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Our lawyers come from Australia’s largest law firms and senior in-house roles, and have achieved international recognition for their expertise. All of them share a common goal of providing first-class, individualised service to clients free of the constraints of a conventional firm.

Consulting Principals

Mark has 30 years’ experience in the areas of insolvency, commercial disputes and litigation.  He has acted for many of Australia’s largest organisations, including listed companies, banks, large private companies, and government bodies both at the State and Commonwealth level. Mark has also represented a wide variety of Australia’s insolvency practitioners in corporate and bankruptcy insolvency matters. Prior to joining Keypoint, Mark was a senior partner at DibbsBarker.
Mark
Addison
Grace is an accomplished family lawyer, with over 25 years' experience.  She has been a partner at Tress Cox and Swaab Attorneys, and has joined Keypoint from well-known specialist family law firm McDonell Milne Toltz where she was a partner for 12 years.  Grace has extensive experience across all aspects of family law, including property and parenting; and she also acts in family provisions claims.  Grace is a member of the Family Law section of the Law Council of Australia.                    
Grace
Arden Basaglia
Philip has been a Consulting Principal with Keypoint Law since its Australian inception in May 2014.  He is an experienced intellectual property and technology lawyer, who has repeatedly been listed by Euromoney’s Best of the Best as one of the top IP lawyers in the world.  Philip is a former partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where he was head of the firm’s acclaimed Intellectual Property & Technology Group.
Philip
Argy
Neil is an experienced lawyer and registered migration agent with expertise in immigration, commercial, and government/administrative law matters. Prior to joining Keypoint, Neil was a Consultant at Kemp Strang Lawyers (now Thomson Geer). Neil has held senior legal roles with the Department of Home Affairs managing the Government's immigration litigation case load, including its High Court test caseload, and heading its internal immigration advisings area dealing with difficult cases.
Neil
Arora
Andrea is considered one of Australia’s leading consumer financial services lawyers.  She is recognised in Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 for her expertise, and has been listed in Australia’s ‘Best Lawyers’ every year for the past 7 years.  Andrea is a former partner of K&L Gates and Mallesons Stephen Jaques, and is author of the leading consumer law text ‘Annotated National Credit Code’ published by Lexis Nexis.
Andrea
Beatty
Roland is a commercial litigation and construction specialist with over 25 years’ experience. He brings a strategic and pragmatic approach to his work, focusing on achieving favourable commercial outcomes for his clients. Roland has a strong private practice background, having held several senior roles at mid-tier and boutique firms, including partner at Norton Gledhill (now Piper Alderman), partner at Mills Oakley, and principal at Macpherson + Kelley.
Roland
Burt
Rod has over 30 years’ experience in consumer and business law, and specialises in wealth protection, business succession and personal estate planning.  He has been a director of numerous companies and NFPs, with clients also benefitting from Rod’s first hand commercial experience.  Rod is author of the acclaimed text ‘Understanding Wills and Estate Planning”.  
Rod
Cunich
Philip is a highly regarded tax lawyer, with a broad-based tax advisory and tax controversy practice.  He covers both federal and state taxes, and works in a variety of industries, including shipping, chemicals, property and health care.  Philip was a partner of K&L Gates (Middletons) for over 15 years, and is a Member of the Advisory Panel to the Board of Taxation.
Philip
Diviny
Michael is an experienced lawyer with expertise in estate and superannuation planning, probate, and commercial law.  Michael was a former partner at both Blakes (now Ashurst) and Atanaskovic Hartnell, a former Director at Macquarie Corporate Finance, and has also held senior roles in both the Commonwealth and NSW governments.
Michael
Eyers AM
Trina established Keypoint’s family law practice in Australia and has specialised exclusively in family law for 20 years. She is an experienced advocate in the often-sensitive areas of separation, divorce, parenting disputes and property division. Previously Trina was a partner in a Sydney firm and then operated a sole practice, Francis Lawyers, while also undertaking volunteer legal work for a large community legal centre.  Trina is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. 
Trina
Francis
Rupert has over 18 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, and joined Keypoint from national firm Turner Freeman where he was a partner and head of the Commercial Litigation division. Earlier in his career, Rupert worked at Citigroup as legal counsel for its stockbroking arm Citi Smith Barney. Rupert’s practice covers a broad spectrum of disputes, including those involving contracts, corporations law, competition and consumer law, and bankruptcy; with an additional sub-specialisation in the health and financial services sectors.
Rupert
Gray
