Latest News    01 November 2021
Lavan Welcomes Top Litigation & Dispute Resolution Talent

Lavan is delighted to announce the addition of a number of talented litigators to our Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. 

We welcome special counsels Millie Richmond-Scott (who began her career at Lavan) and Kristy Yeoh (from 15 November 2021), senior associate Mihali Palassis and associate James Barrett. They are all highly experienced litigators who are committed to delivering exceptional outcomes for their clients. They act on a wide variety of disputes across a range of sectors including Government, Energy & Resources, Property and Banking & Finance, amongst others.  
Also assisting Lavan’s litigation team is one of Western Australia’s most respected commercial litigators, Kevin Stewart. Kevin was a partner at Lavan from 2012 to 2014 and recently retired from full time legal practice. His private consultancy firm, Blackheart Consultants, will work with Lavan as an independent contractor to mentor Lavan's junior partners and younger lawyers aspiring to partnership. Kevin will also be an invaluable source of strategic advice to Lavan’s clients.

Speaking about his engagement by Lavan, Kevin said, "I am impressed by Lavan’s meaningful investment in talented young lawyers, their dedication to client service and their commitment to remaining a proudly independent Western Australian law firm. I look forward to working closely with the Lavan team and to providing strategic assistance to Lavan's clients to resolve complex legal matters."

Lavan's head of litigation Iain Freeman welcomes the new team members and said, "We are delighted to have Millie, Kristy, Mihali and James join our growing litigation team. They will play important roles in a dynamic group that is committed to achieving excellent outcomes for Lavan’s clients."

Partner Cinzia Donald said, "Millie’s return to Lavan’s litigation team and Kevin's engagement will bring valuable additional depth to our practice, further enhancing our ability to manage complex, politically sensitive and significant dispute resolution matters for our clients. Kristy, Mihali and James are also very experienced litigators and advocates who each bring impressive track records to managing complex disputes." 

Millie, Kristy, Mihali and James are extremely talented litigators who share Lavan's dedication to client service and excellent legal advice.

We are also very pleased to have engaged Blackheart Consultants, bringing the services of Kevin Stewart back to Lavan. Kevin's flair for innovative solutions will deliver exceptional strategic value to our clients.

Lavan is proud to be a firm that values legal skills, commitment to clients, leadership and teamwork.  I am confident that these appointments will add greatly to our continued growth.”

Dean Hely
Managing Partner

Latest News    21 September 2021
Amber Crosthwaite writes for Business News

Lavan is pleased to announce that our Aged Care, Seniors Living and Disability partner Amber Crosthwaite has written her first column in a fortnightly series for Business News.

In this first edition Amber discusses the growing crisis in workforce in the aged care sector and reflects on a tendency towards short-termism.

Read Amber's full article on pg 55 in the link below (please note this is behind a paywall).

Latest News    01 July 2021
Lavan’s Promotions and Appointments July 2021

Lavan is delighted to announce our most recent promotions and appointments.

The well-deserved promotions of Jennifer Tropiano to special counsel in Property, Mary Roseingrave to senior associate in Family Law and Tegan Chick to associate in Litigation are a reflection of their excellent legal skills, dedication to client service, leadership and teamwork.

We are also very pleased to welcome special counsel Mark Hyde and senior associate Mandee de Reus to our Reconstruction, Recovery & Insolvency team, senior associate Ching Yee Tan (who returns to Lavan after a stint in London) to our Property team and associate Mareli Treurnicht to our Corporate team.

Mark Hyde joins Lavan as special counsel in the Reconstruction, Recovery & Insolvency team. Mark is an experienced insolvency, reconstruction and commercial litigation lawyer having acted for major Australian financial institutions, administrators, liquidators, receivers, company directors and a broad range of corporate clients.

Jennifer Tropiano is promoted to special counsel. Since joining Lavan in 2018, Jennifer has been an integral part of our property team. She specialises in high value acquisitions and disposals and her experience extends to managing complex commercial leasing matters, completing large scale property due diligence and settlements, acting on hotel management agreements and acquisitions and a range of general property advice.

Mandee de Reus has joined our Reconstruction, Recovery & Insolvency team as a senior associate. Mandee advises clients in respect of corporate and personal insolvency matters. She is an experienced advocate having represented clients in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia as well as Western Australian State Courts and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Mary Roseingrave is promoted to senior associate in our Family team. Mary provides advice and legal representation to clients in all aspects of family law including financial and child related matters, binding child support agreements, divorce applications, family violence restraining orders and adoptions. Mary is a committed, efficient and highly skilled lawyer and clients and colleagues benefit from her dedicated approach.

Returning to Lavan after a stint at a top US law firm in London, Ching Yee Tan rejoins our Property team as a senior associate. Ching Yee practises in all areas of commercial property including acquisitions, disposals, subdivisions, leases and general commercial matters relating to land transactions. Ching Yee specialises in strata development and is experienced in all stages of strata subdivision.

