VIRMA SYMONS – LEGAL PRACTICE DIRECTOR
Virma completed her degrees in Arts and Law at the University of Philippines in 1990. She then practised in the areas of commercial law, corporate law and labour law, while working for various law firms in the Philippines. Virma became in-house counsel for corporations in the transportation, mining and banking sectors. Virma attended the Ivy League university–Cornell University in New York–where she completed her Master of Laws in 1998 majoring in corporate finance, banking and regulation, bankruptcy business combinations, international business transactions, secured transactions, foreign investments and commercial real estate development.
Virma then moved to Australia in 1998 where she completed further studies at Murdoch University before being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2002. Since then Virma has practised in the areas of family law, property law, commercial law, wills and deceased estates and commercial litigation.
Virma provides advice and legal services in the following specific areas of family law:
- Children’s issues
- Financial/property settlements
- Parenting plans
- Binding financial agreements before or during cohabitation and after separation
- Spousal or de facto maintenance
Virma also handles matters relating to the care and protection of children.
Virma also provides legal services in the following practice areas:
- Retail commercial and industrial leases and the assignment, variation and extension of such leases
- Business/property settlements and conveyancing
- Trusts and Estates
- Caveat and withdrawal of caveats
- joint ventures
- Franchise agreements review
- Business succession agreements
- Banking including review of mortgage documents and providing independent legal advice for bank guarantees
- International law
Virma is a member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia.
Virma has a special interest in international business transactions and project finance.
GARTH MELVOLD- HEAD OF FAMILY LAW DIVISION – CHILDREN
Garth obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and History and a Bachelor of Education, from the University of Western Australia.
Garth has an interest in aviation and holds a pilot’s licence.
Garth practises mainly in Family Law:
- Parenting matters – live with and spend time with Orders, relocation and child recovery
- Financial matters – alteration of property interests
- Dispute Resolution and mediation – parenting and financial matters
- Child protection and care
ERICA KIM – SOLICITOR
Erica completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney in 1988 and obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University in Sydney.
Erica is a registered Migration agent providing immigration advice and visa application.
Erica has previous experience in the building industry.
Erica is interested in the following areas of Commercial and Property Law:
- Liquor licensing
- Contracts for sale of land and sale of business – drafting and review
- Retail, commercial and industrial leases
- Building contracts
Erica is fluent in Korean and has been handling a lot of legal work for the Korean community in Western Australia.
DANIEL NUGAWELA – SOLICITOR
Dan was admitted as a legal practitioner in Western Australia in September 2016. He has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science degrees from the University of Western Australia.
Dan practises in the areas of taxation, self-managed superannuation funds, bankruptcy, corporate restructure, partnerships, estate planning, probate matters, contract law and personal injury.
JOEL STEINBERG – LAW GRADUATE – OFFICE MANAGER
Joel completed his qualifications in Tourism and Hotel Management in 1997 and spent 5 years in senior Management of International Hotels before being a founding shareholder of Leisure Inn Hotels, where he spent 3 years as Chief Executive Officer before moving to Adelaide where he owned his own hotel.
In 2010 Joel returned to studies at Murdoch University and commenced with Symons and Co in our Legal Cadetship Programme in July 2012.
Joel graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in September 2015 and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Australian National University 2016.
Joel is an associate member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia. However, he is not admitted to practise law in Australia.
Joel is also a member of the Australian Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators, and is an accredited Mediator.
Joel is undertaking his Graduate Diploma in Finance in 2017 and assists clients in all non-legal work, as well as general management of the firm under the guidance of the Practice Director.
PETER BUENAVENTURA – SOLICITOR
Peter completed his Bachelor of Science degree from De La Salle University and earned his Bachelor of Laws from Philippine Law School.
A driven, self-directed strategist, he brings 20+ years’ experience from different facets of business and legal environments, including 12 years in real estate, 5 years in hospitality and tourism, 4 years in water treatment and environment protection and 2 years in government service. He is a proactive leader with refined business acumen and exemplary people skills.
In November 2013, Peter moved to Australia and pursued his passion to practise as a lawyer. He completed his Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University and obtained his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The College of Law.
Peter practices in the areas of:
- Migration Law
- AAT appeals (Visa denial and cancellation)
- Commercial, industrial, retail and shopping centre leasing and agreements for lease
- Default notices
- Easements and restrictive covenants
- Licensing of land
- ‘Off the plan’ sales and pre-sales
- Property conveyancing, including Settlements
- Rural leasing
- Sale Contracts or Offer and Acceptance and special conditions
Peter is fluent in Tagalog and actively supports the Filipino community in Western Australia.
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