Daniel Moulis

Daniel Moulis is the founder and principal of Moulis Legal. He has a varied practice which typifies the commercial + international philosophy of the firm.

Daniel pioneered the study and practice of international trade law in Australia by private lawyers outside the public sector and academia. He has practiced for three decades across the full spectrum of cross-border business and trade regulation. This has included advice and representation in cross-border contractual and commercial matters, customs law, WTO trade “rules” and other WTO disciplines, free trade agreements, international investment and arbitration.

According to legal ranking agency Who’s Who Legal, Daniel is one of the most highly regarded international trade lawyers in the world, and the only lawyer outside the EU and the US to be ranked in its “top ten”. He has been called upon by the WTO as a Dispute Settlement Body panellist on five occasions: in Egypt –Steel Rebar; United States – Upland Cotton; Japan – DRAMS (Korea); Canada – Renewable Energy/Feed in Tariff Program; and United States – Tax Incentives for Large Carrier Aircraft.

Daniel has served clients in their international trade affairs across many industries, including the agricultural, building products, chemical, energy, food processing, footwear, medical, mining, paper, steel and retail goods industries. He has been particularly active in the fields of anti-dumping, countervailing, safeguard measures, quarantine and intellectual property rights. He has advised clients in relation to assistance measures, tariff classification/valuation, concession orders, effective transaction structuring, contract documentation for export/import, “country of origin” and border security.

In his domestic-based practice, Daniel has had long experience in private sector investment, property development and ownership, major contracts, and the commercial interface between government and business. Career highlights have included his role as legal counsel for the US corporation responsible for the Maralinga nuclear test site clean-up, the redevelopment of the Belconnen and Woden town centres in Canberra, and securing international landing rights for foreign airlines. His government interface practice has extended to regulatory impacts on investment, procurement, and asset sales, and the exercise of contractual and administrative law rights against adverse government action.

Daniel graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983. He worked within the Federal Attorney-General’s Department in his early career before joining Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills). He was a solicitor and then a partner in the Canberra and Sydney offices of that firm for 21 years before establishing Moulis Legal in 2005.  Daniel is a director of Football Federation Australia. He has also served as company secretary of The Sixth Australian Masters Games; as Chair of the Trade and Customs Law Committee of the International Bar Association; as a seminar lecturer for the International Development Law Organisation;  as a director of the Johnny Warren Football Foundation; and as a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of Football Federation Australia.

Shaun Creighton

Shaun Creighton is a Partner at Moulis Legal. He leads Moulis Legal’s intellectual property and government procurement practice.

Consistent with the commercial+international philosophy of the firm, Shaun has practiced for over a decade in assisting clients identify, protect and commercialise their valuable intellectual property rights in Australia and internationally.

He has acted for some of Australia’s best known brands across a number of industries including information communications and technology, biotechnology, broadcasting, health, sport and wine. His brand protection and commercialisation services have encompassed securing Australian and international trade mark rights (registration and defence), certification of trade marks and shape trade marks, and the drafting and negotiation of commercial and IP rights agreements. These include international distribution agreements, trade mark licences, content supply agreements, product supply agreements, sponsorship agreements, joint venture agreements and franchise agreements.

Shaun represents ICT companies in their B2B and B2C transactions. This includes end user licence agreements, teaming agreements such as re-seller agreements and strategic alliance arrangements, and consumer and privacy law compliance. For start-up ventures, he is experienced in drafting founder agreements, securing IP rights in one or more jurisdictions, drafting terms of supply, and advising on regulatory compliance.

Shaun has extensive government procurement experience and expertise, especially in the ICT area, having been Senior Legal Counsel at Airservices Australia for more than eight years. In that capacity Shaun has handled contracts for the supply, installation and maintenance of complex radar systems, telecommunications systems, software (including software as a service) and hardware. He has a strong working knowledge of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules which is critical for representing the public and private sectors alike in major government-related transactions.

