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We have more Accredited Specialists in Commercial Litigation than 99% of all law firms in NSW

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building and construction

Our Specialist Lawyers will help you make better contracts, utilise Security of Payment laws, avoid foreseeable problems and resolve disputes cost effectively. You should get advice from an experienced Building & Construction Lawyer as soon as it appears likely that a dispute will arise.

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Our Business & Company Lawyers believe that we can assist businesses most effectively by helping them proactively address legal issues. We derive a sense of achievement and great satisfaction from developing and executing astute legal strategies to achieve outcomes that change the lives and businesses of our clients.

workplace law

Our experienced Lawyers assist both employers and employees in a broad range of workplace issues. In an area of law that is constantly changing we provide clear, concise and timely legal advice to enable our clients to make informed commercial decisions.

Insolvency litigation

 

As one of the leading insolvency law firms Newcastle has to offer, our experienced team provides practical advice and assistance to clients by evaluating the company and director’s financial circumstances and assessing and implementing strategies to address or minimise the implications of insolvency.

Sam Roberts

Managing Director,
Accredited Specialist
(Commercial Litigation)

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Sam is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation with over 20 years’ experience helping businesses solve complex legal problems.

Sam Roberts was born and raised in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2001. Shortly after commencing his career he began to practice predominantly in the areas of Commerical Law and Litigation and in 2005 began to take a particular interest in the security of payment laws in the building and construction industry.

His answers to the Specialist Accreditation assessment were of such a high standard that they are now used in the Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Scheme as an example for future candidates to gauge the standard expected of Solicitors who specialise in Commercial Litigation.

Sam is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation with over 20 years’ experience helping businesses solve complex legal problems.

Amanda Crosbie

DIRECTOR, SENIOR SOLICITOR

Amanda’s practice focuses on providing timely corporate and commercial advisory services as a virtual in house Counsel to growing SMEs.

Amanda is an outstanding Commercial Lawyer with a knack for resolving matters promptly.

Amanda Crosbie was born and raised in Newcastle. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2011. Before joining Roberts Legal in 2015, Amanda worked at a national law firm where she developed extensive knowledge and gained valuable experience in the area of litigation.

Amanda’s practice focuses on providing timely corporate and commercial advisory services as a virtual in house Counsel to growing SMEs.

Ned Mortensen

PRINICIPAL, SENIOR SOLICITOR
& Accredited Adjudicator

Australian Building Construction Dispute Resolution Service 1

Ned’s considerable experience in the construction industry before coming to the law makes him a formidable opponent for any building dispute.

Having come to the legal profession after twenty years working in the construction industry and managing the construction of commercial and infrastructure projects with individual contract values exceeding $200 million, Ned Mortensen offers expert advice on all building and construction law matters including contract and subcontract disputes, security of payment claims, defects and rectification claims and contract drafting and administration.

Ned’s considerable experience in the construction industry before coming to the law makes him a formidable opponent for any building dispute.

Tony Peterson

Special Counsel,
Accredited Specialist
(Commercial Litigation)

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Tony is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation with a decade of experience in national and international law firms representing clients in complex commercial disputes often involving multiple parties and litigation in the State and Federal Courts of Australia.

Tony has considerable big firm experience working both autonomously and as part of a large team on multi-million dollar, complex commercial disputes.

Tony has acted for Law Cover as part of their prestigious legal panel and has significant experience in professional negligence matters against lawyers, accountants and other professionals.

He also has experience representing liquidators including insolvency appointments arising from the building and construction industry.

Tony regularly advises clients in relation to contractual claims, trade practices, torts, negligence, debt recovery and insolvency appointments.

Tony is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation. He has a decade of experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes often involving multiple parties and litigation in the State and Federal Courts of Australia.

Phil Blaxell

Special Counsel

Phil is an experienced Litigation Lawyer with a track record for winning cases and advocating strongly for his clients.

Phil is a Senior Lawyer with 20 years’ experience in Commercial Litigation and Advocacy. He has successfully appeared without Counsel in relation to appeals in the District and Local Courts and has a strong understanding of the rules of evidence.

Phil is an experienced Litigation Lawyer with a track record for winning cases and advocating strongly for his clients.

Felicity Donald

SPECIAL COUNSEL

Felicity is an exceptional advocate with over 16 years’ experience in Litigation & Dispute Resolution with a focus on commercial, construction, professional negligence and intellectual property disputes.

