Katie Caldow is a Partner at Southside Legal and manages the Tugun office as well as the firm’s compensation practice. She is an experienced litigator having spent the majority of her career in personal injuries and other civil litigation and has represented clients in both Queensland and New South Wales.
Katie prides herself on making a positive contribution to the legal profession and the lives of her clients during (what is often) one of the most difficult times of their life.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Southern Queensland. She was admitted to practice in 2014 after having spent 6 years working in law firms whilst completing her studies externally.
Katie is a member of the Queensland Law Society and Australian Lawyers Alliance. She has written and presented various papers on the topic of personal injuries litigation with a particular focus on the cross-over of strata and body corporate law and personal injuries liability.
James Nickless is a Partner at Southside Legal. James is an expert in strata title law and litigation with extensive experience in general commercial litigation, building and construction disputes, debt recovery and insolvency. James served on the legislation committee of Strata Community Association (QLD) from 2013 to 2019, was elected to its Board of Directors in 2016 and is the current President of Strata Community Association (QLD), having been elected to that position in 2019.
As an experienced negotiator and litigator, James has acted on behalf of bodies corporate, lot owners, builders, developers, banks and other lenders, liquidators, trustees and receivers, public and private companies, as well as government authorities.
James is passionate about advancing the strata industry and is regularly engaged in advocating on behalf of the strata industry to government, the media and key stakeholders as well as presenting seminars on various aspects of strata law and professional development to clients, industry groups and Universities.
James holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of International Business from Griffith University and is admitted in Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
Warwick Chesters graduated from the University of Queensland with a law Degree in early 1981.He immediately started working in a law firm on the Gold Coast and predominantly has remained on the Gold Coast since then. Warwick has substantial litigation experience and has handled many significant litigation matters and been involved in countless commercial disputes. He has acted for insurance companies including Suncorp, AAMI and AIOI Nissay Dowa. Further, Warwick worked in England for a period Representing Lloyds of London syndicates in defence of insurance claims.He is now able to utilize his past experience in working for defendant insurers, for the benefit of his claimant clients. Warwick is committed to providing down to earth advice to his clients and ensuring a realistic assessment of the true position is given as soon as possible. Warwick also has established a very good network of experts who can be utilized in his client’s litigation and he works with many of Queensland’s leading barristers. Warwick recently obtained a Master of Laws through the Queensland University of Technology and he is director of Travelsafe Legal & Strategic that is committed to the safety of visitors in Australia and Australians travelling overseas.
Southside Legal Gold Coast is a small experienced law firm committed to Obtaining the best result for its clients. Not burdened by big firm bureaucracy, Southside Legal is able to swiftly put into process the necessary action to achieve results. Down to earth advice is always provided as soon as possible.
Warwick has over 38 years experience as a lawyer and has been in many hard fought victories. With this experience comes a sensible understanding of the system and how best to maximize your chances of a successful outcome. Southside Legal will provide personal & confidential advice that you can rely upon.
LL.B.(Hons), LL.M. (Bond), PG DipLegPrac
Reena Dhaliwal graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours in
2005. Since her admission as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2006, Reena has
practised on the Gold Coast exclusively in the area of litigation, specialising in insurance, liability
insurance claims management, casualty claims and commercial litigation.
Over the years, Reena has represented a global insurance company client and worked for a local City
Council, having been appointed to the panel of legal service providers for these major clients. She is
now able to utilise her experience working for these defendant insurers for the benefit of her claimant
clients at Southside Legal.
Reena has managed and conducted complex pre-litigated and litigated claims in Queensland, New
South Wales and Western Australia, claims in QCAT, the Magistrates, District and Supreme
Court, providing advice in complex casualty, product liability, contractual and building and
construction claims, advising on policy coverage and guiding her clients through the settlement of
In 2010, Reena completed a Master of Laws at Bond University, during which she was placed on the
Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence and Dean’s List. Through her Masters Degree in Law
and experience, Reena has a detailed working knowledge of the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act,
Uniform Civil Procedure Rules in Queensland and New South Wales, and Civil Liability Act and
regularly provides advice on liability and quantum issues.
Examples of the matters undertaken by Reena are: managing claims for serious head injuries
involving complex quantum issues and multiple parties, conducting a complex litigated product recall
liability claim in New South Wales and product liability claims involving jurisdictional issues,
negligence, breach of contract and damages, casualty claims against shopping centre managers
involving multiple parties and contribution claims and complex indemnity issues under joint tortfeasor
legislation, providing complex advice on policy interpretation and construction whilst representing a
carrying company in a large claim for indemnity from its insurer; advising on the subrogation of rights
and double insurance in a casualty claim against a construction company for injuries suffered at a
construction site; and recently successfully defending a complex Appeal in the Planning and
Testimonial: “Due to following her suggestions; I have now have resolution, after 4months of dispute;
with the exact outcome I was trying to achieve. Thank you, so very much Reena. Excellent, efficient,
friendly service – I highly Recommend….And will definitely use again when needed. Again Thank you”
BBus, LLB, GradDipLegPrac
Aaron Day is an Associate at Southside Legal and practices in commercial litigation with a focus on strata title disputes, building and construction disputes, debt recovery, and insolvency.
Prior to joining Southside Legal, Aaron worked in-house for a large financial institution managing the dispute resolution team. In this capacity, he oversaw the disputes handling function nation-wide and provided legal advice in areas such as commercial litigation, dispute resolution, fraud, deceptive conduct, contract law, and risk management.
Before moving in-house, Aaron worked at a national firm in the dispute resolution and insolvency team. He represented clients in a range of jurisdictions including the Local, District, and Supreme Courts.
Prior to this, Aaron worked at a large international firm where he had the conduct of litigious matters in areas such as administrative law, migration law, and contract law. He regularly appeared as an advocate within the range of Commonwealth Courts across New South Wales and Victoria, including the Federal Court, and Federal Circuit Court.
Before practising law, Aaron was a corporate strategist. He provided advice to clients on strategies to maximise the value of their businesses. This involved tracking industry and competitive trends, developing forecasting models and scenario analysis, examining strategic performance, spotting emerging market opportunities, identifying business threats, and looking for innovative strategic solutions.
Aaron holds a Bachelor of Business from Southern Cross University and a Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University. He also completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and a Legal Practice Management Course, both through the College of Law. He was admitted to practice in April 2015. He is also admitted to the High Court of Australia and is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.
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