EDWIN TELLE LLB
“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.
TRENT BOWLER LLB (HONS), BCOM
“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.
LUKE MEYS LLB, BA (POLS)
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.
BRIAN HILL LLB (HONS)
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.
DEREK RAILEY LLB
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.
NICK PALMER LLB, BMS
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.
MICHELLE POLLAK LLB, MBA, PGDIPBUS, PMER
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.
LORAINE BOOTH LLB
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.
SUSANNAH KEITH LLB, BA
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.
AARON YAQUB LLB
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.
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.
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.