Melbourne Lawyers


Armstrong Legal’s Melbourne lawyers have the skillset to offer honest and timely legal advice and representation. Our Melbourne lawyers have years of experience behind them so you can trust you are in safe hands when you appoint them to handle your case.

The Melbourne office is on level 13, 575 Bourke Street, so you can easily get to it by bus or tram.

Call 1300 038 223 between 7am and midnight 7 days a week to make an appointment with one of Armstrong Legal’s Melbourne lawyers.

When you call us, you will chat directly to one of our qualified lawyers. They can provide general advice on the best course of action. There is no obligation to proceed.

Getting the best possible outcome is top of mind for Armstrong Legal’s Melbourne lawyers. Our team of enthusiastic, caring and committed lawyers will be able to help you with your needs and specialise in the below areas.

Melbourne Contested Wills Lawyers

There are two things that people don’t like talking about; death; and money. It’s even worse when you need to discuss both. You may have been left out of the Will or didn’t receive the share of the estate that you thought you deserved.

Armstrong Legal’s Melbourne Contested Wills Lawyers deal with contested Wills daily, so they know the process; and how to get the most desirable outcome.

What if you are happy with your share, but someone else wants to contest the estate? Our lawyers can help you defend your share.

You can only contest a Will within six months from the date of Probate being granted, or three months after you notify the estate of your plans. Therefore you need to contact one of our Melbourne Contested Wills lawyers without delay so they can prepare your case and help you get your fair share.

Melbourne Corporate Crime Lawyers

Imagine you’re in an executive job and then suddenly there’s a knock on your door from the Police, ATO or ASIC investigators; accusing you of a white-collar crime or a corporate crime. It would be humiliating, and you’d feel ashamed, even if you were innocent. After the initial shock subsides, you want to act fast because the consequences of going to court; even if you’re found not guilty can be severe and you could lose everything you’ve worked hard for, combined with the loss of reputation.

White-collar and Corporate Crime include tax fraud, ASIC investigations, money laundering, identity fraud, insider trading and environmental offences.

A lawyer can talk to you about charges you may face; and the penalties if you are found guilty. A Melbourne Corporate Crime Lawyer can offer you peace of mind by referring to similar cases where they achieved positive outcomes.

Contact one of our Melbourne Corporate Crime Lawyers today if you’re under investigation. The earlier you engage the services of an experienced lawyer, the better the outcome will be because they will have more time to research and prepare your case.

Corporate Crime covers a vast array of offences and potential penalties. The legislation is often complicated and extensive, with some legislation being hundreds or thousands of pages long. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of the law and can, therefore, defend you with excellent competency.

Melbourne Criminal Lawyers

Nothing is more stressful than the possibility of a criminal conviction. Whether it’s a minor or serious conviction, it can appear on your record for ten years if you received the conviction as an adult and five years if convicted as a minor; and more serious comes never become spent. A criminal conviction could affect your employment or stop your future travel plans.

If you’ve been charged with an offence or think that you might face charges, it is crucial that you talk to one of Armstrong Legal’s Melbourne lawyers at the first opportunity. They’ll also make plea recommendations. If you decided to plead guilty, then they will fight for minimal sentencing.

Armstrong Legal’s Melbourne lawyers know that the criminal justice system is complex and frightening whether it’s your first offence or you’ve interacted with the criminal justice system previously. The team are friendly and understanding; approaching your matter with impartiality and considering the facts only. They cover the full spectrum of Victorian criminal offences.

Our Melbourne lawyers are available every step of the way from the moment you are under investigation, through to charges being laid, appearing at court and sentencing. They can also help you appeal if you are unhappy with the outcome you received in court.

Our Melbourne Lawyers can do Legal Aid work in limited instances. We do not offer Legal Aid for matters involving AVOs or for Corporate Crime matters. If you’d like more information on the cases we can do Legal Aid work for, give us a call on 1300 038 223.

Melbourne Family Lawyers

Family disputes will always be an emotional and turbulent affair. Armstrong Legal’s Melbourne lawyers are pragmatic and sensitive in their approach to dealing with family matters. The team provide emotional support in addition to legal advice.

