Our People

Our team are dedicated and experts within their field with expertise in property, building and construction, commercial and corporate law along with residential and commercial conveyancing matters.

ELIAS FARAH

Partner

Elias has been practising in the area of property, conveyancing and commercial law for more than 19 years, both in commercial and residential matters, and is well attuned to the South Australian real estate market.

His main areas of focus are property acquisitions and disposals (residential and commercial), large and small scale property developments specialising in apartment projects (including mixed use), strata and community title advice, property due diligences, leasing transactions and advice, hotel agreements, business sales and purchases, property related banking and finance transactions and general property advice.

Elias often assists his clients and the property industry through Director and/or Advisory Board appointments, as well as presenting seminars on relevant legal topics very often taking on a practical and direct approach. He has received multiple awards and industry recognition as being a leading Property Lawyer in Adelaide, South Australia and nationally.

Elias graduated from The University of Adelaide holding a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major). He currently holds the following memberships and affiliations:

Committee member of the Property Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia
Honorary member of University of Adelaide Golden Key International Honour Society
Alumni member of the University of Adelaide
Golden member of the Law Society of South Australia

Prior to the founding of Commercial and Legal, Elias worked at some of the most reputable law firms in South Australia and internationally, including Minter Ellison, Finlaysons and Norton Rose (Dubai). Some of the clients Elias has worked with-in Australia and overseas include:

  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of South Australia
  • Flinders University
  • Greaton
  • Medallion Homes
  • Samaras Group
  • Urban Construct
  • Renewal SA
  • South Australian Housing Trust
  • Colonial First State Investments Ltd
  • National Australia Bank
  • Woolworths Ltd
  • The Shell Company of Australia Ltd
  • Hutchison 3G Australia
  • Vodafone
  • Limitless World (Dubai)
  • Dubai Investment Group
  • Mubadala Development (Abu Dhabi)
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate
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NICHOLAS GRAHAM

Partner

Nicholas is Partner at Commercial & Legal and specialises in dispute resolution and litigation. He has practiced extensively in the conduct of complex disputes in South Australia. Nicholas has broad experience in the litigation of disputes on commercial and residential construction and infrastructure projects, including all aspects of expert determination and adjudication (security of payment). He has acted for individuals, corporate entities and insurers in complex proceedings in both State and Federal Courts.

He has had listings in Doyle’s Guide of Construction & Infrastructure Rising Stars and has built a reputation as a construction and infrastructure lawyer. He draws on the experience he has had acting for homeowners, builders, subcontractors and the professional indemnity insurers of professionals involved in the construction industry, including architects and engineers.

He provides clear and strategic legal advice and representation even during the most trying times to achieve the best possible outcomes. Nicholas is driven to find pragmatic solutions to resolve even the most complex and intractable disputes. He focuses on achieving the best commercial outcomes for his clients by helping them to understand their risk and how to manage it.

Nicholas manages litigation files, appears as counsel and instructs members of the independent bar when the circumstances require.

His experience has proved invaluable as he aims to provide practical construction project management and contract advice to minimise the likelihood and cost of disputes.

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MARK HENDERSON

Partner

Mark is a Partner at Commercial & Legal, working in our property & projects team.

Since 2002 he has advised clients on all aspects of property development in industries including education, community and sporting infrastructure, water delivery, apartment construction and sales, commercial development and leasing.

His work has taken him all around Australia and the UK (during a three year stint working at a global firm based in London), so he brings a wealth of experience and practical understanding to his practice and our team.

He works with his clients to understand their businesses and their commercial objectives so that the advice he provides is right for their circumstances – he has found that one size rarely fits all, and clients appreciate being able to get advice from Mark which meets their needs without having to go back and forth again and again.

Mark also advises clients on all aspects of their commercial activities, bringing experience gained through sitting on industry and not for profit boards, as well as working in a family business and acting as trusted advisor for many clients over the years. He knows that although lawyers are often seen as the ones that find problems, real value for his clients is gained from the fact that he finds the solutions as well.

