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Ganesh practices primarily in the area of litigation with a focus in building and construction and owners corporations disputes.

Ganesh frequently advises on matters relating to financial management of Owners Corporations, debt recovery of small and large debts, enforcement of the rules of Owners Corporation and various other matters revolving in this sphere. In this regard, he has acted for property developers, owners corporations, lot owners as well as managers for the owners’ corporations.

Ganesh also regularly appears in the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and other court jurisdictions in Victoria acting for clients with respect to enforcement of judgement orders, breaches of owners corporation rules, contempt proceedings, debt recovery, insolvency and bankruptcy matters as well as building defects claims.

Ganesh also has a strong interest in Immigration Law, having practised in the area previously. It is an area that he is keen to develop in the near future.

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Phey practices primarily in the area of litigation with a focus in building and construction and owners corporations disputes.

Phey frequently advises on matters relating to strata conversion, registration and alteration of plan of subdivision, owners corporations asset and financial management, proper governance as well as compliance and general duties. In this regard, she has acted for property developers, owners corporations, lot owners as well as managers for the owners’ corporations.

Phey also regularly appears in the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and other court jurisdictions in Victoria acting for clients with respect to enforcement of judgement orders, breaches of owners corporation rules, contempt proceedings, debt recovery, insolvency and bankruptcy matters as well as building defects claims.

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Anthony Wilkinson was the Principal of Pelham Lawyers and joined MMRB in 2018. For the past 10 years he has led a team of lawyers and paralegals primarily practising in the owners corporation industry. He prides himself on maintaining relationships with clients and cost effectively resolving simple and complex Owners Corporation disputes between stakeholders of the industry.

Being an avid supporter of the Owners Corporation industry, Marsh & Maher Richmond Bennison is a silver sponsor of Strata Community Australia (Vic).

Anthony regularly presents papers and seminars to managers and stakeholders in the Owners Corporation industry.

Outside of work Anthony finds himself in cafes and restaurants everywhere and anywhere so long as the company is good.

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Anthony Wilkinson

Annabel was admitted to practice in 2014 and since that time has worked in a variety of areas of commercial and corporate law, including contract disputes, civil litigation and insolvency.

Annabel has represented clients in many jurisdictions including the Supreme and Federal Courts and in Queensland and New South Wales jurisdictions.

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Annabel Clarke

Annette has exclusively practiced in the area of Wills and Estates since 2003 and is also admitted to legal practice in both the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

Prior to joining MMRB Lawyers, Annette was employed by the Financial Ombudsman Service. During this time, she specialised in writing and issuing Recommendation, along with drafting decisions for the Ombudsman in relation to complex Financial Planning disputes and disputes relating to Estate Planning, Estate Management and Trustee services.

Currently Annette is studying a Diploma of Financial Planning, which will further assist her in providing comprehensive Estate Planning advice to her clients.

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Annette Templeton

Anthony commenced legal practice in 1998 at Wisewoulds Lawyers.

He became a partner in 2003, and served as Managing Partner between 2006 and 2008, before leaving to start MMRB. Over time, the firm has grown and in 2017, merged with Richmond & Bennison, meaning the firm now has almost forty staff, including seven partners, and a broad range of senior practitioners and enthusiastic lawyers, who provide a very diverse and expert range of legal services to a broad client base.

Anthony’s experience has covered all areas of commercial practice and dispute resolution, including Employment and Industrial Relations Law, Commercial, Defamation and Media, Insurance and Industrial Accident, and has involved work across all State and Federal jurisdictions and tribunals.

He provides his clients with all necessary services in these areas, including advice, agreement making, drafting, and all aspects of dispute work including advocacy.

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Anthony Maher

Partner

Claire practices exclusively in the area of Family Law. Claire is compassionate and caring, her focus is on helping people maintain an amicable relationship with their former partner, while working through the issues confronting them in an understanding and efficient manner.

Claire works closely with Family Law Partner Shannon Hilton and has experience acting for clients across all areas of family law, including complex parenting cases involving family violence and child abuse, property settlement cases and financial agreements.

