About Us

Liston Legal traces its history back to Windeyer & Havyatt in 1930.

Henry Liston was admitted as a solicitor in Tamworth in 1934. After practising in other parts of New South Wales and army service in WWII, Liston joined John Windeyer's practice in Glen Innes in 1947.

After Mr Windeyer's death in 1952, Henry Liston was in practice on his own and with various partners until his retirement in 1989.

Employed solicitors David Loveband and Henry's son Bill became partners in 1984 trading as Liston & Loveband until 2006.

After the dissolution of a short partnership with David Clifton in March 2013, the firm is now a sole practice conducted by Bill Liston under the name Liston Legal.

The firm is fortunate to have the services of a former Sydney barrister and senior counsel Chris Leahy who, with his wife Margaret, opted for a life in the country in 2011.

Liston Legal and its predecessors have a long history of assisting the people of Glen Innes and New England and continue to do so. We pride ourselves on having a tradition of hard work, commitment and excellence.

We offer prompt, informed and practical solutions to all your legal problems.

Our fees are competitive and reasonable. We are always open to payment arrangements that suit you.  

Bill Liston
Bill Liston
Principal

After growing up in Glen Innes Bill attended the University of New England for his Bachelor of Arts and then the University of New South Wales for his Law degree.

Bill has been with the practice since 1982 and became a partner with David Loveband in 1984. Bill has acted in most areas of the law. Today his practice centres mainly on rural, commercial and domestic conveyancing, leases, wills and estates and family law property matters. He has lengthy experience in Local and District Court criminal matters and civil litigation.

With this diverse background Bill is able to offer clients of the firm comprehensive advice in many areas.

Apart from the usual range of commercial and private clients, Bill has acted for local government councils, registered clubs and community groups.

Bill is married to Meg, a Glen Innes Pre School Teacher. They have three adult sons.

Telephone:(02) 6732 1777
Email: Contact Us
Chris Leahy
Chris Leahy
General Counsel

Born and raised in Papua New Guinea, Chris attended boarding school in Sydney for 8 years then attended the Australian National University in Canberra where he graduated in Arts and Law.

After graduating and completing his practical legal training, Chris was admitted as a solicitor and barrister in the Australian Capital Territory and solicitor in New South Wales.  He then moved to Sydney where he worked for one of the country's largest law firms for nearly 3 years.  He worked mainly in the property and finance areas as a transactional lawyer.

After nearly 3 years of legal employment, Chris spent a year conducting camping tours through southern Europe, Scandinavia and North Africa.

On returning to Sydney, Chris became a barrister in 1978. He has been a barrister for 33 years – the last 10 years as senior counsel.

As a barrister, Chris appeared mainly as a trial and appellate advocate in common law, estates and wills, crime, environmental and local government and commercial work.  His clients included insurers, corporations, local councils and individuals.

Having worked as a solicitor and barrister, Chris brings a broad background of experience and expertise to solving a range of legal issues.  His background and experience enables him to take instructions in a litigation matter and retain conduct of the matter until the dispute is finally determined by a court or otherwise resolved. 

His early experience in a large commercial legal firm enables him to advise clients and prepare documentation for property matters, commercial transactions, wills and the administration of estates.

Chris is married to Marg, a farmer, garden designer and horticulturist.  They have two daughters and a son. 

Mobile:cleahy@listonlegal.com.au
Telephone:02 6732 1777
Debbie Burton
Debbie Burton
Support Staff

Debbie Burton has been with the firm since 1993 and is a graduate of Southern Cross University, Lismore holding an Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies).

Debbie is a licensed conveyancer. She also assists principal Bill Liston in the wills and estates work of the firm.

Telephone:02 6732 1777
Email: Contact Us
Carolyn Hamilton
Carolyn Hamilton
Support Staff

Carolyn is the firm's very experienced book keeper and office manager.

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Annette Eastwood
Annette Eastwood
Support Staff

Annette has been with the firm for a number of years. She provides PA and secretarial assistance to Chris Leahy.

Telephone:02 6732 1777
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Erin Ferguson
Erin Ferguson
Support Staff

Telephone:02 6732 1777
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