Our People

We started with a simple thought: the legal industry is an unhappy place. Clients feel they are getting a raw deal and many of the best lawyers are so disenchanted they are leaving the profession.

We asked ourselves ‘What should the law firm of the future look like?’, ‘Do you need a costly partnership structure?’, ‘High overheads?’, ‘A focus on billable hours?’ We discarded these anachronisms and many more.  In the process, we have been a global leader of change in the legal industry.

We are onto something.  Welcome to Plexus – join the revolution.

  • Lawyers
  • Management
  • Advisory Board
  • Sharmila Pamamull

    Lawyer – PlexLogic

    Sharmila is a fourth year solicitor with over six years of experience in advertising and marketing law. Sharmila was most recently in a role at a boutique law firm advising relation to various aspects of advertising and marketing law, including trade promotion lotteries and other marketing offers and consumer incentives, agreements and contracts, trade practices and intellectual property matters.

    Prior to working in the legal industry Sharmila completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne.

    Passions: Law, travelling, volunteering, tennis, playing piano and exploring Melbourne restaurants and cafes.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Sharmila has a fondness for finding great shopping deals online.

    Dan Holdsworth

    Lawyer

    Dan currently works for our sister brand Bluerock, he started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving to Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) where he completed his Article Clerkship. Following his admission as a lawyer, Dan moved to a corporate role with Federation Centres (an ASX top 100 company) where he headed up its Australian tax group. Dan has extensive and practical knowledge of the law having built up over years of involvement in large merger and acquisition transactions and the day to day legal issues involves in owning and operating small to medium sized businesses.

    While his Formula One day dream may have slipped away he can still be found tinkering with the spanners on the weekend.

    Bruce McFarlane

    Director

    Bruce, ex-partner of Hall & Wilcox, has recently joined our sister brand Bluerock as Managing Partner. Over the past decade, Bruce has worked closely with businesses of all sizes that are growing by acquisition, franchise expansion or organic development, to assist them to find commercial solutions to legal challenges and problems. Bruce has a strong commercial understanding of businesses and considers the delivery of the highest possible client service an important factor in developing client relationships.

    Christine Swan

    Lawyer

    Christine's extensive legal experience includes advising on and negotiating acquisitions and divestments, a variety of contractual arrangements, aged care, franchising, leasing, protection of intellectual property, insolvency, company restructures and company secretarial and risk management. This underpins her experience in dealing with both internal and external stakeholders such as regulators, consumers and government.

    Ari Abeygoonesekera

    Lawyer

    Ari is a lawyer with international experience both in-house and in top-tier private practice. He has broad exposure across a number of practice areas, including front end general commercial and commercial litigation. In addition, he has strong experience advising on, negotiating and drafting a range of commercial agreements.

    Julia Hassall

    Lawyer

    Julia is a commercial lawyer with a slightly out of the ordinary background that lends itself extremely well to in-house engagements where she builds immediate rapport in new businesses and engages with multiple stakeholders.

    Alex Lauber

    Lawyer

    Alex is an experienced General Counsel with experience leading teams in an in-house environment. Alex has strong general commercial experience, has led large-scale M&A activities and has strong exposure in media and entertainment matters.

    John Chal

    Lawyer

    John has a strong legal background, with 12 years’ experience in Legal, Commercial and Corporate roles. His main focus has been in IT, Telecommunications and Infrastructure. John also has an excellent working knowledge of relevant legislation and its application to contract, commercial and corporate law.

    Catherine Logan

    Lawyer

    Catherine has over 25 years experience practising in commercial law. She has broad experience in commercial contracts, company law, intellectual property, information technology, e-law, trade practices, privacy, compliance, and commercial, retail and industrial leasing.

    Isabel Girgis

    Lawyer

    Isabel has over 12 years in-house and law firm experience. She has extensive experience in IT, outsourcing, telecoms SAAS and PAAS deals. Isabel is adept at complex negotiations and is an excellent communicator with proven ability to present to all levels of an organisation.

    Tanya Fryc

    Lawyer

    Tanya is a senior general commercial lawyer with considerable experience in logistics, manufacturing, IT, healthcare, and financial services industries. Tanya has spent most of her career in a wide range of in house roles, holding senior positions, providing advice, managing legal functions, compliance and risk and company secretariat and corporate governance.

