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The Team

Marguerite Lourens


Marguerite Lourens is a director of Haynes Leeuwin. Marguerite was originally admitted to practice as a lawyer in South Africa in 1995 and following her relocation to Australia was admitted as a lawyer in Western Australia in 2011.

Marguerite has extensive experience in the areas of wills, estate planning and estate administration. Her knowledge and experience includes preparation and advising on:

  • simple and complex wills
  • wills with testamentary trusts
  • wills with life interests
  • enduring powers of attorney
  • enduring powers of guardianship
  • applications for probate and letters of administration
  • administration of deceased estates
  • survivorship applications
  • transmission applications

Marguerite is fluent in English and Afrikaans.

Outside of the office, Marguerite enjoys bush walking, travelling and spending time with her twin boys.

Paul Haynes


Paul Haynes is a director of Haynes Leeuwin. Paul immigrated to Perth in 1994, after many years practising in the UK.

Paul has extensive legal experience gained over many years of practice.

  • Qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1975
  • Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 1978
  • Admitted as a barrister and solicitor of WA in 1995, and of the High Court of Australia in 1996

Paul’s been involved in preparing Wills for many years. He has also acted in numerous cases proving Wills, and in cases of intestacy where there is no Will. He also prosecutes and defends actions involving contesting wills and claims on estates, appearing in all courts, including the Supreme Court of WA.

Outside of the office, Paul is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with his 5 granddaughters.

Nicole Woods

Senior Associate

Graduating from UWA with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Nicole was admitted to practice in 2000. She has worked at both large multinational and small boutique firms in Perth and Sydney, primarily in general commercial litigation.

In 2015 Nicole joined the Leeuwin team and since then has focused on contentious estate matters including Family Provision Act claims, proof of Will proceedings and trusts litigation. She also regularly appears in the State Administrative Tribunal for Guardianship and the Administration matters.

Outside of work Nicole is a keen coach and netball player.

Krysten Russo-Battagliolo


Krysten was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2016 and joined the team in

Krysten practices exclusively in Wills & Estates and has considerable experience in obtaining grants
of probate and letters of administration, in both simple and complex matters. She also advises
clients with respect to the administration and distribution of deceased estates. Administering the
estate of a loved one can be a daunting and overwhelming task, and Krysten enjoys assisting clients to navigate through the legal processes during what is often an emotional and difficult time.

Krysten is experienced in preparing Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of
Guardianship. She also has a sound understanding of Family Provision Act 1972 (WA) proceedings
and assists with aspects of these matters.

Outside of the office, Krysten enjoys spending time with her big Italian family, travelling and
attending Pilates classes.

James Hadley

Foreign Lawyer

James is a solicitor. With over 15 years of experience helping clients with their needs and queries, he specialises in wills and probate along with settlements in the UK.

When not at work, James enjoys playing golf with his young son and travelling with his family.

Alicia Amor


With over two decades working in the financial services, real estate and legal industries, Alicia provides our bookkeeping and trust account services. She holds a Certificate IV in Financial Services and is a Registered BAS Agent. Alicia has been a valuable member of the team for over ten years.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and hiking.

Nicolene Theron

Legal Secretary

Nicolene joined the team at Haynes Leeuwin in 2020 to continue her career as legal secretary/personal assistant.

Since relocating to Australia in 2007, Nicolene has worked in small and large law firms in personal injury claims, and since 2016 in estate planning and estate administration.

Before her relocation, Nicolene worked as legal secretary for 16 years in law firms in South Africa, working closely with clients and in office administration, gaining experience in various areas of law. 

Nicolene is fluent in English and Afrikaans. In her personal time Nicolene enjoys camping, reading crime novels, movies and spending time with her family.

Lauren King

Legal Secretary

Lauren is a secretary at Haynes Leeuwin. Lauren joined our team in 2022 and prior to this had extensive experience in administration and secretarial roles. Lauren provides administration support to our legal team as needed as well as meeting and greeting clients when they arrive, answering the phone and booking appointments. In her spare time Lauren enjoys bush walking, reading and spending time with her family and young children.

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