About Us

Britt Smith


Britt has been a solicitor since 2012. Britt moved to John Dawson & Associates in 2017. She later went into partnership where she was mentored by John Dawson who has run his well-regarded and successful practice in Corrimal for over 40 years. In 2023, John moved into a Consultant role and Britt became the Principal of the firm. Britt Smith Legal now incorporates John Dawson & Associates.

Britt can assist you with Family Law, Care and Protection (DCJ and FACS matters), Conveyancing, Estates, and your Will, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardian documents. Britt has been a lawyer representing children in the Family Court and Children’s Court for many years. Britt also runs Illawarra Family Law Mediation and Illawarra Family Law Arbitration.

John Dawson


John was employed by the Attorney General & Justice Department company at various Court Houses in NSW from January 1971 until resigning in 1979.

John completed the Solicitors Admission Board examinations and Practical Legal Training in 1979 and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in December 1979.

John has practiced as a Solicitor in Corrimal since January 1980, with emphasis on general legal practice including Family Law, Conveyancing, Wills & Deceased Estates, Leasing, Children’s Court Care & Protection and Crime.

John currently works Wednesdays and Thursdays.

John loves to travel around the world and is always planning his next adventure.


Debbie has worked for John Dawson since 1988 and we were very lucky when she agreed to bring her wealth of legal experience to Britt Smith Legal.

She is an integral part of our office and can assist you with all your enquiries.

In her spare time, you will find Debbie and her husband with their 7 grandchildren.


Rhiannon is a multi-talented woman. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, is a fully qualified hairdresser and also holds a forklift license from her time in despatch at a cosmetics company.She brings her skills to Britt Smith Legal to keep our office organised and running smoothly.In her spare time you will find her at the beach with Jeannie.



Jeannie is always very busy bringing joy to everyone she meets so if you want to make her pause and pay attention, you will need some cheese.

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