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Sarah Adams

Sarah is a people person. Sarah works with a team of people in the workplace, supports her clients by advising on a full range of people issues and she looks after little people at home.

Sarah is also a Senior Lawyer in the Moores Workplace Relations team. She brings strong experience to a broad range of employment and industrial relations matters from unfair dismissal and general protections claims, senior executive employment disputes to working with HR teams to navigate workplace investigations and consultation processes.

Having worked in Australia and in the UK, Sarah has the advantage of working with people from different backgrounds and in a variety of organisational settings. Sarah uses this experience to bring benefit, understanding and value to her clients.

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Belinda Balmer

Belinda recently joined the Moores team as the Manager, People & Culture.

Belinda has spent the past 16 years’ in the Human Resource industry working in London, Sydney and Melbourne. She has worked as an HR generalist and in Learning & Development across several industries including; professional services, financial services and government organisations.

Belinda is passionate about partnering with the business and driving improvements both at strategic and operational levels, with a focus on collaboration and engagement.

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Andrew Boer

Andrew takes your call because that is what a savvy, no-nonsense lawyer does.

Commercial property and leasing can throw up difficult issues but Andrew is creative in devising strategies and possibilities to help clients achieve their goals. Then he follows through.

When Andrew gets a matter over the line for a client, he shares a High Five with the other members of his team. Such is his focus on delighting clients with results and on celebrating success, he has been known to High Five clients as well.

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Bree Coram

Bree Coram is an Associate at Moores, specialising in all aspects of workplace relations and child safety.

Bree brings a unique experience to the Workplace Relations team, after spending several years working at the Fair Work Commission. Having gained valuable insight while at the Commission, Bree has extensive knowledge of the interpretation and application of Modern Awards and the approval of Enterprise Agreements.

Bree works with organisations across a range of industries and aims to provide advice to her clients in a manner which is practical and which adds immense value to their business operations.

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Eric Choo

With a pragmatic and efficient approach, Eric and his team bring experience to a wide range of property transactions for both private and institutional clients. While meticulously attending to all the technical and regulatory requirements behind the scenes, Eric’s clients have confidence that their outcome will be achieved.

Eric’s knowledge and experience in matters of GST, duties and compliance are well regarded by clients and his peers. The Law Institute has also accredited Eric as a specialist in the field of property law.

Eric is a living example that the words “dependable”, “reliable” and “compliant” can be part of property law nomenclature.

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Jennifer Dixon

Apart from accreditations from the SMSF Professionals Association of Australia as a SMSF specialist advisor and from the Law Institute of Victoria as a specialist in Wills and Probate, Jennifer has a formidable reputation across Australia as an estate planning and structuring lawyer. She is in demand as a speaker. Clients and referrers value her wisdom and insight.

Jennifer has the ability to “cut to the chase” in strategy formulation. When Jennifer is around, everyone’s expectation about a little bit of magic is raised a notch.

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Kate Drummond

Many clients consider Kate to be on their team. Kate is regularly called to add her technical knowledge and experience to large scale projects and developments. With apparent effortlessness, Kate can navigate clients through complex GST, leasing and procedural issues that touch and concern many property transactions.

Private, institutional and government clients acknowledge Kate’s ability to provide clear and practical advice without compromising detail and compliance.

With an astute, focused and caring approach it is no wonder that Kate is a popular team member for clients and colleagues.

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Erika Reese

Erika helps her clients with a range of estate planning, probates, estate administration and litigation matters.

Whether it be planning for the future or dealing with the loss of a loved one, Erika’s clients benefit from her ability to break down complexity and get straight to the heart of a problem. She brings a warm and calming presence to the complicated and often stressful challenges associated with wills and estates.

Erika’s clients appreciate her caring and sensitive approach and attention to detail. It’s not uncommon to hear Erika’s clients say that she makes a difficult process much easier.

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Krista Fitzgerald

When it comes to estate planning, Krista’s contribution is in high demand.

Like an elegant tisane, Krista has the ability to put us at ease. This results from a combination of:

  • her legal and drafting skill;
  • her calm, measured approach in ascertaining what the client wants to achieve; and
  • the constructive way she helps clients to discover solutions.

Krista deftly combines two sought after qualities: “expert lawyer” and “non-anxious presence”

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Luke Haley

Luke enjoys putting minds at ease by ensuring that any legal matter which causes sleepless nights for a client is handled with the utmost care. This is particularly important when you are dealing with the death of a loved one, or having the uncomfortable discussion about planning for your own death.

As an accredited specialist in Wills and Estates, Luke assists clients with estate planning, administration and litigation matters.

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Cecelia Irvine-So

Practice Leader Cecelia is a commercial lawyer specialising in privacy, regulatory compliance and education law.

Cecelia is in demand not only from clients, but also from industry bodies seeking her expertise for speaking engagements, training and contributions to boards and advisory groups. As well as being editor in chief of Portner Press’ Data Privacy Report, Cecelia holds two specialist accreditations.