Shaun also adds to the sports law, governance and administration credentials of Moulis Legal, and counts many national sporting organisations, professional sporting teams, athletes and organisers of sporting events amongst his list of valued clients. He has been in-house legal counsel with the Australian Sports Commission, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation and the Melbourne Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. Shaun is a former Director of Athletics Australia, the Canberra International Film Festival and the ACT Olympic Council. He was the President of the ACT Olympians Club from 2008 to 2012, has been a National Track & Field Selector since 2012, and is currently a Director of the Physical Activity Foundation.

Prior to studying law, Shaun was a professional track and field athlete. He competed for Australia in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games and still holds the Australian 3,000m Steeplechase record. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (2002), and has a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (2008).

Outside of work, Shaun can be found trying to combine his interests in sport, events and wine, but not necessarily all at the same time.

Christopher Hewitt

Christopher leads Moulis Legal’s dispute resolution, petroleum and investment practices. He also manages and oversees our Brisbane office.

Christopher works extensively in domestic and international dispute management, negotiation and resolution. Christopher leads a dynamic and energetic dispute resolution team that advises businesses from across Australia, Asia and globally on a range of commercial and investment disputes. Christopher is highly regarded in various forms of international alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration of cross-border disputes.

He has acted for national and multinational businesses across a range of industries in complex disputes in courts and tribunals in Australia, across Asia and in southern Africa. Christopher advocates for clients in relation to various commercial issues, including competition and consumer protection, joint venturing, franchising and contracting, intellectual property protection, investment and trade protection, and challenges to regulators and government bodies.

A specific part of Christopher’s practice involves advising and representing Australian and international companies in relation to petroleum, energy and resources projects. This covers all project stages, from inception through to realisation, including investment, financing, exploration, commercialisation, production and trade, and dispute management. He represents both domestic and overseas companies, including investors and operators from China, South-East Asia and Africa. Christopher is particularly focused on the representation of businesses within the Australian and international downstream petroleum industry on a range of matters including sales, distribution, storage and terminaling, transport and international transactions.

Christopher also oversees advice to clients on in-bound investment, and on out-bound investment into China and elsewhere in Asia and Africa, in multiple business and industrial fields. Christopher’s knowledge and experience in cross-border dispute management is highly valuable to the risk planning and mitigation for investors in higher risk countries.

Christopher is a regular speaker at national and international commercial and legal conferences. He is an active member of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration, LAWASIA, AMPLA – the Resources and Energy Law Association – and a former executive committee member of Australia China Business Council Queensland and the Dispute Resolution Committee of the ACT Law Society.

Christopher has travelled extensively for work and study. He has worked in legal and business roles throughout Australia, and internationally in Asia, Europe and southern Africa. Christopher has studied widely in law and business at the University of Sydney, University of Cambridge, East China University of Politics and Law and the University of Wollongong. Christopher is currently completing a Master of Business Administration at the University of Queensland.

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark specialises in regulated and unregulated mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate finance.

In line with Moulis Legal’s commercial + international philosophy, Andrew has extensive experience advising on corporate and commercial transactions throughout the world.  Prior to joining Moulis Legal, Andrew was a partner in the London office of a leading international law firm and spent 9 years advising on transactions throughout Europe, Asia and the US.

Andrew advises clients across a range of industry sectors including media and technology, natural resources, real estate, life sciences, shipping and logistics, infrastructure and financial services and is ideally situated to support clients on all aspects of corporate/commercial transactions from assisting with initial investigations, to planning, implementing and execution.  Andrew is recognised by his clients for combining his technical expertise, responsiveness and commercial focus to deliver great results.

Andrew’s experience advising on mergers and acquisitions includes acting on transactions for clients ranging from global software companies and private equity and commodities houses through to smaller transactions for start-ups and family operated businesses.  He is expert at identifying areas of potential risk and developing creative solutions to ensure the best possible outcomes for his clients.

