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We picked the most highly specialised and talented lawyers. Meet the team.
Vik is the high achiever who other high achievers want in their corner when it comes to tax, restructuring, estate planning, superannuation and private wealth advice.
Not only is Vik a recognised expert in wills and estate planning, he actually wrote the book on the subjects, penning the two leading texts that most Australian lawyers use as references in these specialist law fields.
An internationally-certified member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners and with a master’s in tax, Vik brings serious credentials to the table, having previously worked for one of Australia’s largest privately-owned financial services firms, one of the big four banks, and for the Australian Taxation Office.
Never one to shirk, skirt, shortcut or sidestep a problem, Vik’s determination and skill in crafting favourable solutions makes him the point man for everyone from executives at Australia’s largest financial services firms to SME business owners and family matriarchs.
He’s almost always the youngest person in the room but when Stipe speaks, even the oldest hands listen. Stipe has earned the gratitude and respect of many established company directors and individuals who he has helped through financial hardship, insolvency and business reconstruction.
He speaks fluent accountancy and insolvency practitioners enjoy his repartee on topics ranging from extending convening periods or remuneration approval to recovering voidable transactions and public examinations.
With a pedigree that boasts large British and Australian multinationals across the consumer goods, manufacturing and retail space, Stipe has worked on complex and high-profile cases that most lawyers will only ever read about. His professional mantra is that being a lawyer is easy, but being a good lawyer is hard.
We know Stipe is better than good. He’s won many awards and accolades for being both young and quick-witted, so if you need the best and brightest to rescue your distressed assets, Stipe’s your man (unless someone whisks him away for a coffee, and then you may find he’s distracted for a minute or two).
Mark firmly believes that his role is finding the legal answers to fulfil his clients’ greatest commercial desires.
His wealth of experience and deft touch makes his services a magnet for major national and international corporations and he has acted for industry heavyweights Goldman Sachs, Babcock & Brown, P&O and Sirtex Medical Limited, fashion brand Oroton, national sporting body Cricket Australia, and the largest video game publisher in the world, Electronic Arts.
A towering figure both figuratively and literally, Mark has represented a US supercomputer company in tenders to supply their products to overseas governments, conducted legal and IP audits in New Zealand for major manufacturing and technology companies, and ushered in new corporate structures and governance procedures for numerous national industry representative and not-for-profit bodies including ANCAP, APPEA, and the Australian Automobile Association.
Whether it is working on the international acquisition of a major manufacturing business, establishing a global licencing network for a breakthrough technology, or working as board member for multiple major national healthcare organisations, Mark is known for forging concrete results for his clients out of the toughest of situations.
Mark is the Chairman of the ACT branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF Australia), a director on the board of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (ACT Division), and is the Chairman of all our board meetings here at Chamberlains.
Louise is Chamberlains’ go-to person on any property and construction-related matter. Her reputation is understandable when you learn that she is the only property and construction lawyer around who has actually developed large-scale property … and lots of it.
She notched up more than 1000 residential units in her seven-year tenure as Director of an integrated property development and construction company and won the Australian Property Institute’s Young Achiever Award along the way. She’s also the only one in the office who can tell you the difference between a Manitou and a manatee.
When she’s not regaling you with the best method for shifting large loads, Louise is assisting her clients to realise growth and scale quickly by bringing a commercial focus to the technical application of the law. Louise brings the same intensity and determination to such efforts as she does to her long-time goal of living in a world where email is no longer the dominant species.
With her all-black garb and earthy language, Louise’s unique approach and knowledgeable counsel is much-sought-out by ASX company CEOs and individuals alike.
Injury cut short his water polo career, but it definitely didn’t impede his competitive spirit. Since becoming a lawyer, Michael has carved an impressive career predominantly in construction litigation at large commercial law firms where he is well known for his aggressive approach which balanced by his ability to identify and achieve commercial outcomes for his clients.
While his will to win is admirable, it is his team mentality that now makes Michael a perfect member of Chamberlains. Based in Sydney, Michael heads up our Building and Construction Litigation team in both Sydney and Canberra and can be found regularly in the Supreme Courts of both jurisdictions.
As an elite athlete, Michael’s main complaint was often directed at the referee. Perhaps ironically, in his professional career Michael has become the legal equivalent of a referee in the construction industry as he is an accredited adjudicator under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW).