    Daniel Lo

    Lawyer

    Experienced in-house and private practice legal professional. Skilled at drafting, reviewing and negotiating a range of commercial documents and knowledgeable advisor in key areas of law including intellectual property, trademark and copyright, privacy, consumer and competition law, corporate compliance and commercial law.

    Jean-Pierre Chaina

    Lawyer

    Jean-Pierre is a general commercial and corporate lawyer with broad experience across technology, property, intellectual property and tax law. Jean-Pierre loves to put his technology skills to practice but also enjoys working across a wider range of areas or on big projects. Jean-Pierre is commercially minded and results driven with a passion for business and technology.

    Melanie Thornton

    Lawyer

    Melanie is a highly experienced lawyer with special expertise in general commercial, financial services, property, technology and intellectual property across a broad range of organisations and industries. Melanie is excellent at building relationships with stakeholders, negotiating contracts and loves working on projects.

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  • Andrew Meagher

    Chairman

    Andrew is a Barrister practicing predominantly in commercial law and corporate crime. Prior to this he worked for a number of years at one of Australia’s largest law firms. Andrew is also an Officer in the Australian Army Reserve.

    Passions: Law, history, travel, and sport.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Andrew claims he can speak Latin. Probably badly, but we have never found anyone who can confirm this.

    Andrew Mellett

    Managing Director

    Andrew was most recently an Asia Pacific Director of the Finance, Strategy, and Legal Practice for a global NYSE listed consulting firm. Andrew advised CFOs, Heads of Strategy, General Counsel and Internal Audit of 85% of the ASX100 and large corporates throughout the region.

    Passions: Water sports, travel, and innovative business models.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Andrew once won a bet that he could visit every country with Stan in it's name. Some feat given there was a war on in Afghanistan at the time.

    Jess McKay

    Chief Operating Officer

    Jess was formally the Executive General Manager responsible for IT, Finance and Administration of a large healthcare organisation. Prior to this, she was in senior management at a number of large management consulting organisations.

    Passions: music, beach living and her young family

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Jess is one of the few hippies to ever top the Certified Practising Accounting course.

    Spencer Forrest

    Managing Director US, UK & EMEA

    Spencer has a passion for working with great global teams in growing technology-enabled services and has worked extensively in the US, UK, EMEA, and ANZ/APAC. He is skilled in analytics, coaching, and commercial entrepreneurship and lives in Washington, DC. Prior to professional life, he studied computational modelling and holds both a BS and MS in Engineering from Duke University in North Carolina.

    Passions: Basketball, lifting, chess, and exploring the outdoors almost anywhere.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Spencer speaks conversational Russian.

    Rick Junnier

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Rick has a passion for people, technology, great ideas and disruption that creates value and drives growth. He has a strong track record of success creating new businesses that deliver tremendous value for customers and rewarding experiences for the people building them. Rick's experience spans a multitude of technologies, geographies and industries, product creation, marketing, sales, general management, leadership, strategy, M&A, integration, P&L performance and change management in lots of different cultures and business contexts.

    Passions: family, cooking (eating mostly), mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, travel.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Rick has hung up his running shoes, but is a two-time Ironman with 50+ triathlons under his belt.

    Michael Melia

    Chief Technology Officer

    Mike has a long history in agile software development. He was most recently the Head of Engineering at a global, market-leading, Australian SaaS company; growing and steering the Engineering team through an IPO and then into the recent acquisition by a global software giant. He was previously the founder of a Software Development consultancy, the CTO of a Melbourne-based FinTech company, and has delivered many software systems in a variety of domains.

    Passions: Football (Liverpool Football Club), boxing, running, Computer Science, learning.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Two-time Ironman, Mike has paused his endurance sports adventures for a year or so and is trying to learn to play the piano.

    Ed Pullen

    Marketing Director

    Ed is an experienced Marketer with over 10 years experience across a range of industries including media, technology, retail, education, marketing services and legal. Ed has a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University and an Advanced Diploma of Marketing from RMIT.

