Our People

The Bishops Team

Bishops Barristers & Solicitors emphasise personal relationships with its clients. Accurate legal advice is the highest priority at Bishops, but it's the people at Bishops who really make the difference. Our staff members have the drive to understand their clients’ needs, providing timely service and clear communication.
  • The people at Bishops believe that establishing effective working relationships requires accessibility when clients make an appointment or wish to consult by phone. 
  • We "translate" legal jargon into everyday language so that it is understandable, user-friendly and informed. This allows us to communicate comprehensive advice so you understand your options and achieve the best possible outcome for your matter.
  • We provide value to our clients through innovation in our practice methods and personalised solutions tailored to clients and reasonable fee structures.
  • We provide up-to-date advice because our lawyers and conveyancers are involved in key industry and professional associations, keeping ourselves up to date with commercial and legislative developments relevant to client matters.
  • In developing relationships with clients, Bishops staff listen, advise and work closely with their clients to understand their needs.
  • Bishops’ ability to provide clients with legal, commercial and strategic solutions is built on experience and the desire to understand the context of their matters.
Our team is...
Anna Lydon   Geoff Maguire    Tianna Freeman   Alexander Wells

Steve Bishop LL.B, Grad. Dip. Advanced Family Law - Managing Partner

As founding and Managing Partner, Steve has over 45 years of association with the law and has demonstrated a high level of effectiveness and performance in every field of law commonly encountered in private practice. Steve also holds a Graduate Diploma of Advanced Family Law obtained from the University of Melbourne.

In his career, Steve has lectured at a Sydney University in Corporations Law, Commercial Law and Taxation; conducted hundreds of trials; argued ground-breaking decisions in the Full Court of the Family Court; practiced extensively as a solicitor; advised on a full range of property acquisitions, disposals and developments; and conducted hearings in a judicial capacity as member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal. Steve is also a member of the Local Government Code of Conduct Panel and a member of the Mental Health Tribunal of Tasmania.

Fenton Jones LL.B - Partner

Fenton has been associated with the law for nearly 34 years. Consequently, he has broad and in-depth experience in every aspect of commercial and property law. His main areas of practice include commercial conveyancing; acquisition of sites for development, including tourist and resort development and sales; and purchases of commercial and industrial premises. In addition to conducting major transactions and developments, Fenton also has extensive experience in retail and commercial leasing, trusts and estate planning and administration.

Julia Higgins B.Com – LLB; Grad. Dip LP – Partner

Julia Higgins graduated from the University of Tasmania with a combined degree of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws in 2001.  Julia has been an integral part of the Family Law Team at Bishops since August 2002.  Julia specialises in all the areas of Family Law (Children and Financial matters) as well as appearing in the Child Protection Jurisdiction.  Julia regularly appears as Counsel in trials.  Julia is also an Independent Children’s Lawyer in the Family Law Courts and Separate Representative (Child Protection matters).  Julia is recommended by Doyles Legal Guide as a leading Family and Divorce Lawyer in Tasmania.  She has a small criminal practice and appears on a regular basis in the Magistrates Court.

Julia is a committee member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania.  She is currently vice chair of the Launceston Women’s Shelter.  In the past, she has been the Northern Representative on the Law Council of Tasmania, and was for many years President of the Northern Young Lawyers Committee. 

Julia is passionate about her role in the Family Law team at Bishops and is focussed on delivering a high quality service to all clients.  Julia is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional who understands that every client has a unique set of circumstances which require individual consideration and advice.

Krystyna Bishop BA, Dip Ed - Conveyancing Executive

Krystyna originally qualified as a teacher and taught in Southern Tasmania and Launceston before embarking on a career in Conveyancing in 1988. As the only female member of Bishop's conveyancing team, Krystyna offers a unique perspective on conveyancing, helping clients to resolve the concerns they often feel when buying or selling property. In the last 17 years she has developed vast experience in the preparation and lodgement of conveyancing documents. Krystyna also provides a caring and concerned service in the field of estates and is able to take instructions for wills and powers of attorney.

Anna Lydon BA, LL.B - Associate

Anna graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2008 with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.  

After being admitted to practice in Tasmania in 2009 Anna commenced working in the field of family law. After joining the team at Bishops in 2013 Anna continues  to specialise in this area and can provide advice in relation to all aspects of family law, including divorce, children’s matters and property settlements.  

Anna can also provide advice in relation to Child Protection matters, Restraint Orders, Family Violence and minor criminal law matters.  

Anna appears regularly in the Federal Circuit Court, Family Court of Australia and Magistrates Court of Tasmania.  

Anna is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association and has previously held the position of President of the Northern Young Lawyers Committee. Anna currently sits on the Board of the Mudlark Theatre Company and volunteers at the Launceston Community Legal Centre.  

Anna prides herself on offering a quality service as well as realistic and relevant information to each of her clients.  

Anna thrives on the day to day challenges that a lawyer is faced with and works hard to achieve the best possible outcome for every client.

Geoffrey Maguire LL.B. - Solicitor

Geoff is an experienced lawyer who commenced practice in Queensland in 2008. Providing strong advocacy and representation in all manner of matters, Geoff’s primary areas of practice are in Family and Criminal law, as well as General Litigation. Geoff can also provide advice in relation to other areas of law including Wills and Estates, Domestic and Family Violence and General Litigation.

Geoff provides sensible and practical advice to all of his clients with a view to resolving matters quickly and efficiently, and hopefully without the need for Judicial intervention. He strives to provide every client with personalised and empathetic assistance in what are often unfamiliar and stressful circumstances. He appears regularly in the Magistrates Court, Federal Circuit Court and Family Court. He is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association and the Family Law Section of the law Council of Australia.

Tianna Freeman LL.B, Grad.Dip. LP.

Tianna was employed at the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania for just over 6 years as senior family law and family violence assistant before she was admitted to Legal Practice. During that time she obtained invaluable knowledge in those areas. In addition to this full time employment she raised a young family and studied for and obtained her Law Degree and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. These multiple concurrent achievements demonstrate the commitment and determination that she brings to her practice of the Law.
Tianna specialises in Family Law. She practises in a broad range of disputes, including Financial matters and Divorce, and in particular Parenting matters and Family Violence as well as Recovery Orders and Relocation matters. Tianna is a strong supporter of mediation, but when litigation is necessary she can provide effective representation and guidance through the court system. She is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.  

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