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David Lewis Partner - Commercial Lawyer

David has worked in the legal sector for over 35 years and as a founding member of Lewis Blyth & Hooper, has dedicated his practice towards helping businesses organise, reorganise, incorporate and expand.

David is also a practising Notary Public and can prepare, witness, administer, certify and notarise important legal documents, including:

  • Corporate business and Trust structures
  • Security documentation for real property mortgages and Personal Property Security Register charges (general and specific)
  • Sales agreements for real and personal property, partnership interests, businesses, shares and units in trust
  • Partnership and Joint Venture agreements
  • Strata titling applications
  • Building agreements
  • Drafting of Bylaws and related agreements
  • Shareholders and Unit Holder agreements
  • Franchising arrangements

In addition to advising on a wide range of trusts, property, building matters and building disputes, corporate and commercial matters, David is well-positioned to handle more complicated caseloads that intersect with family law.

By accessing the firm’s experienced in-house family law practitioners, David can better assess and address the specific needs and desires of his clients.

David completed his LLB from the University of Auckland in 1980 ahead of being admitted as a practitioner of the High Court of New Zealand.

After working in Auckland for two years, David then relocated to Perth and was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1981 and the High Court of Australia in 1983.

David then joined Steven Blyth and Rod Hooper and established Lewis Blyth & Hooper in 1985.

Today, the firm has offices located in Gosnells and Applecross, and provides legal services to a diverse clientele consisting of accounting firms, local governments and businesses, individuals and families.


  • LLB (University of Auckland) (1980)


  • Supreme Court of Western Australia (1981)
  • High Court of Western Australia (1983)

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of WA
  • Notaries Committee of the Law Society of WA
  • South of Perth Yacht Club
  • University of WA Rugby Club
Steven Blyth Partner - Litigation Lawyer

Steven is a founding partner of Lewis Blyth & Hooper and an experienced at trial lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience in local government and planning law.

Steven has practiced from Gosnells since 1983 and from the firm’s Gosnells office since it opened its doors in 1986. He now provides a variety of services to a diverse clientele across many areas of law, with particular emphasis on:

  • Litigation
  • Criminal law
  • Personal injuries
  • Family law
  • Wills and probate
  • Estate matters

In the course of his career, Steven has travelled to all parts of Western Australia, conducting trials and appearing as instructing solicitor and counsel in most criminal and civil jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court, District Court, Magistrates Courts and the State Administrative Tribunal.

Steven was born in WA and attended the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1981. He was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Western Australia in December, 1982.

Steven has spent much of his three-decades-long career practicing from the Gosnells office of Lewis Blyth & Hooper, representing and protecting the interests of his clients in courtrooms across most jurisdictions.

Steven is also one of a panel of solicitors engaged by the City of Gosnells.


  • LLB (University of Western Australia) (1981)


  • Supreme Court of Western Australia (1982)
Sue Holgate Partner - Family Lawyer

As an accomplished lawyer specialising in family law, Sue provides a compassionate, supportive and results-driven service, taking care to address the emotional and financial needs of her clients both expertly and sensitively.

This empathetic approach, coupled with Sue’s clear and practical communication skills, ensures the best possible outcomes remain achievable through affordable, cost-effective resolutions.

Sue has many years’ experience appearing in the Family Court on behalf of clients.

In her partnership role with Lewis Blyth & Hooper, Sue regularly negotiates delicate settlements and handles complex legal matters for both de facto and married couples.

Sue has dedicated her career towards building relationships with the community sector and providing solutions to the assortment of family law situations her clients may find themselves in.

Sue has experience with family law dating back to 1993 and has practiced as a lawyer since 2002.

After completing her LLB in 1999 at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, Sue engaged in a long commitment to the community sector, contributing at the Gosnells Community Legal Centre and Women’s Legal Services.

In this capacity and for many years, Sue provided advice and assistance in drafting documents in a variety of family law matters at no cost.

Sue was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2001 and in 2002, returned to the Gosnells Community Legal Centre as the Family Lawyer.

