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About Louise

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.

About Emmanuel

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.

Jessie Armstrong
Jessie Armstrong

About Jessie

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.

About Iveta

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.

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 Jess

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.

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.

About Amy

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.

About Vik

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.

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 Clerk

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.