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.


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.


Stephen Gibson

 

Stephen Gibson

Director (LLB BBus Acc. Spec. (Prop.) – QLD)

A Director of McCarthy Durie Lawyers, Stephen is the head of the firm’s Property Law Department. He is one of a very few lawyers Accredited by the Queensland Law Society as a Specialist Property Lawyer.

His practice comprises almost exclusively of property law services, and he has extensive experience acting in all nature of property transactions and developments in Queensland. Stephen has particular expertise in commercial and retail shop leasing, all aspects of property development, development funding, property syndication and property joint ventures.

Stephen also sits on many boards and panels for various community organisations including a policy advisory committee for the Urban Development Institute of Australia. Before coming to the law, Stephen trained as a property surveyor, and he is now involved in a number of small property development projects in his own time.

Stephen believes in delivering high quality and commercially appropriate outcomes for his clients.

Stephen’s professional experience includes:

  • Commercial and retail shop leasing
  • Property development
  • Site acquisition and structuring
  • ‘Off the plan’ sales and leasing
  • Retirement village leasing
  • Strata titling and community titles issues
  • Property syndication
  • Development funding and equity raising
  • Property ownership and development joint ventures
  • Conveyancing (commercial and industrial)
  • Commercial and retail shop leasing dispute resolution

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Law – Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Business – Griffith University
  • Property Law Accredited Specialist

Professional memberships

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Redland City Chamber of Commerce

Vimal Raniga

Vimal Raniga

Associate (JD (Hons) MBA DPharm)

Telephone: 07 3479 5216

Vimal is a Commercial Lawyer in our Cleveland office. He commenced with McCarthy Durie Lawyers in 2010 after completing a Juris Doctor (Honours) degree.

Vimal has a wealth of real world business experience as pharmacist and a pharmacy owner in New Zealand and Australia. He also has a Masters degree in Business Administration

Vimal has experience in the following areas:

  • lease advice, negotiation and preparation
  • self managed super fund property purchases
  • loan agreements and security arrangements
  • franchise agreements
  • retirement village agreements
  • wills and testamentary trusts
  • estate planning and
  • negotiating business sales and purchases.

Professional Qualifications & Memberships:

  • Juris Doctor (Honours)
  • MBA (Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance, Strategy)
  • Registered Pharmacist (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Queensland Law Society

 

“Thank you Vimal for your understanding and compassion with everything I was going through. It was a pleasure dealing with MDL, as everyone there is warm and friendly.” – Donna

 

“I’d like to say a Big Thank You to you… all this wouldn’t have happened without your help. If I ever need any legal advice in future, you’ll be the only person I’ll be contacting. Take care.” – Jessica


Bruce Durie

Bruce Durie

Director | Commercial & Estates

Bruce is an experienced property lawyer with 42 years in practice and the head of our Commercial and Estates team, based in Cleveland office.

Bruce’s Experience

Bruce’s expertise extends across many facets of commercial and property law, including:

  • Estate planning and administration;
  • Will drafting;
  • Commercial conveyancing;
  • Commercial leasing; and
  • Contract preparation (i.e. commercial/residential).

His particular area of interest is in wills and estates, where he has a strong track record of successfully handling clients’ affairs and requirements; whether they concern gifts, life interests, donations or funeral arrangements. Bruce can also arrange an Enduring Power of Attorney for clients in need or assist those who have been nominated as an Executor of an Estate.

Qualifications

  • LLB (UQ) 1976
  • Solicitor – Qld S/Ct & H/Ct Aust 1977

Memberships

  • Queensland Law Society

About Bruce

Bruce is a proud husband, father and grandfather. He enjoys all kinds sports, including surfing, football and motor sports. Bruce also spends a considerable amount of leisure time baby-sitting grandchildren and waiting for his wife outside ladies’ fashion stores.