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Abbey has been practicing for 5 years in workplace relations, employment and discrimination matters, and has been with Russell Kennedy for 6 years. Abbey assists clients to understand the continually changing industrial relations and employment law landscape by regularly presenting at seminars, as well as contributing to client alerts.
Amy Jenkins heads up Aitken’s Family Law section and has developed an acute awareness of the emotionally draining and difficult circumstances her clients often experience. The forefront of her practice is her skills at parenting, property and de facto matters, as well as issues related to complex company and trust structures.
Andrea is a Principal in Russell Kennedy’s Victorian WorkCover Authority team. Andrea has extensive experience and expertise in personal injury workers compensation litigation and dispute resolution.
Andrew practices principally in the areas of commercial law, succession and estate planning.
Andrew is a senior principal in Russell Kennedy's Corporate and Commercial team, specialising in technology transactions, commercialisation of intellectual property research and development, trademark registration and enforcement, and information technology.
Andrew is a part of Russell Kennedy's Corporate and Commercial group with his primary area of practice being mergers and acquisitions and business structures. He has extensive experience in company law compliance matters.
Andrew is a Law Institute Environment, Planning and Local Government Law Accredited Specialist. Andrew has particular skills in Water Law. His skills include major property and infrastructure projects with emphasis on negotiation skills and delivery of project outcomes.
Angela works broadly across the commercial sector and advices both private clients and those in the health, government and not-for-profit sectors. She assists on a range of corporate transactions and commercial agreements. With extensive experience working as a critical care nurse in Melbourne's largest tertiary teaching hospital, Angela has an in-depth understanding of the health care industry.
Angelina was admitted to practice in July 2015 and is currently working within the Government, Planning & Environment team at Russell Kennedy. Angelina is a qualified Town Planner, having worked in that capacity for over 15 years with a regional municipal council.
Angelo has experience in complex financial proceedings involving third-parties, trusts and interested parties – including matters that have involved banking institutions and the Australian Taxation Office along with contested divorces, family law proceedings involving jurisdictional issues with foreign courts, child support disputes including those heard before the Court, – and parenting matters involving extended family members and serious allegations of abuse and harm.
Anita assists with the professional conduct matters for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and provides a range of advice to aged care providers regarding their legislative responsibilities, risk management, compliance issues, disputes management and debt recovery issues. Anita delivers advice about statutory interpretation, natural justice, privacy and human rights issues.
Anthony has been practicing for 16 years in workplace relations, discrimination and safety matters, and has been with Russell Kennedy for 17 years. He has been recognised since 2014 by Best Lawyers for expertise in Occupational Health and Safety Law. He has contributed to articles in The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Courier Mail and SmartCompany, and has spoken at various industry conferences.
Arti has extensive experience working in refugee and migration law at all stages of the visa process. She brings her significant experience working in the community legal sector to Russell Kennedy’s Pro Bono Practice.
Astrid Di Carlo
Astrid has extensive knowledge of water legislation in Victoria and federally. Astrid provides clients advice on a range of water law issues and drafts and provides advice on agreements in relation to reclaimed water, trade waste and water and sewerage supply.
Ben is a highly regarded senior member of our Government team with a wide range of experience in personal injury and coronial inquest matters. This includes representing members of Victoria Police in high profile matters including those arising out of deaths in custody, police shootings, appropriateness of aftercare and traffic management in bushfire situations.
Ben provides workplace relations, employment and governance advice to schools, councils, health and aged care organisations, and other corporate and not-for-profit organisations across Australia. Ben works tirelessly to help his clients achieve their desired outcomes, and manage financial, legal and reputational risk when dealing with legal issues and crises. Ben seeks to avoid disputes where possible, but is also a forceful and fearless advocate when required.
Caitlin advises on all aspects of employment law, including employment obligations, termination of employment, equal opportunity, the application of awards and the interpretation of enterprise agreements. Caitlin also has experience appearing for clients at the Fair Work Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission, and can assist clients with disputes in Federal and State courts.
Cameron is a Senior Associate in the WorkCover team. He commenced at Russell Kennedy in 2009 in the field of banking and finance and joined the WorkCover team in 2014. Cameron advises and represents employers, insurers and the Victorian WorkCover Authority in relation to recoveries proceedings, serious injury applications, common law damages and statutory benefit disputes.
Caroline has specialised in the provision of advice and the conduct of litigation proceedings for Government clients. Caroline is currently acting on behalf of the Secretary to the Department of Justice and Regulation in respect of Supervision Order matters pursuant to the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 in the Public Law, Litigation and Aged Care team.
