Our People

Christopher Messenger

Christopher is the principal at Messenger & Messenger and was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in 1975. Having practiced for 41 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

Paul Longhurst

Paul was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in 1989. Apart from having experience in NSW Legal Aid, NSW Local Court and Family Law legal work, Paul has an extensive Workers Compensation practice, covering all areas from Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo, Cobar and surrounding regions. Paul is retained by several trade unions to service their membership, including the Australian Workers Union, the Shop Distribution Association and the Australian Specialists and Medical Officers Association.  He has appeared at Coronial Inquests in respect of industrial accidents and is also on the following NSW Legal Aid Panels:


Care and Protection Panel

Independent Children’s Panel

Family Law Panel

Criminal Law Panel


Paul is a pro bono solicitor for the Cancer Council of NSW.


Paul is an Approved Legal Service Provider to the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office and is a nationally accredited Mediator (NMAS) with the NSW Law Society.


Prior to admission to practice, Paul was employed as a Petty Sessions Officer with the NSW Department of Attorney-General and of Justice, Article Law Clerk, Union Organiser, Review Officer for the NSW Workers Compensation Commission, construction worker and general rouseabout in wool stores and shearing sheds around Goulburn.


Paul has been practising law in the Orange and greater Central West region for over 25 years.

Alice Byrnes

Alice was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in 2012 and commenced her career in a commercial litigation team at a national law firm in Sydney CBD.  Alice gained a broad range of experience in contractual disputes, property, fraud, bankruptcy and insolvency. In particular, Alice is interested in commercial and retail property and leasing disputes as well as supply chain disputes. She has appeared in or advised on matters in the NSW Local, District and Supreme Courts, the Federal and Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.


Alice joined the Messenger & Messenger team in November 2015.  Since then, Alice has been developing her general practice skills and acquiring further knowledge and experience in Succession Law, Family Law and Workers’ Compensation. Alice is an Approved Legal Service Provider to the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office.


Alice was born in Orange and grew up on her parents’ orchard property near Spring Side.


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Denise Gleeson

Denise is 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 is a paralegal at Messenger & Messenger since 1997. Robyn provides administrative support in wills, estates and succession law and workers compensation. Robyn also runs the accounts of Messenger & Messenger.


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

Christine Hood

Christine is 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.  In particular, Skye has an aptitude for Family Law.

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   ABN 80 220 787 160

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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