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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Latest News    16 January 2020
Lavan’s New Year Appointments and Promotions

Lavan is pleased to announce the appointment of Natalie Kam as a partner in our family law team.

Natalie Kam is an accredited family law specialist and has extensive experience in all areas of family law with particular experience in high net worth and complex property settlements, financial agreements, international family law and parenting matters.

See the link for Lavan's full list of new year appointments and promotions:

Latest News    06 November 2019
Lavan’s final free Brandaid workshop for the year

When you’re running a business, it is important to protect your ideas and intellectual property.

Andrew Sutton of Lavan will be presenting free workshops in Bunbury and Busselton on November 14 and 15, where the topics of protecting ideas through copyright, patents and trade secrets will be discussed.

Lavan Brandaid Session – Thursday 14 November, 5.15pm at The Prince Hotel in Bunbury

Lavan Brandaid Session – Friday 15 November, 8.15am at The Good Egg in Busselton

Places are limited for this free workshop. Register online:

Latest News    11 October 2019
Lavan’s free workshop for businesses in Bunbury and Busselton

Almost every business holds information about its customers, clients and suppliers. Under the Australian privacy legislation, businesses are responsible for protecting this information.

Lorraine Madden and Andrew Sutton of Lavan will be presenting free workshops in Bunbury and Busselton on October 16 and 17 where the topics of privacy, data breach and cyber-attacks will be discussed.

Latest News    10 September 2019
Lavan appoints a leader in Property

Lavan is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Macfarlane as a special counsel in Lavan's Property and Leasing team.

Sean has significant experience in strata and community titles. Sean was lead advisor in Parliament to the Minister for Lands during debate and passage of the Strata Titles Amendment Bill 2018 and the Community Titles Bill 2018, the most significant reforms to property law in Western Australia in more than 20 years.