OUR PEOPLE

 
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EDWIN TELLE LLB

DIRECTOR

“I am one of the founding directors of Neilsons and I run the litigation arm of the firm together with my friend and colleague, Trent Bowler. I had a heart transplant as a teenager and it taught me empathy, especially from the people who cared for me. They taught me to see the best in people. I believe very strongly that everyone should have access to the law.

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TRENT BOWLER LLB (HONS), BCOM

PRINCIPAL

“I’ve been here since 2013 and now run the litigation team together with my good friend  Edwin Telle. I work in commercial litigation, general commercial, and property. I left the law to travel the world a few years ago - I was going to become a dive instructor, a yoga instructor, or something equally romantic. But Edwin  asked me to come work with him, and after the first interview I knew that if I was going to be a lawyer again it was going to be with Neilsons. 

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LUKE MEYS LLB, BA (POLS)

DIRECTOR

I’ve been at Neilsons since 2008, working in general commercial and civil litigation. Any criminal law cases also generally come to me. I chose law because I’m passionate about using logic to persuade someone my argument is right. I love learning about clients’ lives and how businesses operate so I can be an advocate for them. It feels really good when you win - there’s nothing else quite like it. A good litigator takes things a little bit personally. It makes you try harder. 

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BRIAN HILL LLB (HONS)

DIRECTOR

I’ve been working in the law since 1975. I practice property and commercial law, estate administration, wills and trusts, and relationship property. My influence in choosing law was my grandfather who was a senior Crown Counsel for the Australian Government. He was the epitome of an honest and upright lawyer.

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DEREK RAILEY LLB

SENIOR CONSULTANT

I was admitted to the bar in 1973 and I’ve been working in the law for 42 years. I’m a dying breed - a general practitioner. A lot of our clients here are from that time, or their children and grandchildren are. I think four generations of clients says something about a firm.

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NICK PALMER LLB, BMS

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

I’ve been here for 12 years and I specialise in property and commercial law. I see the law as the glue that binds society together and prevents everything from turning to chaos. I started out in litigation and migrated to the other side of the firm over time.

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MICHELLE POLLAK LLB, MBA, PGDIPBUS, PMER

ASSOCIATE

I specialise in employment and general civil litigation. My background is in general business consultancy and employment relations advocacy, which I did for nearly 30 years. Having a law degree just adds a little extra credibility.

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LORAINE BOOTH LLB

ASSOCIATE

I work on the property law team specialising in body corporates. I’ve been here just over two years. I love it here, it’s such a good and supportive work environment. I think that directly effects our clients and their perception of the firm; it helps contribute to trust. I started an arts degree first, and then studied law. I love the logic, the arguments, the analysis.

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SUSANNAH KEITH LLB, BA

ASSOCIATE

I work in all areas of family law.  I was guided into law by my parents after I finished my music degree, but I do enjoy it. 

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AARON YAQUB LLB

ASSOCIATE

I work in the property team and do some work in general practice where I’m needed. I think it’s important to be a well rounded solicitor, so you can assess your client’s situation from all angles. I’ve been here for about a year, it’s awesome. Neilsons has a great team with an amazing amount of experience.

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NEHA JAMNADAS

ASSOCIATE

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PARSHA GRANT

SOLICITOR

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CHRIS AVERY

PRACTICE MANAGER

I look after the day to day running of the firm. My background is in business management and finance. I started at a law firm when I was young  as a Trusts Account Clerk, which means I spent my day legging it up and down Queen Street with bank cheques. Later I joined another firm and as the business manager. That’s where I learned the tricks of the trade to managing lawyers.

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FRANCESCA DORMAN

LAW CLERK

I’m Neilsons’ law clerk. At the moment I’m working for Edwin helping with discovery for a major case that’s coming up for trial. I’m new, I’ve only been here since November. I have a BA in Political Science and Psychology and I'm currently pursuing my second degree in law. I have three and half years of that degree left and I’ll be clerking at the firm whenever I can. 

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