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 serves as Legal Director & Principal of van Kempen & Associates.
Simon returned with his family to live in the Northern Rivers in 2014 after a 33 year international business career spanning Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. His property finance career began as a senior accountant for the Ritz Hotel in London and grew as Finance Director and Property Acquisitions Specialist for a large European chain, to oversee the buying, leasing and sale of properties in the value of hundreds of millions of dollars. Later, as a consultant for leaders in the boutique and luxury hotel industry, he travelled the world including the Far East, advising on the exacting standards required for inclusion in that select group. Additionally Simon spent 12 years working in the highly competitive and expensive Manhattan 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. Holding nationality of each of Australia, the USA and of The Netherlands, Simon is acutely aware of the foreign restrictions placed on international investors expanding into new territories, and he and Adam will ensure your investments are protected.
Simon works with both local and international buyers on property acquisitions and provides organisational back up for the office’s lawyers. He is currently completing his Australian legal qualifications at Southern Cross University.
Simon serves as a Director 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.