Tegan Chick is promoted to associate in Lavan's Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. Having been with the firm since 2015, Tegan has been actively involved in the fabric of life at Lavan and has gained experience across a number of our practice areas.

Mareli Treurnicht joins Lavan as an associate in our Corporate team. As a South African qualified attorney with over 11 years' experience in top tier commercial law firms, Mareli is an excellent addition to our team. Mareli's experience includes high value corporate and commercial transactions, commercial litigation, corporate tax (including tax litigation) and energy matters.

Dean Hely, Managing Partner

On behalf of the partners and everyone at Lavan, I am pleased to congratulate these outstanding lawyers on their promotions and appointments. Jennifer, Mary and Tegan are valued sources of advice for their clients and integral members of the Lavan team and I have no doubt that Mark, Mandee, Ching Yee and Mareli will also make significant contributions to their clients and to Lavan. We are proud to have them as members of the Lavan team.

Latest News    04 June 2021
Doyle’s Guide recognises Amber Crosthwaite as Pre-eminent in Health & Aged Care

Lavan is delighted to announce that partner Amber Crosthwaite has once again been recognised as a pre-eminent lawyer in Health & Aged Care by respected legal directory, Doyle’s Guide.

Further demonstrating the depth of Lavan’s commitment to the sector, partner Peter Beekink was also recognised as a leader in Health and Aged Care in Western Australia. 
Commenting on the results, managing partner Dean Hely said, “We feel incredibly fortunate to have had Amber join Peter and the Lavan team.  Amber and Peter are an invaluable source of advice and support for our aged care, seniors living and disability clients who are navigating the complexities of their sectors during a period of significant reform.”

Amber said “Supporting the aged care, seniors living and disability sectors is a real privilege.  All three sectors face significant challenges and opportunities in coming years and I’m pleased to be on that journey with our clients. 
I returned to Lavan because I share the firm’s genuine commitment to the Western Australian community and to Western Australian social issues.  These values make a real difference in the quality of our advice because, let’s face it, lawyers need to bring passion, lateral thinking and a deep understanding of the landscape they’re operating in if they want to bring value to their clients.”

Latest News    20 April 2021
Doyle’s Guide Highlights the Achievements of Lavan’s Property and Planning Teams

Building on the recent recognition of Lavan’s Property and Planning teams by Best Lawyers Australia, respected legal directory Doyle’s Guide has ranked Lavan as a First Tier firm in both Property & Real Estate law and Planning & Environment law. This recognition is particularly significant because Lavan was the only firm in Western Australia to be ranked as First Tier in both areas of law.

Doyle’s Guide has consistently recognised our Property and Planning partners for their market leading expertise including recognising partner Peter Beekink as pre-eminent in Property & Real Estate law in every year since 2015 and partner Paul McQueen as pre-eminent in Planning & Environment law in every year since 2012.

Commenting on the results, managing partner Dean Hely said, ‘As an independent firm, we are proud to have achieved such significant results in a group that is largely dominated by national and international firms.  It is a reflection of Lavan's commitment to the property sector in Western Australia, the complex and large scale work we do with our clients and the depth and breadth of resources we have in this space.”

Property partner Peter Beekink went on to reflect that, “These results would not be possible without the valued relationships we hold with our clients.  Their continued support, willingness to involve us in their multifaceted and important work and their commitment to the property sector in Western Australia is very much valued by everyone at Lavan. It also would not be possible without the total commitment of the entire Lavan property, leasing and planning teams to delivering the very best possible results for our clients.”

The full list of Lavan lawyers recognised in Doyle’s Guide’s 2021 rankings for Property & Real Estate and Planning & Environment law in Western Australia includes:

Property & Real Estate Law

  • Lavan as a First Tier Property & Real Estate law firm.
  • Partner Peter Beekink as pre-eminent.
  • Partner Tamara Heng as leading.
  • Partner Tim Morgan as leading.
  • Special Counsel Anka Burns as recommended.

Planning and Environment

  • Lavan as a First Tier Planning & Environment law firm.
  • Partner Paul McQueen as pre-eminent.
  • Partner Craig Wallace as leading.

Leasing Law

  • Partner Peter Beekink as leading.
  • Special Counsel Rebekah O’Brien as leading.
  • Partner Tamara Heng as recommended.

Special Counsel Anka Burns as recommended.

Latest News    16 April 2021
Best Lawyers Australia Recognises the Achievements of Lavan Lawyers

Respected legal directory Best Lawyers Australia has once again recognised the industry leading experience of Lavan’s lawyers.  Highlighting the depth of Lavan’s multi-disciplinary expertise, Best Lawyers has recognised 10 of our partners across 13 practice areas including awarding partner Tamara Heng as “Lawyer of the Year” for Leasing Law in Western Australia. 
Commenting on the results, managing partner Dean Hely said “We are delighted to consistently receive these rankings which are testament to the quality of our work and strong relationships with our valued clients.  The strength of our multi-disciplinary service offering is reflected in the breadth of recognition spanning alternative dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure, insurance, labour and employment, land use and zoning, leasing, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, planning, real property and privacy and data security.

