Simon returned with his family to live in the Northern Rivers in 2014 after a 33 year international business career. His property finance career began as a senior accountant for the Ritz Hotel in London and grew as Finance Director and Property Acquisitions Specialist. Additionally Simon spent 12 years working in the New York City hotel market in financial, asset management and senior operational roles. The principles that underpinned this extensive international activity ensure that the purchase of a family home will receive exactly the same attention as a multi-million dollar transaction.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Laws from Southern Cross University and serves as a Solicitor/Director of van Kempen & Associates.
Adam graduated with honours from Southern Cross University School of Law & Justice with a Bachelor of Laws. His early years were spent living on the Far North Coast of NSW and, after completing his high schooling in Brisbane and Sydney, he trained as a chef operating restaurants and catering businesses in Sydney before working as the Executive Chef at a 5 star hotel in China. In 2002 Adam merged his extensive first hand small business experience with a law career when he returned with his family to live in the Northern Rivers. Adam is the principal of BVK Solicitors & Attorneys, a practice established in Byron Bay over 30 years ago. Adam’s membership of the boards of Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre Inc. and Byron Writers Festival shows his strong commitment to the local community.
Adam serves as Legal Director & Principal of van Kempen & Associates.
Claire graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Laws, with a speciality in Commercial Law and promptly entered the legal workforce whilst concurrently completing her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice to become an admitted solicitor before she was 21 years old. Claire spent the next three years developing her skills in the areas of residential and commercial property, including timeshare, as well as wills and estates. Claire originally hails from Launceston, Tasmania, but has now lived on the Gold Coast for over 13 years where she considers herself a local.
Claire serves as a Solicitor at van Kempen & Associates.
Dakota graduated with Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University in 2018. She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2019, aged 21. Dakota started with BVK Solicitors Attorneys on a part-time basis in 2020 and joined van Kempen & Associates as a full-time Solicitor in 2021. She enjoys the diversity of working between Conveyancing, Wills and Estates, Leasing and General Agreements. Dakota was born in Kempsey and has lived in QLD since 2007, initially in Townsville and from 2015 on the Gold Coast. In her spare time she enjoys camping and going to the beach.
Dakota serves as a Solicitor at van Kempen & Associates.
Gemma is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Legal & Justice Studies majoring in Conveyancing at Southern Cross University. She joined van Kempen & Associates in 2019 as Receptionist and is now taking on more Conveyancing duties as she progresses in her studies. Gemma enjoys the diversity that the difference between QLD and NSW property law provides.
Originally from Brisbane, Gemma has been on the Tweed coast since 1998. In her spare time she pursues her love of health and fitness and has been a national rower for 3 years and is currently a strongwoman competitor.