I was educated in Zimbabwe and subsequently graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa with BA / LLB degrees.

I practised as partner in charge of civil litigation in a South African law firm for 13 years and have since practised as a commercial lawyer in Perth since 1994 (including 2 years as in house counsel for a listed Australian mining company).

My principal experience is in the following areas:

  • I have approximately 10 years’ experience negotiating and preparing agreements for listed multinationals and Australian listed mining companies, mostly relating to the mineral exploration industry and including:
    • joint venture agreements;
    • native title access (Heritage Protection) agreements;
    • service agreements;
    • confidentiality agreements;
    • project sale and tenements sale agreements.
  • Reviewing, negotiating and drafting various commercial agreements including:
    • Sales of businesses and shares;
    • Shareholder Agreements;
    • Partnership Agreements;
    • Leases;
    • Agency and Distributorship Agreements;
    • Loans, mortgages and caveats.
  • Wills and Estate Planning
    • Standard Wills;
    • Wills with Testamentary Trusts;
    • Succession planning relating to family trusts and Self Managed Superannuation Funds;
    • Enduring Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Guardianship.
    • “Granny Flat” agreements.
  • Probate and Deeds of Family Arrangement

As regards my approach to the preparation of agreements:

I favour agreements simplified and shortened as far as possible by limiting non-essential material; and

I usually promote the use of preliminary bullet point Terms Sheets to enable parties to identify and resolve potential issues before incurring the cost of drafting a full form agreement.