In 2007, Sue joined a large national firm where she initially practiced in the areas of Wills, Probate, Estate Litigation and Family Law, and then chose to specialise only in family law in 2011.

Sue joined Lewis Blyth & Hooper in April 2014, becoming a partner in July that same year.


  • LLB (Murdoch University) (1999)


  • Supreme Court of Western Australia (2001)

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of WA
  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
Samantha D’Silva Associate Lawyer

Advocacy Skills

  • Magistrates Court
  • District Court of Western Australia
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Family Court of Western Australia

Samantha joined Lewis Blyth & Hooper in 2010, after graduating from Murdoch University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology).

As part of a suburban law firm, Samantha practices in various areas of law including criminal law, wills & estates and family law.





  • Bachelor of Laws – Murdoch University – 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – Murdoch University – 2009


    • Supreme Court of Western Australia – 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Law Society of Western Australia
Kristy Lewis Associate Lawyer

Started current practice in 2010: Civil Litigation and Debt Recovery

Advocacy skills

  • Magistrates
  • District
  • Supreme
  • Federal Magistrates
  • Bachelor of Laws – 2009, Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Professional Accounting Major) – 2009, Murdoch University
  • Joined Lewis Blyth and Hooper in 2010
  • Articles completed 2010 at Lewis Blyth and Hooper
  • Civil Litigation
    Corporate Commercial


  • Bachelor Laws – Murdoch – 2009
  • Bachelor Commerce – Murdoch – 2009


  • Supreme Court – 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Law Society WA
Aaron Gregory Kitson Associate Lawyer
  • Family Court of WA (including Children’s Court)
  • Magistrates Court
  • Supreme Court of WA
  • State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)
  • Insurance Commission of WA (ICWA)
  • Workplace Tribunal (FWA and WAIRC)

Aaron completed his LLB and BA degrees in 2008 at the University of Otago in New Zealand and was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand in 2009.

After relocating to Western Australia, Aaron was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2010 and thereafter commenced his legal career in general practice with McKenzie & McKenzie.

Aaron has been involved in community service projects and not for profit organisations both domestically and internationally.

Aaron joined Lewis Blyth & Hooper as a Commercial Solicitor in February 2013.

  • LLB
  • BA
  • High Court of New Zealand
  • Supreme Court of WA
  • Law Society of WA
Christopher Townsend Lawyer

Chris, whilst involved in general litigation and the like, is primarily involved in criminal matters since joining Lewis Blyth & Hooper in 2014.

He has conducted trials and appeared as junior counsel or instructing solicitor, in the Magistrate’s Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court.

He has recently commenced the only Master in Laws program in Australia that specialises in Criminal Law Practice, with classes specialising in matters such as Advanced Criminal Evidence.

Chris graduated with a Psychology degree in 2009, a law degree (Juris Doctor) in 2012, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2013.

He spent his practical legal training days, clerking for Tom Percy QC and Simon Watters at Albert Wolff Chambers.

Chris joined Lewis Blyth & Hooper in February 2014, after working at the Australian Taxation Office in Litigation/Prosecutions.

Chris primarily practices in criminal law, however does also practice in civil litigation.

He has passion for courtroom advocacy, and always sets out to ensure clients have a full understanding of the criminal law process.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (2009)

  • Juris Doctor (2012)

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (2013)

  •  Master in Laws (Criminal Practice) – In Progress


  • Supreme Court of Western Australia (2013)

  • High Court of Western Australia (2015)

Robert Daniel Tedeschi Lawyer - Family law

Family law

Robert graduated from Murdoch University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws.

Robert was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in March 2015.

Prior to admission, Robert completed practical legal experience with Fiocco’s lawyers, Siobhan M Vincent & Associates and Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky.

Robert also volunteered in Legal Aid’s civil division at the beginning of 2015 for one month.

Robert has been practising in Family Law since commencing with Lewis Blyth and Hooper in April 2015.


  • Graduated in 2013 with a LLB Bachelor of Laws – Murdoch University


  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in March 2015


  • Member of Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
Jessica Lewis Lawyer
Education & Affiliations

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LLB Bachelor of Laws – University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Commerce – University of Western Australia