Melissa Ban

Melissa Ban

Associate

 

Since being admitted as a solicitor in 2002 Melissa has worked almost exclusively in commercial disputes, litigation and building/construction matters. In that almost 20 years of practice Melissa has gained a tremendous amount of experience in all types of business, commercial, property and construction disputes.

As well as practising in disputes and litigious matters, Melissa has a depth of experience in an array of quasi litigious matters such as bankruptcy and insolvency cases, financial complaints, resumptions and body corporate disputes.

Melissa has represented a wide range of clients ranging from small businesses to large banks, insurance companies and local governments. Her experience includes representing clients in both State and Federal courts, as well tribunals such as QCAT and industry specific bodies such as the Financial Ombudsman Service (now AFCA) and building adjudications.

Melissa’s many years of practice have given her expertise in a wide array of commercial and property disputes. But in more recent years her special interest has been on building and construction matters. 

As an experienced building and construction litigator, Melissa has acted for many different builders, sub-contractors, developers and home owners including proceedings against the QBCC and other government bodies. This experience includes acting for both Claimants and Respondents in Adjudication processes under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 and the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payments) Act 2017. 

From years of experience Melissa is aware that the longer a legal dispute runs, the higher the costs will usually be, which in turn often results in clients receiving a lesser net amount in their pocket.  As a result, Melissa’s focus is always on looking for the quickest and most cost effective solution for her clients. 

Many years of experience have given Melissa the ability to weigh up options and identify what is the best strategy to achieve a prompt, cost effective outcome, rather than a protracted and expensive dispute.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Media Communications (Southern Cross University) 1997

  • Bachelor of Laws (QUT) 2002

  • Graduate Diploma Legal Practice (QUT) 2002

Memberships:

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia 

  • Member of the Queensland Law Society


Peter Sprott

Peter Sprott

Associate

 

Peter has studied extensively with qualifications in finance, economics, securities, science, law and legal practice. Prior to his admission as a solicitor Peter worked as a successful share, options and commodities trader, then as a futures broker.

Since admission as a solicitor in 2002, Peter has spent over a decade practicing law. In his early years, Peter worked in general legal practice, thereby gaining experience in a wide range of areas from wills and estates, to trusts, business and commercial conveyancing and litigation.

For some years, Peter’s exclusive focus has been on property law and property transactions.This includes all facets of property development work, commercial property transactions, management rights and body corporate issues. Peter also has extensive experience in off the plan development matters.

His background in finance, and early years in general practice, have given Peter a breadth of real-world knowledge and experience well beyond that possessed by many lawyers.That experience has led Peter to understand the importance of finding practical, cost effective solutions to legal issues which don’t unnecessarily complicate a matter or jeopardise a successful outcome.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Law (University of Sydney) 1999

  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (QUT) 2001

  • Bachelor of Science (University of Queensland) 1991

  • Bachelor of Economics (University of Queensland) 1994

  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Securities Institute of Australia) 1992

Memberships:

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

  • Member of the Queensland Law Society


Andrew Pye

Andrew Pye

Director

 

Andrew was admitted to practice in 2007. After completing his two years of Articles with Gilshenan & Luton Lawyers, Andrew joined our Commercial Law Team at Warlow Scott Lawyers in December 2006. Andrew was promoted to Director of Warlow Scott Lawyers on 1 January 2011.

Andrew holds an accounting degree and owned and operated both a financial planning and management company as well as his own marketing company for thirteen years prior to commencing with Warlow Scott Lawyers. Andrew’s previous business experience in marketing has given him a keen insight into the issues facing SME’s in today’s legal and commercial environment. Andrew’s business experience has resulted in a dedicated “customer first” approach to his work making himself available to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Andrew has acted in a wide range of commercial matters from joint venture and partnership agreements, franchising, corporate structuring, security documentation, business purchases and sales, licence agreements, large scale commercial property transactions, commercial tenders and intellectual property matters.

Andrew’s interests include commercial and residential property transactions and dispute resolutions, franchising, intellectual property, asset protection, corporate structuring and securities law as well as all aspects of property development and general commercial law affecting small to medium sized businesses.

Having been a business owner for over a decade, Andrew understands the challenges faced by your businesses and the need to adopt a commercial approach that ensures transactions and negotiations are delivered on time and within budget.

