Ramena Kako

Contact Details

  • Called to the Bar


  • Ramena has been listed in the 2016, 2017 & 2018 editions of Doyle’s Guide as a Recommended Junior Counsel in the area of Wills & Estates Litigation.

    In 2016 Ramena was nominated as Woman Barrister of the Year (Women Lawyers Association of NSW).

  • Areas of Practice

  • Qualifications

    Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Western Sydney

    Diploma of Legal Practice, University of Western Sydney

  • Professional experience

    Adjunct Lecturer, College of Law (Masters of Applied Law) Family Provision

    Prior to coming to the Bar, Ramena was a solicitor at Teece Hodgson & Ward, Deacons and Henry Davis York. She was also Tipstaff to Justice Palmer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

  • Membership

    Member, Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners

    Member, American Bar Asociation

    Member, Women in Banking and Finance Inc. (NSW)

  • Selected Cases

    Libbert v Mironow [2015] NSWSC 2153 (Brereton J) – s95 Succession Act approval of release of family provision rights.

    Re M’s Codicil [2018] NSWSC 936 (Lindsay J)  successful contested court authorised codicil where earlier codicil of doubtful validity in context of large protected estate.

    Estate Pamplin; Irwin v Pamplin [2017] NSWSC 1477 (Lindsay J): Competing Applications for letters of administration: de-facto v mother of deceased.

    Mallouhi & Ors v Marsh [2016] NSWSC (Ball J) Family Provision claim by adult daughter/grandchildren, settled during hearing

    Re: RB, a protected estate family settlement [2015] NSWSC 70 (Lindsay J, statutory will, protective jurisdiction, family provision releases)

    Re: Dion Investments Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCA 367 (operation of s81 Trustee Act 1925)

    Smith v O’Neill [2014] NSWSC 1119 (Hallen J, upholding gift to solicitor in will, knowledge & approval, s8 Succession Act)

    Application of NSW Trustee & Guardian (Estate of Fuller) [2014] NSWSC 423 (Kunc J, Judicial Advice in an estate)

    Application of NSW Trustee & Guardian (Estate of Foster) [2014] NSWSC 1633 (Brereton J, Benjamin Order, administration of an intestate estate)

    Cirillo v Cirillo; Estate of CA Cirillo, deceased [2013] NSWSC 1797 (Lindsay J, probate caveat, indemnity costs)

    NSW Trustee & Guardian v McGrath & Ors [2013] NSWSC 1894 (Young AJ, judicial advice, de facto relationship)

    Coates v Wattson; Estate of Sullivan [2013] NSWSC 604 (Windeyer AJ, rectification of will)

    Gulbis v Strikis [2012] NSWSC 807 (Slattery J, lien claim by solicitor/executor)

    Guler v NSW Trustee & Guardian [2012] NSWSC 1369 (forfeiture rule/Family Provision, White J)

    Hopwood v Hopwood (Plaintiffs, Family Provision claim, Supreme Court 2012, Hallen ASJ)

    Application of the NSW Trustee & Guardian; Estate of Kijauskas – judicial advice (Supreme Court, Ball J, 2012)

    Application of the NSW Trustee & Guardian; Estate of Diggle (judicial advice, Ball J, Supreme Court, 2012)

    Gooding v Robinson (Family Provision claim, Estate, Notional Estate, Hallen ASJ)

    Boughton v Jennings (informal will, Family Provision, members of household, 2012)

    Watt v Israel (Family Provision, plaintiff adult daughter, 2012)

    Wallace ats Amos, NSWSC, Slattery J (promissory estoppel claim against deceased estate, 2012)

    Eddy v Barratt (Family Provision, adult daughter, Macready ASJ, 2011)

    Morris v Hannagan [2011] NSWSC 1684 (co-executors, power of sale) (Rein J)

    Application of Hegarty [2011] NSWSC 1194 (construction of wills, administration suit, non-charitable purpose trust) (Gzell J)

    Telfer v Telfer [2011] NSWSC 1163 (Probate, resistance of removal of caveat, testamentary capacity & forgery issues) (White J)

    Noonan v Johnson (NSW Supreme Court, 15 March 2011, Pembroke J.) – testamentary capacity, appeared for the beneficiary (St. Vincents Hospital) (settled at trial)

    McQuade v Sheather & Ors (NSW Supreme Court, 2010) succession, injunction restraining solicitor distributing estate assets; opposing application to remove executor) – settled before trial.

    Crawley, Re; Application of Crawley [2010] NSWSC 618 (statutory will)

    Cemex Australia Pty Ltd v Takeovers Panel & Anor [2009] FCAFC 78 (misrepresentation in the conduct of a takeover)

    Fenwick, Re; Application of J.R. Fenwick & Re Charles [2009] NSWSC 530 (succession, first NSW decision on court authorised statutory wills)

    Refina Pty Ltd v Binnie [2009] NSWSC 311; and [2009] NSWSC 914 (property – adverse possession) and on appeal in the NSW Court of Appeal [2010] NSWCA 192


    • Establishing Capacity in Practice – Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney
    • Family Provision Claims by Step-Children in Australia
    • To Release or Not to Release, that is the question! A consideration of Lodin’s case
    • Court Authorised Wills, Protected Estates and Family Provision Issues
    • Recent Developments in Family Provision Litigation
    • Informal Wills
    • Recent Developments in Estate Litigation
    • Undue Influence and Solicitor’s Duties in Will Drafting
    • Recent Developments in Wills & Estates
    • Common Mistakes Made by Executors
    • Will Drafting for Lawyers
    • Executors Stepping Out of Line
    • The New Succession Laws and their Impact on Estate Planning
    • Trends in Estate Litigation
    • Estate Planning and the Distressed De facto Relationship
    • Important Changes to the Law of Wills and Succession in NSW