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Our professional and friendly team can assist you with both commercial and personal matters such as Business Partnership Disputes, Conveyancing and Leasing Disputes, Family Law, Trademarks, Franchising & Estate Planning.

Amelia Ramsey | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SOLICITOR

Amelia Ramsey

B.A/L.L.B (WSU)

Amelia works alongside our lawyers assisting with commercial, leasing, conveyancing and property matters. She has extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of legal matters, in particular commercial and business transactions. Her passionate interest in law makes her a keen and able addition to the team.

Andrew Ford | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SENIOR CONSULTANT

Andrew Ford

39+ years’ PQE experience

Andrew has over 20 years experience as a lawyer practising in the Sydney CBD. In addition to private client, business succession and estate planning, he has an extensive background in commercial and residential property matters including large scale project developments, commercial leasing and associated banking and finance transactions.

As both a legal advisor and a non-executive director for listed and non-listed public companies Andrew also expertise in corporate and compliance work, company restructuring, business sales and acquisitions.

As a member of Sydney Cove Law Group which is a chambers style legal practice, Andrew is supported by three other solicitors, a qualified paralegal, law clerk and a secretary. His colleagues have expertise in intellectual property and trade marks law, wills and estate planning and commercial litigation.

Anne-Marie Doueihy | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SPECIAL COUNSEL

Anne-Marie Doueihy

17+ years’ PQE experience

With over 19 years’ experience in the legal industry, Anne-Marie has extensive family law experience and acts for a wide variety of private clients in that jurisdiction. She appears regularly in the Family and Federal courts, representing both spouses in financial and parenting cases in family disputes and succession claims.

Anne-Marie’s extensive experience and skill, and the ability to understand the emotional aspects of family law, which allows her to provide clear and compassionate advice to help her clients navigate their disputes. Her focus is on resolution, not litigation, but she is a tireless advocate should the matter proceed to court.

Having volunteered with not-for-profit organisations dealing with mental health and positive psychology, Anne-Marie regularly applies her knowledge and experience in this area to family law matters including property settlement, divorce, parenting and child arrangements, spousal/partner maintenance, binding financial agreements.

Anne-Marie is also a Family Law Accredited Specialist as granted by the Law Society.

Anthony El-Azzi | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
ASSOCIATE

Anthony El-Azzi

B.Bus & Com/L.L.B (WSU)
5+ years’ PQE experience

Anthony joined the firm in 2012, and practices within our commercial, litigation, and property law practices.

He represents clients in a wide range of business transactions and disputes, encompassing all areas of retail, commercial and industrial leasing, and commercial and residential property transactions and acquisitions. His experience in each of these areas allows Anthony to help his clients navigate through complex commercial matters and achieve a pragmatic outcome.

Brendan Madigan | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SPECIAL COUNSEL

Brendan Madigan

29+ years’ PQE experience

Brendan Madigan is an experienced commercial lawyer admitted to the Supreme and High Court in 1994.

He delivers great advocacy and practical advice to his clients, offering a broad commercial practice, with particular focus on commercial, property, family and business Law.

Brendan has specific expertise in commercial dispute resolution and litigation. Having acted for politicians, large companies, small business owners, local councils, RTO’s, developers, builders, contractors, directors, CEO’s, workers, farmers, rural contractors, large national rural co-operatives and growers associations, Brendan’s approach is both diverse & need specific.

Brendan also holds the position of corporate counsel for a number of corporations.

Brendan has a particular interest in family law because he wants to be able to help people through what is one of the most difficult times of their lives. Brendan’s commercial background gives him the edge and experience to expertly advise on modest and complex property matters involving multiple assets, family companies, trust structures and superannuation interests.

Born and raised in rural Tumut NSW, Brendan commenced his legal career as an articled law clerk at his local firm Dawson Gain & Fletcher. After gaining valuable tuition and experience in general rural practice, Brendan began specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. This led to him heading up the litigation practice group at a leading Gold Coast law firm in 2001. In 2006, Brendan Commenced his own firm, in Tweed Heads NSW, drawing on his experience in dispute resolution, and specialising in commercial, property, family and business law, and dispute resolution.

Christopher Finn | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
ACCREDITED SPECIALIST

Christopher Finn

B.A., LL.M. (USyd)
Accredited Specialist, Business Law
55+ years’ PQE experience

Fashion lawyer, corporate and business advisor, intellectual property go-to guru. The son of the firm’s founder, Chris has more than a half century’s breadth of experience in legal issues affecting a diverse spectrum of industry, commerce, and high net worth individuals.