Our team of family lawyers have a background in dealing with the Family Court, psychology and mental health, so you can trust that your matter is in safe hands.

Our solicitors are kind and understanding; and want to remove some of the pain you’re experiencing as you grapple with domestic violence, spousal maintenance claim, divorce or child support issues.

Armstrong Legal’s Melbourne Family lawyers have worked on cases similar to yours, so they know how to approach your situation, including what questions to ask and how to present the facts.

If assets and children are at stake, our lawyers comply with the Family Law Act 1975, prioritising the children’s best interests to see both parents. It is rare, but sometimes the Family Court will make an order for children not to see a parent. If you cannot see your children, call us on 1300 038 223 to see how we can help.

Our Melbourne Family lawyers know Family Law thoroughly and can build a strong case for you. They will work on getting you the outcome you want without involving the courts. They only use the court as a last resort when every other avenue has failed.

Melbourne Traffic Lawyers

The consequences of committing a traffic offence in Victoria are severe, and if you don’t agree with an infringement notice, you can ask to have the matter heard by the Victorian Courts.

If you do contest the original penalty, the Magistrate may cancel the fine; however, they may also increase the fine, order you to pay court costs, cancel or suspend your licence and in the most severe cases, record a criminal conviction. A criminal conviction could be destructive to your future travel or employment plans.

Legal representation can make a significant difference if you are going to court. A Melbourne Traffic Lawyer can guide you through the process, and the Victorian Courts expect that you will have sought legal advice before your court appearance.

Our dedicated Melbourne Traffic lawyers are committed to ensuring you get the best possible outcome and will give your traffic matter the attention it deserves.

Were you aware that if you commit a drink driving offence interstate while driving on a Victorian licence, the courts treat it as if you committed the offence in Victoria? A Melbourne Drink Driving Lawyer can assist with information that you may not have known. The lawyers know the legislation, the penalties and the best defences in your circumstance.

If you commit a drink driving offence, you’ll probably face the Victorian Courts. If convicted, you will receive a criminal record alongside other penalties including fines, vehicle impoundment, licence suspension and in severe cases, imprisonment. It may seem trivial but a criminal record, even for a drink driving offence, can impact your future employment and travel desires, even when the convictions are spent.

An Armstrong Legal Melbourne Drink Driving Lawyer will work hard to minimise the penalty, and in some cases, they’ve had previous success getting charges dropped in favour of a lesser charge.

A good lawyer can make a massive difference to your defence and your mental health and wellbeing. They’re also equipped to help you with your plea, defences, apology letters and character reference preparation.

Melbourne Courts

Our Melbourne lawyers regularly appear in courts across Melbourne. We’ve listed some of these courts.

Supreme Court of Victoria

Murder, attempted murder and other serious criminal matters are heard in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The Supreme Court of Victoria is in a colonial building located at 210 William Street in the CBD. The building has been around since 1873 when it was designed by Arthur Abdon and Alfred Smith in 1873.

It’s open from 8am until 5pm Monday to Friday and can be accessed by tram.

Melbourne Magistrates Court

Less serious cases such as traffic offences, assaults, some indictable offences including robbery and theft, are heard in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

At 233 William Street in the CBD, the Melbourne Magistrates Court is right opposite the Victorian County Court.

It’s open from 9am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday and can be accessed by tram.

County Court of Victoria

Sitting below the Supreme Court and above the Magistrates Court, the County Court of Victoria hears over 12,000 cases a year across Criminal, Commercial and Common Law. It hears criminal matters including theft, drug offences, sexual offences, fraud and dishonesty offences and serious assault charges.

Like the Melbourne Magistrates Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria, it is on William Street, with it taking residence at number 250.

It is open from 9am until 4pm Monday – Friday and accessible by tram.

Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts

The Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts building is in Melbourne’s legal precinct and is at 305 William Street in the CBD. The building is home to four Federal courts:

It is open from 9am until 4:30pm Monday to Friday and can be reached by tram.

