Cornerstone Legal have acted in two of the largest land compensations ever done within Western Australia, whilst also having represented client appeals within The Court of Appeals, as well as on numerous Native Title Cases. When stepping through the doors at Cornerstone Legal, you will quickly realise why many of our clients come from referrals and repeat business.
Since the company’s inception in 2004, we have become recognised as an established law firm within the Canning Vale area, away from the hustle and bustle of the Perth CBD. With a passion for helping people, and a desire to achieve just and fair outcomes, we have enjoyed continued success across a range of industries, clients and practice areas.
Whether or not you’re looking for assistance with a probate application, land compensation, property rights, or you need an estate planning lawyer, we have a passion for the law and find great rewards in achieving results for our clients.
To provide direct advice, robust representation and personalised service to clients in need of boutique legal advice. To work with our clients’ best interests at heart, with a priority on achieving fair and just outcomes through effective legal council.
Cornerstone Legal prides itself on Christian ethics of honesty and integrity in an environment that is friendly, approachable and accessible. We believe in the merits and capabilities of the legal system in achieving justice for clients in need of our services.
Because we care. Cornerstone Legal clients experience a personalised service tailored to their needs and objectives, serviced by a team of highly experience and committed lawyers who place their clients front and centre at the core of their priorities.
Tim holds numerous qualifications across three separate universities. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Murdoch University, a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University, as well as a Master of Arts from the University of Western Australia.
Since Cornerstone Legal formed in 2004, Tim has led the company from the front as an innovative, inspiring and passionate partner. With the initial intention of starting an effective and tailored legal services firm, he has helped establish Cornerstone Legal’s prominence as a market leader. With a focus on achieving resolutions for clients by choosing the right strategies, Tim believes in providing clear, effective and tailored advice to clients, in order to progress their matters, no matter how big or small.
After being admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1998, as well as the High Court of Australia in 2004, Mr Houweling has acquired experience across a variety of practice areas. Having worked with a number of Local Governments across Western Australia, as well as countless landowners in both Courts and Tribunals, he has attributed valuable knowledge and experience as a Property Law expert on all issues involving land and its ownership.
When it comes to Planning Law, Tim is well versed in providing advice on the provisions of the Building Act, Planning and Development Act and the Bush Fires Act. Additionally, his experience includes subdivisions and property development, having also dealt with unlawful development and breaches of Town Planning Schemes. Tim is also well versed in litigation scenarios, working with land compensation matters, contractual disputes, civil commercial property disputes and debt recovery.
Tim has been recognised by the Federal Attorney General as a Registered Native Title Practitioner, as well as a Doyles Recommended Provider of Planning. He can also be spotted lecturing students at Murdoch University each semester and is also a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.
…he has worked throughout South East Asia and Africa to improve governments. Tim is also an avid lover of skiing (having skied in Switzerland, Australia and The Rockies) and also enjoys windsurfing, boating and regularly going for a 10-kilometre run.
Bronwyn first completed a Bachelor of Business (Business Management) at Charles Sturt University in 2010 prior to completing a Juris Doctor at Murdoch University in 2015.
Since joining the team at Cornerstone Legal in early 2014, Bronwyn has gained experience throughout a variety of complex legal scenarios and practiced across a range of areas including property law, litigation and native title.
Bronwyn’s experience includes advising small business on structure and strategy, assisting local governments in relation to process and prosecutions, aiding landowners in circumstances of compulsory acquisition of land and working in the field of native title, negotiating between pastoral leaseholders and the indigenous community in respect of native title determinations and land use agreements.
Bronwyn’s style can best be described as empathetic, friendly and genuine. Bronwyn cares for her clients and maintains a diligent approach to finding the best outcomes for her clients in each and every circumstance.
Speciality Practice Areas
Property and Planning
Wills and Estates
Bronwyn was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 2 September 2016 and to the High Court of Australia on 28 September 2016. Bronwyn is also an active member of the Law Society of Western Australia.
Something you may not know about Bronwyn is…
…she took a charity trip to Bosnia in 2004 with the sole intention of providing fundraising support and aid to families in need. Whilst there, Bronwyn helped purchase food, building materials and sponsorship for children to attend school.
Tina Holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts (Major in History and Minor in Politics) and a Graduate Certificate in Building & Construction Law from The University of Notre Dame.
Tina is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court and the High Court, and holds a certificate in Arbitration along with being a Nationally Accredited Mediator.
Tina has worked in the legal industry since 2002 and has led many teams in a modern approach to practice. She is a former Barrister, having practiced out of Francis Burt Chambers and has specialist advocate training.
