Polly R Dixon

Principal Solicitor


Qualifications

BA History and Politics, Waikato University (NZ)
BA (Hons) International Politics, Victoria University (NZ).
LLB (Hons) University of Adelaide (1985)
GDLP (Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 1986)

Polly set up the practice in 1987 in Elizabeth, and continues to practice predominantly in the areas of Family Law and Criminal Law.

Having a strong commitment to social justice she has not only represented some of the community’s most disadvantaged people, but has helped set up two of Adelaide’s community legal services. Polly has ensured the philosophy of the firm has remained true to her principles.

Polly handles predominantly children’s matters in the Family Law courts and Youth court and Criminal Law matters.

1986 Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of South Australia

Karen P O’Keefe

Consultant Solicitor


Qualifications

LLB (Hons) University of Adelaide (1984)
GDLP (Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice) 1985

Karen, with over 30 years experience in the law has worked for the practice in a part-time capacity in 2007 up until 2011. She is now engaged in a Consultant Solicitor capacity and handles many of the Family Law property files in the firm, as well as handling basic wills, powers of attorney, guardianship matters and South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal matters.

She has been involved over the years in a number of Boards and currently sits on the Pharmacy Board of Australia and is Chair of State Offences Review Group.

1985 Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of South Australia

Claire A James

Solicitor


Qualifications

BA (Hons) Flinders University
LLB University of Adelaide
GDLP (Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice)

Claire has had a long-standing association with the firm but between 2004 and 2014, was not practicing law but undertook postgraduate studies in Aboriginal Anthropology at LaTrobe University, Melbourne. During this hiatus, Claire was working towards her doctoral thesis.

Returning to practice in 2015 and onwards she has been working in the
Children’s and Family Law areas which cover parental separation, family violence, child protection and Families SA are all practiced by Claire.

1989 Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of South Australia

Katrina Rosie

Administration


Katrina Rosie is the face you will see upon your arrival at Franklin Legal. Commencing as a trainee with Franklin Legal in 2010 and after completing 12 months on-site and off-site training Katrina was offered a permanent position with Franklin Legal.

Katrina manages all Reception Area matters along with all Administrative work. Being the leader of the administration team consisting of casual and sessional workers and an office junior. Katrina and her team play a vital liaison role between clients and solicitors; she has a very close working relationship with all solicitors dealing with them on an individual and daily basis.

Under Katrina’s direction, clients will find an efficient and user-friendly service with ongoing clear channels of communication between client and solicitor.