Meet Our Lawyers

Iain Gardiner Solicitor

Iain Gardiner

Iain is the principal of Dawson & Gardiner Solicitors. He was employed at Dawson Solicitors for 18 months prior to purchasing the business and has re-branded as Dawson & Gardiner Solicitors. 

Iain was previously an electrician for 15 years and during that time was a union delegate for the ETU. It was there he found his passion for standing up for people’s rights. He prides himself on being down to earth and approachable. His goal is to make his clients experience as seamless and stress free as possible. 

Along with his legal qualifications, Iain also has a Bachelor of Business and has spent many years utilising his diverse skills and experiences. Iain practices in many areas of the law including family law, criminal law, conveyancing, commercial law and will preparation however he is finding great passion in estate planning, family provision claims and probate matters and he would love to discuss your needs and how he can help you.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Laws
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Affiliations
Law Society of NSW

Tony Quinn Solicitor

Tony Quinn

Courtesy of holding degrees in both Economics and Commerce, Tony brings to this practice a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding real life issues. Prior to entering the legal industry, Tony spent 23 years in senior account management roles, predominately in the liquor industry. These roles have equipped him with the ability to listen and empathise with his clients needs and tailor effective solutions to their problems.

Deciding on a new career path, Tony commenced his legal studies when he was accepted to The University of Newcastle’s graduate entry programme. On completion of his studies, Tony was awarded a Bachelor of Laws with First-Class Honours. Tony went on to complete his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law in Sydney and has since been admitted to the Roll of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and to the Register of the High Court of Australia. Tony prides himself on being approachable and open with his clients. 

Qualifications
Bachelor of Laws with Honours Class I
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Economics 

Affiliations
Law Society of NSW
Law Society of Newcastle
Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association

Huia Edwards Solicitor Cardiff

Huia Edwards

Huia joined Dawson & Gardiner Solicitors in 2020 to complete her Practical Legal Training whilst she completed a Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law in Sydney.

Huia has been admitted to the Roll of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and to the Register of the High Court of Australia. Huia has also completed a Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice and is a keen advocate for Indigenous affairs.

With 21 years’ experience in retail management, team building, recruitment and training, Huia also has a strong business acumen in the retail sector.

Huia is a good listener, is quite empathetic and has strong family values which goes hand in hand with her interests in Family Law, Wills, Estates, Criminal Law and Traffic matters.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Affiliations
Law Society of NSW
Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association
Women Lawyers Association

Jamie Pouwhare Solicitor Cardiff

Jamie Pouwhare

Jamie Pouwhare joined Dawson & Gardiner Solicitors in 2021 and was admitted to the Roll of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2016.

After working in pharmacy for many years, Jamie completed a Bachelor of Law and Commerce as well as a Diploma of Legal Practice in 2015. Jamie believes that it is rewarding to help people with major decisions in their lives, whether that is purchasing their first home, drafting wills, dealing with probate, or entering into significant commercial transactions. Jamie also enjoys the personal aspect of commercial law and helping her clients to understand their rights and give them the ability to have confidence in their decisions.

Jamie enjoys working and is grateful to have the opportunity to build a career in her hometown of Newcastle. Outside of work, Jamie loves travelling, keeping fit and active and spending time with her family and friends.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Law
Diploma of Legal Practice
Bachelor of Commerce

Affiliations
Law Society of NSW
Newcastle Law Society
Women Lawyers Association
Hunter Young Professionals

Emily Leggett Solicitor Cardiff

Emily Leggett

Emily joined Dawson & Gardiner Solicitors in 2021 while completing her combined degree of Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts at The University of Newcastle. Emily gained valuable practical experience in her role as Paralegal supporting the firms’ solicitors in complex commercial and family law matters, which aided her in completing her Diploma of Legal Practice.

Emily was admitted to the rolls of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 2022.

Emily is dedicated to providing high quality legal advice as a newly admitted solicitor, having particular interest in commercial and contractual disputes, property law, health law, employment law and wills & estates.

Along with her legal qualifications, Emily also has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in ancient history, classical languages, and modern history.

Emily is highly motivated and prides herself on being down to earth and able to relate to her clients in an approachable and reassuring way.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Laws with Honours Class II Div I
Diploma of Legal Practice
Bachelor of Arts

Affiliations
Law Society of NSW

Meet our Team in Cardiff & Morisset

Jacob Givney – Law Clerk

Elke Waller – Law Clerk & Accounts

Tanya Graham – Conveyancing Assistant