375 Wyndham St. Shepparton, 3630

Meet The Team

James Maxwell

Partner
James is admitted to practise in both the High court of Australia and Victorian Courts

I have been a partner at Faram Ritchie Davies since 2018. I previously worked as a trainee solicitor, solicitor, and senior associate with the firm prior to being made partner.

I practice in a wide range of family law, criminal law and intervention order matters. I appear regularly in both Victorian Courts and Federal Courts throughout Australia. I’m also an experienced advocate having personally appeared in significant criminal matters including Magistrates Court trials and County Court appeals as well as family law trials in the federal Circuit Court.

I understand that no two cases are the same and strive to achieve the best outcome for my clients in the particular circumstances of their matter.

Outside of the law, I have a keen interest in sport and am a very passionate supporter of the Carlton Football Club.

Tim Davies

Partner
LL.B, B.Com, M. Tax, MBA., CPA

I have been practicing law now for over 40 years. For the past 30 years I have done so in the Greater Shepparton region and prior to that I had practiced law in western Victoria for around 10 years.

During my 30 years of practice in Shepparton my main areas of interest have been in property and commercial matters with an emphasis on complex taxation issues. In addition to these areas of practice, I also administer deceased estates, prepare wills and powers of attorney and also conduct litigation in relation to will contests.

For many years I also ran a public accounting practice as a CPA in conjunction with my legal practice. Only in 2018 did I relinquish my tax agent’s registration. I have however retained my CPA status and continue to have an interest in accounting matters.

Outside the law I enjoy bushwalking, snow-skiing both at resorts and also back-country and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

Ian Ritchie

Consultant
B.Juris, LL.B., M.A.R.N. 9685534

I have been practicing law for more than 40 years and have been a registered Migration Agent for over 20 of those years.

My main areas of practice are migration law, WorkCover and employment law as well as litigation both in relation to personal injury and commercial disputes.

As a registered migration agent, I’ve handled a wide range of applications, involving partner, employer sponsorship (temporary and permanent), parent and skilled independent visas, as well as appeals to the AAT and citizenship applications.

Kristen Nicholls

Lawyer

I was born and raised in the Goulburn Valley, growing up on a dairy farm. I was admitted to practice in July 2017 and began my career working for a large firm in the Goulburn Valley in the areas of property and commercial law. Since commencing with Faram Ritchie Davies my area of practice has been largely family law.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs. I also enjoy travelling and exploring the world. I am also a keen horse rider and a member of the Echuca and District Adult Riding Club.

Claire Soccio

Lawyer

Growing up on a dairy farm in Undera, I have always been a Goulburn Valley local. Preferring to stay regional, I attended La Trobe University in Bendigo for my studies and was admitted to practice in 2018.

My main areas of practice are wills and estates, rural and residential conveyancing, water share transfers and other property related matters.

When not in the office or spending time with family, I enjoy travelling, taking the odd yoga class and reading almost any novel I can get my hands on.