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Our Covid Plan

The Flexible Workplace Journey

Morris Legal Group was founded on the idea that we could provide high quality legal services to the community without relying on the traditional law firm model. We put the old law playbook in the bin and started as a remote firm.

During the first months of the firm, this meant we were free to work where we were most useful. Whether it was in a client’s office in Canberra or interstate, in the forests of the National Botanical Gardens or the National Arboretum, or at home… our focus was on our best work for clients.

While we soon found a home in a permanent office, as we built the team our dedication to strong and flexible workplace practices never wavered. Working at client offices or at home remained the norm, and every single team member is issued with tech to enable them to achieve that.

Pandemic Puts Us To The Test

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were confident that our remote work ethos would assist us to continue to serve Canberra, whatever was thrown at us. One day when going home, we put our laptops in our bags as usual, but we didn’t return to the office the next. And we didn’t miss a beat, or a deal.

As the face of the pandemic shifts and changes, we have returned to the office with new appreciation for the flexibility we have granted ourselves.

Law In The Time Of COVID-19

You are assured a safe and certain deal whatever your legal needs during the time of COVID-19, because we take your access to legal services during this time seriously. You can get your deal done no matter what, with:

Our COVID-19 Plan

Your safety and that of our team are paramount. We comply with all government directives concerning our office and visitors to it. You can be confident of your safety because:

  • we have taken additional office space to ensure a safe work environment
  • Symptoms = Sick Leave policy enforced for all team members no matter their role
  • extra cleaning protocols are in place
  • hand sanitiser is available throughout our office
  • you are encouraged to use the Check In CBR App when visiting us
  • capacity limits are observed in all areas within our office
  • masks are worn in all meetings and our reception area
  • social distancing is totally a thing here (even though some of us are huggers)
  • remote meetings remain our preferred way to meet with you
  • we are ready to change our work habits at any time, including in the event of a lockdown, without interruption to your services

During the pandemic, we have proven that we are a tech-augmented rubber band ball of law, love and life. We are dedicated to our continued care for you and your property journey, come whatever may.

If you have any questions at all, be sure to get in touch!

Meet Our TEAM

Each team member at Morris Legal Group is dedicated to their area of practice, ensuring your advisors are engaged and focussed on your business.
Louise Morris

Louise believes in sharing knowledge and experiences as fundamental to building the future of Canberra and the success of her clients.

Louise is driven to continuously learn and improve the practice of law and the way we do business.

Louise is the only Canberra based property and construction lawyer who has developed large scale mixed-use, commercial and residential property. During her seven years as Director of Development at Morris Property Group, Louise:

  • delivered 1,000 residential units in Canberra in residential and mixed-use projects
  • managed complex retail and commercial assets including through refurbishment and redevelopment
  • authored, developed and implemented a quality assurance system for Morris Property Group’s developments nationally
  • managed Morris Property Group’s internal documentation including procedures, construction contracts and risk management tools
  • provided in-house legal support to the development and construction teams

Louise is a recipient of the Australian Property Institute’s Young Achiever Award for her service to the property industry and her work at Morris Property Group.

Since returning to practice, Louise’s focus is assisting her clients to realise growth and scale quickly by bringing a commercial approach to the technical application of the law. Louise also provides development management services and advice on business operations and project delivery systems, project finance and strategic planning.

Louise’s work towards establishing Morris Legal Group as a top Canberra law firm has been recognised in the Doyle’s Guide listing of leading Property & Real Estate Lawyers in the ACT:

  • Louise Morris – Recommended by Doyle’s Guide, Leading Property & Real Estate Lawyers – Canberra, 2020 & 2021
  • Morris Legal Group – Recommended by Doyle’s Guide, Leading Property & Real Estate Firms – Canberra, 2020 & 2021

Louise is a Canberra tragic and supports local businesses, innovators, producers and artists. An avid handknitter, Louise’s favourite fibres and yarns are locally grown or dyed.



Louise Morris
Director
Emmanuel Ametowanou

Emmanuel believes that problems exist for the purpose of being solved.

As an accountant with an obsession for the digital revolution of business, and driven by bringing success to our clients, Emmanuel brings a unique mix of skills to our tight knit team.

Whether you’re contacting Morris Legal Group for the first time or have an enquiry about the administration of your matter, Emmanuel will be there to support you.

