The Joplin Team

The Joplin Lawyers Team

Joplin Lawyers is a respected boutique law firm best known for its experience in Family Law matters. We also work with clients in the legal matters of Criminal Law, Conveyancing, Wills, Estate Planning and Succession Planning.

Joplin Higgins

Director | Lawyer

(02) 6572 2442


Selected as one of only ten Westpac Social Change Research Fellowships to further her work in domestic violence reduction programmes, our Director Joplin Higgins is internationally recognised as a fearless leader and ‘vocal and dynamic advocate for domestic violence awareness’. Focused on making a difference, she is tackling the issues of domestic violence differently.

Joplin prides herself on offering astute legal representation and her emphasis on warm personal attention. She views her clients as partners and focuses on building long-term relationships with them. She is committed to offering responsive services and obtaining satisfactory completions to her client’s legal matters.

``Our end game is that you are safe, secure, happy and set up with
the best future possible.``

Donna Smith

Lawyer

(02) 49 323 620


Donna is available to travel to all courts and takes instructions in all legal matters. She understands that each criminal law client is facing a difficult situation. She is passionate about helping them understand the situation they find themselves in and aims to assist them in moving forward as quickly and sensibly as possible. Prior to completing her Law Degree Donna worked within the NSW Police Force for over 20 years.
``Outside of work, Donna maintains her dream to own a 67 Mustang one day!``

Emily Ostler

Lawyer

(02) 4932 3620


Emily has extensive advocacy experience and regularly represents clients in Family Court, Federal Circuit Court, Children’s Court and Local Court. She also has experience in alternative dispute resolution and assists clients through the negotiation and mediation process in family law.
``I am proud of the fact that Joplin Lawyers is committed to making a difference to those most vulnerable in society.``

Kerril Hoswell

Lawyer

(02) 6572 2442


Kerril works principally in Family Law. She has extensive experience in Family Law Property Settlements, Consent Orders and Divorce. She likes assisting people, particularly with Consent Orders and has an eye for data patterns which is useful when collating property settlement information.
``I really value the way the Joplin teams collectively strives to help clients achieve successful outcomes.``

Erin Nulty

Lawyer

(02) 6572 2442


Erin has a special interest in hemp and medicinal cannabis law and is an experienced lawyer working across probate, conveyancing and criminal law. She is passionate, driven and dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for her clients. Her plain English approach ensures that there are no barriers to communicating complex legal tasks at hand.
``The legalisation of medicinal marijuana in Australia was an evolutionary step for our health industry. I’m passionate about leading change and seeing growth in the hemp industry.``

Emily Thorn

Lawyer

(02) 6545 9626


Emily is a general practitioner and works predominantly in property law and commercial law.

She completed a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wollongong and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University. She was admitted to practice in 2015.

Emily is involved with the Upper Hunter Show Society and is the coordinator of the local showgirl competition.

Katie Jolliffe-Carmona

Lawyer

(02) 4932 3620


Katie was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in June 2018. Katie has recently joined our team as a Graduate Lawyer and is based at our Rutherford office. Katie is a natural advocate and already has experience attending Local and District Courts around the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley areas.
``I am a strong advocate for children’s rights and promoting the rights of disadvantaged peoples in the community.``

Levi Carpenter

Practice Manager

(02) 6545 9626


Levi is our in house criminologist and also the firms practice manager. Levi works closely with both our Family and Criminal lawyers connecting our clients with appropriate programmes and courses to ensure that our clients receive exceptional customer service and the Joplin experience.
Levi enjoys yoga and has instilled amongst all employees in the firm the importance of wellbeing and mindfulness.

Kerry Clarke

Conveyancing Administrator

(02) 6572 2442


Kerry Clarke is our Conveyancing Administrator extraordinaire!

Kerry has worked in the legal sector for 35 years. Kerry has extensive knowledge in conveyancing and probate matters. Kerry brings a enormous amount of experience to the conveyancing team.

Out side of work Kerry loves cooking for her family and reading history books. Kerry shows Lhasa Apso dogs and has won many awards with her prize winning dogs.