Another area of Andrew’s practice involves negotiating and advising on new and existing joint ventures and partnerships, complex commercial arrangements and service agreements.   Having acted on matters including contractual partnerships, shareholder agreements, transitional service agreements and bespoke profit sharing arrangements, Andrew understands the importance of finding the right balance between fostering the commercial objectives of the venture and ensuring legal protections for his client.

Examples of Andrew’s international experience includes advising state owned entities on various international joint ventures in Kazakhstan, advising funds managed by Invel Real Estate Partners on its €653 million purchase of a stake in National Bank of Greece’s property holding entity and its acquisition of the prestigious Aphrodite Hills Hotel & Golf Resort in Cyprus, advising AIM listed SPDI on the sale of its logistics business in the Ukraine and advising a UK business backed by FPE Capital and Nova Capital to acquire a China based optical coating capabilities business and then the on sale of the whole group.  The experience gained from working on transactions and with clients from around the world gives Andrew a unique insight into the cultural differences and jurisdictional anomalies that, if not taken into account, can often delay or frustrate an international transaction.

Andrew’s expertise is valuable for clients ranging from start-up enterprises through to larger corporates looking to expand through various funding arrangements or via national or international acquisitions.

In addition to his transactional practice, Andrew advises corporate clients on all aspects of company and securities law and corporate governance.

Andrew was named in the UK Thompson Reuters Super Lawyers, Rising Stars annual list in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, he enjoys eating out, travelling and spending time with his young family and recently managed to amalgamate all three with a 7-week family “backpacking” trip through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Suzanne Moulis

As Moulis Legal’s Chief Executive, Suzanne creates the environment for our lawyers to meet our client’s and stakeholder goals. Suzanne works with the senior legal staff to set the direction of the firm and ensure Moulis Legal’s team, culture and operations are all aligned to deliver quality work to our clients.

Suzanne develops Moulis Legal’s long-term strategy and annual business plans, manages its corporate governance and business performance and also manages Moulis Legal’s professional support staff. Suzanne ensures that Moulis Legal and its staff continue to develop and progress as a modern legal services business, delivering legal services at the highest level, on a personal basis, and with understanding and commitment.

Suzanne is an experienced management professional who is well-attuned to the market and commercial issues that impact on the water, energy and resources, environment, property and construction, and transportation industries, locally and globally. Prior to joining Moulis Legal, Suzanne was a member of the local leadership team of a global professional services consulting firm, with responsibility for maintaining and increasing annual revenues.

Suzanne holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and a University of Canberra Medallist. She is also a registered landscape architect, chair of the Property Council of Australia’s ACT Diversity Committee, a panellist on a number of Sydney design review panels for large residential and commercial developments, and mum to an energetic seven-year-old.

Outside of work Suzanne enjoys fitness, friendships and family.

Linda Glover

Linda is Consultant Counsel – Employment Law at Moulis Legal. She has over 16 years’ experience in employment and industrial relations legal roles both in private practice, government and in-house government environments.

Linda specialises in providing strategic, pragmatic advice on employment and industrial relations matters, managing complex employment claims and resolving employee and union disputes using alternate dispute resolution mechanisms.

Linda regularly provides legal advisory services to management during wide spread organisational change, addressing topics ranging from executive remuneration, benefits and retirement, employee misconduct and underperformance, redundancy and transfers of business.

Linda has assisted small business in a range of employment law matters. These include acting in unfair dismissal claims, advising on employee / contractor dichotomy, advising on engagement of casual employees and drafting employment agreements to satisfy industry specific requirements.

Linda also has extensive experience negotiating with unions ranging from blue collar traditional style unions to professional employee representative groups, and has been praised by union officials as providing a positive approach to advocacy in a respectful manner.

Examples of recent matters include advising and successfully settling a multimillion dollar discrimination claim in the Federal Court, advising and negotiating an acceptable settlement for a class action in the Federal Court and advising on multiple general protection, unfair dismissal and bullying and harassment claims.  Linda also regularly assists employers conducting internal workplace investigations, and advises boards and executives on directors and public official’s duties.