Felicity is client driven and outcome focused.

Felicity Donald has called Newcastle and the Hunter Region home for over 15 years.

She is a commercially astute and practical Senior Lawyer who strives to achieve the best results for her clients. She is particularly focused on avoiding expensive litigation where possible by providing accurate, timely advice to clients to assist in managing commercial risks, and by engaging other parties at an early stage to explore amicable resolutions to disputes.

Felicity is an exceptional advocate with over 16 years’ experience in Litigation & Dispute Resolution with a focus on commercial, construction, professional negligence and intellectual property disputes.

Hamish Taylor

Senior Associate Solicitor

Hamish is a Corporate & Commercial Lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in sales of business, share sales and company mergers.

Hamish is committed to making business deals happen, not to get in the way. His approach is to keep the easy, easy and to make the complex, simple.

Hamish is a Corporate & Commercial Lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in sales of business, share sales and company mergers.

Jack Lindgren

Senior associate solicitor,
Accredited Specialist
(Commercial Litigation)

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Jack is an Accredited Specialist In Commercial Litigation. He is adept at resolving complex commercial disputes, with a focus on Professional Negligence, Building & Construction, Employment and Insolvency related claims.

Jack has a wealth of experience in relation to a range of areas including; commercial and home building disputes, security of payment adjudications, professional negligence and defamation actions, workplace and unfair dismissal claims and insolvency related claims.

Jack is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation and is adept at resolving complex commercial disputes, with a focus on Professional Negligence, Building & Construction, Employment and Insolvency related claims.

Sannan Tariq

Associate Solicitor

Sannan is a dual qualified lawyer whose practice focuses on resolving commercial and residential building disputes and enforcing foreign judgments.

Sannan has considerable experience in private practice and as an in-house counsel. He has acted for clients on a wide range of complex legal matters including commercial litigation, mortgagor/mortgagee disputes, home building disputes, security of payment matters, adjudication applications, debt recovery and foreign judgment debt enforcement.

Sannan is a dual qualified lawyer whose practice focuses on resolving commercial and residential building disputes and enforcing foreign judgments.

Haydon Potter

Associate Solicitor

Haydon specialises in employment law and heads our Workplace Team. He has a talent for assisting employers and employees to navigate complex industrial relations laws and disputes.

Haydon represents employers and employees in relation to Employment Agreements, Award interpretations, industrial disputes, transfer of business issues, performance management, restraints of trade, terminations and redundancies and general employment related issues.

Haydon specialises in employment law and heads our Employment Law Team. He has a talent for assisting employers and employees to navigate complex industrial relations laws and disputes.

Mitchell Hickey

Solicitor

Mitchell is an Employment Lawyer who assists both employers and employees to resolve workplace disputes.

Mitchell predominantly works with employers and employees to make and understand complying Employment Contracts, develop workplace specific Workplace Policies and to bring or defend unfair dismissal, underpayment and general protections claims in the Fair Work Commission.

Mitchell is an Employment Lawyer who assists both employers and employees to resolve workplace disputes.

Christa Chapman

Solicitor

Christa's diligence and attention to detail ensures that her clients' business and property transactions always run smoothly.

Christa Chapman is a member of our commercial and property divisions. She assists clients with a range of business and property transactions including sales of business, leases and conveyancing.

Christa’s diligence and attention to detail ensures that her clients’ business and property transactions always run smoothly.

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Security of Payment Guide

Isn’t it time you really understood how Security of Payment Laws work?

Our Security of Payment Guide helps Developers, Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers and Consultants in the building industry gain a better understanding of how the security of payment regime works and when and why to seek our professional help. The guide is written in plain English and is easy to understand. These laws are unlike any other and can be the source of significant rights as well as severe adverse consequences for most businesses in the building industry. These laws should not be taken lightly nor should the potential benefits be overlooked by small or medium businesses.

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Security of Payment Guide

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Employment Law Guide

Best Practices for engaging, managing and terminating employees.

Employment and industrial relations issues are for some businesses the trickiest and most time-consuming problems they will face. The sheer task of managing humans can be a minefield without proper legal support.

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Employment Law Guide

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Safe Harbour Guide

Get Protection from personal claims for insolvent trading while you develop and implement a Restructuring Plan for your company.

On 19 September 2017 amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 commenced which create a “safe harbour” for Directors to protect them from personal liability for debts incurred by an insolvent company in certain circumstances.

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