Anneka joined Stacks Law Firm in Tamworth in 2013, having originally moved to Tamworth for a role with Centacare as a Mediator and Project Officer of the Family Law Pathways Network. Anneka’s main areas of practice are family law and civil litigation. She also oversees wills, probate and conveyancing in the firm.
With her general litigation matters, Anneka works with clients who have a complaint and wish to have their complaint or dispute resolved. She uses her negotiation and communication skills to ensure that clients are clear about possible outcomes, resulting in more amicable and cost-effective results for all parties.
In the past year Anneka has assisted four clients with damages disputes over $100,000. This included one in the property division of the Supreme Court, one in the Probate division, one in the District Court, and one involving numerous vexatious disputes in the NCAT, as well as the Local Court, Supreme Court and Federal Court.
The litigation for each of these matters was complex, involving managing extremely complex defences, cross claims and interlocutory applications. These disputes were resolved through successful mediations in two of the matters, as well as six successful dismissals of the other proceedings.
As a realist and a people person, Anneka is able to see the real life practicality of her clients’ legal problems. She establishes a great rapport with her clients, communicating in a friendly and compassionate manner and ensuring they have a good understanding of the legal process.
Anneka has studied extensively to deepen her knowledge of her practice areas. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of New England, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law and a Master in Applied Law majoring in Commercial Litigation. She has also completed the College of Law’s Legal Practice Management Course.
Anneka’s commitment to her clients, profession, community and studies have twice been recognised in recent years. She was selected for the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards as a finalist in the “Young Gun” category in 2017, as well as the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards, where she was a finalist in the family law category in 2018.
A strong believer in contributing to her local community, Anneka is a member of the Tamworth Business Chamber, the Tamworth Family Law Pathways Network, the Law Society of NSW and Tamworth Lawyers Inc, as well as the North and North West Law Society. She recently teamed up with another local young lawyer to raise charity funds for local causes by selling donated used clothing.
Anneka actively mentors the firm’s younger lawyers, marks family law assignments for the University of New England and mentors law students, as well as assisting Centacare New England North West whenever she can.
Having grown up in the coastal town of Nambucca Heads, Anneka is a beach person at heart, so it’s the one thing she misses in Tamworth. Outside of work, Anneka enjoys spending time with her family, in particular her young daughter.