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About Louise

Louise believes that sharing knowledge and experiences is 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 in 2016, 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 list of leading Property & Real Estate Lawyers in the ACT:

  • Louise Morris – Recommended by Doyle’s Guide, Leading Property & Real Estate Lawyers – Canberra: 2020 & 2021
  • Principal Director responsible for Property at firms recognised by Doyle’s Guide, Leading Property & Real Estate Firms – Canberra: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022

Louise is a Canberra tragic and supports local businesses, innovators, producers , artists, including through Morris Legal Group's "Seat at the Salon" collaboration with Salon Canberra. Louise also proudly launched an annual collaboration with Lifeline Canberra in the Christmas Giving Tree, after the COVID-19 pandemic shifted suicide support services permanently to the frontline.

An avid handknitter, Louise’s favourite fibres and yarns are locally grown or dyed.

About Holly

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.

About Raina

Raina believes in providing every client with a seamless yet memorable experience.

A skilled and accomplished practitioner, Raina has set down roots in Canberra after arriving from across the Tasman. Raina builds lasting relationships with her clients to guide them through their various interactions with legal processes over time.

With around 15 years in property law, Raina joins our team to provide expertise in our established practise areas such as conveyancing, off-the-plan and vacant land purchases, building contracts and leasing. Raina also brings knowledge and experience to Morris Legal Group which has enabled us to broaden the services we offer to clients, with the addition of Retirement Living to our repertoire.

Outside of her work, Raina enjoys travelling abroad and taking in culture, scenery, architecture, and delicious local cuisine.

Maximillian Astner
Maximillian Astner

About Maximillian

Max believes that every client should be comfortable and confident on their property journey.

With extensive experience in customer service both in and out of law firms, Max understands that engaging with law firms can be an intimidating task. With this always in mind, Max strives to make every client’s journey more comfortable by putting a smile on their face!

Max is diligently working towards completing his law degree at university and is keen to apply his knowledge from his studies to his work at the firm. In Max's role as Concierge, he enjoys interacting with clients and introducing them to the legal process while assisting our lawyers in solving problems to achieve the best outcomes.

Growing up in Germany, Max has always enjoyed all sports involving the snow! Max prefers to go down the slopes in a pair of skis, and when he's not at the snow he's busy cooking up some of his own culinary creations, which he loves to pair with just the right glass of wine.

Gabrielle de Ramos
Gabrielle de Ramos
Executive Assistant

About Gabrielle

Gabrielle believes all clients deserve a hassle free property experience.

With three years as a general administrator for a combat gym under her belt as well as some serious hospitality experience, Gabrielle loves delivering a high standard of client care.

Gabrielle understands that coming to a solicitor for the first time (just like joining a new gym!) can be daunting, and that a friendly welcome and heaps of information is key to a comforting visit with our team. Gabrielle strives for her interactions to leave clients happy and informed.

A voracious learner with a passion for mastering new skills whilst simultaneously helping people along the way, Gabrielle provides exceptional support to her team. Gabrielle’s role encompasses administrative and legal support to the Director, communications and coordination of culture and events for the team.

Gabrielle is also a university student and competitive Muay Thai fighter. When not assisting clients and teammates at Morris Legal Group, studying at university or competing, Gabrielle can be found at the gym. Gabrielle is either training for her next match or coaching children and adults in Muay Thai, helping them become fitter, stronger and more confident.

Terry Elson
Terry Elson
Project Leasing Coordinator

About Terry

Terry believes that a bright outlook is key to creating exceptional experiences.

Originally hailing from South Africa, Terry brings over 17 years of experience in the transactional property sphere, before accumulating an additional 5 years in legal practice. With an extensive knowledge of the intricacies involved in property sale and lease transactions on both sides of the table, Terry is a true asset to our team.

Terry prides himself on his ability to continually learn and implement new skills. His successful transition from a property agent to an admitted lawyer is a testament to his commitment and determination. Terry's favourite part of the job is witnessing the transformative moment when a stressed-out client finds peace of mind through his role in a transaction. Recognising that a property transaction occupies a significant portion of a person's headspace, Terry strives to enhance the customer experience through expert advice and guidance. Terry's unique upbeat and personal style adds to the already awesome client-focused culture of Morris Legal Group.

Outside of work, Terry leads an active lifestyle. He is an avid runner and recently accomplished an impressive feat by completing a 90km road running ultra-marathon in South Africa. He also indulges in his love for LEGO, which reflects his creative and detail-oriented nature.

About Fee

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.

