The people at GE Law Services are down to earth and approachable. Our staff are committed to giving you the best outcomes in a way you will understand and without the “legalese” jargon. Our team of lawyers with specialist expertise offer efficient and time effective service. We are committed to client satisfaction and creating a partnership with our clients to get the right results.
Pippa was admitted to practice in 1981, became a partner of Goddard Elliott in 1989 and is now the Director/Principal of the firm.
Pippa is a keen advocate for Local Government having gained experience as a Ministerial Adviser and Personal Secretary to the Minister for Planning and Environment before joining the firm.
Pippa brings a wealth of legal knowledge and practical experience to a wide range of practice areas, including:
- Planning and Environment Law, with diverse experience at VCAT, Magistrates’ Court and Supreme Court in prosecuting and defending planning matters, Building Act, Public Health & Safety Act, Food Act and Local Laws matters, Planning Permit applications, cancellations and appeals, Panel Hearings, zoning and overlay matters, existing use rights, enforcement proceedings, and Section 173 Agreements
- Commercial litigation: breach of contract, torts, specific performance, franchise disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct claims, misuse of confidential information, director’s disputes, shareholders’ oppression claims, liquidator and trustee in bankruptcy disputes
- Estate Administration of complex and high-net Estates involving informal Wills, missing and copy Wills, Letters of Administration, intestacies, interim and limited Probate applications, applications by creditors or beneficiaries, superannuation claims, international assets, tax issues, purchase of assets by Executors, removal of Executors, Executor’s commissions, management of trusts for infant beneficiaries and accounts of administration
- Appointments by the Supreme Court, VCAT and State Trustees to act as a professional Executor or Administrator
- Estate litigation, including testamentary capacity, undue influence, testator’s family maintenance claims, constructive trusts, construction of Wills and disputed superannuation matters
- Complex property claims such as adverse possession, Caveat disputes, removal of restrictive covenants, easements, subdivisions and consolidations
- Commercial transactions, including purchase and sale of businesses, retail and commercial leasing, guarantee advice, company structuring, drafting and advising on terms and conditions, company constitutions, shareholder, partnership, manufacturing, distribution and joint venture agreements, and security and collateral agreements
- Disputes with and rulings from the Australian Tax Office and the State Revenue Office
- Estate Planning, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney and Guardianship & Administration matters
- Trusts matters, including preparation and advice on Unit Trusts, Family Trusts and Testamentary Trusts.
Pippa works across all of the above areas in the Federal Court, Supreme and County Courts, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, mediations and arbitrations. Pippa’s clientele includes private companies both big and small, private individuals and families, local Councils and developers.
Pippa is recognised as an assertive but practical advocate for her clients, with a no-nonsense, commercial attitude to resolving problems.
Pippa is a past President of the Eastern Suburbs Law Association serving multiple terms, was an executive board member at Methodist Ladies’ College in Kew for nearly 20 years, has served on the boards of the Law Institute of Victoria and Calisthenics Victoria and has provided pro bono advice to a number of charitable organisations.
Raised in the Mount Waverley area, Adriane was admitted to practice in 2009. Having completed her Articles of Clerkship with the firm, Adriane’s main areas of legal practice are:
- Simple and complex Wills and Estate Planning, including superannuation, unequal distributions, life interests and blended families
- Financial, Personal and Medical Powers of Attorneys
- Statutory Will applications
- Estate Administration, including Grants of Probate, Letters of Administration, informal Wills, intestacies
- Trusts, including Family Trusts, Testamentary Trusts and Special Disability Trusts
- Retirement Village advice, including entering into and exiting retirement villages
- Guardianship & Administration matters
- Commercial and residential property transactions, subdivisions, complex stamp duty assessments and applications for removal or variation of restrictive covenants
- Criminal Law
- Local government and planning law, including criminal prosecutions
Having formerly worked as a librarian, Adriane has excellent organisation skills. Adriane works hard to ensure her clients feel they have been listened to, and that they are satisfied with their experience at GE Law Services.
Adriane has served on a number of not-for-profit boards.
Angela was admitted to practice in 1996 after completing her law degree at Melbourne University part-time as a mature student. Angela comes from a rural background and has worked in a variety of industries.
Angela has worked with a variety of firms, both large and small, across a wide range of areas of practice. This culminated in founding her own legal practice McPhee Solicitors in 2000, which was subsequently sold in 2014.
Angela has a broad background in general practice and is very familiar with State and Federal Court jurisdictions, as well as mediations and alternative dispute resolutions.
She has worked in Family Law and is familiar with the jurisdiction.
Angela’s areas of expertise include:
- Family Law Property matters;
- Children’s Matters;
- De Facto relationships & same sex couple matters
- Financial agreements
- Property distribution or the protection of property pending settlement\
- Child support and paternity issues
- Enforcement of orders and Contravention proceedings
- Family Violence, child abuse, injunctions and protection orders
Angela’s broad background in other areas of practice including property, wills and estates, leasing, purchase and sale of business and other commercial matters mean her clients benefit from her years of experience.
Angela takes a practical approach to ensure the best outcomes.
Hayriye (Haydie) Hussein
Admitted in 2015, Haydie graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science.
Haydie has strong analytical skills, developed from her science background and has instructed in all jurisdictions from VCAT to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Haydie has a broad experience in:
- Commercial matters (such as debt disputes, breach of contract);
- Drawing Contracts and Terms & Conditions;
- Building and Construction (including advice on building contracts);
- Property and Tenancy matters (including tenancy disputes and drawing retail and commercial leases);
- Employment Law (such as advice on employment agreements and awards, unfair dismissal and underpayment);
- Criminal Law
- Planning Law
Gabriella was admitted to practice in 2018 after graduating from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours.
Gabriella started with the firm as a Law Clerk in 2016 and spent her first year as a Lawyer in our property department focusing on residential and commercial conveyancing.
Gabriella’s main areas of legal practice are:
- Commercial matters (including debt disputes and breach of contract)
- Building and Construction (including advice on building contracts)
- Criminal Law
- Planning Law
- Employment Law (including unfair dismissal, discrimination and contract review)
- Intellectual Property Law (including trade mark applications and disputes)
- Wills & Powers of Attorney
Gabriella has instructed on VCAT, Magistrates’, County, Supreme and Federal Court matters in a broad range of practice areas.
Deniz was admitted to practice in December 2017 and graduated in 2016 from Monash University with a Masters of Law (Juris Doctor) and a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Having 9 years experience previously working as a paralegal and law clerk in both large and small practises focussing on Commercial and Domestic property transactions, Deniz brings her wealth of knowledge and practical experience to the firm. She has also completed numerous property transactions using the Electronic Lodgement Platform PEXA.
Deniz is focused on providing smooth and stress free property transactions for her clients and is also working towards broadening her legal knowledge in all areas of our Practice.
Luke was admitted to practice in November 2004. He graduated in 2003 from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Luke ran his own legal practice for over 8 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing in a range of areas.
Luke’s main areas of practice are:
- Commercial matters and Leases
- Property law including retirement villages and aged care advice
- Wills and Estate planning
- Estate Administration