The Shotters Team

The Shotter’s Story


Sean Shotter

Sean was admitted as a solicitor to the NSW Supreme Court and High Court of Australia in July 1995, having started as a Law Clerk in 1989. After working for a varied range of practices in the local and Sydney areas, Sean started Shotters Lawyers in 1999 and has continued to run his practice in a client friendly, somewhat unique manner since then.

In that time Sean has developed a client base throughout New South Wales that also extends interstate, and even overseas. Working for clients in property, commercial, development, business, finance, estate planning and deceased estate matters has certainly provided Sean with a vast array of experience and an exceptionally varied client base.

Sean is not your standard style of lawyer and operates his practice in a non-traditional relaxed manner. Suit and ties are unusual and only worn if absolutely necessary. Advice is given in plain English and in a direct manner and he is pretty much happy to talk to anyone about pretty much anything. If clients have problems that do not fall within Sean’s range of expertise, he has a network of colleagues that he trusts to assist his clients.

Being a lawyer is definitely just WHAT Sean does and it is not WHO he is.

Passionate about his family, surfing and nature, Sean spends much of his free time with his kids surfing, skateboarding or cruising around on his bike.

Sean involved with Stockton Junior Football Club and has coached his daughter’s soccer team since Under 6’s.

He is part of the Operations Team for Northside Boardriders in Stockton, the local surfboard riders club and oversees the running of the monthly competitions. This has led to Shotters Lawyers being a sponsor of Surfing Newcastle and also the annual Mattara Surf Competition, which is one of the longest running competitions in the country.

Sean’s direct email is

Alana Metcalfe

Alana Metcalfe (Solicitor)

Alana was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia in 2013. Alana joined the Shotters team in 2016 after previously working with clients in the Newcastle area in commercial, property, estate planning and deceased estates matters.

Alana takes the time to get to know her clients to best address their legal needs.

Out of the office Alana enjoys running, taking social sports and board games far too seriously and spending time with family and friends.

Alana’s direct email is

Helen Galvin


Helen Galvin first joined Shotters Lawyers in May 2002 as a Conveyancing assistant to Sean Shotter.

After a break to raise her children Helen re-joined Shotters in 2009.

In 2015, Helen completed her Conveyancing Law & Practice course through Macquarie University. She is now a Certified Practising Conveyancer.

Helen’s role involves both client and administration duties including:

  • managing property transactions;
  • staff mentoring;
  • office account administration; and
  • computing system maintenance

Helen is a respected and valued team member who is willing to go the extra mile to make our client’s lives easier.

Away from the office, Helen likes to spend time with her husband and two children.

Helen’s direct email is and mobile number 0402 453 394.

Laura Martinesi

Laura Martinesi (Paralegal, JP)

Laura joined Shotters Lawyers in September 2016 as a Paralegal and personal assistant to Sean Shotter.

Laura has a background in Estate Planning, Probate and Contested Estates and now assists Sean with a broad range of legal matters including Property, Commercial and Lease matters.  She enjoys helping people – whether it be guiding them through the difficult task of carrying out the duties of an executor or assisting them set up estate planning documents which accurately reflect their wishes.

Away from the office, Laura likes to spend time with her partner, grandparents, friends and her cat Sunni.  She loves to read and also spends a significant amount of time and effort maintaining her shoe collection.

Laura’s direct email is

Leanne Shotter

Leanne Shotter (Office Manager)

Leanne has managed the office since 1999 and is the office’s longest serving employee.  Not looking for the limelight, she has worked tirelessly in the background to make sure that the office runs efficiently and delivers outstanding service to all of our clients.

Outside of the office Leanne enjoys shopping and loves to sew and create things.  She has successfully started and sold a clothing business.