Our Team

Our team combine their technical skills, experience and expertise with a fresh and common-sense approach, providing clients with reliable, cost effective and practical outcomes.

We have a new staff member – Shonteh Kim. Shonteh will finish his legal studies at the end of this year with the aim to be admitted as a solicitor next year.

 


KATE MANTTAN – PRINCIPAL

Kate was admitted a solicitor in March 2006. Kate completed her legal training and first year as a solicitor under the supervision of Gary Hopkins. After spending three years working as a solicitor in Hervey Bay, Kate returned to the Sunshine Coast in 2010 to rejoin the firm.

Kate practices in the areas of business, property, commercial, estate, elder law and family law.

Kate prides herself on her down to earth, personal and practical approach to clients. Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her young family and enjoying all the spoils of the Sunshine Coast.


GARY HOPKINS – LEGAL CONSULTANT

Gary was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in February 1980. His initial experience was with a large Brisbane C.B.D. firm and he thereafter became a principal of the firm of Carvosso & Winship in Dalby on the Darling Downs. The Dalby firm opened a Buderim branch office in 1996 and Gary became the resident partner at that office.

Gary was born on the Sunshine Coast and the move to Buderim was a return home. Gary and Kate Manttan established the firm of Carvosso & Winship Buderim as a separate practice in 2011, and in 2019 rebranded their firm to Hopkins Manttan.

Gary practices in the areas of commercial, property, estate and elder law.

Gary is involved in several Buderim community activities and is a past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Buderim Foundation.


JENELLE MILLIGAN – ESTATES CLERK AND LAW CLERK

Jenelle has over 30 years’ experience working in a legal office and has been Gary’s personal assistant since early 2004.

Jenelle enjoys her additional role as the firm’s estate clerk and can also be called upon to exercise her duties as a Justice of the Peace.


CARMEN BISHOP – CONVEYANCING MANAGER

Carmen joined our Buderim based practice in 2007. Carmen comes with a wealth of experience which reflects in her professional and courteous manner in dealing with all aspects of residential sales and purchases.

Having sold and purchased several homes herself, Carmen appreciates that the whole process can be an overwhelming and daunting experience. You will find that your experience when dealing with Carmen, whether you are selling or buying will be a smooth and stress free process.


ANNE HUGHES – ACCOUNTS CLERK AND LAW CLERK

Anne Hughes has been with our firm since 2002 and is responsible for managing the firm’s finances.
Anne works part time at our office and enjoys her time at work, especially looking forward to a laugh at morning tea gatherings with her work colleagues.


LISA GARDOS – RECEPTIONIST AND LAW CLERK

Lisa is our receptionist who has been with our firm since 2009. Lisa is an enthusiastic welcomer of all who come to our reception.
Lisa is a valuable member of our team here at Hopkins Manttan. She is a very caring and considerate person who always takes the time to make her work colleagues feel special, especially on their birthdays!

As well as reception, Lisa assists various solicitors of our firm as a law clerk.


ANNE STEVENSON – LAW CLERK

Anne joined our firm in 2014. Anne brings with her extensive experience in accounts and conveyancing and assists the solicitors with their day to day work. Originally from Hervey Bay, Anne moved to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to family.


SHONTEH KIM – LAW CLERK

Shonteh is our newest and a vibrant member of our team. Joining the firm in August 2018, Shonteh will soon graduate from the University of Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Laws and will be admitted as a solicitor in 2020. With a background in social work Shonteh has spent most of his working life helping at risk children and young people in foster care. As well as law, Shonteh has a passion for the oceans and spends most of his spare time surfing.