Linda’s in-house experience includes heading a specialist in-house employment and industrial law team at Airservices Australia for over 9 years, where she developed and led the implementation of a new employee relations strategy aligned to the agency’s new business model. The strategy set the strategic direction for the future three rounds of multi-union enterprise agreement negotiations covering four enterprise agreements and addressed the removal of restrictive enterprise agreement provisions to facilitate a more contemporary workforce.  Linda also drove the review and implementation of major employee governing policies and procedures in Airservices. The policy review aligned workplace culture and behaviours with the business objectives of high performance, trust and client focused service delivery.

Linda’s government experience includes acting as Principal Legal Officer in the Fair Work Ombudsman’s office and, prior to taking up legal practice, she spent 12 years in the Australian Public Service in management roles in the House of Representatives, the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs gaining valuable experience and understanding of Commonwealth government governance and policy development.

Linda has delivered various seminars on employment related topics, including fraud in the public sector, managing underperformance and termination of employment.

Outside of work, Linda is a passionate supporter of the ACT Brumbies Rugby Union team, being a strong advocate of the benefits they bring to the Canberra community.  She is a recreational runner.

Jeannette Scott

Jeannette assists both NFP and for profit organisations who want to meet their legal and regulatory obligations in a commercially pragmatic way, and who understand that compliance is about culture rather than the number of policies on the shelf.

She advises a wide variety of organisations in the areas of privacy, data security and notifiable data breaches, consumer law (advertising, product claims), regulatory compliance, government advocacy, risk management, governance and commercial agreements. Jeannette particularly enjoys developing training, policies and procedures for client organisations and tailors her advice to meet client business models and needs. She aims to shift the perception of legal and compliance issues as an unwanted distraction to an opportunity to add value and build confidence.

Jeannette has over 15 years in the regulatory environment with a focus on privacy, marketing, consumer law and financial services. She is a member of various professional bodies including ACLA (Australian Corporate Lawyers Association), GRCI (Governance Risk and Compliance Institute), and iappANZ (International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia New Zealand). Jeannette has undertaken senior in-house counsel roles with the National Heart Foundation, and the Association for Data-Driven Marketing and Advertising where she dealt with all aspects of marketing and advertising compliance and related advocacy issues. Jeannette was one of the inaugural recipients of the designation CCP (Certified Compliance Professional) from the Australasian Compliance Institute (as it then was) in 2006 and currently chairs their Awards Committee. Jeannette offers significant commercial, legal and regulatory knowledge as well as practical commercial and not-for-profit experience to Moulis Legal clients, to respond to current and changing regulatory needs.

Jeannette is also the Knowledge Manager for Moulis Legal, ensuring that the entire team has access to the collective wisdom of the practice and ensuring that we maximise opportunities to add value for our clients.

Outside of work Jeannette supports several charities, is a passionate animal lover and a keen cook (though she concedes her husband is a better baker!).

Charles Zhan

Charles Zhan is a Senior Associate with Moulis Legal. He performs a key role in our international regulatory and commercial law practice, with focus on trade defence and cross-border transactions. Charles has dual Chinese and Australian legal qualifications and he is regularly the Moulis Legal primary contact for international trade law matters.

Charles has represented major international companies operating in a range of industries, including in the agrichemical, aluminium, automobile, electrical, energy, engineering, glass, paper and steel sectors. He has hands-on experience in representing clients across various Asian and European countries, including acting on behalf of foreign governments in their trade law and policy relationship with Australia.

Charles has assisted clients in a variety of trade defence matters. These include anti-dumping and countervailing investigations and appeals, customs compliance, competition law, cross-border trade dispute, matters involving international investment, commercial transactions, and commercial and judicial review litigation. Charles’ outstanding analytical and problem solving skills, strong commercial acumen, strategic thinking, and cross-cultural understanding allow him to provide top quality and highly regarded advice to our clients.

