Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it.

Here’s what some of our clients had to say…

“Following our brother’s motor vehicle accident and subsequent acquired brain injury, sadly his marriage fell apart. We sought the help of Michael Seton of Ryan & Seton Lawyers, as the firm was highly recommended by family friends. We now completely understand why. Michael assisted [our brother] with obtaining Family Court orders regarding his children as well as a property settlement with his estranged wife. Michael was outstanding in his professionalism but also in his communication with us. Michael worked very hard to ensure our brother received a fair result in his property settlement and that his rights as a father were protected through the Family Court orders. Every step of the way Michael treated our brother with so much compassion and respect. His professionalism and excellent communication skills made what was a very daunting task a lot easier for all of us. Our brother’s brain injury made it difficult at times for him to understand all the legal details, however Michael took his time to explain things in layman’s terms so that [our brother] could fully understand. Throughout all proceedings, Michael was honest and showed his absolute commitment to getting a great result for [our brother] in both the property and parenting areas. He communicated with us every step of the way and gave us advice in a manner that was easy to understand. Our brother’s property settlement had the added issue of the required involvement of the NSW Trustee & Guardian, however Michael took this in his stride and worked closely with the legal representative at NSW Trustee & Guardian. Michael’s team members Tayla and Tim were also easy and professional to deal with. We are very pleased with the result Michael’s hard work has resulted in. We would recommend Michael and his team at Ryan & Seton Lawyers to anyone seeking legal assistance.”

RM

“John, Tony and the team at Ryan & Seton Lawyers made the transaction of my Sydney property a stress free situation. As I often emphasise to friends and family during transactions of property, which for most people can be the transferring of a lifetime of savings, having a property law solicitor represent you is a must! At Ryan & Seton Lawyers, my call was always answered, I was kept well informed, no question was too small or insignificant, the whole situation was explained. I felt at ease knowing I had Ryan & Seton Lawyers overseeing my transfer of title. Ryan & Seton Lawyers have represented me in the transaction of other properties and I will continue to have them do so, as well as the planning of my estate. A huge thank you to John, Tony and the team at Ryan & Seton Lawyers.”

BL

“A huge thank you to Tony Ryan, John Flegg and the team at Toukley Office, again you guys have completed the sale of my property without a fuss or delay whilst keeping me informed and updated as to the timing of all major stages, your friendliness, professionalism and understanding are second to none. Even when things were not entirely straightforward you met each obstacle head on and resolved anything before it became an impediment, again many thanks go to all the team at Toukley and I will always utilise and recommend your practice to anyone seeking professionalism, integrity, understanding and above all common sense and logic, many thanks and I look forward to working with you in the future should the circumstances arise. It would be remiss of me if I did not single out Tony Ryan for special praise as his knowledge, advice and honesty sets him and his team apart from all others I have encountered over the years, many thanks again and I wish you all a bright and prosperous future.”

GA

“I had such a validating experience working with Dominique and the team at Ryan & Seton. It was really lovely having professionals that were actually human and compassionate.  I got more than I ever expected out of my settlement, and thanks to Dominique I can now start my new life. My eternal gratitude.”

RW

I can’t express my gratitude enough to Ryan & Seton. Not only did they listen to my story (that other’s rejected), they helped me through the toughest part of my life. I got what I wanted at property settlement and they helped me with the purchase of my new home. I am so very grateful. I never felt just like a client. Dominique showed compassion but stayed professional. A massive big thank you to you, Dominique. And Mikaela and all of your team that supported me, I am eternally grateful. I will be back to do my Will. I encourage anyone that needs legal advice to phone Ryan & Seton first, you will not be disappointed. Great work. And thank you again.”

AM

“Working with Michael and Tim has made what was an incredibly difficult time much more bearable. I said in the beginning that I would always need a bit of a push to be strong throughout this process and I have always felt like I could 100% trust the advice that you both have provided to me. Honestly, throughout the entire journey I felt like I have been treated like more of a friend, instead of a client, and I really appreciate it. With my line of work I would consider myself to have very high expectations for customer experience and I honestly have not been able to fault anyone I have dealt with, you should all be commended on the service you deliver. Please pass my thanks on to the team and I would be happy to recommend you guys to anyone.”

LD

“I recently engaged with Michael from Ryan & Seton Lawyers and found great comfort in his knowledge and professionalism. At the lowest point in my life he was there to guide me through the court process and prepare me profoundly. At the time of my mediation, we were in the middle of a pandemic so through video conference Michael and his legal secretary Tayla made sure that I was ready for the day. Michael would work late into the night and email me with any information I needed. He was very supportive and very understanding. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Michael and Tayla for any family law matter.”

