Our People

Tom Messenger

Born and raised in Orange, Tom obtained qualifications in Science and Law from the Australian National University in Canberra before moving to Sydney where he was appointed legal and research assistant (tipstaff) to the Honourable Justice Lloyd of the Land & Environment Court.


Following his admission as a solicitor in 2010, Tom worked in a leading specialist town planning and local government practice. He then joined a national commercial firm, where he worked for 7 years, ultimately in the position of Senior Associate. During that period the firm grew significantly to become the largest legal partnership in Australia.


Throughout the course of Tom’s time in Sydney, he practised principally in the areas of litigation, property, town planning and local government. His litigation experience extends to all major Courts and Tribunals in NSW, including in cases as solicitor advocate. Tom expanded his practice upon his return to his home town to incorporate estates, personal injury, and transactional matters.


Christopher Messenger

Christopher was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in 1975. Having practiced for over 40 years, Christopher has a wealth of knowledge of all general practice areas, in particular conveyancing, wills, estates and succession law, and workers compensation.


Christopher is an accredited Mediator with the NSW Law Society, Australian Mediation Association, and Workers Compensation Commission and regularly travels around the Central West and to Sydney. Christopher has conducted over 500 mediations as a Mediator. He is also a farm debt Mediator with the NSW Rural Assistance Authority.


Christopher was appointed by the NSW Supreme Court Chief Justice as a Costs Assessor for 12 years. He was also appointed by the President of the then Workers’ Compensation Commission as an Arbitrator and Mediator for 9 years. He currently conducts mediations in the Central West and Sydney for the Workers’ Compensation Commission.


Christopher is married to Christine Carter and has wide community interests, including sporting organisations and charities in the Central West.

Christine Carter

Christine was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in 1978 and is well-known for her established and successful Family Law practice.  Christine is pragmatic and always aims to resolve her clients’ family law disputes before Court proceedings are commenced.  Christine’s holistic attitude means she has successfully negotiated child disputes, advised on asset protection, succession planning, family businesses and children’s issues.


Christine is a board member for Cancer Care Western NSW Inc and supports many other local charitable and community organisations around Orange and the Central West. Christine’s other interests include family, reading, cooking and her garden.


Christine was born in Cootamundra and lived on her parents’ rural property as a child before studying in Sydney.

Robert Hood

Robert was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in 1966 as a partner in Whitham Wilkinson & Marks practising in all corporate areas, income tax, estate minimisation, trusts and estates and old system conveyancing.  When that firm dissolved, he practiced as a sole trader for some years.


He retired in 1982 to become a fulltime grazier but returned to law in 1993 with Chris Messenger, opening an office in Bathurst as Messenger & Messenger Bathurst. He has since sold that practice.


Robert now operates his legal practice from Meadow Flat and Bathurst.  He has a particular interest in all types of conveyancing, be it old system, strata, community title, western lands leasehold, or normal torrens title. He is experienced in small lot residential and rural and commercial subdivision as well as wills, trusts and deceased estates.


He is a founder of the Australian Document Exchange and of the Hills Grammar School in Round Corner, Dural.


Robert is also a farmer and grazier who lives and operates a cattle and sheep property between Bathurst and Lithgow so he can only be seen by appointment, in Bathurst or Meadow Flat.


Robert  can be contacted on (02) 6359 5555 or 0408 206 851 or rhood@messengerlaw.com.au

Denise Gleeson

Denise has been a paralegal at Messenger & Messenger since 1990. Denise provides administrative support in conveyancing, property law and workers compensation.


With more than 25 years employment with solicitors in the Central West, Denise has experience in all aspects of conveyancing and property law including leases, easements and compulsory acquisitions.

Robyn Churchland

Robyn has been a paralegal at Messenger & Messenger since 1997. Robyn provides administrative support in wills, estates and succession law and workers compensation.


Robyn started working at a Mudgee law firm in 1975 as a paralegal where she met Christine Carter.

Christine Hood

Christine has been a paralegal at Messenger & Messenger since 1993. She provides administrative support to Robert in Meadow Flat and Bathurst in conveyancing and property law as well as wills and estates.


Christine is a qualified primary school teacher with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Education.  Christine also works on the family farm and has been a fencer.


Christine is a keen Rotarian and is past President of the Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak and has been involved in all the charitable commitments of that Club.  She was also involved in the establishment of Hills Grammar School in Round Corner, Dural. Christine is a keen gardener and a member of the Bathurst Gardeners Club.


Skye Ostini

Skye is an administrative support assistant at Messenger & Messenger since 2005. Skye provides essential support to the paralegals and the solicitors as well as providing reception duties.  Skye is experienced in LEAP Legal Software and preparing legal documents.

Messenger & Messenger – Solicitors & Conveyancers

Orange Office

263 Lords Place, Orange NSW 2800 | PO Box 96, Orange NSW 2800 | DX 3015 ORANGE

T 02 6361 3388   F 02 6362 5789   E or@countrylaw.com.au

Bathurst Office

PO Box 1245, Bathurst NSW 2795

T 02 6359 5555   M 0408 206 335  F 02 6359 5855 E rhood@messengerlaw.com.au

Canowindra Enquiries

T 02 6369 1602


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