Caroline provides legal advice in the area of Property and Development and Leasing. Caroline has extensive experience in the sale and acquisition of property.
Catherine practises principally in the areas of engineering and construction litigation and property-related litigation, with a particular emphasis on contract advice, litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution in relation to major projects. Catherine has experience in large-scale dispute matters, including providing claims advice and options on dispute resolution, both domestic and international.
Christos has over 11 years’ experience as a dispute resolution lawyer. He has experience acting for high net worth individuals, corporate, commercial and insurer clients to whom he has provided commercial and practical advice.
Claire is a member of our Government, Planning and Environment team and works across a variety of planning, environment, water, and compulsory acquisition areas. She regularly works for local and state government clients and statutory authorities.
Craig is a registered trade mark attorney and routinely advises and represents private and public sector clients in relation to the registration, commercialisation and enforcement of their intellectual property. Craig also advises and represents clients on the procurement of information technology goods and services.
Daniel specialises primarily in Local Government prosecutions. Daniel has extensive experience in conducting prosecutions throughout Victoria and has obtained great results for clients for breaches in relation to building, planning and environment, public health, domestic animals and local laws.
Daniella acts on behalf of the Victorian WorkCover Authority to analyse Serious Injury Applications, defend Common Law Claims and disputes regarding Statutory Scheme entitlements.
Darren is a Principal in Russell Kennedy’s Victorian WorkCover Authority team. He commenced as an Articled Clerk at Russell Kennedy in 2008, and was promoted to Principal in 2016.
David practises in all areas of property law and over the past 30 years has specialised in the law associated with valuation, compulsory land acquisition and compensation. His expertise in these areas is well recognised.
David practices in general commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, building and construction law and insolvency. He has worked in large complex litigation matters, including class actions and has experience in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings.
David is a highly regarded practitioner who regularly acts for government authorities and private sector clients. His expertise includes land acquisition and compensation, planning, environmental licensing and compliance, contaminated land and water law matters.
Donna delivers expert legal advice to owners, operators and developers of retirement villages in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland including the preparation of resident contracts, compliance and dispute resolution advice.
Dr Peytee Grusche
Peytee assists clients in the areas of research and development, commercialisation of intellectual property, patent, trade mark and design registration and enforcement. She has a Doctor of Philosophy (Cell biology) and is also a patent and trade marks attorney. Peytee also has experience in advising on commercial agreements including collaboration agreements; licences of intellectual property and information technology supply agreements.
Eleanor is a lawyer in Russell Kennedy’s property and development team. Eleanor’s practice is focused mainly on leasing and licensing transactions, both retail and commercial.
Elizabeth is located in our Government, Planning and Environment group working predominantly for Local Government in prosecutions and enforcement in the Magistrates’ Court, the Building Appeals Board and VCAT.
Emma’s practice covers all aspects of leasing and licensing transactions – retail, commercial and industrial. She acts for tenants, landlords, local government and state government authorities, as well as the not-for-profit sector.
Emma practises primarily in government litigation, with a focus on prosecutions, and coronial investigations and inquests. Emma has previously worked within the public service for the Department of Justice, Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Department of Transport and brings this experience to her legal role.
Emma has experience working in-house for government, statutory boards and health service providers.
Erin acts on behalf of government clients and statutory authorities including the Department of Justice and Regulation. Erin has a background in insurance litigation and has worked in roles managing complex and sensitive litigation with a particular focus on negligence claims in different jurisdictions. Erin brings this experience to her role.
Felicity works broadly across the commercial sector and advises both private clients and those in the health, government and not-for-profit sectors. She advises on a range of corporate transactions and commercial agreements, the creation of companies, trusts and not-for-profit entities as well as corporate governance and compliance.
Gareth primarily practises in the areas of commercial dispute resolution, risk management and legislative compliance (including statutory interpretation). Gareth has experience working in the banking sector as well as previously managing a small business. Due to these experiences, Gareth brings a commercial hands-on approach to his role as a lawyer.
Gavin was admitted to practice in 1997 commencing employment as a plaintiff lawyer with Slater and Gordon lawyers on 1 July 1997 then operating his own firm Workforce Legal from 1 July 2004 with an ex-partner from Slater and Gordon lawyers, Paul Mulvany former judge of the Accident Compensation Tribunal.
Geoff is the leader of Russell Kennedy’s Victorian WorkCover Authority team and the Client Relationship Principal for the Victorian WorkCover Authority. Geoff has worked in Workers Compensation and insurance acting for both plaintiffs and defendants for many years.