MA

“Having dealt with Ryan & Seton Lawyers on a professional level, when I had my own personal matter to deal with they were the only choice in my opinion. Dealing with Michael and his team in the family law department and Tony and his team with the conveyancing side with what could have been a tough time for me personally.

I must say 5 stars to them as they were not only total professionals but very efficient and caring. I’d totally recommend the team at Ryan & Seton.”

AR

“I engaged Ryan & Seton Lawyers in both the sale of an investment property as well as the simultaneous purchase of a new property.  I found Tony and John to be very helpful in what was a stressful time for me personally. Tony took me through the details of the contracts in a way that made sense to me, he was able to communicate the technicalities of the sale and purchase in a manner which was easy to understand. John was incredibly helpful in answering the many questions I had.

I also note that Tony contacted me when there was a situation which was certainly not a conflict of interest, but felt it appropriate to raise with me in the event I would be uncomfortable with the situation. I appreciated the transparency and the integrity. I couldn’t recommend Tony and John more – they were efficient, patient and knowledgeable and they got done what people told me couldn’t be done!”

YO

“When it came time to take control of my aging mother’s affairs, I went looking for a local law firm on the Central Coast and I am so glad I found Ryan & Seton. Tony was very patient and thorough when taking my mother and I through the process of drawing up a new will for her, and enduring power of attorney and appointment of enduring guardian papers. More recently, when it came time to sell her house, we had no hesitation in contacting Ryan & Seton, and Mikaela and Gail ensured a smooth and stress-free process (even with the complications of my deceased father still being on title). I highly recommend them.”

SM

“During 2019, I have had the pleasure of dealing with Tony and John for the purchase of property. From the start there has always been professionalism, open communication and honesty throughout.

John, thank you for making the process so seamless and always remaining on top of each step and relaying valuable information in a timely manner and providing quick responses – your attentiveness was truly appreciated. So very lucky to have been able deal with Ryan & Seton Lawyers.”

SA

“It’s been a busy time but yet again we thank Tony and Mikaela for making our life easier. Two multi-million-dollar property sales, a family estate probate, a retirement unit purchase and a family loan were all efficiently processed within the last year. 

We regard Ryan & Seton Lawyers as an important and essential part of our family function and they are a joy to do business with. Congratulations to a fine team and our best wishes for the future.”

IM

“Thank you to Tom and Rosie for helping me through a long and frustrating legal battle and for always making me feel understood and looked after. I am extremely happy everything to be finalised and appreciative for all they have done. I would recommend this ‘A team’ to anyone. Thanks again!”

RR

“Ryan & Seton Lawyers have assisted my family with preparing our Wills and with conveyancing on the sale of our home. Tony and his staff have been professional and great to deal with in both instances.

Their team gives me confidence in contacting them for any legal issues or assistance I may require in the future.”

CJ

“Michael and Corinne and the team at Ryan & Seton Lawyers have helped me get through the worst year of my life. Michael’s knowledge of Family Law is extensive and he was always available and responded promptly to emails and telephone calls even after hours.

Often Michael would work on my case late into the night when there were deadlines to be met. Michael and his team seemed to cut through all the emotions and prepared excellent Affidavits and Case Summaries for Court and Mediation. Michael’s professionalism and expertise of Family Law kept my case on track while the other party resorted to derogatory and useless comments which inflamed an already stressful situation. Michael represented my case clearly and succinctly which was backed up by supporting evidence and the end result was a favourable outcome at Mediation.

Michael is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and I whole heartedly recommend Michael and his team to anyone requiring legal representation for property settlements.”

EU

“I wish to thank Michael and Corinne of Ryan & Seton Lawyers immensely for handling my recent matter and obtaining a quick and better outcome than expected. This process was difficult for me, however Michael’s professionalism, wealth of knowledge, honesty and discretion made my process much smoother and helped me feel calm throughout my ordeal.

Michael and Corinne were extremely friendly, approachable and efficient. The communication was excellent. I have and will be recommending your services to anyone I know requiring them. I also have no hesitation to seek your services again in the future if needed. Many thanks for your time and understanding.”

RS

“Over the last few years, we have used Tony Ryan of Ryan & Seton Lawyers for commercial property transactions, lease renewals, wills, etc. We recently engaged the services of Thomas Galton regarding a quite stressful family matter. From first initial contact and throughout to conclusion, we found Thomas to be very professional, courteous and upfront with us throughout the entire process.

