east of Esperance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and English from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle. Sarah is also an award winning author and a recipient of a Centenary Medal for Services to Australia and Literature. Her novels Skins and Texas: An Australian Love Story were published by Allen and Unwin in 2002 and 2008 respectively.

Sarah has worked with Ellery Brookman as a paralegal since 2013. In October 2017 Sarah moved to Kalgoorlie to work full time as a law graduate and she was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 7 September 2018.

Sarah’s interests are history and the natural environment. 

Town Planning

Lisa Engelbrecht (Town Planner and Paralegal)

Phone:        (08) 9022 2411

Email:         lisaengelbrecht@ellerylegal.com.au

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Planning) and joined Ellery Brookman in 2017.  She has worked previously in both the local government and private practice town planning spheres.  Lisa has undertaken specialised project work for local authorities and has extensive experience in governance, having been a member of the Cottesloe Design Advisory Panel, John XXIII College Council as well as Chairperson of the John XXIII College Property & Planning Committee.  She has also been involved in providing design advice and assessing development designs against local planning policies and the Residential Design Codes on behalf of a number of Western Australian building companies. She has assessed building designs for developer approvals at Beachridge Estate in Jurien Bay.

Lisa enjoys bringing up her young children and being the drum major in the Goldfields Pipe Band.



Louise Crogan (Law Student and Paralegal)

Phone:        (08) 9022 2411

Email:         louise@ellerylegal.com.au

Louise was born and lived in the Wheatbelt before completing high school at John Paul College Kalgoorlie. Louise has a Bachelor of Communications from Edith Cowan University, and since graduating, Louise has worked in the Kalgoorlie mining industry, spent two months volunteering in Thailand, lived and worked in England for two years and worked in remote aboriginal communities on community development projects.

Louise joined Ellery Brookman in 2017 as a Paralegal Clerk and is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws. Louise enjoys gardening, spending time with family and travelling.