Ian leads the Government, Planning and Environment practice, is a Law Institute of Victoria Environment and Planning Law Accredited Specialist and is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. His focus includes delivering quality advice to clients in the areas of town planning, local government, environment and statutory building control.
After working as a graduate trainee across each of Russell Kennedy’s practice groups, Isobelle joined the Public Law, Litigation and Aged Care team. Isobelle practices in the areas of administrative law and litigation, with a focus on the health, government, aged care and disability sectors. Isobelle also advises clients on legal compliance, risk management and policy and procedure development.
Jessica is a litigation lawyer working within the dispute resolution and insurance team. She has experience in general commercial litigation matters including breach of contract claims, debt recovery and property damage claims on behalf of insurers, primarily within the Victorian jurisdiction. Jessica is client focused and strives to achieve positive outcomes for her clients whilst minimising risk.
John Corcoran AM
John is the Pro Bono Practice Leader. He has handled all aspects of commercial property work for more than 20 years for major developers, banks and government. In addition to his commercial practice, he specialises in the area of retirement villages and aged care. He has a national practice with many of his clients being Australia’s major providers of aged care and retirement villages.
Jonathan assists clients with commercial contracts for business operations through to technology services. He has experience in relation to business structures, including the creation and restructure of companies, trusts and not-for-profit organisations.
Jos has almost 30 years’ experience representing clients at all levels of Government, large listed and private companies.
With his broad experience in property law, Julian Peters brings a wealth of knowledge to his role in the property team at Aitken lawyers. He has represented and advised clients on all aspects of retail and commercial leasing, from land subdivisions to the purchase, development and sale of commercial buildings in major shopping centres along with domestic lending and mortgages.
Julie is a highly regarded legal practitioner within the compulsory land acquisition jurisdiction. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience having provided legal advice to a number of government authorities such as Roads Corporation, the Urban Renewal Authority Victoria (Places Victoria), the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Linking Melbourne Authority.
Kate is a dedicated and client-focused valued member of the Property and Development team. Kate delivers expert commercial advice to government on a wide range of issues involving property.
Kate is a dispute resolution practitioner who has acted for a broad range of clients in the banking and financial services, retail, manufacturing, insurance and property industries. Kate has experience in a wide range of litigation and disputes including in contractual, corporations, Australian Consumer Law and property/leasing disputes and all aspects of debt recovery proceedings. Kate also has experience in insolvency related matters.
Kate was admitted to practice as a lawyer in October 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics.
Katherine is a lawyer in the Insurance team. She acts on behalf of the Victorian WorkCover Authority in relation to serious injury applications, defends common law claims and disputes arising from the statutory scheme entitlements.
Kathryn is a specialist in Property Law, practising in property development, and commercial property transactions. Kathryn has more than 18 years experience acting for property developers in relation to broad acre and medium density developments, including providing specialist owners corporations advice.
Keagan has litigation experience spanning many areas, having acted for private clients in the commercial litigation space, and undertaking defendant insurance work, predominantly for self-insurers. More recently, Keagan has been involved in project management related to class actions, arbitral proceedings and Federal Royal Commissions.
Kristen is an experienced personal injuries litigator. She joined Russell Kennedy from the Victorian WorkCover Authority (“VWA”), where she was a Senior Legal Counsel and had a particular focus on serious injury and common law litigation.
Kyle is a projects and construction lawyer focused on the ‘front end’ procurement aspects of projects. With over 10 years experience advising on major projects in Australia and Asia, Kyle has an in-depth understanding of the building and construction industry. Kyle works with his clients to identify and manage legal risk and execute superior project outcomes.
Kylie is a litigation lawyer with over 10 years’ experience. Kylie acts on behalf of various government clients and statutory authorities and specialises in prosecution, enforcement, disciplinary and administrative review proceedings.
Laura is a member of the Public Law, Litigation and Aged Care team. She predominantly practises in state government and the aged care and health sectors, with a litigation, regulation and compliance focus.
Leonard practises in the area of commercial dispute resolution with a focus on taxation, contract, commercial, corporate and trade practices law. Leonard is experienced in conducting complex litigious matters, both in court and through arbitration, as well as class actions. He has experience in most jurisdictions, with his practice mainly in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Libby is the head of Russell Kennedy’s Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety practice and a partner of the firm. She has worked at Russell Kennedy for over 17 years. Libby is an experienced practitioner in the area of employment law and industrial relations.
