Meet our team

Welcome to WSL and the MDL Group. We’re a full-service law firm which has provided comprehensive legal services to Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs for more than 40 years.

The team at WSL adopt a simple philosophy: our aim is to arrive at the very best outcome for our clients by providing practical, personalised legal advice, tailored to each individual client’s needs, efficiently, cost-effectively, and to the highest standard.

In January 2020, WSL merged with the MDL Group, increasing the breadth and depth of our existing service offering. This also improved out accessibility, with a suite of six offices, including one site in Sydney. 

  • Jon McCarthy

    Jon is a commercial and property lawyer with extensive experience in property development law, including community title schemes, retail and commercial property development and taxation planning

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  • John Warlow

    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.

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  • Andrew Pye

    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.

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  • Brooke Bostock

    Brooke has over 10 years legal experience working primarily in property law. Her areas of speciality include property development, retail and commercial leasing, business sales and acquisitions, commercial land and building sales and acquisitions.

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  • Peter Sprott

    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.

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  • Melissa Ban

    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.

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  • Bruce Durie

    Bruce is an experienced property lawyer and heads the Commercial and Estate Division in Cleveland. Bruce is very experienced in wills and estates and should be contacted to look after your requirements

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  • Shane McCarthy

    As McCarthy Durie’s CEO, Shane McCarthy is passionate about building excellent client relationships and delivering outstanding service. A major focus for Shane is on ensuring transparency between clients and the MDL team

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  • Vimal Raniga

    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

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  • Nathan Hardman

    Nathan’s expertise includes commercial advisory, personal and business succession planning, estate administration, business sales and acquisitions, commercial property transactions, property development and leasing

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  • Sarah Higton

    Sarah is a commercial and property lawyer, with a special interest in Wills and Estates. While she works out of MDL’s Capalaba office, Sarah can service clients across the Redlands and Brisbane city.

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  • Stephen Gibson

    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.

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  • Juliet Little

    Juliet is a Conveyancer with experience in residential contracts for house and/or land, as well as off the plan land or units. Juliet also has experience in liaising with solicitors in commercial contract transactions

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  • Thomas Serafin

    Tom is a litigation solicitor at McCarthy Durie Lawyers, based in our Brisbane CBD office. He operates within our Building and Construction and Property Law teams.

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  • Ian Neil

    With more than 36 years of Court experience, Ian’s knowledge of Court proceedings in all jurisdictions is hard to rival. Ian has practiced in the Childrens, Small Claims, Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts and Court of Appeal

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  • Annette Cussens

    Annette started her legal career in support roles and quickly became inspired by family members, mentors and strong female figures working in the industry to complete qualifications in law.

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  • Lyndon Huang

    Lyndon is well-versed in handling developers’ projects, subdivisions and other related developments. Coupled with Lyndon’s proven experience is his ability to build and maintain strong rapports with clients to ensure their current and future expectations are met, and even exceeded.

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  • James Halliday

    James has over 10 years’ experience in successfully dealing with complex property and parenting matters concerning married, de facto and same-sex couples, including matters related to Binding financial agreements, spousal maintenance; and child support.

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  • Greg McClure

    As McCarthy Durie’s CFO, Greg applies his knowledge to enhance the financial and management accounting reporting for our firm

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  • Ross Anderson

    Ross has 40 years’ post-admission experience as a legal principal or partner. He is a general practitioner who has practiced 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.

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  • Fiona Soo

    Fiona joined the conveyancing team at McCarthy Durie Lawyers in July 2015. Fiona is experienced, confident, and here to help make your purchase or sale transaction proceed as smoothly as possible.

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  • Anna Funnel

    Anna has worked in the legal industry for over 10 years. Her expertise spans staff training and development, recruitment and employee relations.

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  • Andrew Taylor

    Andrew’s particular passion is for complex transaction drafting, corporate advisory, structuring and regulatory advice. Andrew’s focus is on business law (including buying and selling a business), intellectual property and the Corporations Act 2001

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  • Michelle Hughes

    Having worked in the industry since its infancy, Michelle has pioneered marketing techniques with many national and international brands. She has a proven track record of increasing brand exposure, enhancing client connections and driving business growth strategy across all areas of practice.

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  • Carmen Robaldo

    Carmen started her journey in conveyancing in 2006. With over 10 years’ experience, Carmen has grown to specialise in off-the-plan development work as well as residential conveyancing. This includes put-and-call options for both the buy-in prior to subdivision and on-selling new lots to builders.

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  • Ben Schefe

    Ben is a Director and practices in the areas of commercial litigation (including personal and company insolvency), building and construction law, employment law and workplace relations

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  • Katrina Strachan

    Katrina is a qualified solicitor and has been admitted to practice for over 15 years. While Katrina is not currently advising clients, she instead has a varied role with MD Lawyers as the firm’s Audit and Precedent Manager

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  • Vinh Ho

    Vinh is a commercial, property and wills and estate lawyer in our Capalaba office. He always strives at delivering quality legal services in the most cost effective and timely manner

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  • Allison Van Wyk

    A valued member of the ‘behind the scenes’ McCarthy Durie team, Allison works closely with our CEO Shane McCarthy to ensure all our employees have the resources they need to provide our signature outstanding service

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  • Kylie Newman

    Kylie commenced her career as a personal injury lawyer and has subsequently moved on to practice in commercial and property law. With her broad range of experience, she provides timely, cost-effective and practical legal advice to meet her clients’ needs.

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  • Ross Snell

    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.

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  • Elena Sgorlon

    Elena Sgorlon concentrates her practice in the areas of Commercial Contracts, Trusts, Leases, Probate/Estates, Wills & EPOA, Business Sales/Purchases.

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  • Michael Mapp

    Michael is a lawyer in our Arana Hills office. He can assist you with a range of different legal matters.

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  • Julie Beasley

    Based in our Arana Hills office, Julie helps hundreds of clients move home every year. She prides herself on treating her clients’ purchases and sales as if they were her own matters.

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  • Laura Bannerman

    Laura is a commercial and property lawyer with particular interest in the acquisition, sale, leasing and development of commercial and residential property. She has acted for individuals, SMEs and incorporated associations.

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  • Lauren Clark

    Lauren is a dedicated member of the MDL team who prides herself on her professional service and clear communication. She makes the complex conveyancing process simple and effortless for her clients.

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  • Melanie Foley

    A conveyancer based in our Cleveland office, Melanie has been working in the property law industry for 20 years after starting at the administrative level. Melanie can assist you with residential house, land and unit property transactions.

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  • Clair Tighe

    Clair has acted for private lenders, fund managers, mortgage trusts and property trusts. In every matter she is dedicated to delivering exceptional legal service and achieving the best practical commercial outcome for her clients.

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  • Sandi Shuttleworth

    Sandi is a lawyer in the property and commercial team in our Cleveland office. With a range of experience in corporate in-house legal and conveyancing, Sandi aims to provide a down-to-earth service and hassle-free solutions for her clients.

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  • Matthew Hunter

    Matthew is a lawyer in our Commercial Litigation team based in our Cleveland office. He can assist in a range of disputes and litigious matters, including contractual disputes, debt recovery, and review of administrative decisions.

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  • Michelle Reilly

    Based at our Arana Hills office, Michelle is a member of our Conveyancing Team. She has experience in many matters including land, house & unit purchases.

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