We have no hesitation in recommending, and have done so on several occasions recommended, Tony Ryan and the supporting staff at Ryan & Seton Lawyers. With many thanks and appreciation.”

GB & KB

“To Michael and all the team at Ryan & Seton. I would like to say to you all how much I appreciate the time and effort you all have put into my settlement over the past 2 years. Yesterday’s mediation was a great success and the result was fair and just. [The mediator’s] input was invaluable. What stood out to me the most was how close the result was to the initial advise I was given. Unfortunately, the other party cannot say the same. Their offers throughout the process were far removed from the actual result. This demonstrated to me that the path we took albeit a long and arduous one was the correct one with a foundation of good knowledge and advice.

It has been great working with you all and I hope I never need your services again – however in saying that I will miss the rapport we have built. Again – thank you. I will definitely recommend your services to anyone I know requiring them.”

RH

“The team at Ryan & Seton Lawyers are exceptional, they are the ones you want when you need guidance in all your law matters. Michael is exceptionally professional and knowledgeable but is respectful and personable at all times. Michael was recommended to me by a colleague and friend to assist in my family law matter and I couldn’t be more thankful to him and his team. At one of the most difficult times in my life when I didn’t know where to start as my previous consults with a lawyer had left me more confused. From the first phone call and every correspondence after with himself or his wonderful assistant Tayla, I felt informed and clear regarding my case and they always took the time to ensure the process was as easy as possible. I am forever grateful to Michael for his hard work and is definitely someone who you would want in your corner.”

FJ

“When I needed someone to trust with the conveyancing of my second property purchase, there was no question of returning to Ryan & Seton. The whole process was managed professionally and efficiently, despite it all being done remotely. I was grateful for Tony’s advice, knowledge and attention to detail when reviewing the contract. Having a long settlement, the regular, proactive communication from John made me confident that I would not be forgotten and that everything would go smoothly on settlement day. It did! Thank you!”

VW

“Michael literally saved my life. Not knowing what to do with the thought of losing my kids in an extremely messy divorce was a dark place to be. He helped me with his exceptional knowledge and broke it all down so I could understand every point and aspect of the court proceedings. I now see my kids far more than I ever initially expected and have a happy home. I would highly recommend to anyone.”

GT

“I am so grateful to have chosen the team at Ryan & Seton Lawyers to assist in my legal matters, and will definitely engage them on any future matters I may have. Dominique showed compassion and professionalism, guiding me through the entire settlement process. The communication from Dominique and Mel was so reassuring, helping me to understand where we were at with the process, and encouraging me to know my case was in good hands. Mikaela and Gail were so patient and supportive throughout the property transfer process, communicating every step of the way. I cannot recommend the whole team highly enough. They made an extremely stressful and emotional time so much easier to deal with.”

SR

“We have been with the same lawyer for over 20 years and things were getting a bit stale. We needed fresh eyes and sharp minds to guide us through some upcoming complex issues. Michael Seton was recommended to us and subsequently we have been exposed to a number of the team through updating our Wills, Power of Attorneys and most recently conveyancing of a property sale and subsequent property purchase. Mikaela and Gail are excellent, their knowledge is enviable, communication is spot on and follow up impeccable. The leadership at this firm have obviously created a culture of high performance and integrity, we have recommended our friends and family and they have all been very happy with their experience. Thanks again to Michael and the team.”

PD & TC

“After finding Ryan & Seton by chance via a Google search, I couldn’t have felt luckier to have stumbled upon this firm! Thomas and his team were incredibly professional, understanding and, most importantly, patient! With Thomas’ help, we managed to keep my separation out of court, and settled quicker than I had expected. Thomas remained available to me post court orders, and has offered advice and services whenever they’ve been required. Thanks again for all of your work, Thomas!”

AP

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to Tim. I did thank him today, but it was all very whirlwind. Tim did an incredible job today, and was a wonderful support. Today had been that day I’ve been really anxious about for a long time, and Tim made me feel like I had someone in my corner.

[Mr Smith’s] solicitor naturally became nasty and tried to paint me as a malicious person; Tim remained dignified, which I really appreciated, and he ultimately got the job done… A really big thank you also to Tom and Rosie for everything you both are doing for my girls and me. It’s hard to see the method behind the madness when you’re the one living it, however, I can now see what your plan has been all along. I am truly grateful for your expertise.”

TT

“We recently engaged Ryan & Seton Lawyers with a sale and purchase in-conjunction settlement. Their professionalism and commitment to detail was evident from the beginning to a successful settlement outcome.

