People

Our partners are experienced and respected professionals who lead teams of talented lawyers who work to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients.

Mary Anne Ireland

Mary Anne Ireland

Partner - Property

Luke Geary

Luke Geary

Consultant - Corporate & Commercial

Michael Anglin

Michael Anglin

Partner - Humanitarian Law

Stephen Etkind

Stephen Etkind

Special Counsel - Investment & Financial Services

Richard Hardy

Richard Hardy

Special Counsel – Immigration & Citizenship Law

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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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Luke Geary

Consultant - Corporate & Commercial

Expertise

Luke was the founding partner of Salvos Legal and is now a consultant to the firm.  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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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 & 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