Vaughan is an experienced lawyer focusing on insolvency, corporate restructures and commercial litigation. He has acted for companies, lenders and banks in a broad range of litigious matters and is the trusted adviser of many of Melbourne’s leading insolvency practitioners. Prior to joining Keypoint, Vaughan was a partner in a boutique Melbourne law firm, and before that, senior associate at Mills Oakley. Separate to insolvency and commercial litigation, Vaughan has expertise in defamation law.
Vaughan
Hager
James is a corporate M&A lawyer with over 20 years’ experience gained in top-tier law firms and in-house.  He acts on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate and commercial transactions. James is a former partner of Baker McKenzie, and prior to that, was Corporate Counsel at Singtel Optus.
James
Halliday
Iain is a corporate and commercial lawyer with diverse expertise across a range of industries including oil and gas, infrastructure, ports stevedoring and logistics, manufacturing, distribution, IT and telecommunications.  He is admitted to practise as a solicitor in Australia, the UK and South Africa with over 19 years' legal experience in commercial, project driven environments.  Iain is accustomed to managing internal and outsourced relationships with a flexible, innovative and dynamic approach attuned to the commercial drivers of the business.
Iain
Hogg
Wendy has more than 25 years’ experience specialising in restructuring and insolvency. She works with insolvency practitioners, directors and companies dealing with actual and potential financial stress in a broad range of industries. She has particular expertise in retail, building and construction, insurance and financial services. Prior to joining Keypoint, Wendy was a partner at DibbsBarker.
Wendy
Jacobs
Phil is a transaction lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in funds, corporate finance, structured finance and corporate law matters in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Korea. Prior to joining Keypoint, Phil held roles at Colin Biggers, Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) and PwC in Sydney; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu in Japan; and was Group General Counsel of real estate investment and fund management firm in Japan. 
Phil
Jamieson
Douglas has 22 years' experience advising businesses on a broad range of commercial matters and transactions, with a particular focus on Australian companies looking to export or expand into the UK, and in supporting UK government export initiatives into the Australasian market. Douglas is dual qualified in both jurisdictions. Prior to joining Keypoint, Douglas was a Consultant with Kemp Strang (now Thomson Geer) and before that, was a Co-Principal of a boutique corporate and commercial law firm. Douglas originally trained in London with commercial and banking practice Wilde & Partners.
Douglas
Linnette
Allan is an experienced banking and finance lawyer.  His finance expertise includes corporate lending, asset-based finance, project and acquisition finance, securities including the Personal Property Securities Act, as well as international trade finance and treasury (ISDA) transactions.  For a number of years, Allan was Head of Legal in Australia for the major French bank Société Générale. Subsequently Allan was in private practice with one of Sydney’s oldest firms, Pigott Stinson.   
Allan
McDougall
Michelle is one of the leading estate planning practitioners in New South Wales.  With an extensive litigation and commercial background, she now practises exclusively in the area of estate planning, including wills incorporating sophisticated testamentary trusts, superannuation, trusts, binding financial agreements, probate and administration.
Michelle
Meyer
Michael is a commercial and insurance lawyer with over 20 years’ in practice. He provides his clients with a “whole of business” perspective, bringing together aspects of law as diverse as international trade, insurance, contract negotiation, corporate governance and consumer regulation. Michael’s practice has an international focus. Many of his clients are either Australian businesses that operate around the world, or foreign businesses trading in Australia.
Michael
Mitchell
Warwick specialises in corporate law, managed funds, financial services regulation and equity capital markets, including capital raisings and ASX listings, corporate restructuring, listed and unlisted managed investment schemes, real estate investment trusts (REITS), the regulation and conduct of financial markets and mergers and acquisitions of businesses. Prior to joining Keypoint, Warwick was a partner at Allens Arthur Robinson, DLA Piper and Mills Oakley for over 18 years.
Warwick
Painter
Penny has over 25 years’ experience in insolvency law and commercial dispute resolution, including as partner of leading law firms, and as General Counsel of a Victorian Government Department.  Penny acts for a diverse range of clients, from large multi-nationals to family owned businesses.  Her approach is to work collaboratively with clients and other members of the legal profession, wherever possible, to achieve creative and cost effective solutions to legal disputes. 
Penny
Pengilley
