Ross has over 25 years of executive and senior leadership experience in the professional services, corporate and legal sectors. Most recently Ross held the role of Chief Financial Officer of the Salvation Army, Eastern Territory. Prior to this he held senior leadership and operational roles in two national litigation and commercial law firms and was Chief Financial Officer and Director, Corporate Finance of Ernst &Young Australia.
Ross is a member of Chartered Accounts Australia, the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders and the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association. He has completed the leadership program at Mt Eliza Business School. He has served on a number of charity and education based Boards.
Jane Ritchard has over 30 years’ experience as a finance professional. She spent nearly four years as CFO of Curwoods Lawyers and was Finance Director at Wotton + Kearney after completing a one-year contract with Clayton Utz.
Prior to Curwoods, when not travelling, working in the UK or doing contract work, Jane spent 12 years working on and off at Deloitte, progressing from office junior to auditor, to small business practitioner and then to internal finance manager and consultant.
The recent focus of her work has been on practice management systems and finance processes. This has involved analysing and streamlining workflows and ensuring the firm’s practice management system provides key information to the business for optimal decision making. Jane has been involved in several successful system implementations, along with the associated training documentation and delivery.
Jane qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has completed the Institute of Company Director’s course and is now a graduate member. She is also an active member of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association, chairing the NSW Branch Committee as well as sitting on the National Board in the role of L&D Director.
“Joining Salvos Legal was a great opportunity for me to be a part of an organisation whose primary purpose is to provide access to justice for people in need. I feel very fortunate to be in a position to use my knowledge of legal practice management to influence and guide the firm in this interesting part of its evolution.”
Mary Anne leads a team of property lawyers specialising in sales and purchases (including commercial and residential conveyancing) and aged care and retirement living transactions and advice.
She is experienced in advising government, corporate, private sector and not-for-profit clients across a range of areas including sale and purchase, commercial leasing, project development, project financing, greenfield development, JVs, property management agreements, franchising, and land tenure. She also provides commercial advice and dispute resolution for landlords and operators of aged care and retirement living units.
Mary Anne’s most recent experience includes advising:
Mary Anne holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.
She has an extensive background in property, corporate and commercial law gained in her previous roles with national law firms Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison.
Mary Anne was recognised as a finalist in the Legal Mentor category of the Women in Law Awards 2013.
“I am excited to be using my knowledge in commercial and property law to achieve great outcomes for clients and in turn, to help others. What a dream career combination. Plus, I get to work with a great team of committed lawyers who are all motivated by this unique opportunity to make a difference.” Mary Anne Ireland
Guy joined Salvos Legal in 2015 and was appointed Partner in March 2017. He is recognised for his expertise in privacy, technology and IP law and has over 20 years’ experience as a Corporate/IT/IP lawyer, including as a law firm partner, corporate counsel, director and executive manager.
His most recent experience includes advising on commercial agreements and/or RFTs for:
Guy holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.
He has extensive national and international expertise in IT/IP and technology law, and advises on software, data, cloud, privacy and related areas. He has also worked on commercial transactions in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the US.
Guy is highly experienced in advising on structuring as well as negotiating, drafting and implementing complex commercial agreements and arrangements, particularly in the IP and IT fields.
Formerly a partner with major law firm Sparke Helmore, Guy has also held senior executive roles, most recently with TIBCO Technology, giving him a deep understanding of our clients’ needs. He is also a published author and an experienced and sought after presenter.
“Salvos Legal provides me with a unique and rewarding opportunity to work closely with clients to enrich their businesses and build a successful IT/IP group within the commercial arm of the firm. As we grow with the support of our clients, the humanitarian arm of Salvos Legal can expand its activities.” Guy Betar
Luke is the founding partner of Salvos Legal and is now a consultant to the firm and voluntary board member. He acts for Federal & State government agencies, ASX200 listed companies, impact financiers, non-profit and religious institutions Australia-wide, and other organisations seeking to make a social impact.
His most recent experience includes advising:
Luke holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University. He is also a Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 0635598). He founded Salvos Legal and Salvos Legal Humanitarian and was Managing Partner for 7 years. Prior to founding Salvos Legal, he was a Partner at Mills Oakley Lawyers specialising in building, insurance and construction law with a substantial practice in commercial transactions and litigation. In November 2017, he returned to Mills Oakley as a Partner working in the Brisbane office.
Luke was named one of Australia’s Best Lawyers for Non-Profit/Charities Law in the 2017/2018 Best Lawyers list for the second consecutive year and was recognised as one of the 10 Most Innovative Lawyers in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 awards. He was included in Pro Bono Australia’s ‘Impact 25’ most influential people in the Australian social sector in 2015. In 2013, Luke was awarded Managing Partner of the Year in the Australian Law Awards and in 2010 he received an Anzac of the Year award for service to the legal profession and the community.
