Our Team:

The Partners:

Clive Young and Campbell Young

In their early years of practise Clive and Campbell both worked in most areas of law, giving them a sound broad based experience. Since then they have each gradually moved into specific areas.

Clive, who is a Notary Public, practises in two broad areas of law. The first area is commercial conveyancing and negotiation and the second is the administration of deceased estates and the contentious issues arising out of disputed wills and intestacies.

Initially Campbell was primarily involved in litigation in all its forms but latterly he was engaged exclusively in the areas of family law, including family dispute resolution.

Clive and Campbell have been actively involved in many legal (and non legal) areas of life in the South West. Clive has been heavily involved in the business community in Bunbury and has been a member of numerous committees. Campbell chaired the Bunbury Legal Aid Committee for some 15 years and later the Bunbury Community Legal Centre. He was one of the founding committee members who set up the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. Campbell is very concerned about the lack of legal aid resources.

In 2007, Clive and Campbell were honoured by the City of Bunbury for their contributions to the Bunbury community.


Michael Devlin

Michael qualified in Victoria in 1984 and was admitted to practise in Western Australia in the same year. Prior to joining Young & Young in 1992, Michael’s main experience was in civil litigation in all jurisdictions, although he maintained an interest in all areas of law having lectured students in conveyancing and administrative law.

Michael is Young & Young’s in-house Counsel and practises as a Barrister and Solicitor. He has appeared in all jurisdictions.

Currently Michael’s main interests are criminal law, personal injury claims and general civil litigation. Michael has considerable experience in trial work, especially jury trials.

Senior Associates:

Marilyn Buttaccio

Marilyn comes from a farming background in the South West of Western Australia. She was admitted to practise in 1995 having completed her articles at Young & Young. Marilyn presented the firm with a dilemma in mid-1996 when she declared her intention to marry a lawyer then working with a firm in Perth. The firm had the option of losing her or making an offer to her fiance Simon Jacob. Thankfully the firm made the latter choice and Simon accepted. Marilyn and Simon are now here to stay.

Marilyn’s main areas of practise include worker’s compensation and personal injury claims, civil litigation, wills and the administration of deceased estates.

Marilyn attends our Collie office each Wednesday.

Simon Jacob

Simon joined the firm in 1996. He was admitted to practise in Western Australia in 1995, after completing his Articles with a large law firm in Perth. Simon’s initial experience was in the areas of native title law and security of tenure matters. Simon was also involved in general commercial litigation and has experience conducting insurance based litigation from the perspective of the insurance industry.

At Young & Young, Simon practises in the areas of commercial conveyancing and general civil litigation.

Simon is a Board member of Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School and the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. Simon is a Past President of the Bunbury Central Rotary Club.

Carol Bryson

Carol was admitted to practise in South Australia in 1992 and admitted in Western Australia in 1999. Prior to her legal career, Carol completed degrees in Economics and Accounting at the University of Adelaide. Since commencing in practise, Carol has worked mainly in the areas of family law, mental health.

Carol joined Young & Young late in 1999. Currently Carol’s main area of practise is family law, including defacto relationships. She has a keen interest in both child related and property issues.

Carol is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and regularly chairs Legal Aid Resolution Conferences/Family Court mediation-style conferences.

Carol is a former chair of the Bunbury Community Legal Centre and has been involved in a range of community organisations including the Rotary Club of Bunbury-Leschenault, the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery Board, Agencies for South West Accommodation (ASWA) and is currently South West Italian Club.

Elizabeth Nicholson

Elizabeth has degrees in both Economics and Law obtained from Monash University in Victoria. She was admitted to practise in Victoria in 1985 and Western Australia in 1998. Elizabeth has practised in a wide range of areas including civil and commercial litigation, property law, wills and estates. Elizabeth now practises principally but not exclusively in Family Law. Elizabeth is a nationally accredited mediator.

Elizabeth is a keen sportswoman competing in the past at a national level in both rowing and dressage. Living on a small rural property she now breeds and competes with her own horses. She is involved with most of the local equestrian clubs.


Kerri Lipman

Kerri was first admitted as a lawyer in Israel in June 2004 after completing a Bachelor Degree in Law, a Diploma in Business Management and a year of articles followed by passing both the written and oral Israeli Legal Bar Association exams. She then practised as an in-house lawyer in a telecommunications company, during which time she completed a Masters Degree in Commercial Law at the Tel-Aviv University. Kerri immigrated to Australia in 2009, completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal practise at UWA and commenced employment with Young & Young in 2010. In 2011, Kerri was admitted to practise as an Australian lawyer and practises mainly in the areas of personal injuries, workers compensation, general civil litigation, preparation of Wills and the administration of deceased estates including disputed estates.

Erin Smith

Erin recently completed 12 months as an Articled Clerk at this firm and was admitted into practice in August 2015. Erin graduated from Edith Cowan University in June 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws. Erin grew up in the South West of Western Australia. Erin's main areas of work are Criminal Law, administration of Deceased Estates (including disputed Estates), Personal Injury Claims, Workers' Compensation Claims, and general civil litigation. Erin strives to achieve excellent client relationships.