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


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


Laura Bannerman

Laura Bannerman

Associate

 

Laura is a commercial and property lawyer with a breadth of experience in the acquisition, sale, leasing and development of commercial and residential property.

Laura’s Experience

In every matter, Laura strives to provide her clients with quality advice on the best way to achieve their commercial aspirations and desired legal outcomes. She has worked with clients of all shapes and sizes, including private clients, SMEs, property trusts and fund managers across the following disciplines:

  • commercial, industrial and retail shop leasing;
  • commercial, industrial and rural property sales and acquisitions;
  • property development;
  • strata titling and community title schemes;
  • property ownership and development joint ventures;
  • business sales and acquisitions (with a particular interest in rent roll and management rights transactions); and
  • loan agreements, mortgages and securities.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice 2014
  • Bachelor of Laws – Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts (International and Global Studies) – Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 2013
  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management 2017
  • Certificate II in Business 2006

Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Women Lawyers Association of Queensland
  • Queensland Young Lawyers
  • Brisbane Junior Chamber of Commerce

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.


Vinh Ho

Vinh Ho

Solicitor (BBus (Man) LLB GradDipLegalPrac)

 

Telephone: 07 3370 5114

Vinh is a commercial, property and wills & estate Lawyer in our Capalaba office.  He commenced working with McCarthy Durie Lawyers in 2015 after previously working in a general practice suburban firm since 2013.

Vinh was admitted to practice in 2013 after having completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Management) in the Queensland Univeristy of Technology.  He has experience in a wide range of commercial and property matters.  He always strives at delivering quality legal services in the most cost effective and timely manner.

Vinh is also an active volunteer at Logan YFS Legal Community Centre as a pro bono solicitor in the areas of family law and general civil matters.  He is also fluent in and is able to provide sound legal advice in the Vietnamese language.

Professional Experience

  • Residential and Commercial Conveyancing
  • Commercial and Retail Shop Leases both for Landlords and Tenants
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • General property and commercial law related matters
  • Retirement Village Agreements
  • Tenancy disputes
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Buying and Selling Businesses
  • Debt Recovery
  • Loan Agreements

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Memberships

  • Queensland Law Society

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


Ian Neil

Ian Neil

Director – Litigation (LLB)

 

Telephone: 07 3479 5211

Ian is Director supervising our litigation team in the Redlands and is located in both the Cleveland and Brisbane CBD offices.

After 13 years in the Queensland Department of Justice (Magistrates Courts), Ian joined McCarthy Durie in 1989 and has been practising in the area of litigation (dispute resolution) ever since. With more than 36 years of Court experience, Ian’s knowledge of Court proceedings in all jurisdictions is hard to rival.

Professional Experience:

Ian has practised in the Childrens, Small Claims, Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts and Court of Appeal in all manner of commercial and criminal law matters; in the Planning and Environment Court and the  Land Court; Family Court and Federal Court;  Auctioneers and Agents, Mental Health, Industrial Relations (now Fair Work Australia) and various other Tribunals including  the new Queensland Civil and  Administrative Tribunal.  Ian has regularly appeared as advocate in those jurisdictions and otherwise instructed a wide range of Barristers, from Queen’s Counsel to Junior Counsel. In all dispute matters, Ian’s objective is always to attempt an early, pragmatic resolution of issues to minimise the costs and stress of litigation.

Ian’s focus area of practice nowadays is in the Planning & Environment Court and the Land Court, mostly acting for developers but often acting for submitters (“objectors”) and interest groups against Councils  or developers,  or for residents who have arguments against Council decisions (eg rezonings or development approvals affecting their property),  or are being prosecuted by Council for breaching Local Laws (eg tree clearing; unlawful uses),  or for residents whose land is being resumed by Council or a Government Department.  Ian has represented a very large variety of clients in Planning Law disputes. A short list of examples include:

Agnes Water Shopping Centre;  Pialba Place Shopping Centre;  Crystal Waters Shopping Centre; Lakeside Shopping Centre; Karreman Group (quarry and tile manufacturing); Fiteni Homes – Edgarange Pty Ltd housing subdivisions; Mount Tamborine Residents Group (opposing commercial water extraction); various Heritage Listing disputes; Mandalay Aged Care; The Manor Group Retirement Villages; Jim Cavill residential developments; Platinum Design Architects; Casagrande Investments residential development.

Ian has also been a qualified Mediator with the Queensland Law Society and has conducted and been involved in many Mediations of all manner of disputes.

Community:

Apart from his extensive experience in litigation and legal matters, Ian has also been highly prominent in the Redlands Community as:

  • Executive Member, Past President and Life Member of the Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman of Redlands Education Forum
  • Member of Redlands Economic Development Forum
  • President Carmel College P&F Association
  • Board Member Sheldon College
  • Board Member Redland Foundation
  • Executive Member Redlands Institute
  • Honorary Solicitor to many community organisations including:
  • Queensland Muscular Dystrophy Association (10 years)
  • Coochiemudlo Island Golf Club
  • Redland Bay Golf Club
  • Coochiemudlo Island Surf Lifesaving Association (and Patrol Member)
  • Member of Cleveland Rotary Club

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws

Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Queensland Environmental Law Association
  • Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld)
  • Master Builders Association (Qld)