Qualifications:

  • BBus Accounting (Swinburne University (Melb))1992

  • Juris Doctorate (University of Queensland) 2004

Memberships:

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

  • Member of the Queensland Law Society


John Warlow

John Warlow

Director

 

As the leader of the firm’s commercial and construction law dispute resolution team, John’s focus is always to gain the ascendency early in any battle in order to provide the client with a platform from which to resolve the matter before excessive legal costs are incurred. Years of experience have shown that putting clients on the litigation ‘conveyor belt’ can be counter-productive as within a matter of months the costs can outweigh the amount at stake.

In addition to his expertise in business and construction disputes, John also has extensive experience in corporate law and business transactions. His expertise in disputes and litigation has given him the ability to identify potential traps that are often missed by many lawyers who practice purely in transactional matters. That ability to identify pitfalls, as well as years of experience both inside and outside the Law, has seen John develop long-term relationships with many clients who have come to trust his judgment, not just for legal matters, but also for solutions to all manner of business problems.

After being admitted as a solicitor, John practised as a commercial and litigation lawyer rising to become a partner before the age of 30 in one of the longest established firms on the Gold Coast. In 2000 John left the Law and moved to Brisbane to run a family business in the textile industry which, with his guidance, quickly grew within a few short years into a multi-million dollar enterprise with customers throughout Asia and the Middle East.

According to John those years outside the law were invaluable, as very few solicitors truly understand the demands and exigencies of business owners. But by 2004 the call of the Law was too great and he returned to practice, joining forces with Scott Jenkinson to create a firm specialising in property, corporate and construction law, which we now know as Warlow Scott Lawyers.

John’s speciality is in handling particularly complex matters, whether it be a dispute, a complicated corporate transaction or a building and construction issue.

Qualifications:

  • 1992 – Bachelor of Laws

  • 1993 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Qld

Memberships:

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

  • Member of the Queensland Law Society


Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson

Special Counsel | Commercial & Property

 

Ross is a Special Counsel in MDL’s Commercial team. He is currently based in our Brisbane office.

Ross’ Experience

Ross has 40 years’ post-admission experience as a legal principal or partner.

He is a general practitioner who has practised in most areas of law during his career. His current interests include commercial and business law, having focused on building units, residential, broadacre and canal developments over the past two decades.

Ross also has an affinity for succession planning and wills and estates, including family maintenance provisions.

Qualifications

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Memberships

  • Queensland Law Society

About Ross

Ross is an avid movie goer, and the best person to ask if you are in search of a good restaurant or dining experience in and around Brisbane.


Clair Tighe

Clair Tighe

Associate

 

Clair is a commercial solicitor based in our Brisbane CBD office. She focuses on mortgages and securities lending transactions, large scale construction finance projects and mezzanine finance transactions. 

Clair’s Experience

Clair has acted for private lenders, commercial developers, fund managers, mortgage trusts and property trusts. She is dedicated to delivering exceptional legal service and achieving the best practical commercial outcomes for her clients.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Mortgage lending;
  • Securities lending;
  • Construction finance transactions;
  • Mortgagee exercising power-of-sale transactions;
  • Mezzanine finance transactions;
  • Contract negotiation and conveyancing (residential and commercial);
  • Strata titling and community title matters; and
  • Commercial leasing.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Queensland University of Technology (2015)
  • Bachelor of Justice (Criminology) Queensland University of Technology (2015)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice Queensland University of Technology (2016)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland (2016)

Memberships

  • Pride in Law
  • The Animal Law Institute
  • Queensland Law Society

“Clair, many thanks for going that extra mile on this one – we couldn’t get there without your determination. A top effort by you and Nathan. We thank you greatly for the support.” – Geoff


Nathan Hardman

Nathan Hardman

Director – Commercial (BIntBus LLB (Hons))

Telephone: 07 3233 9910

Nathan’s expertise covers a wide range of areas including commercial advisory, personal and business succession planning, estate administration, business sales and acquisitions, commercial property transactions, property development and leasing.  His clients include: fund managers, property trusts,  small & medium sized enterprises and private individuals.

Examples of Nathan’s experience include:

  • Acquisition and sale of substantial shopping centres and commercial centres, e.g. Lonely Planet Building in Melbourne , Morayfield Medical Centre and the Townsville Medilink Centre;
  • The development of several retail shopping centres in Queensland, including the preparation and negotiation of major tenant leases e.g. Victoria Point Lakeside and Coco’s Shopping Centre Carrara.
  • Preparing loan and security documentation for fund managers e.g. Trilogy Funds Management Ltd
  • Negotiating and settling countless  business sale contracts; and
  • Drafting Wills & Powers of Attorney and  administering numerous complex estates

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of International Business and Law (Honours)
  • Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2003.
  • Queensland Law Society

Ross Snell

Ross Snell

Lawyer (LLB)

 

Telephone: 07 3479 5234

Ross is one of the solicitors based in our Commercial and Property Law Departments bringing years of experience on the frontlines of property transactions as a settlement agent, conveyancer and now solicitor to our already diverse and experienced team.

