Latest News    22 June 2022
Luke O’Callaghan speaks to the ABC, Sky News and The West Australian on “a big week in electricity markets” last week

Luke O’Callaghan, a partner in our Corporate Services team, recently spoke to the ABC, Sky News and The West Australian on “a big week in electricity markets” last week.

The contrast between Western Australia and the Eastern States in terms of energy policy settings and outcomes were particularly noticeable last week as Daniel Mercer reported here.

The Western Australian Government announced the planned closure of its Synergy owned coal fired power stations by the end of the decade and their replacement with renewable energy and storage.  This story was reported extensively, but Daniel Mercer’s analysis is worth reading here

Luke expressed the view to The West Australian that the policy was feasible because it provided a long lead time for planning and investment, including by non-government investors.  You can read The West’s analysis here (behind a paywall).

At the same time, the National Electricity Market saw unprecedented challenges, spot market price spikes and forecast shortfalls in available generation capacity leading to the Australian Energy Market Operator’s decision to suspend the spot market because it had become impossible to continue operating while maintaining system security and reliability.  

Western Australian policy settings like the domestic gas reservation policy and the reserve capacity mechanism provide a kind of insurance against high domestic gas prices and shortages of generation capacity.  With the Energy Security Board’s proposal to adopt a reserve capacity mechanism in the National Electricity Market in play, Luke argued that participants should look to the West for guidance.

But he cautioned that perhaps the most crucial protection against volatility in electricity markets are clear and durable energy and climate policy settings that allow infrastructure investors and operators to plan, mitigating against an unstable and disorganised transition to a low carbon future.

Latest News    20 May 2022
Doyle’s Guide continues to recognise Amber Crosthwaite as Preeminent in Health & Aged Care Law

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

Amber said “I really want to acknowledge the breadth and depth of experience in the Lavan team. This means that we can offer a full service to our clients in these sectors, always through the lens of the regulatory landscape of which they operate."  

Commenting on the results, managing partner Dean Hely said, “Amber is an invaluable source of advice and support for our aged care, seniors living and disability clients. These sectors are constantly having to navigate complex regulations and reform and they are fortunate to have Amber as their advocate”.

Further demonstrating the depth of Lavan’s commitment to the sector, partner Peter Beekink was also recognised as a recommended lawyer in Health & Aged Care Law in Western Australia.

Latest News    21 April 2022
Best Lawyers Australia 2023 Recognises Achievements of Lavan Lawyers

Lavan is delighted to announce that we have once again been recognised by respected legal directory The Best Lawyers in Australia™ in their 2023 edition for the industry leading experience and expertise of our lawyers.

Demonstrating the strength of Lavan’s multi-disciplinary service offering, Best Lawyers has recognised 16 of our partners and lawyers across 16 different practice areas, including awarding partners Craig Wallace and Paul McQueen as “Lawyer of the Year” for Planning & Environmental Law and Land Use & Zoning Law in Western Australia respectively. We are also pleased to see senior associate Mary Roseingrave achieve a “Ones To Watch” award for Family Law.
Commenting on the results, managing partner Dean Hely said “We are thrilled to receive these latest Best Lawyers Australia rankings. The results Lavan has achieved year after year in these awards is a testament to our preeminent position in the Western Australian legal market and a true reflection of the quality of work our people produce for our valued clients.” 

The full list of the Lavan lawyers recognised in the 2023 rankings of Best Lawyers Australia includes:

Real Property Law

  • Partner Peter Beekink
  • Partner Tamara Heng
  • Partner Tim Morgan
  • Special Counsel Rebekah O’Brien
  • Special Counsel Jennifer Tropiano

 Leasing Law

  • Partner Peter Beekink
  • Partner Tamara Heng
  • Partner Tim Morgan
  • Special Counsel Rebekah O’Brien

 Employee Benefits Law and Labour & Employment Law

  • Partner Ian Curlewis
  • Partner Bruno Di Girolami

 Planning & Environmental and Land Use & Zoning Law

  • Partner Paul McQueen including as “Lawyer of the Year – Land Use & Zoning Law”
  • Partner Craig Wallace including as “Lawyer of the Year – Planning & Environmental Law”
  • Special Counsel Alex McGlue (Planning & Environmental)

 Insolvency & Reorganization Law

  • Partner Lawrence Lee
  • Special Counsel Shelley Gepp

 In other practice areas:

  • Partner Bruno Di Girolami: Occupational Health & Safety Law
  • Partner Iain Freeman: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law, Litigation and Privacy & Data Security Law
  • Partner Tamara Heng: Retirement Villages & Senior Living Law
  • Partner Derek La Ferla: Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Partner Robert Shaw: Construction / Infrastructure Law
  • Senior Associate Mary Roseingrave: Family Law “Ones To Watch”

These latest results would not be possible without the relationships we share with our trusted clients.  The work we do with them and their continued support is greatly appreciated by everyone at Lavan, and we look forward to working with clients old and new in the future.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession globally.  Recognition in Best Lawyers is a significant honour and is conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Latest News    05 April 2022
Doyle’s Guide 2022 Highlights the Achievements of Lavan’s Property & Leasing Team

Lavan is delighted to announce that respected legal directory Doyle’s Guide has once again ranked Lavan as a First Tier firm in Property & Real Estate Law.