Doug is a corporate and commercial law specialist with over 30 years’ experience acting for a broad range of clients, including private and public companies and Government bodies. Prior to joining Keypoint, Doug was an Executive Director of EY, and before that, was a partner at leading firms Gadens, Piper Alderman and Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills). 
Doug
Robertson
Monica is an accredited specialist in wills and estates law in NSW, working predominately in estate litigation, probate, estate administration and estate planning.  She has over 20 years' practise in the field, including extensive experience conducting high profile litigation and mediation.  Monica is passionate about applying her knowledge and skills to favourably resolving complex and often delicate issues, and she does this with determination, compassion and strategic reasoning.  
Monica
Ross-Maranik
Michael is a commercial litigator and insolvency lawyer who has joined Keypoint from Kemp Strang Lawyers, where he was a partner for 8 years. Michael is an accredited specialist in commercial litigation and his expertise in insolvency law was recognised by his recent inclusion in Best Lawyers in Australia 2017 for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law.
Michael
Rozdal
Gary is one of Australia’s leading government and constitutional lawyers.  He advises Government on complex policy implementation, ‘litigation-proof’ decision-making, and on defending decisions being challenged.  He also acts for the private sector on dealings with Government.  Gary has held senior positions in Government including as Chief Counsel with the Cth Dept. of Human Services, and has been a partner with two major law firms.  He has been included in the Best Lawyers listings every year since their inception. 
Dr Gary
Rumble
Suzy is an intellectual property and commercial contracts specialist who acts for clients across a range of industries including technology, retail, finance, fast-moving consumer goods, advertising, manufacturing, gaming and fashion.
Suzy
Schmitz
Shana has over 20 years' experience as an employment and industrial lawyer. She began her career as a barrister in South Africa. She has a Masters in Law from Cambridge University, and was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Harmers Workplace Lawyers. She is an experienced litigator in the employment arena and is the trusted advisor for all employment related matters for her corporate and government clients.
Shana
Schreier-Joffe
Lora is a corporate and commercial lawyer with 15 years’ experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, major infrastructure and ICT projects, commercial contracts and government services. She also advises private and public companies, government and NFPs on corporate governance issues, with a particular focus on information governance (data protection, privacy, intellectual property and ICT).
Lora
Shaw
Luma has 17 years’ broad-based commercial litigation experience.  Before joining Keypoint, Luma was Principal of her own legal practice LS Law, and prior to that, was a partner at leading commercial law firm Pigott Stinson, where she practised for over 13 years.  Luma represents both plaintiffs and defendants across a range of complex litigious matters.  Her clients include banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, liquidators, large corporations and licensed clubs, small businesses and individuals and she has a track record of achieving outstanding results for her clients.     
Luma
Sherif
Ted is an experienced lawyer who provides advice to clients in the hospitality sector, including in the areas of liquor-licensing, gaming, pubs, clubs & hotels, and related property transactions. Prior to joining Keypoint, Ted was the Executive Director of IHC Legal, and before that, led the hospitality law practice at Russells in Brisbane and Sydney. Earlier in his career, Ted was a partner of leading Queensland firm Flower & Hart (now part of K&L Gates).
Ted
Stewart
Ian is a senior property and commercial lawyer, with experience gained both in-house, and in top-tier and boutique law firms, over more than 2 decades.  He was senior legal counsel for a $2bn top-100 ASX-listed company, where he led a team responsible for the legal aspects of the business’s property and commercial transactions.  Prior to that, Ian was a partner at a boutique law firm, and ran the firm’s property and commercial law practice. 
Ian
Streeter
Bernard has over 20 years' experience as a property lawyer, and joins Keypoint after 8 years at commercial firm ClarkeKann Lawyers, where he was a partner in the Property and Projects Group.   Bernard’s practice ranges from large, high value projects for developers, property investors and government authorities, through to commercial, retail and residential leasing and conveyancing.                          
Bernard
Tan
Mark is an accomplished insolvency and commercial litigation lawyer, with extensive experience acting in liquidations, voluntary administrations, deeds of company arrangement and personal bankruptcy matters, both for insolvency practitioners and individuals alike.  Mark has held a number of senior legal positions, including Executive Lawyer (partner) at Bartier Perry and Special Counsel at Mills Oakley.   
Mark
Tierney
Sonia has over 20 years’ experience advising across a broad range of disputes, specialising in environment and planning litigation. Prior to joining Keypoint, Sonia was Director of Brisbane boutique firm HWS Lawyers, and before that was a Senior Associate at Barry.Nilsson.
Sonia
Whitehouse

