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We picked the most highly specialised and talented lawyers. Meet the team.
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.
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.
Angela focusses in servicing the wide ranging legal needs of business operators and owners and takes a commercial and common sense approach to giving legal advice.
Originating from Araluen NSW, a small country town near Braidwood with a population of around 200 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 been 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 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 was the 2017 Canberra Business Woman of the Year.
Angela has extensive experience in various property related transactions, business transactions, complex wills and estates planning matters, and employment law.
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.
Michael is also a member of the Society of Construction Law Australia.
Lachlan has extensive experience as a commercial litigator, with a focus on insurance and debt recovery related issues. He has demonstrated expertise in litigation involving insurance, heavy motor and transport issues, debt recovery, contractual interpretation, corporations law, and commercial fraud. Lachlan has advised and assisted in a number of high profile litigation matters. He understands the impact litigation has on the individuals and businesses involved and provides professional, tailored advice to help his clients in their time of need.
& Associate Director.
Gary has been a practising solicitor since 1976, after graduating in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney. He undertakes work on behalf of the NSW Trustee and Guardian and the State Legal Representation Office, as well as private sector clients. Gary also appears as a solicitor advocate in proceedings before ICAC, PIC and other regulatory tribunals.
Gary is an Accredited Specialist in Advocacy, Dispute Resolution, and Personal Injury Law, and an Assessor and DRS Decision Maker of the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS), appointed by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority of NSW.
He is a member of the Law Society Specialist Accreditation Dispute Resolution Committee and Personal Injury Advisory Committee, and is accredited as a Mediator by the NSW Law Society.
Gary has been an Arbitrator in the Supreme Court, District Court and the Local Court, is a member of the Council of Australian Tribunals, and was a part-time tutor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Sydney.
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.
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.
Jon has been a lawyer in the Australian Capital Territory since 2007, during which time he has run some of the largest litigation in the ACT.
Jon has extensive advocacy experience and routinely appears before the Federal Court of Australia, the ACT Supreme Court and ACT Magistrates Court as a solicitor advocate.
Jon applies a practical client-focused approach to each case, which means that he works closely with his clients to achieve the best result in each case. This approach is borne out of Jon’s ability to problem solve difficult legal issues in highly litigious circumstances.
Jon is known for his ability to run complex estate litigation matters and also medical negligence claims. He has run some of the most complex medical negligence litigation in the ACT and in doing so has achieved many great results for his clients.
Lance has over 40 years’ experience as a commercial and insurance litigator, and advises on all aspects of insurance law and procedure. He has extensive experience in commercial litigation including contractual disputes and interpretations, corporations law, commercial fraud, debt collection, and other related matters. Over the years, Lance has acted in all types of insurance contract and related disputes including fraud and misrepresentation, property damage and commercial insurance disputes, along with building contract risk and related building disputes. He is an expert in handling insurance property disputes, specifically hire car, heavy motor vehicle, and transport issues.
Amanda entered the legal profession a law clerk in 2012, while studying for her law and arts degrees at the University of Western Sydney. After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History, she attained a Graduate Diploma from the NSW College of Law before being admitted as a solicitor in 2015. Amanda works in our insurance and dispute resolution division. She has extensive experience handling insurance disputes and debt recovery matters in the Local, District, Supreme and Federal Courts, as well as in the ACT, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
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.
After graduating from RMIT in 2015 with a Juris Doctor postgraduate degree, Donna was admitted as a lawyer in February 2016, having also completed an undergraduate degree in Legal and Dispute Studies and an Advanced Diploma in Business Legal Practice.
All of Donna’s studies have been part-time, which has enabled her to expand her legal knowledge and skills while gaining considerable practical experience in the industry for the benefit of clients.
During her time as a Lawyer Donna has developed skills in conveyancing, property law, debt recovery and insolvency, wills and estates.
Outside the office, Donna likes to research small renovations, keep a keen eye on the property and financial markets and organise her storage solutions as efficiently as possible.
Neil started at Chamberlains Law Firm as a paralegal in the Litigation & Restructuring team in 2016 and is currently working as a Law Graduate while completing his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. His primary areas of work include debt recovery, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency.
Neil’s hard work and dedication over the years earned him a spot as a finalist in the Law Student of the Year category at the 2018 Australian Law Awards. Neil is also extensively involved in his community and volunteers every weekend at the Hare Krishna Food For Life Program. He can also fluently speak 4 languages with Slovenian as his next mission.
Neil is currently on track to get admitted as a solicitor in the ACT in June 2019.
Alex is experienced in the conduct and handling of litigated insurance, and commercial and debt recovery matters across a wide range of jurisdictions in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT. Alex is interested in the way technology is reshaping the legal profession and the evolving methods by which we are able to deliver legal services to clients in a timely, cost-effective and commercially minded manner.
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.
Sanaz is a paralegal in our Litigation & Reconstruction 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 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.
With over 19 years’ industry experience conducting ACT, NSW and QLD residential conveyancing, Julie has a wealth of knowledge and justified confidence in this area. Julie is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of the conveyancing process, which enables her to anticipate potential delays or other problems and take steps to minimise the prospects of such problems occurring.
Known for her energy, enthusiasm and friendly attitude, Julie understands that her job requires a vigilant attention to detail, which skill she consistently exhibits in all her transactions. Her dedication and commitment to achieving results and delivering exceptional customer service make her a pivotal member of Chamberlains property team.
Office & Accounts
Katey has over 25 years’ experience working in a legal practice. Although she primarily works in our accounts division, she has also taken on the role of Office Manager. Katey undertakes a wide range of responsibilities including HR, IT and equipment, office procedures, as well as dealing with administration.