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We are all about sharing knowledge, stories, experiences and ambitions so that together we can build something bigger than ourselves and better than what came before.

We want to build knowledge with you.

Whether property and construction is your primary enterprise or one of its many components, we consider your interests in the context of your whole business, your strategic plan and tactical advantages.

Our work centres on property, development, construction and business. Our advice is focused and straightforward. Our business is flexible and strong. We know what you want from a lawyer because we have sat on the client side of the table.

We love what we do and we’re doing things a little differently. Most of all, we want you to succeed. Let us help you get where you’re trying to go.

Big Projects, Cool Little Capital

We have a strong background in large and complex projects. As lawyers and development managers, we have been involved in:

  • medium and high density residential projects
  • shopping centre and retail assets
  • multi-tenant commercial assets including their development, acquisition, refurbishment and redevelopment
  • mixed-use precinct developments
  • development of quality, safety and compliance systems for developers and builders

The key to success in major projects and large businesses is understanding your reason for doing it. We keep communications open so that we understand where you’re headed, why you’re going and how we can help you get there.

Your drive for excellence is demonstrated in high quality, safe and happy projects. To help you achieve this in your business and on every project, we plan ahead, develop systems and processes that will actually work with your business, manage your documentation, assess possible risks and delay, and provide timely advice.

We bring this thinking even to small projects and boutique businesses because we believe in doing property this way. We want you to have the tools to deliver profitable projects and enjoy doing it.

Strong and Flexible, Like a Reed in the Wind

We are a living and breathing flexible workplace. We don’t keep standard business hours. Instead we are happy to be available when and where our clients need us. Please let us know how, where and when you like to work!

We treat our team like our clients. We recognise each of our team members is dedicated, specialised and love what they do. We also know that everyone’s life is different and that we can foster serious success by trusting our team to hold the space for their work in a way that fits their life. We encourage our team to work when they are at their peak, in a place and mode that best suits them.

Reports show that 72% of Australians don’t take appropriate rest breaks from their work. Rest is essential for effectiveness at work. And because our work is understanding your business and protecting it against significant risks, we know you care that we are rested, cared for and working at our peak.

When we are at our peak, we can make better assessments and decisions, think more creatively and get more done in less time. Prioritising all our clients’ interests underpins our fixed fee guarantee, our focus on fostering connections amongst our networks and achieving excellence in our work.

It’s not the way law firms usually operate. But then again, we’re not your usual law firm.

Fixed Fee Guarantee

At Morris Legal Group, our focus is outcomes for clients. Unlike other law firms, we don’t bill you for our time. We don’t even record our time, if we can help it. We proudly offer fixed fees so that you have certainty over your spend.

Our clients are industry professionals who are used to assessing a project, providing a program and a price, coming to an agreement and just getting on with doing the job. We believe that legal work can be delivered in the same way. We believe that you should receive agreed outcomes without the constant worry about whether the clock is running.

Most of our areas of work allow us to take the problem of hourly billing out of the picture all together. Our ongoing relationship with our clients and our understanding of the industry allows us to understand the requested job, identify likely risks, and agree a project plan and price for the work.

In select instances, a matter will call for hourly billing, such as estate administration or highly complex commercial dispute negotiations. If this happens, we will tell you up front and provide you with a clear estimate and our hourly rates. If the estimate changes or we can fix our fees at any stage, we will tell you straight away.

Our promise to you: you are always in control. We will never invoice you for work for which you did not know the price.

Beyond Lawyering

In addition to excellence in legal services, by engaging Morris Legal Group you can benefit from:

  • Practical exposure to property development expertise in the ACT and NSW
  • Existing networks and experience with authorities and local government procedures
  • Fixed prices where we control or understand the risks of the transaction
  • Access to a broad network of consultants, advisors and fellow industry participants suitable to your business

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

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
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
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
Iveta Bales

Iveta believes that family dynamics and financial structures are not ‘one size fits all’.

Iveta works with clients to structure and restructure their family and their finances at the beginning and end of their relationships.

Iveta is innovative and practical with her approach to legal and family issues. Iveta’s key focus is on keeping conflict to a minimum and ensuring that solutions are tailored to her clients’ needs. Iveta’s practice is holistic and she collaborates with other professionals to ensure that clients have a ‘complete package.’

Iveta enjoys living slowly and takes time regularly to recentre herself: “Wellness is a balance between physical and mental health, figuring out what works for us and constantly adapting accordingly.” She incorporates the Swedish culture of lagom into her life; the concept of ‘just right’ and moderation and finding contentment in everyday life.

Iveta Bales
Special Counsel
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
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
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
Amy Pyett

Amy believes that real property should be accessible to everyone.

Calm, collected and adept at picking up hidden details and proposing unconventional yet profitable solutions, Amy has a particular interest in solving planning problems and providing acquisition due diligence on significant commercial property transactions.

Amy is an experienced lawyer with a demonstrated aptitude for property, development and construction-related legal services. With additional qualifications in advertising and marketing, Amy has a unique worldview that resonates with a variety of clients, ranging from retail property fund investors to property developers and construction companies.

Born and bred in the outskirts of Canberra, Amy is committed to supporting the local Canberra community and surrounds. Amy is the Co-Chair of Marketing & Media on the ACT Chapter Council of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), where she endeavors to assist members and promote diversity in the property and construction industry through events and programs provided through NAWIC ACT.

Amy Pyett
Senior Associate
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
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 Clerk