    Passions: Surfing, running, mental health, meditation, sport, sport… sport.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Ed is completely obsessed with sport. Ask him about it at your own risk… you’ll never hear the end of it.

    Paul Birk

    UK Commercial Director

    Paul has worked in the UK legal sector for over a decade providing private practice and in-house lawyers access to a range of services. Following a stint in true executive search he joined the number one technology research business where he developed their UK presence in the legal sector from almost a standing start. He then continued to provide consultancy services ranging from technology innovation and market strategy through to leadership skills and diversity strategies. Prior to joining Plexus, Paul led the creation of the world's largest legal market survey of in-house legal leaders.

    Passions: Paul has a passion for art, and enjoys sculpting and painting. He also enjoys keeping fit through martial arts and general fitness training.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Paul has always been a keen dancer and liked to remain at the forefront of dance trends. This came to an abrupt halt in 2009 when he bent too far back while doing the limbo to the song “Lean-Back” and as a result needed knee surgery.

    Patrick Fong

    Head of Product

    Patrick was most recently the Chief Technology Officer of a social media management platform prior to joining Plexus as a Product Manager. Patrick is a leading technology executive with over 12 years’ experience building cloud-based applications and leading software development.

    Passions: Music, food and travel.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: I like to produce EDM (Electronic Dance Music).

    Madeleine Leamon

    Account Manager & Lawyer

    Madeleine was most recently with a boutique law firm in Melbourne where she practised general law, specialising in litigation, commercial and corporate. Prior to that, she worked in a Melbourne-based PR Agency servicing corporate clientele. Madeleine has a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) and Juris Doctorate from The University of Melbourne.

    Passions: Travel, law, cocktail sunsets and the arts in all forms.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Maddie grew up in South East Asia and still has a lingering addiction to chili in all of its delicious forms.

    Sharmila Pamamull

    Senior Counsel

    Sharmila joined Plexus from a boutique law firm specialising in marketing and media. Sharmila graduated with a Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne.

    Passions: Law, travelling, volunteering, tennis, playing piano and exploring Melbourne restaurants and cafes.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Sharmila comes from a family of jewelers. But doesn't like wearing jewelery.

    Alistair Griffin

    Business Analyst

    Alistair was a Senior Business Analyst at a Financial Services Tech firm in the UK prior to moving to Melbourne at the start of 2017. Previously working for a mixture of mature start-ups and larger corporates on both permanent and contract basis he has worked on a variety of business and IT projects.

    Passions: Travel, Hiking, Photography and Music.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Alistair used to play guitar in a Thrash metal band

    Samuel Margerison

    Technology Consultant

    Previously working with a SaaS Talent Management provider, Sam has a background in project delivery and software consulting. Having experience across a range of industries and global markets, he brings an intimate knowledge of project methodologies and implementation. He has completed a Bachelor in Commerce (Management) and he holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

    Passions: Listening and creating music, playing tennis and exploring / travelling.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Sam has performed in the Melbourne Comedy festival as part of a ukulele-playing comedy duo.

    Anna Pearson

    Business Consultant

    Anna was formally the General Manager for Axiom in Singapore responsible for the company's growth and success in the region. Prior to that she was the co-founder of Axiom's business in the UK building and developing the company over 8 years in London. She has extensive experience with global legal innovation, sales and account management across multiple geographies including leading managed services and technology sales in the sector. Before moving into commercial roles Anna was a Lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Minter Ellison in Australia, she has Business and Law degrees from QUT in Queensland.

    Passions: Pilates; Movement, travel and my family.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Anna was a former Irish Dancer.

    Angelica Clack

    Associate Director Talent

    Angelica was the Research Manager and a Consultant at one of Melbourne's top executive search firms prior to joining Plexus. She holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science.

    Passions: Travel, creative design and health.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Angelica agrees that having four syllables in your name is a bit much and goes by Gels.

    Cil Van Der Merwe

    Associate Director

    Bulkan Evcimen

    Engineer

    Sudeep Bhatti

    Financial Controller

    Prior to joining Plexus as the Financial Controller, Sudeep worked as a Management accountant in a well reputed national logistics company responsible for the finance function. Previous to this, Sudeep worked in different industries ranging from growers to importers and completed CA.

    Passions: Travel, Jewelry and my two little munchkins (kids).