Claire is committed to providing tailored advice to clients in a way that assists them to make informed decisions about the progress of their case and to gain an understanding of what can often be complex and unfamiliar legal principles and processes.

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Claire Cunnington

Colin commenced work as a solicitor in 1996.  He has experience across a broad practice canvassing the areas of employment, insolvency, commercial contract, dispute resolution and litigation, media law and defamation as well as company purchases and sales.

Colin has worked as a solicitor in private practice, industry organisations and for corporations and has as a result developed a diverse legal practice specialising in employment, workplace relations, OH&S and discrimination law. His experience enables him to provide strategic and practical advice to assist in the management and resolution of complex or difficult legal issues. This includes, where required, representative assistance including in the Fair Work Commission, VCAT, Victorian Magistrates Court, Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Colin also enjoys providing assistance across all levels of HR and IR policy implementation including drafting and negotiating enterprise agreements, common law contracts as well as business policies and procedures.

Colin provides pre and post publication advice to clients in the media and to organisations promoting themselves through media sector and public statements identifying and resolving issues in defamation and copyright law.

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Colin Broadbent

Partner

Geraldine completed a Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University in 2006 and joined MMRB in September 2017 as a Senior Associate.

Since being admitted to practice in 2009, Geraldine has worked predominantly in family law, gaining extensive experience in divorce applications, complex property and financial settlements, binding financial agreements, children’s matters, mediation and dispute resolution and intervention orders. As well as family law, Geraldine is experienced in a variety of other areas of law, such as property law, wills, commercial law and civil litigation. Since joining MMRB however, Geraldine practices exclusively in family law.

Geraldine is able to apply her extensive family law knowledge to provide practical and cost-effective solutions to her clients, ensuring that they are kept well informed of their options at all times.

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Geraldine Whitling

Ingrid has practised in insurance litigation since 2001. She has extensive experience in civil litigation across all Victorian Courts, in some Interstate Courts and Federal jurisdictions. Ingrid’s principal practice is in personal injury litigation and Coronial inquests, representing organisations across a range of industries and sectors as well as medical and allied health professionals. Other areas in which Ingrid has been involved include religious, disability and sex discrimination, allegations of historical abuse, aged care services, representation of individuals before professional registration boards and judicial review and administrative law.

Ingrid has acquired a sound knowledge of insurance matters including policy construction and has familiarity with liability, D&O, and professional indemnity policies as well as recovery proceedings.

Some of the matters Ingrid works on raise sensitive issues or have a public or media interest. Ingrid is used to dealing with these broader issues and assisting clients in managing reputational risks while maintaining professional relationships and contracts.

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Ingrid Nunnink

Partner

Kathryn manages a portfolio of varied commercial cases which has enabled her to gain a solid understanding of the relevant law for each case.

Kathryn has represented her clients in all jurisdictions including the Federal Court, Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court and Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Kathryn is a member of the LIV Commercial Litigation Advisory Committee.

As an Accredited Specialist, Kathryn is available to offer expert advice and assistance in all areas of Commercial Litigation and is also experienced in resolving disputes prior to issuing or defending proceedings, in order that clients avoid costly litigation.

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Kathryn Finemore

Ken is a Special Counsel in the Commercial and Property Law Department. He was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Victoria in 1973. Prior to joining MMRB in 1982, Ken was an associate partner of a prominent Melbourne law firm and practiced law within the property division.

Ken advises developers and property owners on residential and rural developments and subdivisions. Ken also advises clients regarding estate planning and the drawing of Wills.

Ken has been actively involved in the local community, having volunteered for over twenty years as a solicitor at the Mentone Citizens Advice Bureau. He has also served on the Committee of the Mordialloc Chamber of Commerce.

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Ken Mackinnon

Nicola was admitted to practice in 2012, having joined MMRB in 2009 as a law clerk while completing her degree.

Nicola’s experience in litigation is across a broad practice in a range of civil and commercial disputes, including contracts and trade practices, defamation, insurance, equal opportunity and discrimination matters, estate disputes, and employment law.

Nicola’s range of clients is diverse and includes large and small corporations, individuals and charitable and religious bodies.