Kristen Moore - Managing Associate- Werribee

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Sociology) from Victoria University. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. Kristen is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. Following admission to practice, Kristen worked exclusively in the areas of civil and succession law, mainly focusing on litigated matters,…

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Luisa Di Bernardo - Managing Associate - Melbourne

Luisa is the Accredited Specialist in contested estates and the Melbourne team leader in the contested estates division at Armstrong Legal. Luisa is an experienced wills and estates lawyer specialising in estate litigation. She has represented clients in family provision claims, contested probates, estate administration, probate applications and superannuation death benefit challenges. Her work has taken her to Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. She prides…

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Carl Paterson Finch - Senior Associate - Melbourne

Carl undertook his Bachelor of Laws at Monash University before moving on to complete his practical legal training at Leo Cussen Centre For Law, where he also completed an Advocacy Program. Carl practises predominantly in family law and civil law as well as criminal law and understands the different challenges his clients face in each area. He knows how challenging it is to engage with the legal process and the…

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Jonathan Brancato - Senior Associate - Melbourne

Jonathan has spent his legal career working exclusively in criminal, traffic and family violence law. Jonathan has both the knowledge and experience to provide sound advice in these practice areas. He appreciates that being charged can be a very stressful experience and is committed to providing clarity concerning the legal issues in each client’s case. It is imperative that you understand your rights as soon as a police investigation is commenced,…

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Paul Roberts - Senior Associate - Melbourne

Paul Roberts holds a Bachelor of Laws and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Tasmania, the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria. Paul has practised almost exclusively in Family Law. He has appeared both as counsel and instructor at trial and has experience in a wide range of family law matters, involving serious psychiatric and personality disorders, sexual abuse, family violence, children with…

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Serena Vos - Senior Associate - Melbourne

Serena Vos holds a Bachelor of Laws from Latrobe University and a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) with Honours from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Since being admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia, Serena has practised primarily in family law. Serena is experienced in all aspects of Family Law including divorce, de facto relationships, parenting, property settlements and binding financial agreements. Serena represents married…

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Deike Kemper - Associate - Melbourne

Deike Kemper holds a Juris Doctor (Master of Laws degree) from Monash University. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law and is admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. Deike’s main area of practice is criminal law. She also regularly assists clients with matters relating to outstanding infringements. Deike has assisted clients with a…

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Joseph Palamara - Associate - Werribee

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University and completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law. Joseph also holds a Certificate in Legal Business from the College of Law. Joseph was admitted to practise law in the Supreme Court of Victoria in March 2017 and is also admitted in the High Court of Australia. Joseph brings with him an array of experience in legal…

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Luke Parsons - Associate – Melbourne

Luke is a persuasive advocate and regularly appears in the various Family Courts throughout the various stages of litigation. This usually includes appearing at Conciliation Conferences/Mediations and Interim Hearings. This benefits his clients by avoiding the need to pay for a barrister to appear unless there is a real advantage in doing so. As a strong negotiator, he has the skills to pursue your interests throughout the course of your…

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Serenay Kalkan - Associate – Melbourne

Serenay joined the Armstrong Legal team in March 2014 and has gained extensive experience in wills and estates law across Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, in addition to being involved in complex will dispute matters. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University in November 2016 and was admitted to practise in August 2018. Armed with a strong customer service background, Serenay is motivated by exceeding…

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Adam Elbob - Solicitor - Werribee

Adam Elbob holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology and minoring in Policy Studies. He completed his Practical Legal Training at the College of Law. Adam is admitted to practise law in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Adam brings with him an array of experience in legal practice having been involved with community legal centres and private practice. Adam strives to provide the highest quality…

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Madeline Clarke - Solicitor - Werribee

Madeline Clarke holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from La Trobe University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. Madeline is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Victoria and in the High Court of Australia. Madeline is particularly interested in the intersection between drug use and mental health. She wrote her Honours thesis on drug induced psychosis and criminal responsibility and before…

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Ulas Guldogan - Solicitor - Melbourne

Ulas Guldogan holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance. He completed his Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. Ulas has a strong interests in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Law and Banking and Finance Law. When he is not entrenched in work, Ulas enjoys playing and watching AFL and basketball as well as travelling and going to the gym.

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