Associates

Jenny provides legal support to Keypoint’s Lawyers. She graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws in 2015 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2016. Prior to joining Keypoint, Jenny worked at boutique commercial firms in areas ranging from intellectual property to insurance litigation. Jenny also has a background working in the community legal sector, having provided legal support to the civil team at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency based in the Northern Territory.
Jennifer
Cohen
Lisa Faisca completed law through the Legal Profession Admission Board, University of Sydney in September 2016. Prior to her admission as a lawyer, Lisa gained a wealth of practical legal experience working as a Paralegal and Legal Secretary in various law firms, including a leading industrial relations law firm, accredited criminal law practice and a large national firm.
Lisa
Faisca
Adam graduated with honours in law from the University of Sydney, and was admitted as a solicitor in 2014.  Adam originally joined Keypoint Law to assist with the launch of the firm in early 2014, before moving into a lawyer role once the firm commenced operations in June 2014.  Prior to joining Keypoint, Adam undertook internships in the legal teams at the ABC and PwC, and worked as a paralegal at Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers.   
Adam
Gascoigne-Cohen
Dean graduated with distinction from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2013 having completed a combined Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Laws degree. During his university career, Dean completed specialist subjects in employment law, insolvency, family law and alternative dispute resolution. Prior to joining Keypoint, Dean worked at national specialist employment relations firm, Harmers Workplace Lawyers.
Dean
Tolkin
Bernadette joined Keypoint Law in 2014. She graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts - Psychology/ Bachelor of Laws in 2014 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2015.   Bernadette is now an Associate in the Property and Projects team.  She works closely with clients, in support of Keypoint's Principals, on matters ranging from high value acquisitions and off-the-plan projects through to conveyancing and commercial leasing.  
Bernadette
Tuazon

Graduate Lawyers

Ariza assists Trina Francis with Keypoint’s fast-growing Family Law practice, providing paralegal and administrative support across all client matters. She completed a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Criminology and International Relations at the University of New South Wales in 2013 and. Ariza has graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Laws and will be admitted as a solicitor in 2018. Prior to joining Keypoint, Ariza worked in general practice firms assisting on family law, conveyancing, criminal law and personal injury matters.
Ariza
Arif
Yoni graduated from Monash University in November 2017 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours). Yoni received academic awards for Evidence, Equity and Competition and Consumer Law. Yoni is currently completing his PLT and aims to be admitted by the end of 2018. Whilst completing his studies, Yoni worked part-time at a boutique corporate law firm where he gained hands-on experience working on high end corporate matters. He also completed clerkships at several top tier law firms and spent time volunteering at the Monash Oakleigh Legal Service.
Yoni
Baker
Phoebe provides paralegal and administrative support to Keypoint’s Lawyers.  She completed a Bachelor of Science double-majoring in Anatomy and Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2013, and subsequently completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Macquarie University in 2017.  She will be admitted as a solicitor in 2018.  Prior to joining Keypoint, Phoebe worked in in-house legal roles in multinational medical device manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies, and several law firms including boutique commercial firms and a large national firm.
Phoebe
Love

Paralegals

Melanie provides both administrative and paralegal support to Keypoint Lawyers through Central Office as a paralegal.  Melanie has graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts - Criminology, and is currently undertaking her Juris Doctor.  Prior to joining Keypoint Law, Melanie volunteered in a firm specialising in Property and Commercial Law.
Melanie
Beamish
Tanly provides paralegal support to Keypoint's Litigation team. She is currently in her final year of a combined Bachelor of Arts – Media with a Bachelor of Laws degree at Macquarie University and is expected to graduate with Honours in 2019. Tanly has previously worked as a law clerk at a small multilingual legal practice where she assisted with a broad range of civil and criminal matters in both English and Chinese (Mandarin).
Tanly
Li
Taylor works as a paralegal in support of Keypoint’s Principals and is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology /Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University. Prior to joining Keypoint Law, Taylor worked at Edmund Barton Chambers as a legal clerk for a number of years and still works for counsel on occasion. She has undertaken many specialty subjects at University such as family law, succession, advocacy, litigation and environmental law.
Taylor
Murphy