Claudia Maruca
Claudia Maruca
Conveyancing Paralegal

About Claudia

Claudia believes in empowering clients through personalised and compassionate support.

Claudia is one of our dedicated conveyancing paralegals, with years of valuable experience in the legal field and currently finishing her law degree. She started her journey in family law, assisting with property matters, and later found her passion in conveyancing before joining Morris Legal Group.

Working in family law has provided Claudia with valuable insights into the personal side of property transactions. She understands the value and importance of a sensitive and individualised approach to each client. Claudia firmly believes that positive client relationships are built on being focused, approachable, and fostering a personal connection, ensuring clients feel cared for and supported throughout the process.

Open communication is at the core of Claudia's approach, and she encourages clients to ask any questions without hesitation, knowing that no query is ever too trivial. As a dedicated professional, she aims to ease the process of buying or selling properties, ensuring that clients are well-informed and empowered every step of the way.

Beyond her work, Claudia has a deep love for Australian muscle cars. As a proud owner of a 5.7L WK Statesman, which was a summernats 35 entrant, she embodies her passion for these iconic vehicles. Her dream car, a green Mustang GT500 Shelby, reflects her admiration for classic automotive beauty.

Matthew Millwood
Matthew Millwood
Business Manager

About Matthew

Matthew believes that precision is the hallmark of quality.

As a Chartered Accountant with 13 years’ experience in business advisory, insolvency and internal audit, Matthew is a natural problem solver with a keen understanding of business fundamentals. As its Business Manager, Matthew’s mission is to help build Morris Legal Group stronger and more flexible into the future.

Spearheading strategic direction, systems, compliance and operations, Matthew ensures that the team has everything they need to focus on giving our clients their best property journey ever.

In his downtime, Matthew is a keen musician and hobby woodworker – two loves which he has combined to start making his very own guitars.

About Sandra

Sandra believes in the importance of a positive outlook.

With years of customer service experience under her belt, Sandra finds satisfaction in assisting clients in their property journey with her friendly and confident approach.

As an admitted solicitor to the Supreme Court of the ACT, Sandra brings her knowledge of the law and love of customer service to create a seamless experience for our clients. Sandra understands the needs of clients can vary greatly and takes pride in understanding their situation to ensure those needs are met.

Sandra takes this passion for engaging with others to new heights with her multilingual abilities. Fluent in English and Vietnamese, proficient in conversational Japanese and slowly building her skills in Korean and Mandarin, Sandra has phrased her ambition as being ‘to speak as many languages as I have fingers on one hand… for now!’

Cooper Shaw
Cooper Shaw

About Cooper

Cooper believes that personalising every journey is key to a supported and straightforward client experience.

An entrepreneur at heart, Cooper has experience in managing a small design group and is also working towards his Law degree at university. Cooper has held a number of roles within the Morris Legal Group team and is now holding the position of Paralegal in anticipation of the completion of his studies.

Cooper works collaboratively with clients and the rest of our team to ensure goals and deadlines are met, and expectations exceeded. Cooper is excited to apply learnings from his studies to real world legal scenarios, and deliver results for our clients no matter the shape or stage of their property journey.

Cooper is an avid snowboarder and enjoys going up to the slopes whenever he gets a chance. Cooper has been lucky enough to live in Switzerland and has experienced the awe-inspiring Swiss Alps firsthand. Now he's back in Australia, Cooper loves hitting the slopes at Perisher, which (whilst they aren’t the same) still manage to deliver!

Sarah Sillick
Sarah Sillick

About Sarah

Sarah believes that care and understanding is the cornerstone of meaningful connection.

Sarah's journey in the property industry encompasses various aspects of buying and selling. She has served as an administrative assistant for a property development company and worked as a personal assistant to a mortgage broker before joining Morris Legal Group. Her versatility and adaptability in different roles highlight her ability to learn and excel in new skills.

What sets Sarah apart is her unwavering helpfulness. Coming from a hospitality background, she embraces the motto, "If you have time to lean, you have time to clean." Always seeking to keep herself busy, Sarah goes above and beyond by proactively assisting her team with any tasks they may need help with. Her lively and playful nature, coupled with her diligent work ethic, brings a delightful energy to our office.

Sarah enjoys a diverse collection of hobbies and interests. Not only has she watched the entire Grey's Anatomy show three times over and finds great comfort in music. She also has a passion for riding horses. Sarah finds joy and tranquility in spending time with these majestic animals and exploring the beautiful outdoors on horseback.

About Vik

Vik believes that excellence and potential reside 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.

About Erin

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.

Mel Wallwork
Mel Wallwork
Conveyancing Paralegal

About Mel

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.