A sometime university guest lecturer, advisor to the Australian Law Reform Commission, honorary solicitor for the Australian Graphic Design Association, there are few legal issues in business and commerce that Chris has not dealt with.

He has been a Business Law Accredited Specialist for more than half his career, sits on the Law Society’s Business Law Advisory Committee and is an examiner in that discipline.

Daniel Georges | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
PRINCIPAL

Daniel Georges

B.Bus (Marketing), LL.B. (UWS)
GradDip in IP (UTS)
Registered Trade Mark Attorney
17+ years’ PQE experience

Daniel is an experienced litigator and transactional lawyer, specialising in corporate, property, and intellectual property law. Frequently appearing in the Local, District, and Supreme Courts, Daniel is also experienced in leading and assisting in complex litigation in Australia and internationally. Advising high-net-worth individuals and SMEs alike, Daniel focuses on pragmatic solutions, and as result, has a reputation for achieving successful & desired outcomes for his clients. Daniel is also a member of the Commercial Law Association.

David Perkins | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
CONSULTANT

David Perkins

43+ years’ PQE experience

Key Expertise

  • Corporate Law
  • Capital Raising
  • Commercial Law

Area and Emphasis of Practice

David specialises in corporate law, capital raising and commercial law. He adds significant depth to our corporate and commercial practice. With a background in banking law where he was the chief legal officer and a company secretary for an international bank, David has been in private legal practice in the financial services industry in his own firm since 2002. In that time David has developed a significant following of clients in the corporate advisory and capital raising areas. His practice entails many other areas of general commercial law.

  • Corporate and commercial advice
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Board best practice
  • ASX listing rules
  • Equity capital markets transactions including IPOs
  • Debt financing
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Financial services industry regulation
  • Financial product development

Recent Matters

  • Formation and restructure of foreign banks in Australia
  • Merger of ASX listed companies
  • $500 million US$ note issue by major ASX listed infrastructure company
  • $100 million plus Accelerated rights Entitlement Offer for ASX listed resource company
  • Various underwritten and non-underwritten capital raisings (IPO, rights issues, placements, security purchase plans and convertible note issues) totaling in excess of $2 billion for ASX listed companies
  • Australian Financial Services Licence applications and amendment of licence conditions
  • Unwinding of long established private company with assets in excess of $50 million and resolution of contentious shareholder disputes
  • Due Diligence to support mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate investigation and Reports
  • Establishment of various companies including shareholder agreements, joint development agreements and similar
  • Representation of foreign shareholders
  • Resolution of complex contractual disputes
  • Settlement of various shareholder disputes
  • Development of financial products in Australia and Asia: investment products, transaction services products and payment platforms
  • Various property transactions; acquisitions, disposals, subdivision and leases

Education

  • Bachelor of Jurisprudence
  • LLB: Bachelor of Law
  • Grad Dip CM: Graduate Diploma of Corporate Management
  • AICD Company Directors Course
  • Solicitor and Notary Public

Memberships

  • Member: Law Society of New South Wales
  • Fellow: Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow: Governance Institute of Australia
  • Fellow: Institute of chartered secretaries and administrators

Civic / Charitable Causes

  • Australia Cambodia Foundation Inc
Debra Thompson | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
PARALEGAL

Debra Thompson

Debra has over 30 years of experience as a conveyancing and leasing paralegal. She brings a wealth of experience to every transaction and prides herself on her high quality efficient work. Debra is responsible for the conveyancing and leasing sector of the firm,and is known for her detail-oriented expert approach.

She is an accredited user of the PEXA electronic settlement platform and up to date with the latest procedures and processes.

Fatma Almayahe | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SOLICITOR

Fatma Almayahe

Key Expertise

  • Property and Commercial
  • Estates, Probate and Administration
  • General Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Area and Emphasis of Practice

Fatma focuses on all aspects of property matters.​Fatma is a recent graduate and has previous conveyancing experience gained at leading mortgagee firms.  Outside of work, Fatma is also a Lifeline volunteer.

Education

  • Macquarie University – Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • The College of Law – Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Gabriella Fenech | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
PARALEGAL

Gabriella Fenech

Gabriella is a highly experienced wills, estates and leasing paralegal. She has been with the firm for almost 30 years.

Gab is experienced in all aspects of deceased estate matters, wills, powers of attorney and enduring guardianship. Her compassion and excellent communication skills make her much beloved by her clients and the ideal person to assist at this delicate time in your life. She can assist with all matters relating to estate planning and administration.

