Our lawyers work closely together and benefit from being able to draw on each others respective strengths and expertise. We strive to provide responsive client care and fresh thinking with the focus on keeping our clients’ needs at the forefront of everything we do.
Ashley Waye is a founding partner of Kith & Kin LLP. Prior to opening the firm, Ashley articled and practiced at a prominent family and estate law firm in Toronto. Her current practice focuses on all aspects of family law.
Ashley understands that many of her clients are coming to her for assistance during a stressful period in their lives. Her clients value her because she mitigates that stress through her responsiveness, her efficiency and her excellence in advocacy. Ashley is an effective negotiator and understands that court is not always the most effective or cost-efficient means of obtaining a successful result for her client. In cases where court action is necessary, Ashley is a fearless advocate with experience attending court at all stages of proceedings. Ashley is experienced in all matters related to divorce or separation, including property division, custody, access and mobility issues. Ashley has also represented parents and other family members in child protection proceedings.
In addition to her dedication to the practice of family law, Ashley is committed to her community. Ashley is currently the co-vice chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Women Lawyer’s Forum. Ashley is chair of the board of Happy Families Support Network Inc., a not-for-profit organization located in Toronto, that supports women and children who have experienced abuse. She also assisted in the development of The Walsh Family Law Moot, Canada’s first law school moot focused on family law. Ashley was an avid mooter when she attended Osgoode Hall Law School and has continued to contribute to Osgoode’s mooting program as a coach.
Ashley has a diverse international background, having lived and studied in Germany, England and Canada. Her varied travels have left her fluent in three languages, including English, French and German and she has experience representing clients who require French-speaking counsel.
You can find out more about Ashley on LinkedIn.
“We provide valued support to our clients. By allowing them to offload their stress onto us, and by taking on the role of dedicated advocates in their cases, we empower them to invest their energy into what’s truly important: their families and their careers.”
One of Kith & Kin LLP’s founding partners, Jef’s practice focuses on all aspects of family law. Jef joins Kith & Kin having previously spent time at a prestigious national law firm where he gained experience in resolving complex disputes through both litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Prior to law, Jef had a successful career in the field of social work and children’s mental health. A dynamic individual, he has filled numerous roles in that field from counsellor to program manager. Jef has also provided consulting services and crisis management training to children’s mental health agencies and is certified through Cornell University as a trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.
Jef draws on his in-depth understanding of family dynamics and child development to help his clients negotiate lasting settlements which provide for their children’s best interests. While Jef believes that negotiation provides the most cost-effective and, often, least disruptive route to reaching settlement, he recognizes that litigation can be a necessary tool for reaching his clients’ goals.
Outside of the office, Jef is an avid skier who also has a passionate interest in all things culinary.
You can find out more about Jef on LinkedIn.
“We work with people during a financially and emotionally stressful time in their lives. It’s extremely rewarding to know that, with a supportive approach and strong advocacy, we can help them move on to happier times.”
A dynamic and responsive lawyer, Stephen joined Kith & Kin LLP as Counsel in April of 2015.
Stephen comes to Kith & Kin with wealth of experience in family law and corporate matters.
He has previously worked as a family lawyer both in his own practice, and with another boutique family law firm.
Stephen’s background also includes an MBA, and experience in corporate law. This allows him to understand the unique challenges faced by business owners going through separation.
Stephen is experienced at advising clients on how to best protect their business interests.
Stephen’s skills in this area make him an valuable asset to the team at Kith & Kin, as he is able to provide insight into the risks and challenges faced by clients with complex business assets in their family law matters.
Stephen’s experience has equipped him with the skills to advocate for his clients at all stages of the family law process from negotiation and mediation to courtroom litigation.
When not serving his clients, Stephen considers himself a foodie and enjoys cycling. He has an entrepreneurial spirit which he dedicates to improving access to justice for family law litigants.
You can find out more about Stephen on LinkedIn
“Our experience and hard work provides stability and confidence to our clients in challenging times. Through effective advocacy, we dedicate ourselves to moving past conflict and achieving long term solutions.”