Clients rave about Michael’s ability to deliver plain English advice and his tenacity in pursuing or defending claims. Michael’s experience as an advocate and as an adjudicator assists him to consistently deliver exceptional results to his clients.
When not practicing law, Michael maintains an avid interest in sport (particularly the NRL and his beloved Wests Tigers) and can usually be found playing sport, watching sport or thinking about sport.
Angela has over 10 years’ experience as a commercial and property solicitor and has been involved in a wide range of matters including conveyancing, corporate/business transactions, commercial litigation, bankruptcy & insolvency, wills and probates, and financial services.
Originating from Araluen NSW, a small country town near Braidwood with a population of around 2000 people. From her small town origins Angela understands the importance of building and maintaining good relationships with everyone she has dealings with.
Angela values the importance of education and supports students in various aspects. For many years Angela has ben working as a mentor for the ANU Legal Workshop providing guidance to law students who want to be admitted to practice law. Angela is also the President of the Braidwood Preschool Committee.
Angela was formerly a public officer for the Braidwood & District Education Foundation which provides financial assistance and support to school-leavers to help them achieve their career aspirations.
Angela believes that education about the law should not be limited to law students. There are so many small business owners who don’t have access to education about their legal obligations and advice about how best to set up and operate their business. It is for this reason that Angela also regularly volunteers at the Legal Advice Clinic for Small Business in Canberra, operated by the University of Canberra, in conjunction with Legal Aid ACT.
Angela is the 2017 Canberra Business Woman of the Year.
Grounded, pro-active and thorough, Kellie is exactly the conveyancer you want dealing with the intricacies of buying or selling a property.
Kellie handles large volumes of ACT conveyancing like no other. Kellie seamlessly prepares, organises and tracks the mountains of paperwork sometimes required in transactions and, importantly, is able to explain the conveyancing process in plain English.
With a background in real estate, Kellie’s stable of repeat clients is a testament to her experience, client service and the speed with which she gets the job done.
All of Jodie’s previous career points have perfectly primed her for the position of General Manager at Chamberlains.
As an accountant, she managed finances for a major media company, which means she’s used to working a sector that believes its work has the power to shape people’s lives.
She’s had similar positions with the Australian Rugby Union and Queensland Rugby Union which have prepared her to become Chamberlains’ latcher, adding power and weight to our strategic efforts.
And she’s overseen financial transactions in a large communications and marketing agency where she was exposed to leading-edge social and content creation marketing campaigns.
Above all else, she’s direct, capable and has an impeccable knowledge of ’90s music and television which makes her a must-have member of Chamberlains’ trivia team.
Sayward’s practical, methodical and focused approach to legal practice consistently brings her clients the results they seek.
These are traits she has cultivated not only through studying the law, but from her background in equine science and her work in the horse industry, where efficiency and commerciality are also key issues for clients.
In addition to her insolvency work with personal clients, SMEs and insolvency practitioners, Sayward heads up Chamberlains’ specialist equine law service.
One of the few Canberra-based specialists in this field, Sayward offers legal advice on everything from buying and selling horses to dispute resolution.
She is also a keen dressage rider and is producing her own young dressage prospect.
For Bobby, the law is an instrument that he professionally wields to help business clients carve out commercial outcomes.
He views it as part of a triangle of success that melds legal frameworks with practical considerations and commercial goals.
Bobby has effectively applied this thinking to many cases, from complex pre-insolvency restructures, to the ultimate buy-out of a shareholder in a family-owned company where emotions had risked derailing the transaction.
This strategic mindset also underpins his advice to industry associations, small to medium businesses and financial consultancies.
Known around the office as ‘The Fixer’, Bobby is always looking for opportunities to solve challenging, complex problems, but privately wishes he could use the same skills to improve his golf handicap.
Debunking stereotypes and exceeding expectations is Katherine’s bread and butter.
Whether it is working as one of the few Australian women in insolvency and commercial litigation, settling a case outside of court for an amount few had imagined, or modelling a fit and balanced lifestyle in a high-pressured environment, Katherine makes it all seem easy.
The pioneering and fresh approach to her professional practice also extends to Katherine’s work with clients.