In her role as a Moores leader, Cecelia has represented the firm in corporate fundraising. Cecelia’s demeanour is always professional, but with the slightest edge of quirky humour which makes Cecelia an engaging advisor and speaker.

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Jennifer Jackson

Dependable, reliable, intelligent and a team-player are three ways to describe Jennifer Jackson. You may say that they are four attributes, and you would be correct. You always get more with Jennifer!

By coming to the law later in life, Jennifer brings a wealth of life experience, and a practical and considered approach to handling legal matters. These are added attributes that make for an effective Estate Planning lawyer.

Jennifer is a valued and well-respected member of the Moores team. She is always willing to contribute and add her voice to discussions. Many of us can also attest to Jennifer’s voice being very melodious.

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Kaizad Kasad

The experts here know to put the emphasis on the first syllable in the first name and on the second syllable in the second name. The rest just call him “Kai”.

Kai heads up our business services team and manages our pricing functions. It was at BigLaw in Sydney that Kai kindled an interest in pricing for value. But he recognised that, while BigLaw might have professed interest in the theories, what was lacking was a commitment to the practice. So he searched for a committed practice, found Moores and moved to Melbourne. Now he is revelling in helping us get better at what we do, day by day.

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Bridgette Kennedy

Bridgette brings a unique combination of experience to the Property and Construction team at Moores.

Her many years of property experience, combined with previous experience in commercial, M&A and franchising transactions, allows her to provide commercially astute advice to her clients that takes into account the broader commercial context of the property transaction.

Bridgette’s extensive experience spans a wide range of sectors including education, social housing, childcare and residential projects.

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Michael Labiris

What do Italian cooking, Karaoke, and playing golf have in common? Possibly very little, unless you are Michael Labiris.

In addition to his proficiency with a 9-iron, Michael is an Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates and Senior Lawyer at Moores. He is passionate about helping clients resolve disputes quickly and cost-effectively, working across a wide range of contested estate and family trust matters. He also practices extensively in estate planning, structuring and probate.

Michael’s knack of finding creative solutions, his ability to deal with complexity and his sensitive yet pragmatic approach endear Michael to his clients. Michael is outcome focused and quietly celebrates the advancement of his client’s interests with a tap of his golf cap…or a dance move on the Karaoke stage when he scores a big win in a litigious matter.

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Sarah Lacey

Sarah is an experienced Senior Lawyer in our Family Law team.

Sarah is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients to achieve sustainable outcomes following a separation and divorce.

At the forefront of Sarah’s agenda is enabling her clients to make informed decisions about their future. Sarah’s ability to explain complex legal issues in plain language together with her calm and sensitive approach enables her to achieve pragmatic and commercially minded results - whether it be in complex litigation or dispute resolution which is what we value most.

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Lachlan McKenzie

Lachlan is fascinated by what motivates people. This fascination has led him to complete degrees in law and behavioural science and to working in an area of law that focusses on people, and why they make the decisions they do.

It is this focus together with Lachlan’s natural problem solving skills that have assisted in developing his expertise in resolving disputes relating to estates and trusts, and in assisting families in transitioning wealth to the next generation.

As an Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates and a leader in his field, Lachlan knows the relevant law – but it’s his ability to ‘cut to the chase’, to remain unnervingly cool in a crisis and to achieve successful outcomes that his clients appreciate the most.

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Rebecca Lambert-Smith

Rebecca holds the contribution to the community made by her For Purpose clients in high regard. For this reason, she takes great pleasure in smoothing the way for them - whether it be helping a new organisation get on its feet, complex structuring advice or resolving internal disputes. It’s also why she regularly serves on not for profits boards, including (at the moment) a tertiary institution and a public benevolent institution.

With Rebecca, you know where you stand. She gets quickly to the heart of the matter and then formulates a strategy. There is no obfuscation; no sitting on the fence. Some say that she is direct. They are probably right. However Rebecca is able to combine that quality with emotional intelligence. The result is that she maps a way forward that leaves clients feeling confident and with relationships strengthened.

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Jessica Latimer

Jessica has significant litigation experience across a range of complex commercial and general disputes. No matter the type of matter her clients are involved with, Jessica is valued for her direct and pragmatic style. Her depth of experience and strategic approach ensures her clients understand the litigation process and achieve positive outcomes.

Jessica now leads the elder abuse practice at Moores and focuses on recovering financial losses suffered by older clients. Jessica advises broadly on elder law matters including aged care and retirement village contracts. She also acts in professional negligence claims against financial advisors, lawyers, stockbrokers and other professionals.

Jessica regularly presents to professional advisors and at conferences. She is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Elder Law Committee.

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Emmalaura Messer

Senior lawyer Emmalaura Messer practices exclusively in family law. Whether the matter involves divorce, child support, spousal maintenance, intervention orders, superannuation splitting or any other aspect of family law, Emmalaura uses plain language to demystify the legal system. “I like my clients to be informed and in control of the process,” she says. “I give clients as much information as I can and guide them to help them make the best decisions they can.”

