About Us

JDK Legal Services is a boutique personal injury and commercial law practice. We have a reputation for providing ethical, high quality legal services and access to justice for all of our clients.

Our lawyers are highly skilled and accessible. Our size enables our Directors to give personal attention to every matter.

When you call, we ensure you speak to a lawyer for preliminary advice. If we think we can assist you, we will arrange an initial consultation.

Our success is built on the calibre of our people, our dedication to our clients’ best interests and a genuine desire to help people who find themselves in difficult situations.

We understand what is at stake.

Kate Dempster LL.B, B.Com (Hons), GDLP

Kate Dempster LL.B, B.Com (Hons), GDLP

Director, Head of Personal Injuries and Workers Compensation Department

“Knowing that I am helping people in difficult situations is a constant source of motivation and purpose.”

Kate is the Director of the firm’s personal injury department.

Every personal injury matter is overseen by Kate and managed with the assistance of one other lawyer.   Initial appointments are an opportunity to provide frank and practical advice and understand what it is that keeps her clients awake at night.  It has always been important to Kate to establish a strong, positive relationship with clients from the outset in order to help them feel supported throughout the duration of their case.

Kate has worked exclusively in the area of personal injury law since 2006. She has successfully recovered compensation for people injured in motor vehicle accidents, public liability accidents and for relatives of people involved in fatal accidents, although her primary area of interest and expertise is in work accidents. Kate is committed to working with clients to obtain fair compensation in a timely and cost efficient manner. Much of her work is obtained on the recommendation of satisfied clients or through referrals from other members of the legal and medical professions who recognise her expertise.

In 2016 and 2017 Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession listed Kate as a recommended lawyer in the areas of workers’ compensation and motor vehicle accident compensation.

In 2018 Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal profession listed Kate as a recommended lawyer in the areas of workers’ compensation, motor vehicle and public liability claims.

Kate is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Joseph McCormack LL.B, B.A, GDLP

Joseph McCormack LL.B, B.A, GDLP

Lawyer

“Seeing positive outcomes for my clients, obtained through our hard work at JDK Legal Services is always rewarding”

Joseph joined JDK Legal Services as a junior lawyer in the Personal Injuries Department in October 2017.

Joseph studied a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts double degree at the University of Western Australia, graduating in August 2016. He then completed his practical legal training with the College of Law before being admitted to practice law in Western Australia in September 2017.

Prior to being admitted Joseph obtained legal experience volunteering in criminal law, family law, and administrative law. Joseph also volunteered at the Mental Health Law Centre for a year, providing paralegal assistance for clients with a mental health diagnosis.

Joseph is dedicated to providing timely professional advice and guidance to JDK Legal Services’ clients through their often distressing and complex legal matters.

In his free time Joseph is an amateur magician, enjoys organising board game nights with friends, and rock-climbing.

Sylvi Kalaivanan LL.B, B.A.

Sylvi Kalaivanan LL.B, B.A.

Lawyer

Sylvi commenced working at JDK Legal Services in 2022 after completing her Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University.  In 2015 she also completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminology and Psychology from RMIT, Melbourne.  Sylvi was admitted to practice law in Western Australia in September 2022.

 She has worked in the aviation industry and as a paralegal in another personal injury law firm prior to joining JDK Legal Services.

 Sylvi thrives in a work environment where she can have a positive influence on people’s lives.  She is passionate about the law and finds it very satisfying to be able to assist clients get the best possible outcome in their personal injuries claim.

Rhys Weaver B. Psych (Hons), J.D.

Rhys Weaver B. Psych (Hons), J.D.

Graduate

Rhys joined JDK Legal Services in 2021 as a paralegal. He has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and completed his Juris Doctor postgraduate law degree at the University of Western Australia in 2022. Prior to joining JDK Legal Services Rhys worked as a research assistant with the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedicine at Curtin University.

 Rhys particularly enjoys the opportunity to use his medical and legal background to assist clients in a practical way and is passionate about helping people.

Demmi Sukhavasi B.Sc(MedSc), B.Com(Eco), LL.B, GDLP

Demmi Sukhavasi B.Sc(MedSc), B.Com(Eco), LL.B, GDLP

Demmi joined JDK Legal Services in 2023. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (economics major), and a Bachelor of Science (medical sciences major) from Charles Darwin University.

She was admitted to practice law in Western Australia in November of 2022 and has been working in personal injury since 2021.

Prior to her experience in law, Demmi worked for many years in the health care industry and for the Australian Health Practitioner Regular Agency.

Demmi takes great pride in providing personable, informed, and timely advice to her client’s during the personal injury claim process.

Andrea Jong

Andrea Jong

Andrea joined JDK Legal Services in 2023 as a law graduate after completing her Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University. She then completed her practical legal training with the Leo Cussen Centre for Law before being admitted to practice law in Western Australia in May 2023.

 Prior to joining JDK, Andrea worked as an intern in a generalist law firm in Malaysia and a non-profit organisation based in Indonesia that focuses on strengthening human rights in Asia and the Pacific.

 She enjoys having the opportunity to help and assist clients through difficult situations.

Giulio Petrella

Giulio Petrella

Independent Registered Agent

Giulio commenced working in the area of personal injury law in 1991 and brings to JDK Legal Services a vast amount of experience working for plaintiff law firms and insurance companies. He has an impressive track record of successfully representing injured workers at WorkCover and is well known for his professional approach and his ability to provide advice to clients in plain English.

Since 2011, Giulio has been working as an Independent Registered Agent and exclusively represents injured workers in relation to their workers’ compensation claims. A core part of his business involves working with JDK Legal Services and he regularly appears at WorkCover in both the Conciliation and Arbitration Services.

He is most proud of the fact that his relationship with JDK Legal Services enables him to deliver a specialised service to JDK Legal Services’ clients which has resulted in excellent outcomes at often difficult times in their lives.

Kristy Sedlarczuk

Kristy Sedlarczuk

Accounts/Office Manager

Kristy joined JDK Legal Services in June 2018 as the Accounts/Office Manager.  She has worked in the legal industry in medium sized, multi-disciplined law firms for over 20 years with 17 years of that time as an Office Manager which also incorporated the role of accounts.

Kristy is enthusiastic, positive and thorough in everything she does and is great at multi-tasking.

Jacob Ferrell

Jacob Ferrell

Jacob joined JDK Legal Services as a paralegal in March 2023. Currently studying law at UWA, Jacob’s background includes prior experience in driving forklifts and warehouse work. This experience has given him valuable insights into the impact work injuries can have on individuals.

 Jacob enjoys the opportunity to develop his legal skills while playing a role in providing practical assistance to clients, working towards the best outcomes in any situation.

Aisha Forrest

Aisha Forrest

Aisha joined JDK Legal Services in December 2022 as a fulltime paralegal. Prior to this, Aisha studied a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Murdoch University.

Aisha has a passion for basketball which started at the age of 4 years old. She is currently playing in a semi-profession league and has had multiple opportunities to travel around the country playing.

Aisha enjoys working in a team environment and strives to provide the best service she can to our clients.

Hazel Robinson

Hazel Robinson

Hazel joined JDK Legal Services in April 2023 as a paralegal and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of New England.

 Prior to joining JDK Legal Services Hazel worked in the hospitality industry and as a paralegal in another personal injury law firm.