“The law is an old profession that has previously been highly academic and relatively inaccessible to most,” she says. “In order to succeed, the key is to cater the product for those using it, which means the practice of law has to change to ensure people receive a product that is clear, simple and effective.”
With additional qualifications in Economics, Katherine has a unique approach which allows her to provide strategic and effective advice to businesses and individuals alike.
Calm, collected and adept at picking up hidden details and proposing unconventional yet profitable solutions, Amy is our due diligence ninja on significant commercial property transactions.
She firmly believes that performing effectively hinges on collaborating with Chamberlains colleagues in their speciality areas while considering the landscape and “the practical and commercial aspects and impacts of everything we do”.
With additional qualifications in advertising and marketing, Amy has a unique world view that particularly resonates for clients ranging from retail property fund investors to property developers and construction companies.
Although a stealthy and strategic paper ninja, Amy’s preference for high heels means that colleagues and clients always hear her coming.
In Jessica’s speciality areas of estate planning, probates, estate administration and estates litigation, client emotions sometimes prevail over the logic of law. Soon to complete her Masters in Applied Law specialising in Wills and Estates, Jessica brings her academic prowess and her real-world experience to assist her clients sift through emotions.
She shares that her most impressive clients are those parents who come in to see her to find ways to continue providing for their children, even on their deaths. As a mother herself, she understands the importance of family and the enduring nature of familial ties.
As a board member for the Catholic Development Fund, supporter of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, committee member of the ACT Law Society Pro Bono Clearing House Committee and Mentor for the University of Canberra’s Women Lawyers’ Mentor Program, Jessica is truly committed to supporting the local Canberra community. In fact Jessica is so committed to Canberra that you may find her swimming in Lake Burley Griffin (when her sail boat capsizes).
Jennifer observes that property and construction clients generally tend to fall into one of two camps: those who look into every detail and aren’t afraid to ask questions; and those who don’t and leave everything up to Chamberlains.
Of the former, she says it signals their passion for their projects and their confidence that Chamberlains will provide the appropriate answers. Of the latter, she says it demonstrates their great level of trust in us.
It’s these divergent client expectations, along with her inside experience in the property and commercial industries, that make Jennifer confident online law services and artificial intelligence will never replace real-world lawyers who shun from the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and provide the nuanced advice necessary to comprehensively aid their clients.
Moreover, anyone who chooses to seek online legal services risks missing Jennifer’s serene and soothing smile or hearing the proficient Korean speaker describe her passions for animal law and Latin dance.
For Hugh litigation lawyers are guardians who, while may not be liked, are the unsung heroes of protecting people from others and sometimes themselves. He describes great lawyers as those who can engage with clients on a personal and intellectual level in order to humanise what can be a lengthy, tedious, frustrating and mechanical process.
As someone who works in a field where framing arguments and steering debates is a constant state of mind, Hugh strives to be true to his own moral code alongside providing his clients with the best legal position.
When not steering debates, Hugh may be found working on his car steering while pursuing his interest in mechanics which was partially fostered after completing a TAFE welding course. He’s also fluent in Spanish, so if anyone needs a Spanish-speaking certified welder and litigation lawyer, Hugh’s your man.
Holly is a property lawyer dedicated to making transactions as clear and straightforward as possible. She has experience in high-volume conveyancing in NSW, ACT and Queensland.
Emma has the ability to concurrently manage scores of property settlements across the ACT and NSW using a work ethic that is without compare.
Having worked in conveyancing since she was 19, Emma can imagine no other career that would give her the same enjoyment or satisfaction.
Neil is a paralegal in our Litigation team and is our firm’s youngest employee. Despite having fractured his ankle on Day 1 at work, Neil has put in the hard work and dedication which has ensured his position at Chamberlains for over 2 years. He assists the Litigation team with drafting correspondence and court documents, conducting research, preparing briefs and maintaining the team’s files. Neil can fluently speak 4 languages with Slovenian as his next mission, where he hopes to settle down one day. Aspiring to be a solicitor, Neil is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from The Australian National University at the end of 2018.
Sanaz is a paralegal in our Property & Construction team. Known for her wity sense of humour and a plethora of catchphrases that she has introduced around the office over the past year, she has become a beloved member of our firm. She assists the Property & Construction team with conducting research, filing documents and drafting correspondence. Sanaz is set to graduate with a double degree in Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts at the end of 2019.