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Cite as: (2008) 82(5) LIJ, p. 98

On the move

AIG Australia

Peter Hopkins has joined as legal counsel.

Baker & McKenzie

Anna McCann, formerly of Baker & McKenzie Lawyers, London, has joined as a senior associate, corporate and securities. Grant Kari, formerly of Workplace Relations Legal Group, Canberra, has joined as a junior associate, employment.

Beck Legal

David Heasley, formerly of Cassidy Morrison & Teare, has joined the firm.

Boom Logi stics Ltd

Kathryn Ball, formerly of Australian Air Express Pty Ltd, has joined as general counsel.

David Gibbs & Associates

Tilly Barber, formerly an articled clerk with the firm, is continuing as an employee solicitor.


Quentin Solomon, formerly of Clayton Utz, has become a partner.

Forte Family Lawyers

Maria Kourtis, formerly of Hale & Wakeling, has joined as a lawyer.

George Weston Foods Limited

Marnie Sylvester, formerly of Griffith Hack, has joined as group corporate counsel for the Asia Pacific region.

Hale & Smith

Hale & Wakeling has changed its name to Hale & Smith. Sharon Smith, formerly of Victoria Legal Aid, has joined as a partner.

Herbert Geer & Rundle

Danielle Permezel has joined as special counsel.

John Matthies & Co

James Matthies, formerly of Kenworthy Bruce Lawyers, has joined as an employee solicitor.

Kain C+C

Adam Crittenden has joined the transactions & advisory team.

Kenna Teasdale Lawyers Pty Ltd

Paula Leslie, formerly of Pearsons Schetzer & Associates, has joined as an associate.

Lander & Rogers Lawyers

Grant Scott-Hayward has joined as chief operating officer. Jodylee Bartal has joined as a senior associate and Simon Frazer has joined as a lawyer, both in the family law division. Anna Cameron, formerly of UK media talent agency, The Agency, has joined as a senior associate and Amelia Burgess has joined as a lawyer, both in the corporate and commercial division. Ashley Shipham, formerly of Russell Kennedy, has joined as an employee solicitor.

Macpherson + Kelley Lawyers

Philip Duffy, formerly of BJT Legal, has joined as principal. Scott Fitzgibbon, Clinton Orr, Carole Timmins and Brad Wright, previously articled clerks with the firm, are continuing as employee solicitors.


Michael McDonald, formerly of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has joined as a partner in the property group. Francesca Bate has joined as a senior associate and Katerina Peiros has joined as a lawyer, both in the commercial group.

Mathews Family Law

Denise van Dijk has joined as a senior associate.

Middletons Lawyers

Catherine Valle, formerly of Bazzani Scully Brand Lawyers, has joined as a lawyer in the corporate and commercial group.

Moores Legal

Moores Legal and Andrew T Fraser & Associates have merged, and are practising under the name Moores Legal. Terry Fraser has become a consultant with the firm.

PILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic

Amy Barry-Macaulay, formerly of the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, has joined as a lawyer.

Ponte Earle

Chris Young, formerly of Ambry Legal, has joined as a senior consultant in property law.

Rigby Cooke Lawyers

David Lawson, formerly of Gadens, has been appointed as corporate advisory/mergers and acquisitions partner. Julian Edelman, formerly of Madgwicks, has been appointed as a senior associate in the commercial property team. Trish Sheedy has been promoted to the position of associate, working in the areas of property and native title.

Slater & Gordon Lawyers

David Andrews, formerly of Robert James Lawyers, has joined as the practice group leader of commercial litigation in the Melbourne office. Jacinta Cullum, also formerly of Robert James, has joined as a senior associate in the commercial litigation practice group.

Standard & Poor’s

Jodie Henson, formerly of IAG, has joined as regulatory counsel and senior compliance manager of global regulatory affairs.


Valerie Hoyle has joined as special counsel in the commercial group.


Leoni Sonnenberg, formerly of Orica Ltd, has joined as senior corporate lawyer.

Victorian Government
Solicitor’s Office

Shaun Le Grand has joined the VGSO Victoria Police Branch as a managing principal solicitor. Chitra Amaradasa and Deborah Whitehall have joined as senior solicitors and Tina Lee and Anne Saunderson have joined as solicitors. Emily Heffernan, Louise Jarrett, Gabrielle McManus, Steve Kourabas and Brian Bero have completed their articled clerkships and are continuing with the office as employee solicitors.

White Cleland Pty

Danielle McCredden has been made a director.


Donald M Davidson

Donald Davidson, of Donald M Davidson, died on 20 April 2008.

Contact points

Francis Lhanh Solicitors

New contact details: Suite 503, Level 5, 221 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000, GPO Box 4627, Melbourne 3001, ph 9642 8388, fax 9642 1388, email

Meerkin & Apel

New contact details: 56 Greville Street, Prahran 3181, PO Box 2207 Prahran 3181, DX 13101 Prahran, ph 9510 0366, fax 9510 0399.

Moores Legal

Contact details: Following the merger of Andrew T Fraser and Moores Legal, the staff formerly of Andrew T Fraser will be based at 9 Prospect Street, Box Hill 3128, ph 9898 0000.

Piva Commercial Lawyers

New contact details: Suite 1A, Level 1, 333 Drummond Street, Carlton 3053, ph 9349 3866, fax 9349 3888, email

Raboy & Associates

Change to DX details: Raboy & Associates no longer subscribe to the DX service.

Solomons Lawyers

New contact details: Suite 2, Level 4, 360 Little Collins Street, Melbourne 3000, ph 9600 3345, fax 9600 4232, website Postal address remains the same.

SV Winter & Co

New contact details: PO Box 21220 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 8011, ph 9663 5331, fax 9663 5531. The firm’s office remains at Level 1, 276 Russell Street, Melbourne 3000.

Venizelakos Lawyers & Notaries

New contact details: Level 4, 414 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000, ph 9640 0066, fax 9640 0077, email

Wollan & Associates

New contact details: 441 Auburn Road, Hawthorn 3122, ph 9824 4444, fax 9824 5600, email

The material in this section comes primarily from information supplied to LIV Member Services. Practitioners may also forward a copy of this information directly to the LIJ at or LIJ, Legal Action, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000. Good quality digital photographs are welcome at a minimum width of 30mm x 40mm high at 300dpi.


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