Our team

Robert Speirs

Robert has more than 35 years’ experience in ...

Robert Speirs

Robert has more than 35 years’ experience in property law.

He has acted for listed and unlisted property trusts and other industry participants on acquisitions, joint ventures, development and disposals across all asset classes. He is regarded as one of Australia’s leading authorities on retail lease law, and advises national landlords, and a select group of tenants.

Robert is a trusted adviser to a number of industry players.

For more detailed information on Robert’s significant experience, please contact our office.

+61 2 9248 3405
+61 411 862 716
+61 2 9248 3499
rspeirs@speirsryan.com.au

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James Ryan

James leads a diverse practice, specialising in ...

James Ryan

James leads a diverse practice, specialising in commercial transactions, leasing, property related finance and telecommunications infrastructure.

He acts for a number of leading non-bank lenders and financial institutions on property-secured funding transactions

James also acts for corporates and sophisticated investors in the acquisition and disposal of commercial, retail and industrial property, and advises national landlords and tenants.

Recognised in the 2020 ‘Best Lawyers’ list for Real Property Law and former committee member with the Property Council of Australia, James is passionate about the property sector. He is a director in various property-related enterprises.

For more detailed information on James’ experience, please contact our office.

+61 2 9248 3402
0405 395 587
+61 2 9248 3499
jryan@speirsryan.com.au

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Andrew Raad

Andrew is a partner of Speirs Ryan, and an expe ...

Andrew Raad

Andrew is a partner of Speirs Ryan, and an experienced and commercially focussed transactional lawyer.

He acts on substantial market transactions across retail, commercial, childcare, industrial and farming assets. Key experience and transactions include the $380m dollar sale of a mixed-use community centre in Sydney’s inner west, over a quarter of a billion dollars in retail shopping centre transactions across Australia’s east coast, and approximately $150m in acquisitions of childcare centres.

Andrew also manages a specialised leasing practice, involving:

  1. the leasing of over 100 retail shopping centres, commercial office towers and mixed-use community centres assets for institutional and HNW private landlords; and
  2. tenant-side advisory and leasing, particularly for established hospitality groups, as well as commercial, industrial, and retail operators.
+61 2 9248 3408
+61 2 9248 3499
araad@speirsryan.com.au

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Michael Morrissey

Michael is Speirs Ryan’s partner leading the ...

Michael Morrissey

Michael is Speirs Ryan’s partner leading the construction and infrastructure, projects and disputes practices for Speirs Ryan.

He partners with developers, asset owners, financiers, contractors and builders on projects ranging from nation-building and critical infrastructure (roads, rail, energy) through social infrastructure, and extending to housing and commercial, industrial and retail real estate.

Michael’s work includes contract and project documentation design, preparation and negotiation, through project delivery, and includes contentious work. He works closely with his clients to simplify the complex and to help them understand and navigate commercial issues. His contentious work experience extends across court work, alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, expert determination and mediation) through to significant experience around the security of payment legislation.

Michael is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Master of Construction Law, and is completing his MBA. Prior to joining Speirs Ryan Michael was the General Counsel of a national healthcare and technology company, and previously founded and led an award-wining construction law firm.

+61 2 9248 3400
+61 418 650 822
+61 2 9248 3499
mmorrissey@speirsryan.com.au

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Guy Albeck

Guy Albeck is an experienced property partner i ...

Guy Albeck

Guy Albeck is an experienced property partner in our Melbourne team. He has assisted all manner of clients, ranging from the public sector to some of the world’s largest property developers and financial institutions.

His areas of expertise include retail, commercial and industrial leasing, acquisitions and disposals, subdivisions, development work, apartment and mixed-use projects, agricultural land deals and complex capital transactions.

Guy also has particular significant experience in distressed asset transactions, having acted for many major bank and non-bank lenders, company controllers and insolvency practitioners in the realisation of a wide variety of distressed real estate assets.

He also has an advanced understanding of the Foreign Acquisition and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth), and its application to real estate assets, having advised and assisted a multitude of foreign investors in navigating their acquisition of interests in Australian land.

+61 3 9092 6551
+61 410 098 707
+61 2 9248 3499
galbeck@speirsryan.com.au

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Jacinta Lagana

Jacinta is an Associate at Speirs Ryan.

