Who We Are

from 1 July 2021

I have decided to retire and Adam and Simon van Kempen are now available to shepherd clients of Peter A Smith Law Practice through whatever part of the legal process they need to navigate. In my view, not only are Adam and Simon skilled lawyers, but good listeners, attentive and empathetic. They will be my lawyers of choice in future.” Peter Smith

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 is the principal of van Kempen & Associates, a practice established in Tweed Heads 6 years ago.

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.

Kimberly Newman

Kimberly grew up in the Byron Shire and moved to Brisbane after completing year 12. She worked in large law firms gaining experience in personal injury having worked her way up from receptionist to paralegal and then in defendant insurance as a PA.

Having moved back to the Byron area in 2015 for work-life balance Kimberly started working in leasing and joined the Peter A Smith Law Practice in 2020 as a conveyancing paralegal.

Kimberly has 2 small children who keep her happy and busy and she and the family love getting away for camping trips to the beach in their spare time.

Sue Rado (van Kempen)

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.

Sue comes from a background in visual arts and in her other part-time life she has returned, after many years, to the world of art photography. If this interests you have a look here.