Clients expect technical expertise and Mark certainly delivers on that, as shown by his inclusion in Doyles Guide as a leading property lawyer, but Mark prides himself on being able to translate complex concepts into language which clients can understand, accompanied by actionable recommendations to help them to achieve their objectives.

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GRAHAM HALL

Senior Associate

Graham is Senior Associate at Commercial & Legal currently practises primarily in the areas of real estate law, business sales and purchases and corporate and commercial law.

Graham has completed a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education at the University of New England and the University of South Australia. He was the Admitted in 2010, and shortly after, joined the team at Commercial & Legal.

Graham has experience in drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial documents in the areas of commercial leasing, sale and purchase of land contracts, company and shareholder documentation, general commercial agreements and trusts.

Graham is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and the University of New England Golden Key International Honour Society.

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ROBYN NAYDA

Senior Associate

Robyn is Senior Associate at Commercial & Legal, joining the team in 2016, she brought her extensive experience in complex succession planning and probate matters.

Robyn initially qualified as a conveyancer following completion of a Bachelor of Business in Property, and then commenced and completed a Bachelor of Laws while working as a law clerk (in wills and estate planning) in Melbourne. Robyn was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2008.

Returning to Adelaide in 2010, Robyn continued to increase her experience in wills and estates, but extended her practice to include family law.

Robyn’s family law practice includes both financial and custody negotiations. She is experienced in drafting consent documents, and also acting in matters that require assistance of the Court to achieve a resolution.

In 2019, Robyn completed Collaborative Practice Training at the Law Society of South Australia and is now qualified to practice in this alternative dispute resolution process. Collaborative Practice can be used across a number of different practice areas, but is ideally suited to family law disputes, allowing families to avoid the financially and emotionally damaging Court process.

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ERIN FREEBAIRN

Associate

Erin is an Associate at Commercial & Legal and brings her experience in residential, retail and commercial property including development and construction.

Erin was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in September 2015, having graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University.

Erin has established strong relationships within the Property industry in South Australia, including with property owners, developers and agents.

Erin has also been a participant in the Property Council of Australia’s 500 Women in Property program and has a strong interest in large and small scale property developments.

Erin is enthusiastic, pragmatic and responsive in her approach.

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PETER BEREKALLY

Senior Associate

Peter was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in February 2016 and joined Commercial & Legal in March 2020. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University, Peter also holds a Bachelor of Business (International Business) and Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) from the University of South Australia as well as a Master of Laws (International Law & International Relations) from Flinders University.

Peter is passionate about what he does and enjoys working closely with his clients and in particular those starting or managing small and medium-sized businesses. Peter has a broad spectrum of experience in law including advising clients on a range of commercial matters concerning negotiation and preparation of commercial agreements across a number of industries, assisting his clients on all aspects of starting, managing and growing businesses, as well as working through challenging situations such as disputes and litigation.

Peter started working in the legal profession in 2015, but prior to that, Peter worked for five years for a prominent not for profit in South Australia supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Peter also lived and worked in Canada for over four years as a corporate responsibility adviser for two of North America’s largest oil and gas companies.

Peter’s experience as a lawyer is influenced by his years of experience in both the commercial and not for profit sectors. His experience gives him a great insight in to what his clients need from their legal advisers.

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GENESSA DUBBIOSO

Associate

Genessa is a Solicitor at Commercial & Legal and joined our team following her participation in our Clerkship program in 2017.

Genessa was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in March 2018 after having completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at College of Law.

Being part of the litigation team, Genessa adopts a commercial and pragmatic approach to each dispute with an aim to facilitate timely resolutions for her clients.

She is dedicated and meticulous and brings those attributes to her day-to-day.

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PETER DIMITRIOUS

Solicitor

Peter is a Solicitor at Commercial & Legal and joined our legal team in 2019 after having completed our clerkship program. Peter is admitted in the Supreme Court of South Australia and High Court of Australia.