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Jacinta Lagana

Jacinta is an Associate at Speirs Ryan.

Jacinta has extensive experience in large scale residential and ‘mixed use’ development transactions, acquisitions and disposals of real estate, collective sales, industrial, retail, commercial and telecommunications leasing and undertaking property due diligence investigations and advising on major business transactions.

Jacinta has acted for a range of large institutional clients, large private client groups and high net worth individuals, large scale real estate developers, charitable entities, local councils and state government agencies.

+61 2 9248 3420
+61 2 9248 3499
jlagana@speirsryan.com.au

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Sam Majzoub

Sam advises on a wide range of property leasing ...

Sam Majzoub

Sam advises on a wide range of property leasing matters and works closely with his clients to draft key leasing documents. He ensures matters progress efficiently and effectively.

+61 2 9248 3406
+61 2 9248 3499
smajzoub@speirsryan.com.au

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Janelle Oh

Janelle is a Senior Associate based in our Melb ...

Janelle Oh

Janelle is a Senior Associate based in our Melbourne office.

Janelle has acted for commercial/private sector clients, non-bank lenders and local/state government clients (in Victoria) in a comprehensive range of real estate, leasing and general property law matters.

Janelle’s experience includes:

  1. advising in the sale and purchase of land (including commercial, residential, industrial and mixed-use developments), as well as due diligence for complex land transactions (including as part of wider business acquisitions);
  2. acting for landlords and tenants in retail, commercial and charitable/community purpose leases;
  3. acting for creditors in mortgagee-in-possession sales; and
  4. government land/infrastructure projects, including acquisitions/disposals and easement projects.
+61 3 9092 6553
+61 2 9248 3499
joh@speirsryan.com.au

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Pat Ireland

Pat is a commercially minded construction lawye ...

Pat Ireland

Pat is a commercially minded construction lawyer with a deep understanding of the industry, its key risks, and what it takes to achieve your desired commercial outcomes.

He has broad experience across the entire project lifecycle.

At the front end, Pat is acutely aware of how to ensure you achieve your commercial objectives with contracting processes that meaningfully address real world situations. With experience in negotiating a wide range of standard form contracts, and the ability to craft concise and effective bespoke documents, Pat’s focus is on ensuring the right contract is put in place to clearly reflect the bargain you’ve struck during the tender stage.

Throughout the project delivery phase, Pat partners with clients to ensure they understand their contractual rights and obligations, and how to effectively prepare and respond to claims.

At the back end, Pat has had great success, and thrives, in all forms of dispute resolution – particularly in the Security of Payment space. Alongside his construction and infrastructure work, Pat also plays a key role in Speirs Ryan’s commercial litigation and contentious matters.

Prior to joining Speirs Ryan, Pat worked for highly regarded boutique construction law firms in both Sydney and Newcastle, and as Contracts Manager for a national Tier 2 civil infrastructure contractor.

+61 2 9248 3414
0403 404 159
+61 2 9248 3499
pireland@speirsryan.com.au

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Jessie Armstrong

Jessie has experience in a range of property ma ...

Jessie Armstrong

Jessie has experience in a range of property matters, previously working in ACT on commercial/retail leasing, acquisitions and disposals, and construction matters.

Jessie assists with commercial/retail leasing across all Australian jurisdictions, property due diligence and commercial property transactions.

+61 2 9248 3416
+61 2 9248 3499
jarmstrong@speirsryan.com.au

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Corey Xeni

Corey acts on a range of property transactions ...

Corey Xeni

Corey acts on a range of property transactions in the commercial and retail sector.

Corey has experience in leasing, property-secured funding transactions, property due diligence, acquisitions and disposals.

+61 2 9248 3411
+61 2 9248 3499
cxeni@speirsryan.com.au

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Charmayne White

Charmayne has experience with various property ...

Charmayne White

Charmayne has experience with various property transactions from residential, commercial and rural conveyancing to leasing and financing matters.

She has a long background in development work acting for developers on acquisition and due diligence through to off-the-plan sales and acting for purchasers nationally on a range of property transactions with often complex titling structures.

