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Robert Lindsay, Director Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Robert Lindsay

Robert has lived and worked in Newcastle all his life.

Robert has been a principal of Mullane & Lindsay since 1980. His long experience over more than 30 years means he knows the "nuts and bolts" and practical operation of most property and commercial transactions, from the ground up.

Robert leads our Commercial & Property Law group. He is actively involved in all aspects of commercial and residential property transactions. He also advises on local government law, bankruptcy and company liquidation matters, estate planning and estate litigation including contested will cases. He has represented both claimants and executors in contested will claims. Robert has expertise in various forms of civil litigation including professional indemnity, public liability and general insurance claims and commercial disputes in particular.

Robert's major clients include multi-national general and indemnity insurers, major regional corporations engaged in a range of activities such as property development and manufacturing; company liquidators, and a wide cross-section of business and professional organisations in the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney areas.

Robert is a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association, the Australian Insurance Institute and of the Commercial Law Association of Australia. Robert was previously the secretary of Newcastle Law Society for 5 years.

Robert is the Director responsible for Mullane & Lindsay's branch office at Tea Gardens.

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Mark Sullivan, Director Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Mark Sullivan

Mark is the leader of our Family and Relationships Law group and a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family law.

He has practised in this area for more than 33 years, including in parenting cases, child support disputes and many complex commercial and property disputes arising from relationship difficulties. As a result he has developed particular expertise in assisting clients through the trauma of relationship breakdown and in analysing and deconstructing various business arrangements, such as trusts and corporate groups.

Mark has focussed the development of his skills and training on superannuation issues both in the area of relationships law and generally. He is an Affiliate Member of SPAA (SMSF Professionals of Australia) and his abilities in the superannuation field were recognised by his appointment as a director of the trustee company of the Nationwide Superannuation Fund, a not for profit fund with more than 80,000 members. Mark served as director for about 6 years until his retirement in 2013. Mark also advises senior executives and professionals in connection with business structures, both in relation to actual or anticipated family law disptes, and as general advisor.

The laws relating to property settlements, superannuation and same-sex relationships overlap, and Mark enjoys being able to advise clients on how to avoid pitfalls in the constantly changing arena of Relationships Law. He is focussed on finding mediated and negotiated solutions for clients and when necessary litigating clients’ claims to achieve the best and most equitable outcomes for them.

Mark is a member of the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association; regularly attends the Family Court Judges Liaison group and is a member of the Regional Committee of the Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia. He is also a member of the Greater Newcastle Gateways Project.

Mark graduated from Macquarie University in 1980 with a BA/LLB and was admitted as a solicitor in 1981. He has been a principal and later director of Mullane & Lindsay since 1985 and takes great pride in the firm's ability to provide practical and cost effective advice to its clients.

The Family and Relationships Law group is a cohesive and enthusiastic group of skilled lawyers committed to providing quality services to clients with relationship problems.  It is  constantly updating its legal knowledge and systems and Mark takes great pride in working with and mentoring younger lawyers and being the leader of this specialist team.

Mullane & Lindsay is also one of the few Hunter firms that practise in defamation law and Mark has acted for numerous well-known local identities in litigation in this field.

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Tony Cavanagh, Director Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Tony Cavanagh

Tony is the leader of our Dispute Resolution & Litigation Law group and practises almost exclusively in civil litigation.

He has been practising law since 1984. He became a principal of Mullane & Lindsay in 1993.

Tony has practised in many areas of commercial litigation, such as disputes over contractual interpretation or termination of contracts, e.g. for the supply of goods or services or for the sale of businesses or property; claims of misleading or deceptive conduct or other matters involving allegations of breaches of the Fair Trading Act (NSW) or the Australian Consumer Law (formerly the Trade Practices Act); restraint of trade and confidential information disputes; winding up insolvent companies and associated actions such as insolvent trading, unfair preferences etc; shareholder or partnership disputes and property damage and loss of profit claims for businesses and individuals.

He also advises and acts for both workers (including professionals and senior executives) and employers in termination of employment claims; general protection or ‘adverse action’ disputes and on contractual, industrial and workplace issues generally. Tony was for many years a Conjoint Lecturer in Industrial Law in the Faculty of Law at The University of Newcastle, and he continues to lecture law students at the University of Newcastle in relation to legal practice and risk issues on an occasional basis.