Emmalaura is equally passionate about volunteering, both as a lawyer and in other capacities. “I’ve volunteered at the Women’s Legal Service for more than nine years now,” she says. “They help a lot of women who are disadvantaged or victims of violence. Family law is they bulk of what they do and they’re always in need of family lawyers. It’s good to be able to give back. And it’s great to be able to train and mentor the newer lawyers.”

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Lee Oliphant

Many would argue that managing Information and Communications Technology in a legal practice is fraught. Lee disagrees. He thinks that lawyers are open-minded, creative spirits, committed to risk-taking and collaboration.

Lee is not only a highly skilled and dedicated IT professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, but he also combines strong leadership and management skills with a focus on mentoring and encouraging personal growth. A winning formula.

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Daniel Raso

Daniel brings solid experience to project and claims management for clients and to the resolution of general commercial, construction and development disputes. Daniel’s client base spans the education, Government, not-for-profit, transport, IT, development, and telecommunications sectors.

Naturally Daniel can help resolve complex disputes – but he adds most value by helping his clients avoid litigation in the first place through good project management. Daniel’s track record testifies to this approach.

Daniel lives out a strategic and pragmatic attitude which is complimented by his ability to catch a wave or fish (provided mother nature is co-operating). In all situations, it is a successful outcome that holds Daniel’s focus.

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Louise Ricardo

It is not unusual to hear a client say proudly “Louise is my lawyer”. Such is the nature of the relationships Louise builds with her clients.

Complex estate planning and superannuation advice is second nature to Louise. This enables her to share her knowledge with her clients and professional advisors in such a way that long term relationships are developed. Given the area of Louise’s expertise, it is not surprising that clients and advisors regularly contact Louise for advice and guidance. Reassurance, clarity or action is often the outcome of these discussions.

A calm, clear focussed approach is what you get with Louise. That’s why you want her as your lawyer.

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Skye Rose

Skye Rose is a gem of a lawyer, known for being a strong advocate and provider of practical and strategic workplace relations advice to her clients.

Skye can help resolve complex employment relations disputes - but she adds the most value by helping her clients to avoid litigation in the first place. Skye’s skills are not only recognised by clients, some recent awards demonstrate that she is a leader in the legal sector and is highly-respected by her peers.

Skye is in demand as a speaker and presents regularly on employment and child safety at conferences, workplaces and industry forums. She is also known for promoting charitable endeavours of several human rights organisations in Cambodia and Australia.

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Andrew Sudholz

Andrew brings a strong relational and pragmatic approach to all that he does. Using his extensive experience and specialist knowledge in property law, Andrew brings a human element to property and commercial clients. Andrew’s view is that behind every transaction are people.

A particular focus for Andrew is the Aged Care and Community Living sector where he regularly works with corporate and community clients in major asset acquisition and divestment projects. Andrew is committed to working closely with private clients who require assistance in a wide variety of legal matters and circumstances.

Andrew demonstrates that professionalism and competency is not compromised by being a lawyer with heart… and a lawyer with a sense of humour.

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Tessa Van Duyn

Tessa is a human rights and public law expert, who provides strategic and legal compliance solutions for her clients in the government, not for profit and private sectors.

As a skilled litigator, Tessa enjoys advocating for her clients in a variety of tribunal and court settings. She can help resolve complex discrimination and administrative law disputes - but she adds the most value by helping her clients to avoid litigation in the first place.

Tessa presents regularly on human rights and discrimination at conferences, workplaces and seminars.

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Hugh Watson

Hugh is a Practice Leader in the Property, Construction & Infrastructure team at Moores.

Hugh helps his clients navigate problems and assists with development agreements and building contracts through to service, supply, maintenance and funding documents.

Hugh specialises in preparing and negotiating clear and easy to administer agreements. Drawing on his sector experience, from education and aged care to infrastructure and commercial and residential property, Hugh provides tailored solutions that facilitate effective project delivery and address his clients’ objectives.

Hugh’s clients appreciate how proactive and approachable he is and his outcomes focused approach. Hugh enjoys working closely with his clients as part of their team and ensuring that things work as they need to. Hugh also ensures he has fun, and always tries to make a positive difference, along the way.

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David Wells

After 25 years assisting clients resolve disputes, David had an opportunity to reinvent himself as leader of the team at Moores. In his early days as Managing Principal, some mistook his passion for competence, an illusion he was content not to disturb.

Time and experience are usually good teachers. These days, David is not so inclined to sweat the small stuff. As well as helping others to reach their potential, he remains keen on workplace innovation and improving the business model. The world is changing around us and we too need to change if we are to remain relevant. At least that is what he keeps telling us.

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Samantha Wischer

Samantha heads up the Marketing team at Moores.

After spending the early part of her career as a Product Marketing Manager with Telstra, Samantha moved into a number of Marketing roles with small and medium sized businesses across a wide variety of industries including finance, property development and business services.

At Moores, Samantha is passionately helping us to build our brand and delighting in helping our clients to experience it.