Tina focuses on understanding client needs, their businesses and how to assist them resolve a dispute with the appropriate strategies tailored to them. She understands the bigger picture and that one size doesn’t fit all.
Although Construction is a passion, Tina has extensive experience in Property, Administrative, Commercial and litigious matters, having appeared in most Courts and Tribunals in Western Australia.
Tina is a list writer and planner and helps others find ways to operate more efficiently. She is a passionate mentor to other women in the professions, has an open door policy and a positive outlook on team culture.
Building and Construction
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
In 2015, Tina was a finalist of the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in the Special Counsel category and in 2016 was a finalist in the Women Lawyer of the Year Awards. She is the past President of Women Lawyers WA and is on numerous boards and committees within the legal community.
Tina is a member of The Law Society and Women Lawyers WA.
Tina is also an adjunct lecturer at the College of Law.
…she is a yoga lover, health and wellness advocate and very active mother of two boys. She also enjoys camping, reading, baking and team sports; although she is quite competitive, having grown up with three brothers.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (with honours) from the University of Western Australia.
As an experienced lawyer with an extensive background in litigation, Andrew found his passion for Planning Law and Native Title Law, after practising on a variety of related cases within these niche specialisations. Now specialising in Native Title and Planning Law, Andrew’s approach to clients can best be described as committed, reliable and friendly.
When it comes to Planning Law, Andrew appears in the State Administrative Tribunal, acting for proponents of developments. Specialising in development strategy, Andrew also provides advice on how to obtain development approval and assisting those who have been denied approval, through timely and efficient appeals. Andrew has provided planning advice for some high profile developments including; the Perth Convention Centre, Ocean Keys Shopping Centre (Clarkson) and Coles-Myer Shopping Centre (Margaret River) just to name a few.
Much of Andrew’s strength in Native Title Law lies in his ability to negotiate with Aboriginal groups over Native Title as well as negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreements. Working closely with the Director of Native Title of the Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA), Andrew predominately advises the PGA as well as individual pastoralists, with regards to claims made for Native Title by Aboriginal groups. Andrew appears in the Federal Court of Australia to protect and further the interests of his Native Title clients.
Native Title Law
As well as being a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, Andrew is also a longstanding member of the Environment, Town Planning and Local Government Committee. Andrew has also been an active member on the Environment Committee for the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), helping to promote best practice and leadership within the development industry.
…he is an avid cricketer having played and coached since a young age. Andrew is in fact an accredited Cricket Australia Development Coach for Cricket Coaches Australia, as well as an Australian Cricket Board Accredited Coach. He is also an avid food and wine lover who enjoys lecturing on the Native Title unit within Murdoch University’s law degree.
Since her graduation from Murdoch University in 2015, Lyndsay has attributed a Bachelor of Law degree (with first class honours), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.
When Lyndsay joined Cornerstone Legal, it was evident to note her passion for the legal industry. Lyndsay excelled throughout her studies, picking up numerous awards and demonstrating a diligence and dedication towards achieving results. Naturally, it was a perfect fit for Lyndsay to join the team to apply her driven and attentive methods of practice towards Cornerstone’s client base.
Lyndsay graduated from Murdoch University with First Class Honours from her Bachelor of Law degree, however she also collated an impressive array of academic achievements along the way. She picked up the prestigious Herbert Smith Freehills Prize in Law, as well as the Lexis Nexis Award For Constitutional Law, followed by the Sarah Meddin Memorial Prize in Legal Theory. Upon graduation, it was then time for Lyndsay to join the legal profession, building her experience in a variety of fields such as Commercial Litigation, Town Planning, Environmental Law and Land Compensation just to name a few.
Whilst advising Local Governments in relation to various contraventions of the Local Government Act and Local Laws, Lyndsay has a keen focus on Local Government Law. One of her strengths is that she has worked both for and against Local Governments, giving her valuable perspective on how best to achieve the best resolution for both parties. She has worked in an advisory capacity for private individuals and corporate entities, in relation to all aspects of the Planning and Development Act, Building Act, Health Act and Environmental Protection Act. Additionally, Lyndsay has provided advice to landowners against Local Governments in relation to zoning, land use, and planning disputes.
Property and Town Planning Law
Local Government Law
Lyndsay was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in September 2016. Lyndsay is the Vice President of the Western Australia Legal Theory Association (WALTA), is a member of the Law Society as well as a member of Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc (WLWA).
…Lyndsay enjoys keeping active by running and going to the gym. She has also been a competitor in equestrian events, and enjoys the challenge and team dynamic of the sport.