Howard Robilliard | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
ACCREDTED SPECALIST

Howard Robilliard

Dip.Law (SAB)
Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
Notary Public FANZCN
39+ years’ PQE experience

Howard is a highly experienced lawyer, who has built a solid reputation for pragmatic, clear and strategic legal advice. Over nearly 40 years of practice, Howard has advised both corporate and individual clients on every aspect of property law, wills and estates and family provision. As an accredited mediator, Howard is able to achieve workable best-case solutions for clients with estate or property law disputes.

His expertise spans commercial, industrial and residential sales as well as put and call options, stamp duty and land tax issues and company title matters. He has helped innumerable clients with subdivision, strata and development issues including planning appeals, as well as compulsory acquisitions. As well as being an accredited property law specialist, Howard is also a former member of the Law Society Property Law Committee.

Howard takes a holistic approach to his practice, often combining wills and estate work and/or family provision advice with his property practice. In this way, he helps his clients secure their legacy and create generational wealth.

Jennifer Tierney | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SOLICITOR

Jennifer Tierney

5+ years’ PQE experience

Jennifer brings an impressive set of skills and experience to her legal practice in commercial litigation, debt recovery, wills and estates.

Prior to her admission in 2018, Jennifer worked in indemnity insurance for both the medical and legal professions. This includes several years as Risk Education Manager at Lawcover. Through that experience, Jennifer has developed a deep understanding of the importance of strong client engagement in the legal process. Her ability to recognise multiple perspectives informs her approach to legal practice.

Jennifer has also spent 16 years living and working in greater China, including as an Australian immigration officer in Shanghai. She is equipped to manage a range of demanding situations and never backs away from a challenge.

In her spare time Jennifer loves bushwalking and skiing.

Jessica Bristow | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SOLICITOR

Jessica Bristow

5+ years’ PQE experience

Jessica joined Finn Roache Lawyers in 2022 and works with clients in the following practice areas:

  • Estate planning and administration;
  • Estate litigation;
  • Family Law;
  • Land and Environment Court litigation; and
  • Property Law

She commenced working as a Law Clerk in 2013 with Howard Robilliard and was admitted as a solicitor in June 2018. During this time, Jessica specialised in estate planning, litigation and property law.

Prior to joining the team at Finn Roache Lawyers, Jessica was the Legal Associate to the Honourable Garry Watts AM and the Honourable Ann Ainslie-Wallace at the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. Whilst assisting their honours with research and preparation for hearings, Jessica has gained a detailed working knowledge of the Court system, particularly at the appellate level.

Jessica’s diverse experience enables her to have a unique approach to resolve legal disputes.

Jessica is an active member of NSW Young Lawyers, STEP NSW and mentors female law students and young lawyers.

Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
LICENCED CONVEYANCER

Jo-Anne Jagoe

John Graves | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
ACCREDITED SPECIALIST

John Graves

Accredited Specialist in Business Law and in Property Law
44+ years’ PQE experience

Key Expertise

  • Commercial and residential Property and Development involving acquisition, sale, development, leasing and construction, subdivisions throughout the Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle areas
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Trusts, Succession & Business Structuring
  • Wills & Estates
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Private Client Legal Services
  • Business and Company Sales & Acquisitions
  • Mortgages & Business Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Area and Emphasis of Practice

John is a Commercial Lawyer providing a broad range of corporate, commercial and property legal services to a number of industries including the information technology and other technology industries, accountants and their clients, property and development industry, transport and tourism industries and a number of others.  He specialises in Business Law and Property Law. John has broad experience in:

  • Sale and acquisition of companies and businesses
  • Structuring of businesses and other entities
  • Personal structuring and succession planning
  • Funding of companies and businesses
  • Insolvency
  • Trade Practices, Competition and Consumer Law
  • Revenue Law
  • Due Diligence
  • Compliance

Recent Matters

  • Identifying suitable property, due diligence, negotiation and acquisition of Sydney CBD building for private off-shore investor
  • Range of development advice for a consortium of investors with a large project in the South West of Sydney
  • Sale of industrial business by company share sale involving due diligence and protracted negotiation with shareholders in dispute
  • Sale in one line of two iconic Sydney CBD properties
  • Insolvency advice and preparation of Deed of Company Arrangement to restructure a trading company
  • Range of intellectual property advice for a number of tourism industry entities
  • Succession planning, restructuring and funding advice for corporate and family group of companies
  • Negotiation and successful resolution of complex inter-company guarantee dispute
  • Range of employment advice to tourism businesses and other small and medium enterprises
  • Negotiation, drafting and settling of complex software development and escrow agreement for development of specialised software for Sydney based national business