His extensive networks, particularly in both the legal and political industry, have facilitated a seamless transition to Commercial, Property and Finance legal practice areas.

Peter’s legal, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, combined with his exceptional drive and work ethic has seen him rise and acquire an extensive range of expertise and experience over the years in order to assist a range of clients with legal issues generated by their business dealings.

Prior to joining C&L, Peter worked for a Member of Parliament on a variety of key stakeholder South Australian projects. This experience in Parliament has been instrumental in adding value within our property team.

Peter is fluent in Greek.

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EVANGELOS TOSKAS

Solicitor

Evangelos, or “Van” for short, is a Solicitor at Commercial & Legal and joined our legal team in June 2020 after having completed our clerkship program in late 2019.

Van completed a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Adelaide in 2020 and is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team.

Prior to joining C&L, Van completed clerkships at other private commercial legal practices and held roles as a student legal advisor at several pro bono community legal services.

Van prides himself on providing diligent legal advice at all times and is passionate about assisting a diverse client base to resolve even the most trying of commercial disputes. Highly passionate about the law, Van’s focus is on ensuring that clients are kept informed of the process throughout their matter and working collaboratively with clients to find the best possible solutions.

Van is also fluent in Greek.

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Leona Reid

Executive Assistant

Leona has over 25 years’ experience in the legal sector and has built an extensive career working across various legal practice areas.  She has 13 years’ experience as a legal secretary in Northern Ireland, including roles supporting property and conveyancing teams.   She is an experienced Executive Assistant who has provided executive support to various high-profile positions across private legal, private business and Government sectors.

Holding formal Business Administration qualifications from the University of London Leona joined Commercial & Legal in 2021 to bolster its team of property experts and to apply her executive administrative skills supporting our Principal Partner.

Leona’s property and conveyancing experience means she has a great grasp on client expectation and how that is best managed by relying on her strong interpersonal skills when communicating with clients.

Priding herself on her high attention to detail and anticipating the needs of the executive team, Leona believes each task is deserving of her full attention while being across all aspects of the business.

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Melissa Gatt

Solicitor

Melissa is a Solicitor at Commercial & Legal and joined our team in March 2022. Melissa was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in December 2016 after having completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at Australian National University.

Melissa is part of our Property team. Prior to joining Commercial & Legal, Melissa held roles at other private legal practices and a conveyancing firm.

Melissa is a dedicated and approachable Solicitor who is committed to building trusting relationships with clients.

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Christos Matsoukas

Law Clerk

Christos is a Law Clerk at Commercial and Legal, working predominantly in the Property & Projects team.

Christos is currently completing a double degree in Law and Commerce (Accounting) at the University of Adelaide and is undertaking his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at The College of Law.

During his studies, he has completed multiple clerkship programmes at various Adelaide Law Firms, as well an undergraduate role in an accounting firm. The combination of both law and commerce has resulted in Christos having a proficient understanding of business, property and commercial developments and leasing.

Backed by his commercial knowledge from his Commerce degree and his enhanced critical thinking skills from his law degree Christos aims to help clients find pragmatic and innovative solutions to their commercial or property matters. For Christos, working with the clients from start to finish and ensuring their goals and objectives are met is a priority and something he is passionate about.

Outside of work, Christos is a member of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Committee, an organisation which provides opportunities for members to engage in professional activities in an environment that celebrates Hellenic ideals and promotes the Greek culture.

Growing up Christos was heavily involved in both club and school soccer and many other team sports. Christos uses the team skills learned in those environments to be an effective communicator whilst also being keen to help other colleagues at Commercial and Legal.

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Bianca Williams

Paralegal

Bianca is a Paralegal and has come to Commercial & Legal with more than 20 years experience within the legal industry.

With more than 5 years experience in property law as a paralegal and strong administrative skills, Bianca provides valuable paralegal support to the firm’s leasing practice while also assisting our wills and estates team.