Emmanuel takes pride in relating the real life experience of our clients to the procedural and legal work that our firm performs, so that he can connect with and serve our clients at the highest level.

With over a decade of international experience with high-growth multinationals, Emmanuel is challenging us to grow and diversify our thinking as legal professionals while spearheading our ongoing compliance maintenance.

Emmanuel is also a musician. He composes, records and promotes his very own brand of soul music – a deep salve for the busy world we live in today.

Emmanuel Ametowanou
Trust & Accounts Officer
Connor Armstrong

Connor believes the work we do is important to you… and that’s why it matters that we do it well.

Connor is driven to connect with people and really understand where they’re coming from. He gets that when you come to see us, it's often the cumlination of months or years of planning and anticipation on your part.

Despite being a self-confessed introvert, Connor loves interacting with clients and finds satisfaction in working together to help materialise their goals. As a current law student in his third year of studies, Connor brings to our team his experience in retail, a ‘can do’ attitude and the drive to assist clients to have a positive experience from the outset.

When not helping out the team at Morris Legal Group, studying or working on his Japanese, Connor likes to unwind with a cup of tea and some video games – particularly RPG’s and rhythm games. Nothing like some strategic planning followed by button mashing to relieve some tension!

Connor Armstrong
Paralegal
Jessie Armstrong

Jessie believes that we should all be able to depend on each other.

A rite of passage for many law students is clerking at a firm while studying. Jessie has approached this as a challenge to conquer, rather than a box to tick, and has become a dependable member of our team along the way.

Jessie has already racked up enviable experience in project conveyancing and unit titling, and is the unofficial custodian of Morris Legal Group’s ongoing tech augmentation program.

Despite studying law and working at a law firm, Jessie still loves to read and makes time for a good book in her downtime. Yoga and fitness are very important to Jessie and she sets a fantastic example to the rest of us that looking after yourself really should be a priority.

Jessie Armstrong
Lawyer
Holly Boyd

Holly believes that she’s got one job. To get your deal done, with a smile.

Holly has been running residential and commercial property transactions as a paralegal and admitted solicitor for so long and with such efficiency that we have dubbed her the Deal Queen. Every matter is important. Every detail deserves attention. Every deadline is met. The combination of her knowledge, proficiency and her calmness under pressure are almost frightening.

Holly’s qualifications and experience span residential conveyancing through to commercial transactions and complex property restructures across ACT and NSW. Holly has worked in a range of legal services environments, from the battlefield of hardline NewLaw through to a traditional mid-size firm. Holly says of this experience, “It doesn’t matter what kind of firm you are at, the clients are always at the centre of your work, and I love helping them at such an important time as buying or selling a property."

Holly is a self-confessed crazy cat lady (but she is holding her own in our dog-friendly office) and loves living the life of a Canberra urbanist, with her beautiful and prolific apartment garden.

Holly Boyd
Associate
Kat Duffy

Kat believes that lawyers serve their community, and must tailor their services to clients' desired outcomes.

Kat is driven to change perceptions that often surround the legal profession through making legal services more accessible and less intimidating. Kat strives to bring clients a sense of comfort and familiarity, especially in the conveyancing process..

With previous experience working as a paralegal for the duration of her law degree, Kat has joined Morris Legal Group in her first role as a Graduate Lawyer.

Kat’s experience spans property and commercial law, litigation as well as wills and estates, which enables her to view legal processes more holistically and in line with client’s objectives.

Kat loves hiking and trail running, and has also recently picked up rock-climbing. In her free time, Kat also runs a minorly successful Instagram account for her dogfluencer fur baby, Moss.

Kat Duffy
Graduate Lawyer
Jess Fitzpatrick

Jess believes that innovative courage is the key to finding the best solutions.

In joining Morris Legal Group, Jess challenges Louise’s claim to being the only lawyer around with lived experience in the property and construction industry.

Holding masters qualifications in both law and architecture, Jess has the formidable advantage of being able to read and interpret ‘for construction’ drawings, specifications, and construction contracts. Jess leverages her awesome industry experience to provide our clients with astute advice and first class outcomes.

Jess’s first career in architecture led her to design and coordinate high-density residential, hotel and public realm projects in Australia and overseas. Her love of the contractual aspects of project delivery led her back to university for a legal qualification. Since then, Jess has worked in NewLaw, in an international firm and within industry, focusing on delivering innovative legal solutions including through legal tech.

