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The Partners

John Punch

john.punch@spglawyers.com.au

John is a founding partner of the firm and has practiced on the Gold Coast since 1969. He practices in all forms of real property and commercial matters with emphasis on:

  • Management of Strata Title Schemes
  • Land and Strata Title Developments
  • Hotel and Tourism/Hospitality Projects
  • Residential and Commercial Property Subdivisions
  • Consulting to Bodies Corporate
  • Development Site Acquisitions
  • Acquisitions of Commercial Operations, Joint Ventures and Partnerships
  • Management Rights Transactions and Arrangements
  • Residential Purchases and Sales
  • John has assisted with the development and sale of more than 50 major high rise and low rise developments within the Gold Coast.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland since 1969
  • Member of Queensland Law Society
  • Founding Member and Life Member, Honorary Secretary/Board Member of Gold Coas>t Tourism
  • Formerly a Chairman Surfers Paradise Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, Director of Listed Public Company SEA FM Ltd and Consultant to REIQ
  • Life Member Australian Resident Accommodation Managers Association
  • Board Member of Sustainable Development Gold Coast Inc

Awards & Medals

Awarded OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for contributions to Tourism, Commerce and Charity - 1997

Team Members:

Lesley Hermiston - Senior Legal Assistant - Management Rights
Email: Lesley.Hermiston@spglawyers.com.au
Leah Fast - Senior Legal Assistant - Property
Email: Leah.Fast@spglawyers.com.au
Lani Tulisi - Legal Assistant
Email: Lani.Tulisi@spglawyers.com.au

Peter George

peter.george@spglawyers.com.au

Peter commenced with SP&G in 1974, became a solicitor in 1979 and was admitted as a Partner in 1981. Peter practices in the areas of Management Rights, Body Corporate and strata matters as well as other civil litigation.

Whilst Peter has had an involvement in most areas of the law involving property and business dispute resolution, these days Peter’s professional commitment is significantly focused on Body Corporate, Strata disputes and consulting, and management rights.

Peter works closely with clients, experts, and Counsel, and with more than 40 years of experience advises on a wide range of litigation matters, including:-

  • Body Corporate and Management Rights matters
  • Property matters, vendor and purchaser matters such as specific performance, rescission and associated reliefActing for developers in contract disputes
  • Compensation claims for acquisition of land matters
  • Business structuring, corporate creation, shareholding agreements and joint ventures
  • Strata development site amalgamations

Peter has been involved in many matters of significance throughout his career, in the Supreme Court, Federal Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, and Privy Council, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Cases of interest include:-

  • Coastalstyle Pty Ltd v Surf Regency BUP 4246 [1995] 1 Qd.R:132 (Court of Appeal)
  • Birstar Pty Ltd v Ocean Breeze BUP 4747 [1997] 1.Qd.R 117 (Court of Appeal)
  • Oceana on Broadbeach CTS 24163 v Searle [2003] QCA 325 (Court of Appeal)
  • Magog (No. 15) Pty Ltd v The Moroccan CTS 17574 [2010] QDC 70 (District Court)
  • Henderson v Merrimac Heights CTS 19463 [2011] QSC 336 (Supreme Court)
  • Schmidt v Landers [1983] 1 Qd.R 188 (Full Court)
  • Coast Securities (No.9) Pty Ltd v Stack [1983] 154 CLR 261 (High Court)
  • Coast Securities (No.9) Pty Ltd v Bondoukou Pty Ltd 61 ALJR 285 (Privy Council)
  • Special Projects v Michael Simmons as Trustee for the Fate Trust (Qld) Pty Ltd [2012] QCA 205 (Court of Appeal
  • Pacific Mirage Limited v Le Breton (2014) FCAFC 64 (Federal Court of Appeal)

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Australian College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Strata Community Australia
  • Queensland Society of Notaries
  • Gold Coast District Law Association

Tony O'Connor

Tony.O'Connor@spglawyers.com.au

Tony was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1986 and commenced employment with Short Punch & Greatorix in 1990 in the Litigation Division and became a Partner in 1991.

Through his time with Short Punch & Greatorix, Tony has been involved continually in the management of common law litigation through all State Courts as well as the Federal Court of Australia.

