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, the Goldfields Esperance Regional Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and as a director of the trustee of the GCU Community Trust.

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

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 and Migration law.

Cordelia Coleman (Solicitor)

Phone:        (08) 9022 2411

Email:         cordelia@ellerylegal.com.au

Cordelia is originally from Perth and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in French) from the University of Western Australia.  As a part of her Arts degree, Cordelia spent a year at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France where she also studied French literature, linguistics and Dutch.  After her graduation, Cordelia commenced work at Ellery Brookman as a law graduate in October 2015, whilst also completing a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice via correspondence with the Australian National University.  Cordelia was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 1 July 2016.

Cordelia volunteers her time on the committee of Goldfields Women in Business and in her spare time Cordelia enjoys horse riding, travelling and beating her own time at Parkrun!


Sarah Hay (Law Graduate)

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.

Sarah’s interests are history and the natural environment. 

Town Planning

Lisa Engelbrecht

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

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 Legal Secretary and Settlements Clerk and is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws by correspondence. Louise enjoys gardening, spending time with family and travelling.