Lillian Graystone is a lawyer in Russell Kennedy’s Property & Development team. Lillian has experience acting for landowners, developers, investors and individuals in relation to a range of property related transactions, including acquisitions and sales, leasing, retirement village transactions and compliance advice.
Malvina has over ten years of experience specialising in immigration and refugee law. She acts for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in a range of matters including visa applications and cancellations, judicial review, and citizenship. Malvina also has extensive experience in developing and presenting community legal education seminars on refugee and migration matters.
Marcus’ areas of practice include planning, environment, building, public health law, local laws/domestic animals and water law. He provides advice to local councils, government departments, water businesses and private clients and acts for clients in compliance and enforcement matters under a range of legislation.
Marika is the head of the Dispute Resolution team, with over 20 years of experience. Marika has significant experience in conducting complex litigation in the superior Courts and specialist Tribunals and is a skilled advocate in all forms of dispute resolution, and in particular, mediation.
Mark provides legal advice in the area of Property and Development. Mark has extensive experience in acting for and advising property developers, including preparing all pro forma sale contracts, development and marketing deeds, advising in relation to subdivisions and owners corporations, restrictive covenants and easements.
Matthew’s practice encompasses planning, environment, local government and property law. He has appeared as advocate in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Building Appeals Board, Planning Panels Victoria and Liquor Licensing Victoria.
Matt is a Principal in Russell Kennedy’s Victorian WorkCover Authority team. Matt has worked in insurance and injury litigation acting for a wide variety of employers for many years. Matt's extensive experience includes acting on behalf of the Victorian Workcover Authority in relation to statutory benefits and common law claims under the Accident Compensation Act.
Melanie practises in all areas of property, local government, property development and subdivisions. As an Associate in the Property and Development team, she is experienced in advising local governments, property developers, statutory authorities and private clients on a wide range of property-related issues.
Michael practices primarily in the areas of construction and infrastructure focusing on “front end” contractual work. Michael assists in the drafting construction contracts and related documents.
Michael practices in the areas of property, local government, property development and subdivisions.
Michael Gorton AM
Michael is an experienced commercial lawyer with a focus on the health sector. Michael's clients benefit from his practical and commercial approach. Through his association with peak industry bodies and his position on numerous boards, Michael keeps abreast of developments in his area of practice and is often asked to address public and private companies and government and non-government organisations.
Michael has had a wealth of experience in dispute resolution over his 35 years in practice. Michael has litigated at all levels in State and Commonwealth Courts, VCAT, and the AAT, and has represented his clients in both civil and criminal jurisdictions and in Royal Commissions, coronial inquests and Inquiries.
Mitch has experience in acting for both Plaintiff and Defendant litigants within the Victorian jurisdiction. He practices primarily in the area of insurance litigation (including large volume motor vehicle recoveries), advising on liability, quantum and risk. He also provides clients with advice regarding enforcement.
Nadine is a member of our government team and acts on behalf of various government clients and statutory authorities including Victoria Police where she was a member for 24 years. She advises these clients in relation to litigation, prosecutions, professional conduct, coronial inquests and administrative law.
Prior to joining the legal profession Nicolas had extensive experience in the private sector as a project manager. He has over 16 years of experience specialising in building & construction, corporate and commercial litigation.
Nicky joined the WorkCover team at Russell Kennedy in 2017. She acts for the VWA in relation to the recovery of payments from negligent third parties, in serious injury applications and in common law damages actions.
Paul is a Principal and the Managing Director of Russell Kennedy, he also has extensive experience in commercial law, including contracts, mergers and acquisitions and the establishment of commercial enterprises through structures such as partnerships, joint ventures, discretionary trusts and unit trusts.
Whilst having been a lawyer for 42 years, Paul has specialised in Worker’s compensation since 1989. In that time, Paul has acquired extensive experience through holding senior management positions with WorkCover insurers, WorkCare Appeals Board, Medical Panels and conducted litigation in all jurisdictions with Panel Solicitors for 20 years.
Paul leads our Finance Litigation team and acts for several of Australia's largest banks and other financial institutions in recovery matters and the enforcement of mortgage and other securities.
Paul practices in commercial litigation and has significant experience representing clients in building and construction disputes, breach of contract disputes, and property and insolvency claims. Paul provides practical and strategic advice to local councils, corporate and private clients about litigation and alternative dispute resolution in all jurisdictions.
Peter has worked with the community, industry and government over the last 28 years. Focus upon environmental regulation, environmental audit system and emergency and pollution response.