He has significant experience in a wide range of litigation matters including but not limited to the following:

  • Litigation disputes arising out of commercial transactions and insurance claims;
  • Disputes arising under deceased estates;
  • Building contract enforcement and defect rectification;
  • Personal Injury Claims connected to work accidents, motor vehicle accidents or public liability claims (Plaintiff & Defendant);
  • Hearings in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and the Fair Work Commission.

Tony has also tracked the ever changing industrial law landscape and provided advice (predominantly to employers) in respect of Awards, Award Flexibility and Common Law Contracts.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Queensland Law Society
  • Admitted Solicitor of Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Michael Webb

michael.webb@spglawyers.com.au

Michael joined SP&G Lawyers in 1982 as an articled law clerk. He was admitted as a solicitor in January 1989 and has been a Partner of the firm since July 1991.

Michael’s areas of practice include:

  • Acting for franchisors and franchisees;
  • Acting for lessors and lessees in Retail and Commercial leases
  • Acting for shopping centre owners;
  • Acting for small business owners,
  • Preparation of shareholder agreements and buy sell agreements
  • Acting for parties in the sale and purchase of businesses;
  • Shopping centre sales and purchases;
  • General conveyancing;
  • Joint Ventures and Development Agreements
  • Establishment of Companies, Partnerships and Trusts

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (QUT)
  • Completed Practice Management Course
  • Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted Solicitor in the High Court of Australia
  • Member of Queensland Law Society

Paul Jones

paul.jones@spglawyers.com.au

Paul practises in commercial matters with particular emphasis on

  • Specialised Corporate and Individual Structuring
  • Commercial Property and Business Acquisitions and Partnerships (specialising in Pharmacies)
  • Body Corporate and Management Rights matters
  • Commercial and Retail Leasing
  • Corporate Finance

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (Bond University)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Bond University)
  • Completed Practice Management Course
  • Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted Solicitor in the High Court of Australia
  • Member of Queensland Law Society
  • Member of Gold Coast District Law Association

Matthew Brook

Matthew.Brook@spglawyers.com.au

Matthew joined SP&G Lawyers in 2008. He is a Partner of the firm and practices in the area of property development, working with private and public developers in Queensland.

As Matthew practices in property development, he works with a range of clients in order to assist and advise them in a wide range of property matters, including:

  • Strata Title Development Projects including Mixed Use Projects, Staged Projects and Projects with Layered Arrangements;
  • Land Developments and Subdivisions;
  • Body Corporate and Community Management issues;
  • Commercial Finance (acting for Borrowers and Lenders);
  • Commercial and Retail Leasing;
  • Site acquisition and disposal;
  • Joint Ventures and Development Agreements;
  • Establishment of Companies, Partnerships and Trusts
    Recent matters that Matthew has been involved in include:

  • Advising on the structure of, and establishing, one of the Gold Coast’s largest layered Community Titles Schemes;
  • Advising on the structure of and assisting with all aspects of acquisition, subdivision, financing and disposal of a $150 million Community Titles Scheme project on the Gold Coast;
  • Assisting with the acquisition of a large resort that is subject to the Mixed Use Development Act, and providing advice in relation to its titling and operation arrangements;
  • Assisting with the acquisition of a number of car dealerships from a listed public company;
  • Shopping Centre establishment, acquisition and disposal.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (Bond University)
  • Completed Practice Management Course
  • Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Member of Queensland Law Society

The Professional Staff

Senior Associate

Peter Zdanowicz

Peter.Zdanowicz@spglawyers.com.au

Peter has over 14 years experience practicing in the areas of property law, commercial law, and wills and estates. Peter works on behalf of property developers, property owners, business owners, and lenders on all property and business related matters. He also assists clients with estate planning and administration matters.
Peter has an interest in keeping abreast of all property and body corporate related changes as they occur.
Peter’s areas of practice include:

  • • Property developments – High rises, mixed use, small to large subdivisions;
  • • Body corporate advisory;
  • Commercial and residential conveyancing;
  • Finance;
  • Management rights - creation, purchases and sales;
  • Retirement Villages

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted Solicitor in the High Court of Australia
  • Member of Queensland Law Society
  • Board member of The Silkwood School
Senior Associate

Maria Stafurik

Maria.Stafurik@spglawyers.com.au

Maria practices in property and commercial law with particular emphasis on health professions. She has been involved in numerous transactions involving sales, purchases and restructures of high net worth businesses with a focus on pharmacy related businesses and transactions Australia wide.