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Sudeep wanted to pursue a career in Interior designing but numbers got better of me.

    Brittany Rogers

    Office Manager

    Brittany was a Personal Assistant at one of Melbourne's top executive search firms prior to joining Plexus. Brittany holds a Diploma in Human Resources and is now currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University.

    Passions: Fitness & Food

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Brittany’s love for fitness has her up before 5:00 am every morning.

    Harry Johns

    Sales Associate

    Harry joined Plexus after working at a boutique consultancy specialising in leadership risk management, he also maintains experience working in sales for one of Australia’s largest telecommunications providers. Harry has a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.

    Passions: Travel, Rugby, Friendship and anything to do with water.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Harry worked as a scuba diving instructor in Honduras before returning home to do his degree .

    Walker Fraser

    Sales Associate

    Prior to joining Plexus, Walker worked as a Business Development Representative in San Francisco with tech giant, Oracle. While at Oracle, he gained key insights into how large organisations operate and function. Walker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from California Polytechnic State University.

    Passions: Surfing, diving, skateboarding, hiking, pretty much anything outdoors.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Walker lived out of a van, travelling around Australia for six months prior to joining Plexus.

    Dougall Stevenson

    Legal Knowledge Engineer

    Dougall was previously a Paralegal for a consulting tax lawyer and has experience as a Comedy Producer. Dougall has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) and is currently completing his Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne.

    Passions: travel, sketch comedy, water sports and food.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: In a moment of spontaneity, Dougall once hopped on a bus from Lyon to Munich before realising he'd left his passport and money at the hotel.

    Isaac Wong

    Legal Knowledge Engineer

    Isaac was previously a Paralegal for a boutique commercial law firm before joining Plexus. During his time at University, he co-developed a web application which provided automated advice for parking offenders. Isaac holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws from Deakin University.

    Passions: Photography, design, music, burgers.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Isaac was once dared by a friend to clap twice while doing a push-up. As a result, he now bears a tiny scar on his chin.

    Rochelle Holroyd

    Talent Associate

    Rochelle joined Plexus after graduating from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resource Management, Managing and Accounting. Rochelle has vast experience in HR and Administration.

    Passions: Nature, music and the Geelong Football Club.

    Something you probably shouldn't know: Rochelle has a keen interest in natural remedies and once tried to cure a cold with an onion.

    Teresa Bui

    Team Assistant

    Teresa was an accounts manager and licensing assistant for a toy distribution company prior to joining Plexus. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.

    Passions: Cooking, trying new foods and travel

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Teresa attended the world premiere of the 2017 movie Wonder Woman in LA

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  • Andrew Mellett

    Managing Director, PLEXUS

    Andrew was most recently an Asia Pacific Director of the Finance, Strategy, and Legal Practice for a global NYSE listed consulting firm. There Andrew advised CFOs, Heads of Strategy, General Counsel and Internal Audit of 85% of the ASX100 and large corporates throughout the region. Prior to this Andrew worked in Finance industry in North America, Europe and Australia.

    Andrew Meagher

    Chairman, PLEXUS

    Andrew is a Barrister practicing predominantly in commercial law and corporate crime. Prior to this he worked for a number of years at one of Australia’s largest law firms. Andrew is also an Officer in the Australian Army Reserve.

    Peter Lalor

    Managing Director, BlueRock and Australian Bar Holdings

    Peter started his career at Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) before spending seven years working in business advisory and tax with Grant Thornton. After spending two years as a Director of a mid-tier accounting firm in the Melbourne CBD, Peter co-founded Blue Rock, a rapidly growing mid-tier accounting, tax, legal and advisory busienss. Peter is also Chairman of Mr. Burger, amongst other hospitality businesses.

    Dan Holdsworth

    Managing Director - Bluerock Law

    Prior to his current role Dan was on the management team during the restructure of Centro Shopping team. Whilst a lawyer he worked for PWC and Allens Arthur Robson.

    James Hawkins

    Executive Director - Flagstaff Partners

    James has over 15 years experience in investment banking, corporate advisory, and principal investing across Melbourne, New York, with firms such as Flagstaff Partners, Macquarie, and Clayton Utz.

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