Although spending most of his time on cross-border matters, and as a dedicated flag-carrier of our fly-in-fly-out approach towards advising our international clients, Charles also contributes to Moulis Legal’s purely domestic commercial law practice, mainly in the areas of competition law, property and litigation.

Charles was born in Beijing and studied at the Shanghai Maritime University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law majoring in Maritime Law. After graduation, he then gained different experiences in Beijing, from a commercial law firm, maritime arbitration tribunal, to drafting logistic plans for large aircrafts for a Russian international cargo airline company. He then moved to Australia, and was awarded with a Juris Doctor and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice by the Australian National University, before being admitted as Solicitor and Barrister to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. Naturally, Charles communicates in both Mandarin and English, at the highest business and technical level.

Charles has been actively engaging with the business and legal communities through his regular participation at various local and internationally focused business council events, and has hosted seminars regarding Australia-China business development, and cross-border trade and investment issues.

Outside of work, Charles passionately does more work (whilst also finding time to enjoy with family, good food, gardening, music, and (non-work related) travels).

Alistair Bridges

Alistair is a Senior Associate with Moulis Legal and is a key member of the firm’s International Trade Practice as well as the manager of Moulis Legal’s Melbourne Office.

Alistair has over seven years post admission experience, in which time he has worked for a broad range of clients, including retailers, importers, exporters, manufacturers and some of the biggest and best-known companies in the world. He is a key resource for our clients in the handling of major trade, commercial, cross-border matters, and trade-related Federal Court litigation.

Alistair has significant experience in international trade law matters, including Anti-Dumping and Countervailing investigations, Safeguards investigations, customs valuations and classifications, sanctions compliance, complex domestic and cross-border commercial transactions and judicial review litigation. His strong skills in research, legislative interpretation, development of legal argumentation and strategy, legal drafting and his thorough understanding of the commercial, societal and political context in which his clients operate, allow him to provide thorough and nuanced representation and advice.

In recognition of his experience, Alistair has been listed as an “Associate to Watch” in the International Law/WTO arena by Chambers & Partners in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and was noted as one of 21 outstanding young lawyers by the Australian newspaper in early 2016. He is listed as a leading export control and sanctions expert by the Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions and is a member of the ACT Law Society’s International Lawyers Committee.

Alistair has a Masters Degree (with merit) in Laws, specialising in international law and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (with merit) both from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in economic analysis) and a Bachelor Degree in Law (with Honours) from the University of Tasmania. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

In the gap between graduation from the University of Tasmania and commencing at Moulis Legal, Alistair completed the Australian Tax Office’s graduate program, where he received a great deal of technical experience in tax affairs, and the workings of government. He was exposed to both the policy side of the agency’s responsibilities and the legal implementation of those policies. Most notably, he worked in the team responsible for the agency’s input into and implementation of the Future Tax System Review.

During his time at the University of Tasmania, Alistair held the office of Careers and Social Justice Officer for the Tasmanian University Law Society and Australian Legal Education Forum Co-ordinator for the Australian Law Student Association Committee. In between these commitments he also acted as a freelance writer and radio host for Edge Radio.

In his free time Alistair enjoys reading, going to concerts and Scotch. He appreciates, and makes, a good coffee. One day, soon, he will learn to play the guitar.

Dorothy Terwiel

Dorothy Terwiel assists clients to identify complexities that are difficult to detect in information technology and procurement transactions. She then helps them manage their risks and achieve an agreeable solution.

She advises clients in the ICT, government and quasi-government sectors on a range of issues including appropriate strategies to mitigate risks and manage disputes, intellectual property licenses and complex goods and services agreements. An experienced secondee to Commonwealth government departments, Dorothy has a deep understanding of how they operate. Her collegial approach is highly valued and has enabled her to manage their legal and commercial risk in procurement and outsourcing projects of significant value and risk.

