Your Law Firm is a legal franchise which focuses on meeting the needs of both clients and practitioners. We want to change the way that the law is practiced and the way that lawyers are perceived by the wider community.
Founded upon the values of affordability, accessibility, and appreciation, we do things differently to empower lawyers to achieve higher job satisfaction and a healthy work-life balance through the provision of a better service for clients, with more certainty, transparency and trust.
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Dr Paula Robinson
Consulting & Coaching Psychologist
Prior to being a senior executive for 12 years, Dr Paula is now a leading expert on mental fitness, well-being and Positive Psychology for individuals, organisations, schools and the wider community, a well published author and a lecturer at the prestigious Sydney Business School. Paula has also completed numerous research studies, invited keynote presentations and strategic positive change programs, in both Australia and abroad.
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Accredited Costs Law Specialist
Cate is one of Victoria’s first accredited specialist in costs law, with 25 years of experience. She is the founder and Director of The Australian Legal Costing Group and represents practioners interests in her capacity as a Board member of the Australian Legal Services Board of Victoria. Notably Cate is also a well published author, sought after public speaker and finalist of the Law Institute of Victoria Access to Justice Award 2014.
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Senior Marketing Advisor
With over 30 years of experience, Murray is an acclaimed marketing executive with a proven and acute understanding of brand DNA and strategy. His previous roles have included General Manager, Marketing and Board Director, Target Australia. He was responsible for Target’s brand repositioning, playing a key role in returning Target to profitability, from a loss in 2001 to record profit of $396 million in 2010/11.
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Founder & CEO
Meda combines sound business knowledge, Corporate Law firm experience with a knowledge and unique understanding of the challenges of practising law as both a sole practitioner and mother of a young family. Having achieved a number of distinctions in her legal experience, the most recent of which was her nomination for, and becoming one of the three finalists in the 2015 Suburban Lawyer of the Year, Meda also brings extraordinary competence and commitment to clients, as a technical expert in all aspects of Commercial Law. Her vision & personal experience created the basis for Your Law Firm and her contribution to every area of our development has reflected the soundness and depth of both her legal, management and social skills, knowledge and commitments.
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Director Business Development
With a strong background in the property development industry, Nick helps design and manage large and small projects undertaken by Your Law Firm. His extensive experience, knowledge and skills in planning, scheduling & managing multi-million dollar projects, marketing, costing, IT, health & safety, process control & people management make him an invaluable member of our Board. Nick applies these skills to analyse and review all aspects of Your law Firm’s ongoing development and growth across many areas, ensuring each step forward results in sound, efficient and profitable outcomes for all.
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As the day to day manager of all operations of Your Law Firm, Erin brings a depth of knowledge and experience in managing legal services. Possessing a qualification in Criminal Justice, with a distinction in legal research, Erin’s passion for and commitment to legal services was enhanced by her time with VCAT where she participated on both their Learning & Development and Health & Safety Committees. Her experience working at a court level, in a busy suburban law practice, combined with her practical and day to day managing of a legal practice office and her outstanding commitment to customer service, make her the major & best channel for implementation of the Board’s agenda and objectives.
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Bringing a vibrant and hardworking attitude to the Your Law Firm team, Jessica is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business, with majors in accounting, business law and taxation at Monash University. Her passion for accounting, finance, business operations and her extensive experience in customer service has seen her excel within Your Law Firm, interests which have shaped her current role into all things finance at Your Law Firm.
YOUR LAW FIRM | Prahran | commercial
Commercial lawyer, M&A, energy and infrastructure specialist, Principal Your Law Firm | Prahran | Commercial.
Samantha brings more than 20 years of experience in top tier CBD law firms to Your Law Firm. During this time, she practiced as a partner at Baker & McKenzie and received numerous accolades and recommendations including being named as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers by the Australian Financial Review in 2012. Samantha is extremely proud to be opening her Your Law Firm business in Prahran and looks forward to engaging with and developing strong relationships in, the local community.
Samantha has a wealth of experience, practical knowledge and understanding of commercial relationships. She is also dedicated to building long-term, trusting relationships with her clients and helping them to achieve optimum outcomes for their businesses and business arrangements.
Samantha operates a mobile practice and is happy to meet clients at their home, workplace or even a local cafe.