Mullane & Lindsay has developed a special expertise in the areas of professional indemnity and general insurance claims, and Tony is both our liaison director for insurer clients as well as a 'hands on' practitioner in insurance litigation of various kinds. His clients include a number of general and indemnity insurers such as LawCover Insurance Pty Limited, the professional indemnity insurer of solicitors in NSW and the ACT. He has regularly presented to a range of professional groups on risk management issues. He has been retained to prepare submissions to the NSW government on law reform issues, especially in relation to insurance law issues.

Tony is or has been a member of the Australian Insurance Institute, the Australian Insurance Law Association, the Australian Lawyers Alliance and the Industrial Relations Society of NSW. He was a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in personal injury law from 1994 – 2013. He has been both Secretary and Treasurer of Newcastle Law Society, a member of the Criminal Law committee of the Law Society of NSW and Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Criminal Law committee. He is the honorary solicitor for a number of sporting groups, including the Newcastle Baseball Association.

He graduated from Sydney University in 1984 with BA(Hons) LLB. Tony is also a Notary Public.

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Kristy Nunn, Director Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Kristy Nunn

Kristy Nunn is a Director in our Dispute Resolution & Litigation Law group and has been with Mullane & Lindsay since 2004.

Kristy focuses on commercial and insurance litigation, and acts in professional indemnity claims against solicitors, real estate agents and other professionals. She regularly appears in court and attends at settlement conferences and mediations. Kristy has presented seminars to solicitors on risk management issues.

She has also developed a practice in administrative law, and her clients include the University of Newcastle, and other organisations requiring advice or representation on issues such as Freedom of Information requests and disputes; harassment or discrimination allegations; and Equal Opportunity issues.

Kristy is a graduate of the Newcastle University Law School, where she was awarded an Honours degree for her academic achievements. Kristy also holds a Bachelor of Business degree, with a major in Industrial Relations.

Kristy is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, the Newcastle Law Society, the Australian Insurance Law Association and the Women Lawyers Association of NSW.

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Michael McGrath, Associate Director Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Michael McGrath

Michael joined Mullane & Lindsay in 2002 and is a Director in our Commercial & Property and Estate Law group.

Michael's work focuses on commercial, property and estate transactions and associated issues including residential and commercial property transactions; business sales and purchases; commercial agreements; wills and estates including succession and estate planning as well as other general commercial, property and estate related transactions and their taxation implications. He also has an extensive practice in commercial and retail leasing.

Michael believes in building a long term relationship with his clients and works closely with their other professional advisers, to provide a fast and efficient service that delivers a business as well as a legal outcome.

Michael has an excellent understanding of practical business issues, having worked for 8 years in the retail sector prior to completing a Bachelor of Economics and then a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Diploma of Legal Practice. This included completion of the highly acclaimed legal professional program at the University of Newcastle Law School. Michael's prior experience in the 'real' world of business helps him provide practical and relevant advice to our clients.

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Ashleigh John, Senior Solicitor Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Ashleigh John

Ashleigh joined our firm in 2007 and is a member of our Family & Relationships Law group. She is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

She practices primarily in family law property and parenting matters, and has a particular interest in parenting and children’s matters.

Ashleigh is the Chairperson of the Greater Newcastle Family Law Pathways Network - which is an interagency of family service providers in the Newcastle and Hunter region.  She has been active member of the Network and its steering committee since 2007.  Her involvement in this Network keeps Ashleigh up to date with the workings of other post-separation services - both private and government organisations – with whom separating parents come into contact.

Ashleigh is the Secretary of the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners’ Association.

Ashleigh also appears in Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) proceedings and criminal law and traffic matters in the Local Court.

Ashleigh has strong ties to Newcastle having completed her Law degree and practical legal training at the University of Newcastle in 2006. She is a former Youth Mayor of the city, a position she held for seven years. Ashleigh also holds a Bachelor of Communication, with a major in Public Relations, from the University of Newcastle.

Ashleigh is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Law Society of New South Wales, the Newcastle Law Society,  the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners’ Association and the Hunter Young Professionals Network. She is also a member of the Newcastle & District Softball Association Judiciary.  She has previously been involved with the Newcastle Law Society’s Young Lawyers sub-committee.

She is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and is entered on the High Court register of practitioners, and is entitled to appear in all federal courts.