Dorothy has over 14 years’ experience in both private and government practice, with a focus on all aspects of contract law, intellectual property and probity. During her time at both AirServices Australia and ASG Limited she was responsible for advising on all aspects of their technology licensing and contractual risk management.  While on secondment with the Department of Defence, she was a key member of the commercial tender evaluation working group that reviewed and reported on the procurement of a fleet of offshore patrol vessels.  She has also acted as an external probity advisor, conducting audits for large government departments to ensure their internal processes are robust and can withstand external scrutiny.

Based in our Canberra office, Moulis Legal’s clients will benefit from Dorothy’s deep experience in technology and government procurement. She has a Masters of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Australian National University.

On her weekends Dorothy enjoys spending time with her children and tending to the garden. Current projects include a hydrangea hedge and experimenting with new colours and shapes in her back garden.Dorothy Terwiel assists clients to identify complexities that are difficult to detect in information technology and procurement transactions. She then helps them manage their risks and achieve an agreeable solution.

She advises clients in the ICT, government and quasi-government sectors on a range of issues including appropriate strategies to mitigate risks and manage disputes, intellectual property licenses and complex goods and services agreements. An experienced secondee to Commonwealth government departments, Dorothy has a deep understanding of how they operate. Her collegial approach is highly valued and has enabled her to manage their legal and commercial risk in procurement and outsourcing projects of significant value and risk.

Dorothy has over 14 years’ experience in both private and government practice, with a focus on all aspects of contract law, intellectual property and probity. During her time at both AirServices Australia and ASG Limited she was responsible for advising on all aspects of their technology licensing and contractual risk management. While on secondment with the Department of Defence, she was a key member of the commercial tender evaluation working group that reviewed and reported on the procurement of a fleet of offshore patrol vessels. She has also acted as an external probity advisor, conducting audits for large government departments to ensure their internal processes are robust and can withstand external scrutiny.

Based in our Canberra office, Moulis Legal’s clients will benefit from Dorothy’s deep experience in technology and government procurement. She has a Masters of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Australian National University.

On her weekends Dorothy enjoys spending time with her children and tending to her garden – her resplendent hydrangeas, rhododendrons and azaleas are the envy of her neighbours.

Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge is an Associate at Moulis Legal. Lisa’s primary expertise is in relation to commercial property related transactions and dispute resolution.

Lisa’s experience in dispute resolution assists clients in commercial property transactions and vice versa. An understanding of issues which may lead to a dispute assists when drafting or negotiating property and related commercial documents. Having experience in what typically goes wrong limits the risk of history repeating itself. On the flip side, experience in how to structure arrangements or specific contract drafting provisions can assisting in avoiding disputes or mitigating risks. When acting in a commercial dispute, Lisa’s property and contract drafting experience assists in identifying and understanding the nature and basis of the dispute.

Having worked as a lawyer at Moulis Legal for more than 5 years, Lisa has acted for a wide variety of organisations in Australia and overseas across a range of industries including commercial property ownership and leasing, retail, finance, property development, electrical products, plastics, scuba diving/tourism, wine, embassies and environmental organisations.

As a property lawyer, Lisa has assisted clients negotiate and prepare their leasing agreements (both commercial and industrial leases) in the ACT, NSW and QLD, purchase and sell real property including assisting in due diligence and contract negotiations in the ACT, NSW and QLD, sell their business, create new businesses including preparing the governing documents, prepare and lodge development applications including Crown lease variations, prepare objections to development applications, and prepare contracts and ownership agreements.

As a dispute resolution lawyer, Lisa has assisted clients across a range of commercial and property disputes including breaches of contract, Australian Consumer Law disputes such as claims for misleading and deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct, debt recovery, negligence, planning and development matters, lease variation charge appeals, breaches of company law legislation, and defamation. Prior to joining Moulis Legal, Lisa also represented finance industry clients in their litigation matters. Lisa has appeared in matters in a range of jurisdictions including the NSW Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the ACT Supreme Court, the ACT Magistrates Court, the NSW District Court, the Federal Court, and the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Lisa is the chair of Moulis Legal’s Pro Bono initiative, and a member of the ACT Law Society Pro Bono Clearing House Assessment Panel. Lisa is a firm believer in providing access to justice for those who are either in a difficult financial situation, are working to assist those in a difficult financial situation, or not-for-profit organisations who are working to improve society.