Education

  • University of New South Wales, Sydney – Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance and Systems)
  • University of New South Wales, Sydney – Bachelor of Laws
  • College of Law –  Practical Legal Training
  • Post graduate studies in Intellectual Property & Information Technology at University of New South Wales
  • Accredited Specialist, Business Law (Law Society of New South Wales) (first group receiving this award)
  • Accredited Specialist, Property Law (Law Society of NSW) (first group receiving this award)

Memberships

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Chairman of the Examination Committee for Business Law Specialist Accreditation for the Law Society of New South Wales
  • Member of the Statutory Corporation for the Uniting Church in New South Wales, The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW)
  • Skål International Sydney North (Tourism industry group)
  • Chairman and Director of UCA Assembly Limited, which holds assets for the Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly
  • Member of Australian Tourism Export Council Limited
  • Member of the Restaurant & Catering Industry Association

Civic / Charitable Causes

  • Long term affiliation and working with Uniting Church Synod (NSW and ACT) on a number of boards
  • Member of a number of committees of Law Society of New South Wales over many years
  • Member of Property Council of Australia and contributor to Legal Panel over many years (recently ceased for time commitment pressures)
  • Sponsor of Australian Tourism Export Council Limited and regular contributor of published articles and speaking engagements
  • Honorary Legal Counsel for Australian Tourism Export Council Limited
  • Sponsor of the Restaurant & Catering Industry Association
  • Regular presenter at legal education forums for College of Law, Law Society of New South Wales, Legalwise and other private legal education institutions
Kenneth Scully | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SENIOR CONSULTANT

Kenneth Scully

LL.B. (USyd)
49+ years’ PQE experience

Ken has been in practice for over 46 years and has developed a reputation for being tenacious in protecting and advancing the legal rights of his clients.

He has vast experience in transactional matters, both in the commercial and domestic spheres. He is extremely knowledgeable in the area of Wills, Probate and Administration issues, as well as claims under the Family Provision Act. In his 25 years of charity work with Sydney Legacy, he has shown the same empathy, compassion and understanding in that endeavor as he does to his clients.

Ken’s role as Senior Consultant is grounded in common sense and wisdom gained throughout his career.

Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SENIOR CONSULTANT

Martin Piper

45+ years’ PQE experience

Michael Bergagnin | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SENIOR CONSULTANT

Michael Bergagnin

19+ years’ PQE experience

Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
ACCREDITED SPECIALIST

Michael Michell

40+ years’ PQE experience

Nathan Phu | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SOLICITOR

Nathan Phu

Whilst specialising in family law and building and construction litigation, Nathan’s time spent time working in our commercial litigation, property, family law, and estates practices allows him to bring a wholistic understanding of the law and a wealth of practical experience to every matter.

His background in computing allows him to better understand our clients’ needs as they relate to information technology and provide them with solutions that properly address issues surrounding information technology in the law.

Nathan is currently completing a Masters of Applied Law (Commercial Litigation).

Sarah Toomey Westcott | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SENIOR ASSOCATE

Sarah Toomey Westcott

11+ years’ PQE experience

Key Expertise

  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law
  • Information Technology
  • General Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Property Law

Area and Emphasis of Practice

Sarah assists a range of clients in providing both commercial and personal legal services across a variety of fields including the information technology, entertainment, property and building, and tourism industries, as well as providing legal services to clients within the non-for-profit sector (including religious organisations).  Sarah also has extensive litigation experience across a number of jurisdictions, and has regularly appeared in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal in a broad range of personal and commercial disputes.

Recent Matters

  • Advising major corporate clients as to their legal rights and options in circumstances where complex contractual and commercial relationships have broken down, and assisting clients to negotiate practical commercial solutions
  • Instructing and assisting Senior and Junior Counsel in complex matters before the Supreme Court of NSW involving contract law, consumer law and corporations law disputes
  • Assisting prepare complex documentation to allow a client to successfully complete the off the plan sale and leasing of multi-levelled inner city mixed use stratum development
  • Successfully acting to secure settlements, or otherwise overturn decisions by insurers to cease or decline to pay worker’s compensation entitlements, on behalf of injured workers

Education

  • University of Technology, Sydney – Master of Laws (majoring in Health Law & Policy and Intellectual Property, conferred with Distinction)
  • Canberra Institute of Technology – Diploma of Government
  • The College of Law – Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • The University of Sydney – Bachelor of Laws (conferred with Honours)
  • The University of Sydney – Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (majoring in History and English, Honours in History)

Memberships

  • Law Society of NSW
  • City of Sydney Law Society
  • The Lawyers Orchestra Incorporated Secretary and Public Officer
Sasha Ivantsoff | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SENIOR CONSULTANT

Sasha Ivantsoff

25+ years’ PQE experience (NSW Bar 6+ years)

Sasha began his 24-year-long career in the legal profession as a research assistant to the Judges of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. From there, he became Partner and Practice Leader in two leading national class action firms, specialising in large scale corporate disputes and class actions against ASX listed and multinational corporations.