Jess loves to paint, and her art has been featured on an Australian stamp. Jess is also committed to fostering learning and connection, serving as a volunteer coordinator to Mentor Walks, which connects mentors with junior professionals and students across industries.

Jess Fitzpatrick
Lawyer
Fee Knights

Fee believes in getting the job done with a minimum of fuss.

Fee is one of a kind. Fee is one of the ACT's few women firefighters and is absolutely dedicated to her work. With over 10 years' experience as a legal support professional and paralegal prior to joining the ACTFB, Fee enjoys a spot of moonlighting at Morris Legal Group when she's not on shift, resting or spending time with her family.

Fee provides vital support to our crew, getting your conveyancing done and your wills witnessed. As a lover of process and procedure, Fee will ensure that every step of your matter is complete and ticked off.

We don't know how she fits it all in, but Fee professes a love of baking and will often bring little indulgences in to the office.

Fee Knights
Paralegal
Tiarni Smith

Tiarni believes that great support is the foundation of a high performing team.

Tiarni has extensive experience in personal and executive support, accounts, office management and practice management roles across varying fields, including construction, professional services and medical settings. Tiarni prides herself on providing professional, courteous and knowledgeable attention to our clients. She strives to provide a comfortable, friendly, seamless experience to clients and assist to answer any question quickly.

In a former life, Tiarni spent nearly 5 years as a flight attendant for a major airline. Tiarni loves the systems and processes that Morris Legal Group has developed to provide quality assurance in our legal services, and actively works to improve them where needed.

Tiarni says, "Providing legal services is much like preparing an aircraft for flight. Each step in our process has meaning and ensures a successful matter for the client. If we miss even one step, we risk things going wrong or details getting missed. Here, a plane won't fall out of the sky... but as we're dealing in large property transactions, each of those details is extremely important."

Tiarni is a big believer in protecting balance in your life, and she makes rest and rejuvenation a daily habit. Tiarni is a supportive and loyal friend, taking care to enjoy family gatherings, birthday parties, walks, and the hunt for the next great coffee or glass of wine.

Tiarni Smith
Executive Assistant to Louise Morris
Vik Sundar

Vik believes that excellence and potential resides in viewing a business holistically.

As one of Australia’s leading tax and estate planning lawyers, Vik believes in leveraging his knowledge and experience to provide holistic and cost effective business advice. Vik advises his clients on corporate structuring, business law, estate planning and superannuation that most lawyers only provide in isolation of tax considerations.

Vik aims to deliver practical and tailored solutions to clients, which are designed to meet clients’ personal and financial objectives and to provide maximum tax effectiveness, asset protection and flexibility.

Vik’s experience spans the legal and financial services industry, having worked for the Australian Taxation Office, an ASX listed multi-disciplinary financial services firm, a private bank and a boutique tax law firm.

Vik is a regular presenter at leading industry summits on tax and estate planning, is the author of two leading texts on estate planning and testamentary trusts and one of the most widely used testamentary trust precedents in Australia.

Vik Sundar
Special Counsel
Erin Taylor

Erin believes in the value of long term relationships.

Erin brings to Morris Legal Group a wealth of experience in all conveyancing matters, from buying and selling residential homes to large scale developments. Erin enjoys the challenges of a varied practice, taking as much pleasure in updating a developer on their project as she does handing keys to a first-time buyer when they settle on their new home.

You will delight in Erin’s focus and attention to your matter; she not only enjoys meeting client expectations, she strives to exceed them.

In her spare time, Erin enjoys baking and has mastered a mean meringue. Erin has also been involved in the Canberra Burlesque community for 5 years, and loves entertaining on stage.

Erin Taylor
Conveyancer
Mel Wallwork

Mel believes that organisation and teamwork are key to closing a successful deal.

Mel works tirelessly in the background of your conveyancing matter to coordinate your bank or broker, the agent and the other party to bring your property purchase or sale to a fuss-free settlement.

Mel’s career in the legal profession has been focussed on the precise and gruelling science of ACT property settlements, both in residential and project conveyancing.

Mel is excited about the possibilities for legal tech, with experience in leading software implementation and a keen eye on changes in e-Conveyancing in Canberra.

Mel brings great empathy to her work. She is studying towards tertiary qualifications in counselling, making her one of the most well-rounded and valuable property professionals we have had the pleasure to work with.

Mel Wallwork
Conveyancing Paralegal