Karen McLean // Solicitor Director
Karen McLean, the Principal, has been working in the area of commercial litigation and insolvency since 1993 and involved in debt recovery since 1991. Over that time Karen has worked in small, medium and large firms as well as the private sector and has chosen to bring her experience to the northern beaches as a sole practitioner.
Karen’s wealth of knowledge in these areas means that the services provided to her clients is always in a professional and personal manner keeping her clients aware of what’s happening in each matter along the way.
Melissa Armstrong // Solicitor
Melissa graduated from UTS in 2016 with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry) and was admitted as a solicitor in 2017. She spent her final years at university working full time managing personal injury claims for survivors of institutional abuse in which she developed a trauma-informed approach to managing communications with clients.
Melissa briefly practised in this area before taking on a government role in the infrastructure and services sector working in-house on the day to day management of contracts and compliance with industry standards across a number of building and construction projects throughout NSW.
Although Melissa is relatively new to insolvency and debt recovery, she takes an enthusiastic and passionate approach to educating herself further under the guidance of the senior solicitor at McLean & Associates and strives to provide a professional and thorough service to our clients.
Melissa enjoys coffee with her friends, walking her dogs in the sunshine, making pasta from scratch and baking.
Nikita Fitzgerald // Solicitor
Nikita holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Commercial Law) from the University of Sydney. She has graduated from the Legal Profession Admission Board’s Diploma of Law in conjunction with the Legal Extension Committee and University of Sydney.
Nikita has a background in relationship management, commercial negotiation, projects and planning, working with the HOYTS Group for over 11 years.
In Nikita’s spare time she enjoys spending it with family and friends, preparing food, watching footy (AFL) and fitness!!
Candice Pedersen // Solicitor
Candice holds a Bachelor of Law and was admitted as a solicitor in 2021. She spent her final years of university working full time as a Barristers’ clerk in Sydney CBD.
Although Candice is new to Insolvency, she looks forward to the experience that comes with employment at McLean & Associates.
In her spare time, Candice enjoys coast walks and spending time with her family and friends.
Lisa Moyes // Legal Secretary
Lisa joined the team at McLean & Associates Solicitors in November 2014. Lisa has extensive experience in the legal field after working for previous law firms both on the Northern Beaches and in Sydney CBD.
Lisa has a professional attitude and provides a high quality of service for our insolvency team. Warm, friendly and determined, Lisa’s people skills turns what can often be an overwhelming experience into a stress free experience.
Lisa understands the importance of privacy and handling each matter effectively while putting the client’s needs first. Highly organised, with great communication skills, her personal nature makes her a welcome addition to our team.
Lisa can be found exercising, walking the dog, reading or enjoying the local beaches in her spare time.
Krystal Doolan // Legal Secretary
Krystal joined the team at McLean & Associates Solicitors in February 2019 as a Junior Secretary. She has currently finished the Civil Litigation in Paralegal Degree online.
Krystal is the first line of contact with our clients who has a professional attitude and her communication skills are most effective. Her relaxed approach with life makes her very friendly and easy to talk with.
Krystal enjoys the beach, long walks in the sun and spending time with her family.
Krystal is currently on maternity leave enjoying her family time with her new daughter – congratulations!!