Lisa’s focus for her clients, whether property, business or dispute resolution, is identifying pragmatic commercial outcomes. Lisa is aware that clients will not always get the best outcome just because the law agrees with them. In undertaking property or dispute resolution matters, Lisa strives to assist clients to identify their ideal outcomes, and work together with a view to achieving that outcome.

Lisa graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing). She holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, is admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW and is entered on the High Court of Australia’s Register of Practitioners.

Emily Murphy

Emily Murphy is an Associate in Moulis Legal’s dispute resolution team.

Based in Moulis Legal’s Brisbane office, Emily works with domestic and international clients to manage and resolve their disputes commercially and efficiently.

Emily has assisted clients in a range of dispute matters including complex contractual litigation, corporate and shareholder disputes, cross-border intellectual property infringements as well as competition law issues. Emily also has experience in seeking judicial review of decisions made by Customs and other trade law bodies and works closely with Moulis Legal’s international trade team in these reviews.

Emily advises and represents clients from a variety of industries at all stages of a dispute, from providing initial advice on potential claims and prospects of success, through to issuing Court proceedings and appearing at trial. Having been involved in legal proceedings in multiple Australian jurisdictions, including the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria, Emily has extensive knowledge of the rules, practices and procedures of each Court which she uses to her client’s advantage in negotiating and resolving disputes.

Emily also assists clients in responding to and managing regulatory matters including inquiries from government departments and investigations by regulatory authorities. This includes reviewing and responding to demands and infringement notices already issued, or liaising with and advocating for clients in response to an inquiry or investigation. Emily’s experience in dealing with regulators also includes representing clients in public merger reviews conducted by the ACCC.

Beyond the courtroom, Emily’s clients appreciate her ability to understand and learn about their business and take into consideration their commercial goals when resolving a dispute. This commercial awareness reflects Emily’s strengths in strategically analysing the direction of a matter, assessing prospects of success and identifying commercial opportunities in the resolution of a dispute.

Emily graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of International Business and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law. During 2016, Emily undertook a study tour in China with the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, spending time in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai to further develop her understanding of Chinese language, culture and business practices. Emily is currently the Chairperson of the College of Law Alumni Association Queensland Chapter, is a committee member for the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative, and is actively involved with LAWASIA and the Queensland Law Society.

Macky Markar

Macky Markar is a lawyer in the Moulis Legal international trade team.

Macky has spent time in the Moulis Legal Brisbane office and currently works from the Canberra office. He works with international and domestic clients involved in international trade and commercial matters. Having started at Moulis Legal as a paralegal, Macky has worked extensively across practices areas assisting in a broad array of legal issues with a particular focus on international trade, international investment and commercial transactions.

Having travelled significantly, and lived in multiple countries, including China and Sri Lanka, Macky has a strong interest in international issues providing a unique outlook on cross border matters. His experience living in China has complemented Moulis Legal’s China practice and has seen him present in person and via podcast on Chinese investment topics for Moulis Legal.

Macky undertakes the research and analysis which underpins advice to clients and keeps the team aware of ongoing issues, allowing senior team members to focus on providing high value to clients by focusing on the complexities of a matter.

Macky completed a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Queensland. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The College of Law.

Macky doesn’t like cricket. He loves it. He also likes to travel.

Benjamin Duff

Benjamin Duff is a Graduate Lawyer based in our Canberra office and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Australian National University.

Benjamin began working at Moulis Legal as a paralegal, and his drive and willingness to assist in all aspects of client work – from researching to drafting contracts and assisting in providing advice – has proven invaluable to our Partners and Clients alike. As a Graduate lawyer he works primarily with our intellectual property and property teams, and is interested in entertainment law, corporate law and the startup space.

