45 Cameron Street, Launceston Tasmania

Phone: (03) 6332 9353


Ann Hamilton
EDUCATIONUniversity of Tasmania Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 1983
University of New South Wales Master of Taxation (ATax) 2000
ADMISSIONSTasmanian Bar 1985MEMBERSHIPSLaw Society of Tasmania

Ann worked with legal firms in Devonport and Launceston during 1986 and 1987 and then took time out while her children were young. Ann returned to practice on her own account in Exeter on the West Tamar in 1994 and to full-time practice in Launceston in 1996. She worked full-time in commercial property law, as an employee with legal firms in Launceston and Devonport, and also in partnership and in sole practice until December 2013 before taking a break.  Ann returned to full-time practice at Cormiston Legal in October 2016.

Ann has 20 years experience in commercial and property law, including business and real property transactions, business structures, wills, subdivision and strata titles.

Our History

Cormiston Legal was established in March 2012 by Sam Pratt.

The name comes from the farm where Sam’s wife Karen grew up - Cormiston, which was settled in 1824 on the banks of the Tamar River by Archibald Thomson (Karen’s great-great-great grandfather).

Archibald Thomson was part of the early wave of colonists who settled in Northern Tasmania, leaving Scotland in 1822 on the ship “Castle Forbes” to take up a land grant in Van Diemen’s Land. The land was developed and worked on by assigned convicts for many years, until transportation ceased in the 1850’s.

By the 1860’s, the property had expanded to almost 5,000 acres and had a newly-built two storey Victorian Italianate style home. The house was lived in by the family for several generations, but in later years it was left derelict and the farm subdivided up.

However in a new chapter, the c. 1860 Cormiston House was restored in 2006 and is now lived in again by a new generation of the family – Karen and Sam and their two children, who are the seventh generation of the family to have lived there.