His colourful experience in class actions led him to the remediation scheme for victims of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s financial advisers and a successful claim against the Royal Bank of Scotland. He has also been involved in class actions against Lehman Brothers, Local Government Financial Services and Standard and Poor’s, among others.

After 24 years of leading large-scale disputes, Sasha recognised a gap in the market, whereby smaller claims were becoming increasingly unserviceable by large plaintiff firms. At Finn Roache, Sasha leads the litigation team, combining his top-tier experience with a more efficient, empathetic and personalised approach to litigation.

Sasha frequently appears in the Federal Court, and in the Local, District and Supreme Courts. He specialises in matters involving corporate and commercial, debt recovery, insolvency, financial services, or any business related dispute.

Stuart Cork | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SENIOR CONSULTANT

Stuart Cork

BA, LLB, Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
23+ years’ PQE experience

Stuart is a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. He has particular expertise in insolvency, contract and shareholder disputes, equity and trusts, commercial and corporate law, and works with a range of clients from top tier accounting firms to businesses and individuals.

Stuart’s legal career has spanned mid-sized and top tier firms and as a sole practitioner, with breadth of legal experience across many practice areas. He has advised a wide range of clients from SMEs to large corporations, trustees and beneficiaries, insolvency practitioners, accountants, lenders, debtors. He has extensive experience advising in relation to liquidations, receiverships, voluntary administrations, issuing and applications to set aside statutory demands, bankruptcy notices, restructuring, formal and informal arrangements with creditors and bankruptcy. He has carriage of a considerable variety of litigation matters in most state and Federal jurisdictions.

Stuart is skilled at working collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams and is actively involved in professional education. He has written numerous academic articles and headnotes for the Australian Law Journal Reports. As a trusted advisor to his clients, Stuart offers practical, down-to-earth counsel that can be relied on. He has a reputation for providing prompt, clear and concise counsel to his clients. He is also an accredited mediator (NMAS) and uses this knowledge to achieve creative and practical solutions for his clients.

Suzette Araneta | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SPECIAL COUNSEL

Suzette Araneta

Special Counsel – NSW & QLD
12+ years’ PQE experience

Suzette has experience in property, commercial law and estate planning in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. Her experience in property and commercial law includes advising developers, land owners, farmers, business owners and private individuals in the areas of property development, commercial and retail shop leasing, commercial and residential conveyancing, business acquisitions and sales, community titles schemes, property development structuring and titling, trusts and general commercial transactions.

Suzette was admitted to practice in 2011 after completing her Juris Doctorate from Bond University. Suzette also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters degree in Forensic Science.

Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
GRADUATE AT LAW

Thomas Bassil

Christopher McDevitt | Finn Roach Lawyers | Legal Advice Since 1921 | Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta, Forster, Tweed Heads and Ballina.
SENIOR CONSULTANT

Christopher McDevitt

44+ years’ PQE experience

Chris became an Accredited Specialist in Family Law in 1994 and was the Family Law Partner as well as the Managing Partner in a large regional Law Firm before establishing Family Law Solutions in 2001. At that time Family Law Solutions was one of the first boutique Family Law firms in New South Wales.

Chris has extensive experience in all types of Australian Family Law, from contested parenting and property cases in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court to the conduct of Appeals to the Full Court of the Family Court. He has represented a diverse range of clients from assisting parents to resolve parenting arrangements for children to representing high net worth individuals in complex property matters. He has been ranked as a Leading Family Lawyer in the Northern Rivers and North Coast Region of New South Wales (see Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market).

In addition to Family Law he is very experienced in representing clients in Will disputes and Estate claims in the Supreme Court.

Chris recognises that many disputes can be resolved by mediation rather than litigation and he has represented hundreds of clients at mediations for Family Law property disputes and  Will and Estate disputes. Chris is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

 

Professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (ANU)
  • Bachelor of Arts (ANU)
  • Graduate Diploma in Taxation Law
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Accredited Specialist in Family Law (1994)
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (QUT/AIFLAM )

Memberships and Professional affiliations:

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Law Council of Australia Family Law Section
  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Family Law Practitioners Association (Queensland)
  • Far North Coast Family Law Practitioners Association
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