A thorough and early analysis of facts, together with Nicola’s well developed communication skills equip her to understand clients’ needs and to provide timely, clear advice, leading to early development of strategy.

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Nicola Drakeford

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Paul has over 20 years experience in commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on providing advice and related services in the corporate and personal insolvency areas.

Paul’s practice has spanned all jurisdictions from VCAT, the Magistrates’ Court through to the Victorian Supreme and Federal Courts.

Paul’s expertise in corporate and personal insolvency has seen him act for several insolvency practitioners in Australia, as well as for government departments and statutory authorities, including the Australian Taxation Office. Paul’s clients include mid-tier accounting practices, private and small cap public companies and high net worth individuals.

Paul has been involved in numerous litigation matters, including proceedings against the ANZ Bank arising out of the Opes Prime collapse and also proceedings against Chimaera Capital on behalf of an investor client. Aside from his insolvency practice, Paul has extensive experience in partnership and shareholders disputes, advice to clients about corporate structures, franchise disputes and contract matters. Paul has advised and acted on behalf of clients facing ASIC investigation and prosecution.

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Paul Marsh

Partner

Rob has been in practice and/or partnership since 1982, merging his own firm with Wisewoulds Lawyers in January 2003 and joined MMRB in January 2015.

Rob has published articles in the Australian Financial Review, online and in journals on franchising, licensing and establishing business in Australia. Rob has developed considerable business expertise from personal experience in retail business with the Ted’s Camera Stores Group; and has provided advice and consultancy to business in a wide range of industries.

Rob enjoys the challenge of finding lateral solutions and giving direct “no bull” advice to clients.

He operates with clients in an open and transparent manner regarding fees and has flexible fee arrangements for clients including fixed fees based on scope of works for many services provided. This gives clients the ability to monitor and budget for legal fees.

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Robert Toth

Partner

Shannon has a reputation for professionalism and empathy. She is a skilled negotiator and dedicated advocate for her clients. Shannon practises exclusively in family law and has wide experience acting for clients across all areas of family law, including significant marital and de facto property settlements involving multiple business interests and highly complex child custody arrangements.

Shannon works hard to ensure that all of her clients receive straightforward advice and the highest level of service.

Shannon applies her detailed understanding and knowledge of family law in a practical way, to achieve negotiated settlements wherever possible. Where court proceedings become necessary, she provides high level representation and utilises her commercial and litigation skills to achieve cost effective resolutions.

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Shannon Hilton

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Stacey was admitted to practice in 2014 and since that time has worked in a variety of areas of corporate, commercial and property law.

Stacey’s clients range from sole traders to small businesses to larger businesses with a national presence in a range of industries including property development, finance, retail and hospitality, building and plumbing and manufacturing.

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Stacey Ryan

Stephen has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial and property lawyer.

His current focus is on residential and lifestyle developments, golf courses, commercial and industrial parks, hotels and motels, tenders and expressions of interest, retail and commercial leasing; including advising on joint ventures, owners corporations, off-the-plan subdivisions, water, planning, land tax, capital gains tax, GST and GAIC.

He advises small and medium businesses from start up to succession, including structure, asset protection, contracts, mortgages, leasing, franchising, and dispute resolution through mediation and litigation.

Clients include family businesses, property developers, private lenders, accountants, investment advisors, and real estate professionals.

His experience includes the funeral and cemetery industry. He is a past board member of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Chair of the Infrastructure and Planning Committee and Founding Chair of the Community Advisory Committee.

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Stephen Shipp

Timothy Finemore is Special Counsel in charge of our Commercial Law and Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division. Timothy was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Victoria in 1977.

Under Timothy’s guidance, the firm has been involved in a number of notable and reported decisions impacting on a wide range of matters including personal injury, building contracts and property law.

Since 1993, Timothy has been an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation. Timothy’s early years of practice concentrated on working on matters involving personal injuries. He has acted on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, primarily in transport and industrial accident claims.

Timothy’s practice now centres on commercial law and commercial litigation and he acts for a number of private companies and individuals on a wide range of commercial matters.

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Timothy Finemore