Rebecca has over a decade of experience in government law, specialising in legislative development, statutory interpretation and regulatory reform. Rebecca has worked in house for government departments and regulators.
Rebecca’s experience in sales and purchases of residential and commercial property and businesses, commercial and retail leasing and building and construction law, gives her an understanding of what clients want. Her pragmatic and hands on approach, and dedication to helping clients achieve their goals, means you will always be in safe hands and feel looked after.
Riaza works broadly across the Government, Health and Aged Care sectors. She predominantly advises aged care providers regarding legislative responsibilities and compliance.
Rob acts for the Victorian WorkCover Authority as a litigator. His experience includes instructing counsel in Supreme Court, County Court and Magistrates' Court proceedings. He also has experience is insurance claims and providing advice on occupational health and safety matters
Rohan leads Russell Kennedy's Corporate and Commercial practice and acts for various public corporations as well as foreign and privately owned businesses, principally in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and business structures.
Rory is a Special Counsel in the firm’s Corporate & Commercial practice and has over 12 years’ experience in negotiated acquisitions and disposals, takeovers and schemes of arrangement, corporate fundraising and restructures, and shareholder and joint venture arrangements.
Rosemary is the head of our Property and Development team and a Law Institute of Victoria Property Law Accredited Specialist. She is focused on delivering quality advice to her clients, practicing in the areas of commercial property, leasing, aged care and retirement villages. As part of her role she advises peak industry bodies such as the Property Council Australia in their dealings with Government.
Samantha has experience in a variety of commercial property transactions including sales and acquisitions and commercial leasing. Samantha advises both landlord and tenant clients in all aspects of leasing transactions, across all Australian jurisdictions. In addition to her leasing work, Samantha advises clients in respect of commercial sales and acquisitions, including preparing and reviewing transaction documents.
Sara has over 15 years’ experience in property and other law. She has been a trusted adviser to individuals, small, medium and large businesses, consultants, listed property trusts, developers, national landlords and tenants, shopping centres and listed corporations.
Sarah acts on behalf of various government clients and statutory authorities including the Department of Justice and Regulation and Victoria Police. She advises these clients in relation to prosecutions, professional conduct, coronial inquests and administrative law. Sarah was recognised by Best Lawyers 2020 for expertise in Government Practice.
Sharon Van Dyk
Sharon has extensive experience in insurance, government and personal injury law. She also acts in the coronial jurisdiction having acted for the NSW Commissioner of Police and for individual Victorian Police Officers in a number of high profile inquests. Sharon is focussed on understanding the needs of her clients and delivering on her clients’ expectations by providing cost-effective, practical and timely advice.
Solomon acts for a range of private and public sector clients documenting commercial arrangements, including acquisitions, restructures, joint ventures and the licensing of technology and intellectual property.
Stefan is an experienced negotiator who represent clients at hearings, mediations and negotiates with government agencies, industry bodies and community groups.
Stephanie was admitted to practice in April 2014 and is an active member of the Russell Kennedy Corporate and Commercial team. Stephanie has a broad range of corporate and commercial experience including in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, commercial disputes and corporate restructures.
Stewart advises and acts for the Victorian WorkCover Authority in serious injury applications, common law damages proceedings and statutory benefits disputes. Stewart has experience managing litigation in the Magistrates' Court, County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Suzanne mainly practices in compulsory land acquisition and compensation law and has extensive experience acting for Government departments, statutory authorities and private clients.
Suzanne is a general commercial litigator, focusing on the Property, Building and Construction, Retirement Living and Education industries. She has experience in a vast range of disputes relevant to these industries, including with respect to leasing, adverse possession, breach of contract, defective building work, expert determinations and retirement living resident complaints, fee disputes, Australian Consumer Law matters and some defamation.
Victor leads the Aged Care team and is a recognised senior practitioner in administrative and disciplinary law, health and aged care, prosecutions, government law and alternative dispute resolution. Victor has a Masters in Health and Medical Law and was named Best Lawyers' 2014 Melbourne Health and Aged Care Law "Lawyer of the Year" and was recognised in 2012 - 2020 for his expertise in Health and Aged Care Law.
Walter has 16 years of extensive experience in commercial litigation in all court jurisdictions, acting for, and advising, individual clients, family enterprises, start-ups and commercial operations that range from small-to-medium enterprises to large corporations, including not-for-profits.
Xander is a member of our Government, Planning and Environment team and advises both private and local government clients on a range of matters across planning, environment and local government law.
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