Derek Vale

B.Surv (Hons), LLB

Principal Solicitor - Sole Director

Derek James Vale is the Principal Solicitor and Sole Director of Vale Law. He has a broad range of skills and experience in all aspects of general legal practice. Whilst he has preferred areas of practice, ultimately it is in the client relationship where his primary interest lies. What his clients need, Derek endeavours to provide.

Communication is key to Derek's method of practice. He is readily accessible and responsive to his client's contact.

Derek has a unique background with his Law degree, Diploma of Legal Practice and Honours degree in Surveying (University of Newcastle) and previous employment in the Hunter area as a Surveyor and Civil Engineer. He is a former winner of the Institute of Surveyors NSW- Student of the Year.

Derek has spent the last ten years working as a lawyer in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie servicing a wide range of clients ranging from government bodies, registered clubs, sporting and charitable organisations, commercial and business operations, property developers (small and large) to ordinary citizens. His experience includes:

Property Law and Commercial Law:

Property and commercial transactions (including Conveyancing), business management, project development, commercial structures, disputes and litigation.

Family Law, General Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates:

Family law, Estate and Civil disputes, Family law consent matters, Preparation of simple and complex Wills, Family/ Discretionary Trusts, Unit and Hybrid Trusts, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship, Business Succession, Probate Applications.

In his spare time Derek enjoys spending time with his family, reading, running and gaming.

In 2011 Vale Law relocated from the Newcastle CBD to the shores of Lake Macquarie, Valentine. Close alignment with the local community is one of the many benefits suburban practice offers.

Derek is enthusiastic about the opportunity to offer his skills and services to Vale Law’s current and future clients. You can contact Derek on

"Do or do not, there is no try." Yoda, a long time ago...

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