Caitlin joined the firm as a law clerk in 2011, and then continued on as a solicitor after her admission in 2016 and is now a practice leader in our litigation team. She has experience in many areas of law, however primarily specialises in estate litigation, succession law and defamation.
She regularly appears in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts and pride herself on approaching litigation in a pragmatic and economical manner to achieve the best resolutions for her clients.
Caitlin understands the stress and grief associated in estate disputes and guardianship and administration proceedings (effecting those who have limited or lost capacity). She assists her clients navigate this emotional time and strives to alleviate the stress of the court process by simplifying complex legal ideas and fiercely advocating for her clients interests.
Caitlin has assisted countless people with their succession planning from preparing simple wills, powers of attorney and advance care directives to complex multi-generation business structure planning. Caitlin grew up in the country and comes from a farming family. Her firsthand experience provides a deep understanding of the considerations and priorities that farming families weigh when preparing their wills and preparing to transition away from a working role on the farm for the next generation. She also assists family members when they have lost a loved one and need to navigate the administration and distribution of the Estate. Caitlin has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Law Rising Star.
As a specialist in the area of defamation, Caitlin has presented continued professional development seminars to other professionals through the Law Society of South Australia and Legal Services Commission on the topic, and is an author of the defamation chapter of the Law Handbook.
Caitlin has a proven track record of assisting people in a variety of disputes, as highlighted in the following summary. She regularly receives glowing reviews from her clients, some of which are showcased below.
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I would like to thank you for representing me with my Inheritance entitlement in my mothers estate. You have done an extremely good job, always given me excellent advice and you dedication in getting a very good result without going to trial. I have been able to do it all from home in Victoria via phone and email. You were the third solicitor I spoke to and I am very happy that I chose you to represent me. I would highly recommend you. Thank you and all the best for the future.
My experience with Caitlin at Johnston Withers was faultless. Caitlin guided me throughout the entire process and respected my situation whilst being extremely personable. I was able to step back knowing I could trust Caitlin was handling everything. The level of professionalism and manner at which my case was handled means I would certainly be back if at anytime I needed assistance.
I had to get a few things done with a estate. Caitlin was a fantastic help Prompt and very Professional kept me up to date at all times and Fiona from the murray bridge branch was fantastic with all property transfers thank you Johnston Withers Adelaide and Murray Bridge EXTREMELY HAPPY.
A couple of months ago I was appointed as an executor for my mother's estate, something I had always thought was an honour, how wrong was I!! After a discussion with my financial advisor, I got in touch with Caitlin Walkington. That was the best thing I ever did. She made everything stress free and in no time all the paper work was sorted, probate was granted and the estate was finalised. Thanks again Caitlin, you are a legend and I would recommend you to anyone who needs their estate done.
It is with immense gratitude that I recommend Caitlin Walkington. Caitlin was the only one out of seven solicitors that I contacted that was able and/or willing to help me and advised on the brief with great compassion. I accepted her advise and after the first element of the situation unfolded, pursued the next element feeling secure in her projections. Caitlin is very professionally steered us through a very unpleasant situation with care, empathy, excellent knowledge, great understanding at a personal level, and emotional intelligence and maturity beyond her years. She listened to my concerns, and respectfully gave me options and guidance, factoring in my personal wellbeing, to a fantastic outcome. Subsequently we were delighted to give her our other personal business with confidence and peace of mind of her knowledge and attitude. We will be calling on Caitlin again should we ever require legal services in the future.
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