Maria’s areas of practice include:

  • •Commercial and Retail Leasing acting for both tenants and landlords;
  • PBS Approval for new and relocating pharmacies;
  • Commercial and residential conveyancing;
  • Business restructures;
  • Entering, exiting and establishing partnerships;
  • Business structure advice including assisting in incorporation of companies,
    drafting Trust Deeds, drafting Shareholders Deeds and drafting Shareholders and
    Unitholders Deeds
  • Franchising;
  • General Commercial Transactions

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Bachelor of International Business
  • Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Member of Queensland Law Society
Senior Associate

Jeffrey (Hao) Su

Practice Manager

Jane Turner-Young

Associate

Jasmine Rath

Jasmine Rath@spglawyers.com.au

Jasmine was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2016 after receiving a Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of International Relations from Griffith University & completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law.
During her time with SPG, Jasmine has primarily practiced in Wills, Conveyancing and has acted on all aspects of Estate Administration including providing advice on a wide variety of Trust Deeds and complex Estate Planning documents. Jasmine has enjoyed gaining comprehensive experience with SPG and brings a pragmatic and supportive approach to guide her clients through what otherwise may be a difficult time.

Jasmine has enjoyed a vastly diverse childhood, living in England, the Shetland Isles, remote areas of New Zealand and Cairns before finally settling down on the Gold Coast with her family. Jasmine enjoys working closely with her clients and their advisers to ensure clients receive holistic advice.

Jasmine has experience in matters involving:

  • Personal Succession Planning;
  • Simple Wills & Mutual Wills;
  • Complex Wills Incorporating Testamentary Trusts;
  • Will Interpretation;
  • Inheritance Dispuptes;
  • Estate Administration in accordance with a Will

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of International Relations
  • Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Member of Queensland Law Society
Associate & Registered Migration Agent

Stella (Yiqun) Zheng

Associate

Blake Lashmar

Commercial
blake.lashmar@spglawyers.com.au
Lawyer

Rashik Ahmad

Lawyer

Hannah Crabtree

Lawyer

Georgia Baade

Georgia.Baade@spglawyers.com.au

Georgia studied at the Australian National University in Canberra, being awarded a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with majors in French and International Relations. Georgia subsequently obtained a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and in 2015 she was admitted as a solicitor in the ACT Supreme Court. She is currently studying a Master of Laws qualification at the University of Queensland, which she anticipates completing in late 2020.

Prior to working at SPG, Georgia held a range of government roles in Canberra, including roles in procurement, administrative law, and legislative development and scrutiny. She also held positions at Australian Parliament House, where she worked for two successive prime ministers.

Now based on the Gold Coast, Georgia advises a diverse array of clients on a variety of commercial matters, including leasing, business transactions and general contract matters. Georgia works to understand her clients’ commercial objectives and provides advice on discrete transactions as well as longer term projects.

Georgia’s areas of practice include:

  • Commercial leasing, including retail shop leases;
  • Business purchases and sales;
  • Commercial and residential conveyancing;
  • Intellectual property;
  • Establishment of companies, partnerships and trusts;
  • Loans and mortgages;
  • Body corporate matters;
  • General/corporate Power of Attorney documentation;

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts (French, International Relations)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Master of Laws (ongoing)
  • Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Member of Queensland Law Society
Undergraduate/Law Clerk

Lauren Ansell

Diploma of Legal Studies

Litigation
lauren.ansell@spglawyers.com.au

Lauren Ansell is part of the Litigation Team at SPG. Lauren has been employed at this firm since 2016.

She has completed a Diploma of Legal Studies and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Law Degree.

Lawyer

Matthew Parker

Commercial
matthew.parker@spglawyers.com.au
Law Graduate

Jessica Smith

Law Graduate - John Punch
jessica.smith@spglawyers.com.au

Jessica has been employed at this firm since 2015 and is currently undertaking a Law Degree at Griffith University.

Projects & Developments Supervisor

Michelle Shields

Commercial
michelle.shields@spglawyers.com.au