When she is not working, Samantha can be found walking her German Shepherds through the streets and parks of Windsor, or assisting at the Malvern branch of the German Shepherd club.
YOUR LAW FIRM | mOONEE PONDS | lITIGATION
Rebecca is a litigation lawyer with particular expertise in personal injury law. Prior to commencing her own firm, she worked as an Associate for a large, leading personal injury law firm where she gained invaluable experience fighting for hundreds of injured people. She is now using this specialist knowledge and experience to continue fighting for the rights of injured people, without the red tape and restriction that come along with the traditional law firm model. Rebecca’s goal is to help injured individuals with honesty and kindness and prevent them from becoming further victims of the system.
Rebecca is also a mum of two little munchkins who like to keep her on her toes. Her interests include music, travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Rebecca is a current member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Lawyers’ Alliance.
YOUR LAW FIRM | MELBOURNE | PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS & PRACTITIONER CONDUCT
Amy Castos has a background as a lawyer in the corporate and government arenas for over 14 years. She has broad experience across a number of sectors, having been employed as a WorkCover lawyer at Lander & Rogers and a conciliator at the Energy & Water Ombudsman. She also worked as a senior lawyer and investigations officer for 8 years at the legal regulator, the Victorian Legal Services Board & Commissioner, where she dealt with several regulatory, policy and disciplinary matters.
Amy’s practice, Your Law Firm | Melbourne | Professional Standards & Practitioner Conduct is unique as she provides legal advice to the other franchisees within the Your Law Firm network in relation to disciplinary, regulatory and professional standards matters. Her extensive experience at the Victorian Legal Services Board and the Legal Services Commissioner makes her the ideal person to assist the franchisees with navigating their regulatory responsibilities and ensuring that their conduct is of the highest standards as well as providing them with advice in relation to any client matters within this area.
Amy also has an international coaching accreditation, as well as being accredited in a behavioural profiling tool, which adds an extra dimension to the quality of the legal services that she provides within the network and can also assist the Your Law Firm network of lawyers with concrete strategies to improve their performance and productivity.
YOUR LAW FIRM | NEWTOWN | COMMERCIAL
Martin brings a very sound business acumen and many years’ experience in building excellent client relationships to his practice. Based in his local area of Newtown, Geelong, Martin specialises in commercial and property transactions, with a strong focus on small business.
One of Martin’s main strengths is the ability to quickly grasp complex situations and transactions and translate these into streamlined processes to the best advantage of his clients. Increasing efficiency in processes is ever present in Martin’s practice and business dealings.
Providing a personal and tailored service to clients is very important. Martin is a big advocate for flexible work arrangements and is happy to see clients when and where it suits them including after hours.
YOUR LAW FIRM | HORSHAM
Brooke Reardon is the articulate and friendly Principal Solicitor of Your Law Firm | Horsham. A well experienced solicitor, who has held senior roles in a very large national law firm, and enjoys helping people make the best decisions they can. Brooke is now bringing specialised legal expertise to the Wimmera Region, having grown up in a rural area and having an affinity with Horsham, where she has been living for the last 3 years.
Brooke’s positive, ‘can do’ attitude is an asset to her clients, and together with her results focused approach and specialist legal expertise around Wills & Estates and Personal Injury she makes her client’s feel at ease and in trusted hands.
When Brooke isn’t working with clients, she is spending time with her four children and partner in the Horsham area or attending her Rotary Club in Horsham.
YOUR LAW FIRM | TRARALGON
Craig is a results driven Senior Lawyer admitted to practise as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 1992 and the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1994; having excellent experience and demonstrating sound strategic, tactical and operational planning skills. He has considerable experience in Litigation, Commercial Law, Property Law, Wills & Estates and Family Law together with excellent senior management skills gained in private practice. Craig presents excellent facilitation, mediation and negotiation skills, and communicates with influence.
Craig brings tremendous strengths and experience to his firm Your Law Firm | Traralgon. Understanding that some people struggle to get honest legal advice and good judgement from their lawyer, he is aware of the perception that lawyers think about their firm, before their client.
Working in his local community of Traralgon, Craig strives to deliver honest advice and best judgement by putting clients first. His client’s best interests are always at the forefront of his mind.