Charmayne also works on a range of strata matters, including collective sales, providing advice to owners corporations and lot owners, strata subdivisions and drafting of by-laws.

+61 2 9248 3418
+61 2 9248 3499
cwhite@speirsryan.com.au

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Sebastian Wilson

Sebastian is an associate at ...

Sebastian Wilson

Sebastian is an associate at Speirs Ryan with diverse experience working in both private practice and within the real estate group of the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office.

He has experience with mortgagee-in-possession and other distressed asset dispositions for many of Australia’s major financial institutions.

Sebastian also acts for both major landlords and tenants on complex retail and commercial lease negotiations, and regularly advises clients on acquisitions (including due diligences) of a broad range of real estate assets, including assisting major global investors on Australia’s foreign investment regime (FIRB).

+ 61 3 9092 6552
+61 2 9248 3499
swilson@speirsryan.com.au

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Sydney Smith

Sydney possesses a diverse legal background but ...

Sydney Smith

Sydney possesses a diverse legal background but has recently focused her expertise to property law, and the retail property sector in particular.

Sydney assists the firm on a range of commercial and retail property matters across multiple Australian jurisdictions, with a specific focus on leasing matters.

+61 2 9248 3417
+61 2 9248 3499
ssmith@speirsryan.com.au

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Jasmine Sheng

Peter Kostoglou

Peter assists the firm on a broad range of prop ...

Peter Kostoglou

Peter assists the firm on a broad range of property matters, including commercial leasing, property due diligence, acquisitions and disposals.

+61 2 9248 3407
+61 2 9248 3499
pkostoglou@speirsryan.com.au

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Kathryn Siganos

Kathryn assists the firm on a broad range of pr ...

Kathryn Siganos

Kathryn assists the firm on a broad range of property matters, with a particular focus on retail and commercial leasing, property due diligence and commercial property transactions.

Kathryn has recently completed her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at the University of Technology Sydney. Kathryn is in the process of completing her Practical Legal Training with the College of Law.

+61 2 9248 3413
+61 2 9248 3499
ksiganos@speirsryan.com.au

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Julien Butler

Julien assists on a range of property matters, ...

Julien Butler

Julien assists on a range of property matters, including commercial leasing, transactional matters and strata disputes.

 

+61 2 9248 3403
+61 2 9248 3499
jbutler@speirsryan.com.au

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Rebekka Krause

Adriana Pefkos

Adriana is in her penultimate year of universit ...

Adriana Pefkos

Adriana is in her penultimate year of university at the University of Technology Sydney, studying a Bachelor of Laws.

With a keen interest in property law, she provides invaluable paralegal support to the team.

+61 2 9248 3410
+61 2 9248 3499
apefkos@speirsryan.com.au

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Maddalena Grigoletti-Labi

Brooke Hollingsworth

Brooke has over 25 years’ experience work ...

Brooke Hollingsworth

Brooke has over 25 years’ experience working in the legal industry in varied roles, including executive support in both international and national firms.

As Practice Manager she is responsible for the day to day management and operation of the firm, facilities management, statutory trust accounts and compliance.

 

 

+61 2 9248 3401
+61 2 9248 3499
bhollingsworth@speirsryan.com.au

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Angelina Baer

Angelina is a Corporate Communications Speciali ...

Angelina Baer

Angelina is a Corporate Communications Specialist with extensive experience delivering high-level administrative support and stakeholder management in the Banking & Financial Services sector.

She is responsible for streamlining administrative processes, day to day operations of the firm, project management, facilities management, statutory trust accounting and compliance.

+61 2 9248 3415
+61 2 9248 3499
abaer@speirsryan.com.au

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Eloise Harley

Eloise is the firm’s receptionist, respon ...

Eloise Harley

Eloise is the firm’s receptionist, responsible for front of house operations and providing overflow administration support to the team.

 

+61 2 9248 3400
+61 2 9248 3499
eharley@speirsryan.com.au

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Karla Hansford

Karla Hansford is the firm’s financial co ...

Karla Hansford

Karla Hansford is the firm’s financial controller.

She is responsible for managing the firm’s accounting matters, including payroll and account reconciliations.

+61 2 9248 3412
+61 2 9248 3499
accounts@speirsryan.com.au

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