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 realised that lawyers and clients have been on two sides of an unhappy bargain for far too long. So, 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 are leading real and meaningful change in the legal industry.

It might sound like boasting, but we think 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.

    Andrew Westman

    Lawyer

    Andrew currently works for our sister brand Bluerock and started his career practicing in a large rural law firm where he gained experience across a range of commercial matters including conveyancing, farm transactions, leasing, and water trading.

    In his spare time Andrew enjoys playing basketball and catching up with friends.

    Susannah Dobbie

    Lawyer

    Susannah currently works for our sister brand Bluerock. After graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)/Law (Hons) in 2009, she joined a boutique law firm in Melbourne. Susannah's primary area of practice is commercial and property law and she regularly advises and acts for a number of large national retail chains.

    The adventurous side of Susannah's personality is evident in her choice of exotic travel destinations and restaurants offering quirky cuisine.

    Sarah Vincenzi

    Lawyer

    Sarah currently works for our sister brand Bluerock. She was admitted to practice in 2010 and worked for a city based law firm where she gained experience in commercial law, commercial litigation and property law. she then went on to work with Spotlight Group in their in-house legal team. She has experience in a wide range of commercial matters with a focus on getting the best commercial results for her clients.

    Sarah enjoys spending her spare time down at the beach with family and friends and going on overseas adventures.

    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.

    David Walker

    Lawyer

    David comes from an impressive in-house background having begun his career in the UK before working for GlaxoSmithKline, Dun and Bradstreet and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. He is an expert in highly regulated environments and has a strong alignment to general commercial/corporate and litigation.

    Siew Boon Lou

    Lawyer

    Siew Boon worked previously as a commercial litigation lawyer in government and private practice, with significant experience in tax litigation and insolvency; acted for the Commonwealth of Australia in the Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry in 2001 – 2003; senior corporate counsel in AWB managing company’s response to the Royal Commission into the Oil for Food Inquiry, the ensuing class actions in Australia and the US, investigations by ASIC and AFP into former company officers and directors.

    Outside of work, Siew Boon is willing to go to great lengths to get the right ingredients/tools for her cooking.

    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.

    Charlotte Walker

    Lawyer

    Charlotte is an experienced in-house lawyer with a wealth of experience in property law. In addition she has also acted in relation to a variety of compliance, commercial and corporate matters including purchase of business and advising in relating to capital raising.

    Eddy Addicks

    Lawyer

    Eddy is an experienced legal counsel with a strong corporate background. He has advised on regulatory and commercial issues, processes, new projects and strategies and well as the development and negotiation of contractual agreements with customers and suppliers. He also has experience in legislative and regulatory compliance, disputes and litigation.

    Tessa Mendelson

    Lawyer

    Tessa is a dual qualified lawyer with broad commercial and regulatory experience gained in Australia and the UK. Tessa has proven broad commercial skills and broadcasting experiences gained through her experience in both private practice and in-house roles.

    Ivana Milunovic

    Paralegal

    Ivana joined Blue Rock Partners in October 2014, following a merger between Plexus and Blue Rock. Having previously worked for a number of reputable small, medium and large national firms, Ivana has combined skills in property, law, general conveyancing, off-the-plan sale developments, subdivisions and a variety of commercial property and front-end banking and finance dealings.

    Aside from work, Ivana has an extreme love for shoes. She is also qualified in make-up artistry and has recently taken up painting in her spare time.

    Ben Knight

    Paralegal

    Ben currently works for our sister brand Bluerock. He studied a Commerce/Law degree at Monash university. He has had experience in the not-for-profit and higher education sectors, filling a variety of policy, legal and commercial related roles.

    Originally from Tasmania, Ben enjoys exploring parts Melbourne and making the most of a climate above 20 degrees.

    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 experience in risk and regulatory compliance within financial services.

    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.

    Mirjana Blazeska

    Lawyer

    Mirjana is a senior legal counsel with 12 years of practical experience. In the last 10 years, she has held various roles within AXA/AMP, covering a broad range of 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.

    Mary Garson

    Lawyer

    Mary is a senior lawyer with 10 years of experience in contract and commercial management. Mary has a strong background in negotiating and managing commercial relationships with key IT vendors such as Telstra and Optus, as well as being involved in negotiations with large vendors such as Oracle and Microsoft.

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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.

    Iain McLaren

    Legal Director

    Iain is a Senior Commercial Lawyer, with over 15 years experience, who worked at a global law firm before moving to one of Australia’s largest banks. Iain also previously worked as a Technology Manager, Contracts and Commercial Manager and Lawyer at a global technology company.

    Passions: Technology, information systems and platforms, learning, skiing, coffee, and my family.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: I built an email server and iPhone client for fun.

    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.

    Adrian Warren

    Director

    Adrian was most recently with a top-tier Australian law firm where he co-led the launch and development of the first alternative legal resourcing model established within an Australian private practice firm, as well as leading their national talent acquisition function. Prior to this, Adrian worked in leading resourcing functions across the legal, media and financial services industries. Adrian joined Plexus in 2015 and is responsible for implementing client solutions across NSW and Victoria.

    Passions: Travel, food, rugby and the beach.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Adrian is a closet Kiwi and loves a good trouncing of the Wallabies by the All Blacks.

    Scott Sampson

    Commercial Director

    Scott has worked extensively with Finance and HR functions, consulting on insurance, employee communications and engagement strategies. Scott has strong experience of enterprise technology and SaaS application and was part of the growth of one of the world's leading reward, recognition and engagement platforms. During this time he worked with some of Australia and New Zealand's top companies to improve their internal value proposition.

    Passions: Rugby, golf, cooking, social science, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: A patriotic Scotsman, Scott still wants to have a chat with Craig Joubert after that RWC quarter-final.

    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.

    Melissa Siah

    Product Manager

    Melissa came to Plexus because she loves technology and law. After finishing her software engineering/law degree and articled clerkship, she spent nine years in radio and telco industry regulation working on the digital dividend spectrum auction and wholesale industry contracts for the NBN. Melissa now leads the development of legal apps in the PlexLogic division.

    Passions: Reading, languages, ballet, dessert (especially anything that contains chocolate).

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Melissa has a weakness for luxury fabrics and made-to-measure clothes.

    Patrick Fong

    Product Manager

    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

    Lawyer

    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.

    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

    Talent Manager

    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.

    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.

    Barbara Duci

    Finance Manager

    Barbara has been with Plexus from the start of the journey. Prior to that, she had extensive experience in office administration/finance. She has worked with organisations ranging from family run business to large public companies. This has given her the flexibility to assist a variety of stakeholders within our law firm.

    Passions: Travelling to remote places, criminology and medieval history.

    Something you probably shouldn’t know: Barbara has worked in event management, organising rave parties, and she really enjoyed it.

    Brittany Rogers

    Team Assistant & Office Coordinator

    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 .

    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/Team Assistant

    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.

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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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