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 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.


Shonteh joined our team as law clerk in 2018 while completing law school at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Shonteh has now graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in November 2020.

Shonteh enjoys assisting our clients to try achieve the best outcomes for them and practices in all areas of law the firm has to offer. Shonteh particularly enjoys practicing in family law.


Anne Hughes has been with the firm since 2002. Anne has recently changed roles from managing the firm’s finances to that of Estates Clerk.

Anne works part time and has an extensive knowledge of the firm.


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 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.


Vanessa joined our Buderim based practice in 2021. Vanessa has worked for legal practices in NSW and QLD for two decades and has spent the majority of her career in Conveyancing. She brings with her a wealth of experience which reflects in her professional and courteous manner in dealing with all aspects of residential sales and purchases. Vanessa has lasting relationships with her clients and has a loyal following of people that love to deal with her.

Vanessa appreciates that the whole process can be an overwhelming and daunting experience. You will find that your experience when dealing with Vanessa, whether you are selling or buying will be a smooth and stress free process.


Tracey Bartley joined our firm in late 2021. She has over 25 years’ experience in Office Management and Accounts and has taken over from Anne Hughes managing the firm’s finances.
Tracey works part time having recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast from the Coffs Coast in NSW.