Our communications, through Tony and John, were timely and enjoyable. We would have no hesitation in referring this practice to anyone in need of their professional services.”

JB & MB

“I was fortunate to have Michael Seton recommended to me when I was dealing with trying to finalise a financial settlement with an aggressive and greedy spouse, and his solicitor. I was out of my depth and so grateful that Michael took control of the situation, brushed aside all the nonsense from the other side and kept things on track. The matter was eventually resolved through mediation, with the best possible outcome, so that I could move on with my life. Michael is a pleasure to deal with; he is friendly, highly knowledgeable and professional, as is his team including Corinne and Tim.

I highly recommend Michael to anyone unfortunate enough to find themselves in similar circumstance to myself.”

SK

“Ryan & Seton Lawyers represented us over a period of twelve months, handling a series of matters complicated by a difficult family situation. The entire team was extremely helpful and understanding, and Michael Seton helped us through every step with particular empathy and professionalism.

Michael’s experience and relationship with judges in conjunction with his skill in the courtroom helped us achieve a successful outcome. We felt supported and in good hands throughout this experience, we are very thankful to Michael, Tim, Corinne and the team.”

AS & LS

“My journey with Ryan & Seton Lawyers began three years ago, when my mother had a problem with an Aged Care Facility. A letter from my lawyer corrected the problem and made her final years far more comfortable. When she passed on, Ryan & Seton Lawyers looked after assets and property transfer and title.

All this was done in an expedient and competent manner, all for a very reasonable cost. I fully recommend Ryan & Seton Lawyers as legal representatives.”

JC

“Tony, Mikaela and Gail made our recent property purchase as smooth as possible. The team and Ryan & Seton Lawyers were willing to do everything to assist us throughout the transaction, from entertaining our toddler so we could have a face to face meeting and discussion, to answering our questions via phone or email throughout the transaction. The professionalism and genuine warmth we experienced when dealing with Tony, Mikaela and Gail made us feel valued and confident in our decisions.

We would highly recommend Ryan & Seton Lawyers to anyone requiring their services in the future.”

AS

“Tom, I wanted to send you an email to say thank you very much for your understanding, compassion and expertise while representing me this past year. I cannot express how valuable both yourself and Rosie were to me throughout my legal matters. Your approach is second to none – cool, calm and calculated in your responses, always thinking ahead. You put me at ease every step of the way. Your advise and willingness to listen and understand all my concerns throughout the past year was so appreciated. 

Knowing that I could shoot through a quick email or make a quick call to Rosie if you weren’t available made all the difference when I needed brief clarifications. Rosie’s helpful, kind and enthusiastic nature was warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for achieving the desired outcome in each matter and for making the process as easy as it could be for me. No-one likes a legal matter that needs resolving but it is wonderful knowing where to turn when you do. I know where I will be headed if I ever need legal advice again. 

Thank you, Tom and Rosie. You’re both amazing.”

LM

“John Ryan, Solicitor, managed our family’s legal needs for the past 20 years with great sensitivity and empathy. More recently, Ryan & Seton Lawyers handled our family property sale in Toukley. Mikaela proved to be a skilled conveyancer with excellent communication skills.

A few issues arose that required more than a straight conveyance and it was reassuring to have Tony Ryan immediately available to trouble shoot on our behalf. Because of their approachability, friendliness and efficiency, I would not hesitate to endorse this team of professionals. And last but not least, their fees were value for money, very refreshing!”

EJ

“This is the second time we have used Tony Ryan and the team at Ryan & Seton Lawyers to sell our house and we couldn’t be happier with the result. Tony is a skilled professional who takes the time to listen to his client’s needs. He is caring, knowledgeable and efficient and we knew from the outset that we could trust him to manage everything for us.

Tony is well supported by a team of committed and experienced conveyancers. John and Gail were extremely helpful and kept us informed every step of the way. We will be using Ryan & Seton for all our legal needs and recommend them to anyone wanting a first class result.”

KP & MJ

“Unfortunately, a sudden change in circumstances meant that I needed some family law representation, but fortunately I engaged Michael Seton to act on my behalf and it was the best decision I could have made!  Michael’s knowledge is outstanding, and his honesty, integrity and discretion made me feel calm during an otherwise stressful few months. His efficiency, professionalism and communication is second-to-none, and his support staff are equally as amazing. 

Michael’s advice was invaluable and as he guided me through the process, he also respected my wishes and opinions. It has been a truly seamless process for me, thanks to Michael and the team at Ryan & Seton Lawyers – thank you!”

SS