Chris Mills OAM RFD, Principal Solicitor
Chris was born in North Sydney, New South Wales in 1947 and raised as the only child of a service station proprietor. He completed his High School education at Sydney Grammar School in 1964 attaining a Teacher’s College Scholarship, which he did not take up as he commenced employment as an articled clerk with a firm of Chartered Accountants.
In 1966, in the midst of the Vietnam War, Chris joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Seaman Midshipman. Highlights of his service as a seaman, hydrographic and diving officer were command of ships, overseas postings and visiting countries throughout the Pacific, Asia and the Middle East, including active duty in Vietnam. He spent his twenty-first birthday at sea off Vietnam and was at one time the first RAN officer to have served on duty on the Golan Heights in Israel.
After serving in the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea, Chris served as relief Commanding Officer and Sailing Master of the STS Young Endeavour. On completion he was posted to Canberra before resigning from full time service in 1992.
He migrated with Nerolie to Townsville in their boat, “Leerunna”, and, after owner building their home at Rowes Bay, Chris commenced work at Ferry Real Estate, Hermit Park as the Property/Administration/Post Office Manager. He was also an active Navy Reserve Lieutenant Commander whose duties included being the RAN Liaison Officer for 11 Brigade in Townsville.
Chris ceased at Ferry’s in 1995 and commenced reading law at James Cook University. He graduated in 2000, and after completing his legal practice course at the NSW College of Law was admitted as a solicitor in NSW and Queensland in that year.
After a period of employment with the ACCC, Chris also commenced employment in 2000 as the Consumer Rights Solicitor at Townsville Community Legal Service. In 2001 Chris passed the QLS Practice Management Course with Distinction before going into private practice as a sole practitioner in July 2002. Chris also retired from the RANR in 2002 after 35 years of full time and reserve service.
Chris maintains a close volunteer relationship with veterans and their families, having been Secretary, Treasurer and Public Officer for the Veterans Support Centre NQ Inc for over 20 years. He was recognised for his contribution to the community of Townsville by being awarded the OAM and Townsville Citizen of the Year in 2013.
While in recent years his law practice has concentrated on Conveyancing only, Chris and Nerolie, who is a CPA, are moving into preparation of Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Probate and Estate Management as their experience has found that there is a need for affordable, no frills and efficient service in this area.
Christelle Ah Pew LLB, Solicitor
Christelle was born in Mauritius and is fluent in three languages – Creole, French and English. Upon finishing school Christelle worked in the tourism industry internationally in many varied positions for five years prior to emigrating to Townsville in 2009. In 2010 Christelle obtained a Diploma in Tourism Management and was awarded Best International Student Award from TAFE North.
Christelle had a varied career history in Australia before choosing law, including Revenue
Protection Officer in the logistic industry, Customer Service Manager in the retail industry, Telemarketing Supervisor for the French market and Public Relation Officer in the tourism industry internationally. In 2021 Christelle began working alongside lawyers in the property law department assisting with day to day tasks such as contract preparation, undertaking searches and attending settlements. During her time as a paralegal Christelle developed her skills and gained experience with residential purchases and sales. She also assisted with Wills and Family Law
property transfers gaining valuable experience in the industry.
Christelle graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Laws in August 2022 and then completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law in June 2023. She was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland on the 4th of August 2023.
Christelle joined Townsville Mobile Solicitor in February 2023 bringing her considerable legal experience to the Practice. Since joining the firm she has become very proficient in regard to using the PEXA platform for all property matters. Christelle’s passion lies with residential conveyancing with a genuine interest in real estate matters.
Christelle leads a very busy life having three school age daughters. Her interests revolve around her family and include enjoying many outdoor activities.
Cassie Fisher – Legal Clerk
Cassie was born in Darwin in the year 2000 but moved to Townsville soon after with her parents and two younger siblings. During her high schoolyears, she volunteered with the Arcadian Surf Lifesaving Club, participated in Toastmasters public speaking and performed locally with Magnetic Island's Fire Flyz group.
Cassie has completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze and silver awards, and in 2016 was selected as a representative in the Townsville-Iwaki sister city exchange to Japan. Since leaving school she has continued her study of the Japanese language with plans to visit the country again in future.
In 2017 she graduated from Townsville Grammar School with the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
After graduating, Cassie spent the next few years working at Magnetic Island's local Scallywags Cafe whilst considering what to study. In late 2019 she moved back to Townsville from the island and started work as a Night Fill team member at Coles, which she continued throughout the height of the pandemic. She eventually rose to the position of Team Leader and in late 2020 picked up a second job as Airline Ground Crew at the Townsville Airport.
Throughout her time working Cassie had commenced several undergraduate degrees, including a Double Bachelors in Internal Relations and Law, a Bachelors in IT and a Bachelor of Geology, though she did not complete them. In 2021 she recommenced a Bachelor of Law at James Cook University and did work experience with Townsville Mobile Solicitor from October 2021. Cassie become a member of the team at Townsville Mobile Solicitor in April 2022 as a Legal Clerk.
In her spare time Cassie enjoys writing, listening to music and spoiling her cat, Pretzel. She is due to graduate with her Law Degree at the end of 2023 and hopes to continue working with Townsville Mobile Solicitor in future to assist in expanding the business.
Nerolie Mills JP(Q), Accountant
Born in country New South Wales, Nerolie attended Sydney University completing a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Pure Mathematics and Chemistry. After completing a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Teaching she become one of the founding teachers at Model Farms High School in the Sydney suburb of Winston Hills.
After teaching Mathematics and Science for four years she travelled the world in one year. Nerolie visited the US, Britain, Scandinavia, Europe, Japan and Singapore which greatly broadened her horizons.
Further education followed with the completion of a Graduate Diploma in Secretarial Studies at Canberra University. Eight years were then spent in administrative and management positions in four Canberra organisations, including an Accountant’s office.
Joining her future husband, Chris, a year was spent in Papua New Guinea working at the Japanese Embassy and commencing her Bachelor of Commerce degree. This was completed at the Australian National University, in Canberra, while teaching small business management part time at Canberra TAFE.
After motoring up the coast in their boat, “Leerunna”, Nerolie then worked with the Northern Regional Health Authority gaining the necessary experience and completing the required further education to become a Certified Practising Accountant in August 1995. Again following further experience in the taxation field Nerolie became a Registered Tax Agent in November 1996 and commenced practice on a part time basis.
In May 2000 Nerolie purchased another small tax agent’s business enabling her to expand her practice and work on a full time basis as an accountant, auditor and tax agent. Her office, at Rowes Bay, was renovated after Cyclone Tessi and the practice continued to grow by word of mouth referral from satisfied clients.
In 2008, following some health issues, Nerolie sold her Tax Agent Practice and continued to work only in the auditing field. Nerolie’s practice is founded upon the commitment to providing personalized service at a reasonable rate as an auditor of incorporated associations and trust accounts.
In 2019 Nerolie moved her office to 6 Cooper Street, Currajong to continue her auditing work and also to provide administrative services to Townsville Mobile Solicitor as the legal practice experienced significant growth.
Nerolie is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) and is available to witness documents when required.