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Conveyancing Team

NIKKI JOHNSTON

Senior Conveyancer

Nikki is one of the Senior Registered Property Conveyancers at Commercial & Legal and prides herself as being an experienced settlement professional.

Nikki is also one of our PEXA specialists and has encouraged our team to adapt with Electronic Conveyancing and establish new procedures to ensure the process is done effectively and efficiently.

Nikki continues to retain her accreditation of being a Certified Practising Conveyancer (CPC) through Professional Development Seminars. With vast experience in all aspects of Conveyancing, Nikki is dedicated to quality customer service and is regarded highly by peers and clients in the industry.

Since the year 2000, Nikki has gained extensive working knowledge in many areas of property, delving into and specialising in land divisions including complex Property Development and Community Titled divisions contemporaneously with apartment settlements.

Nikki’s specialised areas include:-

Residential and Commercial settlements
Matrimonial, family and deceased estates
Community and Torrens Titled Divisions
Contract and Form 1 advice and preparation
Mortgages and Caveats
Nikki prides herself on ensuring her client a smooth transaction and will leave no stone unturned for her clients best interest.

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CARA LOMBARDOZZI

Senior Conveyancer

Cara is our Senior Registered Conveyancer, she holds a Bachelor of Business in Property, and has over 20 years experience in a significant range of areas within the Property Industry.

Cara provides specialist conveyancing services to our clients.  She strives for excellence, and she has a genuine interest in reaching the best outcome for every client.  She has a friendly and approachable manner, and values a mutually rewarding business relationship with all of her clients.

Cara is particularly experienced and specialises in the following areas:

  • Commercial Sale/Purchase Settlements
  • Residential Sale/Purchase Settlements
  • Private Sale Contracts, including drafting Special Conditions
  • Form 1 Disclosure Statements
  • Torrens and Community Title Divisions/Developments
  • Self-Managed Superfund Purchases/Transfers
  • Matrimonial and Family Transfers
  • Deceased Estates
  • Caveats

Cara is highly valued by her longstanding clients, and her extensive experience provides an ability to add value to any transaction.  She is also valued for her ability to co-ordinate all aspects of a development project from start to finish.

Cara can assist builders and developers, real estate agents, financiers, investors and home vendors/purchasers in meeting all of their property needs.

Cara works with a variety of clients, some of them include:

  • Medallion Homes
  • Hincks Partners
  • McGees
  • CBRE
  • Raine & Horne Commercial
  • Harris Real Estate
  • Belle Property
  • Bank SA
  • Aussie Home Loans
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JOANNA MOUTZOURIS

Senior Conveyancer

Joanna is a registered conveyancer specialising in residential conveyancing with over 25 years’ experience in the industry.

Conveyancing is her business and she is passionate about it. But it’s not just passion that brings most of her clients back; it’s the fact that she handles their business accurately, reliably and with minimal problems.

She understands that buying and selling property is a major life event. Most people are unaware of the legal requirements involved in the settlement process. Her satisfaction comes from taking the worry and stress out of the settlement process for her clients.

She has the support and is equipped to provide the full range of commercial and residential conveyancing services required by individuals and real estate agencies, whether in Adelaide or throughout the state.

Joanna can also provide specialised services in:

  • Contract & Form 1 preparation
  • Early access licenses
  • Waiver of cooling off rights
  • Private sales and purchasers
  • Addendums to contracts
  • Complex sales and special conditions
  • In-house business matters
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RENEE SLATTERY

Conveyancer

Renee is one of our Registered Conveyancers, who joined the Conveyancing Team at Commercial & Legal in 2016 with 3 years’ prior experience working in the Building Industry, including of South Australia’s largest residential builders, Renee is well attuned to the property development market.

Renee started with the firm in an Associate position where she provided support to our Registered Conveyancers and worked closely with them on all types of conveyancing files. She has since completed her Advanced Diploma in Conveyancing in 2016 and is now a Registered Practicing Conveyancer.

