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It is the culture of an organisation that distinguishes it from another. We pride ourselves in treating our people fairly and respectfully. We embrace cultural diversity, gender balance, equality and social inclusion and aspire to be an employer of choice.

Consistent with our diversity, we have employees fluent in Mandarin, Malay, Cantonese, Hokkien, Indonesian, Shanghainese, Polish, Assyrian and proficient in Yiddish, Spanish and French.

Philip Gleed


T +61 3 9657 3523
M +61 0417 447 761
E pgleed@wardlawyers.com.au

Philip is the Managing Director of WARD Lawyers and leads the firms Commercial and Corporate Advisory team.  He is a highly experienced law firm leader. He has been a law firm partner, principal or director for over 30 years; whilst he has been a Managing Partner, CEO & Managing Principal or Managing Director for over 20 years.

Philip is passionate about our business, our clients and our people.

He plays a key role in the strategic planning and direction of our business as it transitions from a first to second generation boutique law firm.

Philip is responsible for the day to day management of our business across finance, marketing and business development, human resources and recruitment, operations and shared services.

He leads our people and practice with a strong focus on the professional development and retention of all our people as well as the development and expansion of our client and referrer relationships.

Over his thirty five years of practice as a lawyer, he has undertaken a broad gamut of commercial and corporate work for his clients.  He has high level advice and transactional experience in the areas of business advisory and strategy, corporate governance and restructuring, insurance and risk management, commercial litigation and employment law.  He guides a team of talented and commercially savvy corporate lawyers.


Key Practice Areas
Business Advisory & Strategy
Corporate Advisory & Governance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Structuring & Restructuring
Employment Law
Insurance and Risk Management
Commercial Litigation

Scott Stewart


T +61 3 9657 3529
M +61 407 305 561
E sstewart@wardlawyers.com.au

LIV Accredited Planning & Environmental Law Specialist

Scott Stewart is a Director of WARD Lawyers and leads the firm’s Planning and Development Team. With over 20 years’ experience in planning and environment, major projects and property development, Scott is one of the most respected and regarded planning and environmental lawyers in Victoria.

Scott has high level expertise across a broad range of planning & environmental work with a particular focus of acting for builders and developers. He has acted in many of Victoria’s largest development projects for some of the most respected companies in the industry.

He establishes and maintains strong relationships by providing his local and national based clients with continuous sound advice in all aspects of planning and development law, including planning and development approvals, environmental advice and due diligence, environmental audits, compulsory acquisitions, liquor licensing, gaming and heritage law.

Relationship driven, Scott works closely with clients from conception to completion to ensure project success.


Key Practice Areas
Planning and Environment Law
Environmental Approvals/Audits/Prosecutions
Major Projects
Compulsory Acquisitions
Property Development
Liquor Licensing & Gaming

Mary Nemeth


T +61 3 9657 3570
M +61 400 627 048
E mnemeth@wardlawyers.com.au

Mary Nemeth is a Principal Lawyer of WARD Lawyers and the Head of Litigation and Insolvency.

With over 20 years’ experience, Mary has developed an extensive practice in the areas of financial services, commercial litigation and insolvency, enabling her to navigate for her clients a vast array of complex legal and regulatory matters.

Mary enjoys a varied client base across the financial services sector, property and manufacturing industries and has acted for a number of publically listed companies, major banks, finance companies, manufacturers, private companies, high net worth individuals, family groups and SMEs.

Having commenced her career as Corporate Counsel within one of Australia’s big 4 banks, she has been able to develop an understanding of the commercial drivers and imperatives of her clients.

This coupled with over 12 years’ experience as a principal or partner of two national mid-tier firms, has resulted in a reputation that speaks for itself and long term client relationships for those seeking a partner who is continually driven to preserve and secure their interests.


Commercial Litigation
Dispute Resolution
Insolvency and Restructuring
Financial Services
Shareholder Disputes

Susan Phillips

Principal LAWYeR

T +61 3 9657 3522
E sphillips@wardlawyers.com.au

Susan Phillips is a Principal Lawyer in the litigation team at WARD Lawyers.

Susan is primarily a litigation practitioner with a defendants practice with clients that are mostly insured directors of failed corporations engaged in litigation arising out of corporate failure. These cases give her a particular insight into corporate governance, the discharge of directors’ duties and the operation of directors and officers indemnity insurance.

She has applied a high level of expertise in financial services litigation and class actions (including successfully representing clients in cases in areas of law not previously tested in Courts) and manages litigious proceedings in all jurisdictions including the Supreme, Federal and High Courts.

Her knowledge and experience is highly regarded by industry bodies and she is respected counsel for senior level directors and companies relating to their corporate responsibilities when faced with legal claims.


Key Practice Areas
Dispute Resolution
Business Advisory
Commercial Litigation
Directors’ & Officers’ Responsibilities

Joe Katz


T +61 3 9657 3502
M +61 411 470 000
E jkatz@wardlawyers.com.au

Joe Katz is a Principal Lawyer in the Planning and Property Development team at WARD Lawyers and has been in practice for over 40 years; 12 of which he ran his own property practice.

He has gained vast experience and expertise in a wide variety of property and general commercial transactions and commercial litigation.

Joe acts for property developers and investors, shopping centre and high profile leased premises owners and tenants, one of Melbourne’s most prestigious residential estate agencies and several of its directors as well as a confidant of and adviser to several high net worth businessmen.

He prides himself on providing sound, commercially effective, strategic and financially responsible advice and has assisted his clients in myriad acquisitions and disposals of substantial real estate holdings and businesses and in complex property, business and associated financing transactions.


Key Practice Areas

Chantal Reigo


T +61 3 9657 3542
M +61 416 006 421
E creigo@wardlawyers.com.au

Chantal Reigo is a Principal Lawyer of WARD Lawyers in the firm’s Litigation and Insolvency team.