Ross’s practice focuses primarily on day to day residential and commercial property transactions including leasing, off-the-plan developments and dealings with the Queensland Titles Office. That being said Ross also assists our Wills and Estate team. Dedicated to prompt and accessible legal service when and where it’s needed he prides himself on fast response times and quality results for his clients.

With this in mind Ross also forms a valuable part of the legal panel with oversight of our conveyancing department and is actively involved in implementing projects to streamline and automate our internal practices to help ensure uniform quality and efficiency across the entire firm.


Ben Schefe

Ben Schefe

Director | Employment Law & Litigation (LLB)

 

Ben is a Director of our Litigation team, based in Brisbane’s CBD.

Ben’s Experience

Since his admission in 2009, Ben has practiced exclusively in the areas of employment law/workplace relations, estate litigation, building /construction and commercial litigation (including personal and company insolvency).

Ben has a particular interest in employment law/workplace relations, estate litigation and building / construction.

Regarding employment law/workplace relations matters, he has acted for both employers and employees before all State and Commonwealth Courts, Tribunals and Commissions. Ben has a special interest in assisting SMEs with their employment issues.

In building and construction litigation, Ben has acted for and advised individuals and companies, with a primary focus on SMEs and subcontractors, in residential and commercial building disputes before all State Courts and QCAT as well as preparing and defending BCIPA and BIF claims and subcontractor’s charges.

As a specific example of his experience in this area, Ben assisted his principal contractor client to successfully appeal a $350,000.00 BCIPA/BIF claim.

With respect to estate litigation, he has acted for executors and beneficiaries in estate disputes in both the Supreme and District Courts. For example, Ben has assisted executors to claims made against the estate, and assisted parties either completely left out of the will, or included in the will but with inadequate provision, to make further provision claims. This includes a number of claims resulting in the client receiving millions of dollars’ worth of money and assets.

Ben’s involvement in personal and company insolvency matters has seen him act for individuals, directors, bankruptcy trustees, liquidators and administrators on a broad range of disputes, including prosecuting and defending:

  • applications for company wind ups;
  • creditor’s petitions in bankruptcy;
  • preference claims;
  • claims for voidable transactions; and
  • claims against directors for breaches of director’s duties and other breaches under the Corporations Act.

Other specific examples of Ben’s experience include:

  • working with an employee to recover a seven-figure sum from a major corporation resulting from a bullying and harassment claim that led to psychological damage;
  • assisting various employers to successfully restrain or seek damages from employees who have been in breach of their restraint provisions and/or have been in breach of confidentiality provisions; and
  • assisting employers and employees in the termination of executive level staff, including negotiating appropriate settlements.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws – Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – July 2007
  • Graduate Certificate in Employment Law – Curtin University – August 2012

Memberships

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Industrial Relations Society of Queensland

About Ben

Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends. He also loves going to the gym, playing golf and supporting his beloved Brisbane Broncos.


Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor

Director | Corporate Advisory & Intellectual Property

 

Andrew is the Director of the Commercial Law team in Brisbane.

Andrew’s Experience

After undertaking a two-year articled clerkship, Andrew was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 2001. Since then, he has specialised in corporate advisory and intellectual property.

Andrew’s passion lies in complex transaction negotiation and drafting, structuring and the provision of regulatory and corporate compliance advice. This includes divestments, acquisitions and mergers, intellectual property (trade mark prosecution, IP commercialisation and licencing), asset protection and restructures.

Andrew has sat on a number of private company (both for profit and not-for-profit) and statutory boards, including the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and the Hospital and Health Board – Children’s Health Queensland.  Andrew’s clients include large SMEs, high-growth companies and intellectual property intensive start-ups.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Theology – Sydney School of Divinity 1997
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours IIB) – University of Queensland 2001
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

Memberships

  • Queensland Law Society

About Andrew

“Andrew is a highly skilled solicitor who I have engaged to undertake my own business and personal legal work, and subsequently confidently referred to my own clients. Andrew is highly engaging, very professional, and has extensive experience.

Additionally, Andrew demonstrates the highest levels of integrity and trustworthiness. This, combined with his deep expertise, makes him ideal for anyone looking to engage Andrew or refer a great solicitor to their colleagues or clients.” – Julian