Ben’s interest in the digital space developed while he was studying law. His honours thesis considered whether virtual property – such as video games and online gambling – were intellectual property or real property. He has also been published in the Canberra Law Review on the topic of patent acquisition and crown use (in the event of a zombie apocalypse, of course). Ben is now also a regular contributor to Moulis Legal News.

Ben came to Moulis Legal after being an in-house paralegal for WildBear Entertainment where he worked on film projects such as “Ella”, “Shadow Trackers” and “The 101 Who Made the 20th Century’. It was there that he learned the importance of providing practical advice to clients that addresses their commercial goals. He now leverages this knowledge when working with our clients, who appreciate his communicative and collaborative style.

In his spare time, Ben enjoys playing video games and keeps fit by running regularly.

Isabel Wormald

Isabel Wormald is a paralegal working in the Moulis Legal Canberra office.

At Moulis Legal, Isabel performs much of the informational research which keeps us aware of the current issues relating to our fields of practice, and the legal research which underpins the advice we give to our clients. She also carries out many of the important lodgement, filing and registration tasks which support our commercial property, dispute resolution and regulatory services.

As part of the property and business team, Isabel supports senior lawyers in the acquisition and divestment of commercial property, commercial and retail leasing, land development, and due diligence. She is also part of the international trade team and has worked in anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguards investigations.

Isabel is studying a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University. Isabel is a committee member of the ANU Law Students’ Society, and has competed in a wide range of ANU Law Students Society competitions, including mooting, negotiations and client interview competitions. Isabel has also worked at a well-reputed local family law firm, which enhanced her knowledge and interest in the practice of law.

Isabel has a passion for languages and is studying German and Advanced French as part of her Bachelor of Arts. Outside of work, Isabel enjoys music, food, and the outdoors.

Noraisah Yoni

Nora Yoni is a Certified Practising Accountant and Moulis Legal’s Finance Manager. She is based in our Canberra office.

Nora has responsibility for all aspects of Moulis Legal’s financial operations, supporting our lawyers in ensuring that our clients have accurate and timely information; as well as ensuring that our staff, suppliers and other stakeholders experience a professional finance process. Nora ensures accurate and timely management reporting, and develops related policies and procedures. She works with all stakeholders to ensure that Moulis Legal operates efficiently, and is proactive in identifying opportunities for improvement.

Prior to joining Moulis Legal, Nora held several roles in financial accounting and credit in Canberra. Before she discovered her love of accounting, Nora specialised in biotechnology and food nutrition in Singapore.

Outside of the office, Nora is kept busy running after her two young children and is looking forward to taking up yoga and sewing in the new year.

Allison Periam

Allison Periam is Moulis Legal’s Office and Human Resources Manager. She is based in our Canberra office.

Allison is responsible for managing all aspects of human resource compliance for the firm nationally. As we continue to grow, she onboards our new employees so they have the tools they need to perform at their best, and ensures all our professional staff have access to quality Continuing Legal Education resources. As custodian of our Healthier Work Program, she also makes sure we are all in peak form.

Allison puts her organisational skills to good use implementing and managing our policies and procedures and ensuring the smooth operation of our office systems.

Allison is also a life coach and is passionate about helping people be the best version of themselves. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends in the great outdoors and visiting her four grandsons.

Alexandra Lowson

Alexandra (Al) is Moulis Legal’s Administration and Marketing Officer, based in our Brisbane office.

Al has strong administration and organisational skills gained across a variety of industries including aluminium, architecture, legal, and facilities management. Prior to joining Moulis Legal, Al worked in several countries including Zimbabwe, England and New Zealand.

Al implements business development and marketing initiatives, ensures the visual and design quality of our work and is the first point of contact for marketing and business development enquiries. Al manages our website, is a skilled photographer and has advanced skills in Photoshop and InDesign.

Outside of work, Alexandra enjoys running and triathlons and spending time with family.