Renee’s friendly nature and professional attitude, combined with her knowledge of conveyancing are just some of her qualities, enabling her to provide first class quality service to all clients.

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SOPHIE HARIDAS

Conveyancing Clerk

Sophie is our Conveyancing Clerk and has come to Commercial and Legal with 6 years experience within the legal industry.

Sophie began her legal career working in multiple law firms in Melbourne after completing an Advanced Diploma in Business (Legal Practice).

In 2010 Sophie moved to Adelaide and continued her legal career working in prominent Adelaide law firms. With a particular interest in property and conveyancing. Sophie undertook further studies and completed an Advanced Diploma in Conveyancing.

With years of Property and Conveyancing experience, along with her enthusiasm, drive and initiative, Sophie provides valuable support to the firm’s conveyancing and legal teams.

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MADDIE MAGUIRE

Conveyancer

Maddie joined our team as a Registered Conveyancer in October 2021.

Prior to joining Commercial & Legal, Maddie worked in a boutique conveyancing firm. Beginning in administration, she developed her knowledge and finished her Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing, becoming registered at the end of 2020.

Maddie enjoys handling a hybrid of residential and commercial matters, and values furthering her skills in property. She is currently undertaking a double-degree in Law and Property and Real Estate, and intends to remain in property law after graduating.

The client experience is Maddie’s main focus, aiming to ensure that clients and third-parties are kept informed every step of the way. She understands that property transactions can be a stressful and confusing time in a person’s life, and she aims to reduce this stress wherever possible

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Admin & Finance Team

YVONNE GIBBON

Senior Finance Manager

Yvonne joined the Commercial and Legal team in November 2017 as Senior Finance Manager.

Yvonne has extensive finance experience and has worked in various industries with the vast majority being in the legal sector, having held finance roles in small to large legal practices. Her accumulated experience is supported by a Bachelor of Accounting.

This experience and knowledge will be utilised to ensure the financial hygiene of Commercial and Legal and client satisfaction are maintained to a high level.

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ZENA FARAH

Asset Manager

Zena has worked in the South Australian commercial property industry for more than 9 years and in Dubai for 1 year, and specializes in Commercial and Retail Leasing and Negotiation. She has undertaken leasing for and represented various high profile landlords and developers, including the Makris Group, Taplin Real Estate and other high net worth individuals.

Zena’s real life commercial property experience is an asset for C+L’s property law focus, and helps with our legal Support and Administration functions.

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SHANI LIEDIG

PA to Principal Partner

Shani joined Commercial & Legal in 2015 and since such time has progressed into the role as Office Manager, overseeing the day-to-day running of the firm.

Assisting the team with Business Development and Marketing is also a key element to Shani’s daily routine and responsibilities.

Shani has 3 years’ previous experience working in the Conveyancing industry, including extensive knowledge of residential property and large apartment settlements.

Shani’s understanding of client expectations and attention to detail ensures she provides a beneficial outcome in her work. She is also highly personable and enthusiastic thus providing the best experience to her fellow colleagues and our clients.

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Farha Tasmia

Finance Assistant

Farha joined Commercial & Legal in early 2022 as a finance assistant and since then she has been an asset to the team.

Her professional experience comprises working in the accounts team of a multi-national company in Bangladesh and managing the administrative functions in a leading telecom company in Australia.

Farha has completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a double major in finance and accounting. Her passion for working with numbers with an element of client interaction makes her an ideal employee in the finance team.

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Claudia Fernandez

Finance Manager

Claudia joined the Commercial and Legal team in January 2022 as Finance Manager of our Legal and Conveyancing Services.

Claudia is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) with over 25 years’ experience.  She has spent her career in the legal sector, having held finance management and practice management roles in small to large legal practices in South Australia.  At Commercial and Legal, Claudia’s responsibilities include management of the financial aspects of the firm, and trust accounting.  She has the experience, skills and knowledge to ensure that the financial hygiene of Commercial and Legal and client trust monies are maintained to a high level.

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