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.
Sue works part-time between the family firms of BVK Solicitors Attorneys, van Kempen & Associates and Peter A Smith Law Practice, during which time she plays the role of Office & HR Manager, Graphic & Web Designer and Marketing & Advertising person. During her working life Sue has fulfilled admin and creative roles in many large and small companies in Australia, the UK, and Hungary. She returned to Australia in 2013, after living for 15 years in Budapest, where she gained further experience with international businesses and became fluent in Hungarian. Having worked with Adam in restaurants and catering, decades before, she was delighted when he asked her would she join the firm as Office Manager.