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Ashley Stevens, Senior Solicitor Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Ashley Stevens

Ashley joined our firm in 2010 and is a member of our  Family & Relationships Law group.

Ashley completed her Law degree at the University of Newcastle in 2006, and also completed a Bachelor of Science (Forensic) in 2004. She undertook her practical legal training at the College of Law in Sydney, where she obtained her Diploma of Legal Practice.

Since leaving university, Ashley has had experience in a number of different areas of law including conveyancing, wills and estates, and local court criminal matters, however family law has always been her primary interest area, and she is working towards her goal of becoming an Accredited Specialist in this area.

Ashley has been the secretary of the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association, a position she held jointly with fellow Mullane & Lindsay solicitor Ashleigh John.  Ashley is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Newcastle Law Society, and the Law Society of New South Wales. Ashley has a keen interest in business matters, and in 2013 commences her third year as a director of the Hunter Young Professionals Network.

Ashley is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and is entered on the High Court register of practitioners and is entitled to appear in all federal courts.

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Rose Laffan, Senior Solicitor Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Rose Laffan

Rose joined our firm in 2013 and is a member of our  Family & Relationships Law group.

Rose graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2005 with a Bachelor of Law and a Diploma of Legal Practice.  She  was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW in February 2006 and the High Court of Australia that same year.

Rose also holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science, from the University of Newcastle.

Since 2006 Rose has practised in the area of family law. She has a real passion for family law practice, believing that family law clients are often experiencing the worst time of their lives. Often they may be leaving the family home, no longer with their children, or facing financial insecurity.  She has found it to be an extremely gratifying experience to assist clients through such trauma and in the establishment of a new legal framework.

In order to consolidate her family law expertise, Rose completed a Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) from the College of Law in 2012 and focusses her continuing legal education in the area of Relationships Law.

Rose is a member of the Law Society of NSW, the Newcastle Law Society, and the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association.  To give back to the Newcastle community, and the University, Rose has volunteered at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre – advising disadvantaged clients in relation to family law matters during their Wednesday evening legal clinics – since 2006.

Rose is also the editor of The Family Lawyer ( - a blog dedicated to discussing matters of interest in family law.

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Lana Black, Solicitor Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Lana Black

Lana joined Mullane & Lindsay in 2013 and works primarily in our Commercial & Property Law group.

Lana has a Bachelor of Commerce & a Bachelor of Laws & Diploma of Legal Practice from the University of Newcastle. She was actively involved in law related competitions while at University and placed in the top eight in national competitions for mooting and witness examination. Lana maintains close ties to the University of Newcastle as a volunteer and competition judge.

Lana grew up in Lake Munmorah and Summerland Point and participated strongly in her local community. She was the Gwandalan Lion/Lioness Club Youth of the Year in 2012 and successfully represented the local community at the zone and regional levels of the Youth of the Year Competition. In 2012 Lana was also awarded the Jill Hall Citizen of the Year Award.

Lana’s work focuses primarily on residential property conveyancing transactions, estate administration, estate planning, commercial property transactions and bankruptcy.

Lana also assists in our Dispute Resolution & Litigation Law team.

Lana is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and Newcastle Law Society.

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The Hon. Graham Mullane, Consultant

Graham Mullane was a founding partner of Mullane & Lindsay. He was appointed as a judge of the Family Court of Australia in 1986, and served there with distinction until his retirement in 2008. Graham has since been appointed as a Costs Assessor of the Supreme Court of NSW; and as a Conjoint Professor in the Department of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle.

We are fortunate that Graham has agreed to work with us as a consultant lawyer, on appropriate matters requiring highly specialised input.

Michelle Zenere, Support Services Manager Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors  

Michelle Zenere

Michelle Zenere is our Support Services Manager and is responsible for all aspects of operations, staffing and administrative functions.

Prior to joining Mullane and Lindsay, Michelle had previously worked for both small companies and large multi-nationals, and has wide ranging experience in operations management, project management, continuous quality improvement and business process improvement.

Michelle graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree majoring in Computing Science. She also holds a number of qualifications through the Australian Institute of Management, and also a Diploma in Management.

Michelle also holds the role of Company Secretary for the Real Futures Foundation which supports youth programmes in the Port Stephens area.

Michelle is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Australian Legal Practice Management Association and various project management and HR networking groups.

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