For rankings which are usually dominated by national firms, we are particularly proud as an independent Western Australian firm to have partners Peter Beekink, Tamara Heng, Paul McQueen, Tim Morgan and Craig Wallace, special counsel Rebekah O’Brien and senior associates Alex McGlue and Jennifer Tropiano all recognised as leaders in Property and Planning Law. This result reflects the team's pre-eminent position in the property sector in Australia.”
The full list of Lavan lawyers recognised in the 2022 rankings of Best Lawyers in Australia includes:

Real Property and Leasing Law

  • Partner Peter Beekink
  • Partner Tamara Heng including as “Lawyer of the Year – Leasing Law”
  • Partner Tim Morgan
  • Special Counsel Rebekah O’Brien
  • Senior Associate Jennifer Tropiano (Real Property Law)

Planning and Environment and Land Use and Zoning Law

  • Partner Paul McQueen
  • Partner Craig Wallace
  • Senior Associate Alex McGlue (Planning and Environment Law)

In other practice areas:

  • Partner Ian Curlewis: Employee Benefits Law, Labour and Employment Law
  • Partner Iain Freeman: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law, Litigation, Privacy and Data Security
  • Partner Derek La Ferla: Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Partner Robert Shaw: Construction and Infrastructure Law

These results would not be possible without the valued relationships we share with our clients.  The work we do with them and their continued support is very much appreciated by everyone at Lavan.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession globally.  Recognition in Best Lawyers is conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Latest News    12 January 2021
Lavan appoints partner Amber Crosthwaite

Lavan is very pleased to announce the appointment of Amber Crosthwaite as a partner in Seniors Living, Aged Care & Disability.

Recognised as a pre-eminent lawyer in Health & Aged Care, Amber is passionate about population ageing and disability, which present some of the greatest socio-economic challenges and opportunities of our time.

Amber works across the seniors living, aged care and disability sectors with a particular focus on regulatory compliance, sales and acquisitions and property development (including retirement villages, residential aged care facilities and Specialist Disability Accommodation).

“Amber brings a values aligned, measured and commercial approach to the highly regulated and ever-evolving aged care, seniors living and disability sectors. Amber will be a valued source of advice for Lavan’s clients who are navigating the complexities within these sectors and caring for vulnerable members of our community.”

Dean Hely, Managing Partner

Latest News    12 January 2021
Lavan’s Appointments and Promotions

Lavan is very pleased to announce the following appointments and promotions:

Amber Crosthwaite - Partner - Seniors Living, Aged Care & Disability 
Jennifer Keane - Special Counsel - Construction and Infrastructure 
Rebekah O’Brien - Special Counsel - Property and Leasing
Jasmine Sims - Senior Associate - Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Ben Tippett - Senior Associate - Corporate Services
Daniel Vivian - Senior Associate - Recovery, Reconstruction and Insolvency
Jesse Way - Senior Associate - Construction and Infrastructure
Rachel Harkness - Associate - Family Law
Mary Roseingrave - Associate - Family Law
Zac Sharp - Associate - Recovery, Reconstruction and Insolvency
Jun Yang - Associate - Corporate Services

“We congratulate these exceptional lawyers on their appointments and promotions. Their breadth of experience across a wide range of sectors enhances the depth of Lavan’s service offering in all of our practice areas. We know they will be a trusted source of advice for our clients. 

In what has been an unprecedented year with many challenges, these appointments are a reflection of the growth of our firm and the strength of the Western Australian economy. We feel very fortunate to be an independent firm in Western Australia, a state which has been a global leader in mitigating the impact of COVID-19.”

Dean Hely, Managing Partner

See the media release for more information about these appointments and promotions.

Latest News    20 March 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 have resulted in many unprecedented market challenges.  
All organisations are having to be agile and open minded as they respond to the continually evolving situation.

A proactive commercial approach together with early and regular communication with your financiers and other business partners will be essential to establishing a pre-emptive and practical response to the current market conditions.

In addition to implementing Lavan’s own response to the business disruption caused by COVID-19, our multi-disciplinary team is available to assist you in determining your immediate response and to provide guidance on your longer-term risk management planning across all aspects of your business.

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Latest News    18 March 2020

Lavan Staff Working From Home

As efforts to reduce the reach of COVID-19 continue, Lavan’s priority is protecting the health of our people, our clients, their families and our community.  I am therefore writing to let you know, from tomorrow 18 March 2020 to Friday 3 April 2020, our people will be working from home. 

We are monitoring the advice of the Government and health authorities and this date may be revised if the situation improves before or continues beyond this time.  To keep you informed of our progress, we will be sending regular updates in the coming weeks.

We want to reassure you that it is business as usual and Lavan staff are fully contactable via their direct office lines, mobiles and email.  We have well-established technology and IT systems for working remotely which allow us to take these measures without interrupting our client service delivery. 

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