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Mary Anne Ireland

Partner - Property

Expertise

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:

  • The Salvation Army – charitable JVs, funding contracts and social and affordable housing PPP
  • Aged care disputes: Advising on disputes for a range of retirement living and aged care providers
  • Independent Living Unit leasing: Advising on Independent Living Unit leases for aged care providers and tenants

Professional background

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

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Guy Betar

Partner - Corporate & Commercial

Expertise

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:

  • Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)
  • The Salvation Army
  • Australia Post
  • Wesley Mission

Professional background

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

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Luke Geary

Consultant - Corporate & Commercial

Expertise

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:

  • Community Sector Banking (JV between Bendigo & Adelaide
  • Bank and Community21)
  • Regional Development Australia
  • Australia Post
  • Social Enterprise Finance Australia
  • NSW Office of Small Business Commissioner
  • The Salvation Army
  • Barnardos Australia
  • Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies

Professional background

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

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Michael Anglin

Partner - Humanitarian Law

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.”

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Darryl Annett

Partner - Humanitarian Law

Expertise

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.

Darryl is a Registered Migration Agent (No. 1797193) with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

Professional Background

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

 

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Karen Tyshkovsky

Special Counsel

Expertise

Karen’s experience in the property sector is broad and includes transactions and advisory. Her focus has been on titling projects and all types of leasing (industrial, retail and commercial). She has also managed large and small due diligences, acted on sales and acquisitions (with a focus on contaminated sites), and undertaken general advisory work.

Karen has worked with a variety of clients including property developers, institutional landlords, national tenants, REITs, SMEs, NFPs, health care providers, hospitals and quasi government entities.

Karen’s most recent experience includes advising:

  • Various well known corporates (national and international) on their Australian property portfolios: usually from the position as a tenant
  • Large Australian corporate: undertaking due diligence reporting on various potential long term lease sites to assist this client in selecting the most suitable site
  • Developer of Redbank at North Richmond: a broadacre project comprising 1,400 residential lots, including advising on titling, easements and the selling of the residential and mixed use lots
  • Large residential developer: Management of conveyancing process review. The entity sells broad acre residential subdivided land. The project involved understanding and documenting the current processes and suggesting improvements to those processes and drafting revised precedents

Professional background

Karen holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) from the University of Western Sydney.
Before joining Salvos Legal she worked a large Australian law firm.

“Salvos Legal offers a unique opportunity for both staff and clients. For clients it is access to good quality, well priced legal advice – knowing that the profit generated helps those in need. For staff, it is the ability to work in the commercial space and do what we do best – with the knowledge that ultimately we are assisting people in need.” Karen Tyshkovsky

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Stephen Etkind

Special Counsel - Investment & Financial Services

Expertise

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.

Professional Background

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.

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Richard Hardy

Special Counsel – Immigration and Citizenship Law

Expertise

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.

Professional Background

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