Before training at Leo Cussen in 2005, I completed a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Applied Science (Development Legislative Management), a Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying and a Graduate Certificate in Performance Based Building and Fire Codes.
The PTC training at Leo Cussen allowed me to gain an excellent insight into the main areas of law, which is difficult to get as an articled clerk (now called Trainees). The extensive materials provided as part of the PTC training were of great assistance and I still refer to them where relevant. I also found the mock trials and the mock client interviews to be very useful and challenging. The PTC also allowed me to exchange different points of view about various aspects of law with other students as well as the course presenters. Most of all, I found the course presenters to be very professional, enthusiastic, thorough, friendly and overall of high standard. This not only made the course informative but enjoyable as well.
Before coming to the Bar, I was the In-house Solicitor at Moonee Valley City Council and the Manager for Properties and Legal Services. This unique position incorporated the roles of Manager Statutory Planning Enforcement, Manager Property Services and Municipal Building Surveyor. Prior to becoming a solicitor, I worked for 22 years as a Building Surveyor and Building Inspector for various different Councils in Victoria and 2 years as a Private Building Surveyor for my own business.
I am currently self-employed as a Barrister at the Victorian Bar. I regularly appear before the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), the Building Appeals Board, the Building Practitioners’ Board and the Magistrates’ Court on planning and building related matters.
I also regularly present on Property Law to trainee solicitors at Leo Cussen and Building Law to government staff and solicitors for The Public Land Consultancy.
There is no greater place to be but at the Bar, there is freedom of being self-employed, I have the privilege of representing people in court and I have the trust of the courts who rely on me in running the cases properly. Further, there is nothing better than getting a satisfying win for your client. Being at the Bar also allows me to contribute and assist in the administration of justice.