“In founding Salvos Legal, my goal was to create a successful legal practice with a social purpose. We pioneered a social enterprise model of law, where all of the profits from the commercial firm are used to fund a free humanitarian firm that provides holistic help for people who are disadvantaged and marginalised. When clients engage with Salvos Legal, they know that they are helping provide access to justice for people who would otherwise miss out.” Luke Geary
Michael joined Salvos Legal in January 2012, having spent the previous four years working for the Commonwealth government where his practice areas included administrative, work health and safety and workers compensation law.
Michael manages Salvos Legal Humanitarian’s growing practice in Goodna, Queensland, the headquarters of the firm’s Queensland operations. He practices in police and family matters, debt, housing, social security and migration/refugee law.
Salvos Legal Humanitarian also runs a number of advice bureaus in Brisbane to meet the needs of people who are unable to travel to the Goodna office.
“Salvos Legal Humanitarian is the ideal place for demonstrating the practical, grassroots aspects of legal jurisprudence. Being at the coal-face gives me the opportunity to see the effect of our legal advice and representation upon the lives of everyday people with whom we come in contact and how the work we do translates to real life outcomes for clients.”
Andrea is Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Salvos Legal Humanitarian, leading the Humanitarian firm’s growth, governance, risk management and legal education services, including the firm’s social impact CPD/education podcast for lawyers, The Good Law Podcast, which launched in May 2017.
A recognised name in immigration and refugee law, Andrea holds a Master of International Law from the University of Sydney and completed an internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Prior to joining Salvos Legal Humanitarian in March 2012, she was Principal Solicitor at a community legal centre specialising in immigration and refugee law. Andrea previously established and operated a small commercial immigration law practice and held the role of Education & Training General Manager at the Migration Institute of Australia, the peak body for migration agents.
She commenced her career in corporate law, working with a top tier law firm in their administrative law and insolvency practices and as an in-house lawyer for a leading telecommunications provider.
Andrea brings to her role broad governance and management experience and has held board, management committee, and senior management roles in a variety of diverse organisations within the not for profit sector.
“My passion for social justice and human rights has involved great dedication to the work of non-government organisations that enhance access to justice and equality for disadvantaged members of the community. The unique nature of the Salvos Legal model and its commitment to social justice made the move to Salvos Legal Humanitarian the perfect choice for me, as I continue to apply myself to humanitarian work in both my personal and professional life, which I find not only rewarding but continually challenging.” Andrea Christie-David
Darryl is a highly experienced criminal lawyer. He joined Salvos Legal Humanitarian as a Partner in April 2017.
Darryl’s passion for justice is evident not just in his daily work, but also in his role as a Legal Member (Sessional) of the Mental Health Tribunal, Executive Member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Criminal Law Section, and a Member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Spent Convictions Working Group and Bail Review Taskforce. He is also a Specialist Director (Legal) on the Board of not-for-profit community health provider, Merri Community Health Service.
Prior to joining Salvos Legal, Darryl was Principal Solicitor with The Salvation Army in Melbourne from 2012. Previously, Darryl was a Solicitor Advocate with Robert Stary & Assoc Criminal Defence Lawyers and held a range of roles with the Office of Public Prosecutions in Victoria.
Darryl holds a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and a B. Juris from Monash University. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
“The Salvos have the signature characteristic of being there to catch people as they fall between the cracks, and in the practice of law, Salvos Legal plays a critical role in supporting this group of people.” Darryl Annett
Stephen is an internationally recognised investment funds and financial services specialist, advising domestic and international funds management businesses. He has more than 30 years’ experience and focuses on institutional and retail investment funds, offshore funds, REITs and infrastructure funds, and structured products and has extensive experience in advising on financial and investment products and structures and corporate matters.
Prior to joining Salvos Legal, Stephen was a partner at top tier law firms from 2000-2017.
He is a member of the Investment Funds Committee of the International Bar Association (including as Chair in 2010 and 2011) and is a member of the organising committee of the annual Globalisation of the Investments Funds Conference.
Stephen holds a Master of Law from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Witwatersrand.
Richard has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist in Australian Immigration and Citizenship law. He has advised and worked with individuals, businesses, organisations and Government departments, including those in the corporate, community and not-for-profit sectors.
He prepares and manages applications for Australian visas and citizenships as well as advising on issues within the application including Health, Character, Cancellation and other matters. Richard also prepares and manages applications for review of decisions refusing applications, including to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
Based in Newcastle, NSW, Richard manages our Immigration and Citizenship team providing services nationally and internationally. Richard is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration law by the NSW Law Society.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of NSW, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, is a Registered Migration Agent (No. 9473161) with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority and is an Accredited Specialist in Australian Immigration and Citizenship Law with the NSW Law Society.
“We’re thrilled to expand Salvos Legal to offer advice and assistance in Australian immigration and citizenship law and to open an office in Newcastle. Our purpose is to provide professional, valuable and reliable legal services, whilst serving the community, including those in need.” Richard Hardy