Recognised by clients and peers for his industry-leading expertise, we are proud to announce that partner Peter Beekink has been ranked as a preeminent lawyer for Property & Real Estate Law in Western Australia, a title he has held since 2015, as well as being recognised as a leading lawyer for his work in Leasing Law.

We are also pleased to share that Tamara Heng and Tim Morgan have been recognised as leading Property & Real Estate lawyers, Rebekah O’Brien has been recognised as a leading Leasing lawyer and newly promoted partner Anka Burns has been recommended for her work in Property & Real Estate Law.

Congratulations also go to Emily Templeton-Knight who has been recognised as a Rising Star for Property & Real Estate Law in WA.

These recognitions for so many of our Property team members are testament not only to Lavan’s high-level expertise in this area of law, but also to our continued development of talented lawyers in the real estate market.

Latest News    03 March 2022
Doyle’s Guide 2022 recognises Lavan Planning & Environment Team

Lavan is delighted to announce that respected legal directory Doyle’s Guide has once again ranked Lavan as a First Tier firm in Planning and Environment Law.

Identified by clients and peers for their market-leading expertise, we are proud to announce that Paul McQueen and Craig Wallace have been ranked as preeminent lawyers in Western Australia and that Alex McGlue, recently promoted to special counsel in the team, has been recognised as a recommended lawyer.

A huge congratulations also goes to Isabella Mosole who has been recognised as a Rising Star for Planning and Environment Law in WA.

These recognitions are testament to Lavan’s market-leading expertise in this space and the complex work we undertake with our trusted clients.

Latest News    19 January 2022
Lavan Welcomes Employment and Safety Partner Bruno Di Girolami

Lavan is very pleased to welcome partner Bruno Di Girolami, special counsel Sharon Payn and associate Anna Lee to our Employment, Safety & Education team.

In a complex and heavily regulated employment landscape, Bruno, Sharon and Anna are skilled in advising on emergent workplace issues including flexible workforces, vaccination strategies, discrimination and sexual misconduct, complex employment and safety litigation and COVID-19 restrictions on global mobility and migration.

Bruno’s clients value his ability to consider complex issues and provide clear, timely and pragmatic advice.  He is an exceptional trial lawyer and has been involved in some of Australia’s landmark employment and health and safety cases in various courts and tribunals.

Commenting on these appointments, managing partner Dean Hely said “We are excited to have Bruno join longstanding education and employment partner Ian Curlewis. Bruno is one of the best employment partners in Western Australia and Lavan’s clients will benefit from the leading edge solutions that Bruno, Sharon and Anna will provide.

Latest News    22 December 2021
Lavan’s Promotions and Appointments January 2022

Lavan is very pleased to announce our January 2022 promotions and the appointment of a number of lateral recruits to senior positions within Lavan.

Effective from 1 January 2022, we are delighted to announce Anka Burns’ promotion to partner in Lavan’s rapidly expanding Property & Leasing team.  Anka’s ability to provide pragmatic and commercial advice across all areas of property law, including for the most complicated and unusual property transactions, is of immense value to her loyal clients.

Commenting on the promotion, property partner Peter Beekink said “Anka has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to client service and legal excellence.  She has been a steadfast source of advice and support to her clients as they respond to ever changing market opportunities and challenges.”

On their appointments as special counsel, we congratulate:

Shelley Gepp who joins our Reconstruction, Recovery & Insolvency team.  Shelley has more than 15 years’ experience in restructuring, insolvency and recovery across a broad range of industries, including construction, mining and agriculture.

Alex McGlue in our Planning & Environment team.  Alex is one of Western Australia’s leading advisers in Planning & Environment law. He is respected for his legal analysis, pragmatic approach and reflective counsel.

Garth Tinsley joins Lavan as Special Counsel, Pro Bono, in a newly created role dedicated to building a leading pro bono practice at Lavan.  Garth’s expertise in pro bono and corporate social responsibility has been built through his extensive experience in both the corporate and community legal sectors.

In other promotions and appointments, we also congratulate:

  • Alex Biddulph on his promotion to senior associate in Corporate Services
  • Andrew Sutton who becomes a senior associate in Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Jun Yang who ascends to senior associate in Corporate Services
  • Adam Flynn on his appointment as an associate in Aged Care, Seniors Living & Disability
  • Erin Papalia on her appointment as an associate in Family Law
  • Emily Templeton-Knight who is promoted to associate in Property & Leasing

Commenting on the appointments and promotions, managing partner Dean Hely said “We are very proud to announce these promotions and appointments.  They are all high performing lawyers who are skilled at navigating legal situations, from the simple to the complex.  They are dedicated to their clients and our firm and they are actively involved in pro bono and community focused initiatives."

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.