Admitted in 2005, Chantal has developed a specialist practice in commercial litigation and insolvency enabling her to provide a diverse set of skills and experience to her clients in the prosecution and defence of large commercial disputes and handling of insolvency matters.

She is a champion for her clients’ interests, delivering tailored commercial outcomes that reflect an intimate understanding of their motivations and objectives.

Chantal has a varied client base across financial services, property, transport, construction, manufacturing and health industries. Her clients include large corporates, SMEs, developers, directors, joint venturers, lending institutions, planners & accountants, family groups, real estate agents and restaurant owners.

She also acts for a number of prominent insolvency practitioners in all manner of claims, and has expertise in voluntary administration work and advice as to options ahead of formal appointments.

Instilling trust and confidence, building rapport with her clients and practising with integrity and professionalism are the cornerstones of Chantal’s successful practice.


Key Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Dispute Resolution
Corporations Act and Australian Consumer Law
Professional Negligence
Equity and Trust Claims
Common Law Claims

Dennis Batur


T +61 3 9657 3507
M +61 419 670 172
E dbatur@wardlawyers.com.au

Dennis Batur is a Principal Lawyer in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Advisory team.

Admitted in 2009, Dennis has developed a strong focus in the areas of negotiated mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, banking and finance, and property development.  During this time he also developed a niche expertise in the areas of ADI licensing, structured finance, blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Dennis spent a number of years in the banking and finance industry arranging senior debt and structured finance for leading private and institutional property developers in Australia.

Dennis enjoys working with a varied client base across the corporate, property and fin-tech industries.

Given Dennis’ previous commercial and industry roles, he is able to engage with his clients on a much broader level, ensuring that his advice and guidance is shaped not only by legal and risk management considerations, but also by his clients’ specific commercial objectives.


Key Practice Areas
Corporate Advisory
Mergers & Acquisitions
Regulatory Advice
Banking and Finance

Ninwe Younan


T +61 3 9657 3506
E nyounan@wardlawyers.com.au

Ninwe Younan is an Associate Director of WARD Lawyers and has over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer.

Having successfully focused on a broad range of litigation and dispute resolution matters across various state, federal and appellate courts and tribunals, her practice has predominantly dealt with personal and corporate insolvency, director’s duties, contractual disputes, shareholder and oppression disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty and large commercial disputes.

In recent years, she has acted for directors in defending class actions bought by investors in various failed managed investment schemes as well as claims of insolvent trading and misleading and deceptive conduct.

Her extensive experience allows her the ability to represent a broad range of clients confronted with complex and challenging legal issues.

Ninwe’s practical advice and honest approach means that she enjoys the confidence of her clients and colleagues.


Key Practice Areas
Dispute Resolution
Commercial Litigation
Directors’ & Officers’ Responsibilities

Tam Chau


T +61 3 9657 3508
E tchau@wardlawyers.com.au

Tam Chau is a Senior Associate in the Planning and Property Development team at WARD Lawyers.

She has over 14 years’ experience as a lawyer with a predominate focus in property law.

Tam strives to provide practical, commercially sound legal advice and service and as a result, she has established and maintained strong long-term client relationships.

Her skills enable her to handle a high volume of often complex property transactions, which has benefited a number of her clients who include large commercial and residential property developers, high net-worth individuals and vendors and purchasers of residences.


Key Practice Areas

Katherine Hayes


T +61 3 9657 3514
E khayes@wardlawyers.com.au

Katherine Hayes is a Senior Associate of WARD Lawyers and works across the firm’s litigation teams.

Katherine is a natural advocate and experienced litigator who provides commercially focused legal advice to clients across a range of industries.

In commercial litigation she has particular experience in complex litigation concerning directors’ duties, contractual disputes, shareholder and oppression disputes, misleading or deceptive conduct, the provision of financial advice, franchise law, breaches of fiduciary duty, large commercial disputes and class actions relating to financial services.


Key Practice Areas
Dispute Resolution
Business Advisory
Commercial Litigation
Directors’ & Officers’ Responsibilities
Workplace Law

Stuart Weir


T +61 3 9657 3555
M +61 413 708 456

Stuart Weir is a consultant of WARD Lawyers.

Stuart is a highly experienced practitioner who brings with him over 29 years of commercial legal experience, inclusive of 20 years specialising in banking and finance and 5 years specialising in major projects and construction. He brings further depth to our general commercial/corporate offering and provides an expanded level of service to our property development and corporate clients through his specific experience and expertise in Finance related work.

He has worked in top tier and boutique law firms and has worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. Over the years he has developed an approach to managing complex financing matters in a collaborative manner with his clients, allowing them to turn what can be a challenging experience to one that is rewarding.

Stuart has completed many complex financial and commercial transactions for corporates, developers, lenders, government departments and multi-lateral institutions across property development, construction, mining and infrastructure sectors.

He has expertise in:

  • Public Private Partnerships and other project financing (non-property)
  • Development and construction finance and general property finance
  • Structured finance and debt capital markets experience
  • Reconstructions, workouts and restructurings
  • Acquisition finance and leveraged buy-outs
  • General corporate financings
  • Entertainment based financings

Key Practice Areas
Banking and Finance
Corporate Advisory
Major Projects

Julianne Collard


T +61 3 9657 3507
E jcollard@wardlawyers.com.au

Julianne is a business management professional offering over 18 years’ experience managing multiple business requirements of an organisation.

As a senior member of the WARD Lawyers practice management team, Julianne is responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Business & Client Development and Operations. She works closely with the Managing Director and the Board to develop and execute the firm’s strategic initiatives for continued growth and development.

Her corporate experience in business operations, strategy and customer marketing assists the firm to better identify opportunities in the professional services industry.