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Charities & Not-For-Profits Law in Australia

Our People

Our Charities & Not-For-Profits team is well placed to deliver effective and appropriate legal support to charities and Not-For-Profits clients – our service history in this area dates back to 1859.

As a firm, we are at the forefront of legal and related issues pertinent to Not-For-Profits, churches, educational institutions and other community groups.  Our clients in the Not-For-Profit sector range from Government agencies to large national charities and from church institutions to local Not-For-Profit organisations run by individuals.

Please meet our experts:

Bill d’Apice

Bill is a principal legal advisor to the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, various Catholic Archdioceses and Dioceses and many religious congregations. He advises many other charities and Not-For-Profit organisations. He is immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Catholic Church Insurances Ltd and serves on a number of boards of public companies, private companies and charities which allows him to bring practical experience to his advice.

Bill’s principal areas of legal practice are property law, commercial law and the law relating to charities and other Not-For-Profit groups. Bill also acts for many retirement villages and aged accommodation facilities and provides general advice to charities and Not-For-Profit organisations.  He has expertise in all aspects of commercial law with particular emphasis on corporate structuring, corporate governance and directors’ duties.

He is a co-author of the Church Administration Handbook.

Joanne Grant

Joanne is an Senior Associate practising in the Charities and Not-For-Profits sector as well as the Property and Education practice groups.

Joanne has acted for churches, universities and other educational establishments, aged care facilities and charities with a particular focus on advising charities and not-for-profits about their commercial and property transactions.

Joanne has handled a range of property transactions from the acquisition and disposal of commercial and residential property, property development, commercial leasing, and due diligence for such transactions.  She also has experience in a broad range of commercial legal work including the acquisition and disposal of businesses.

 

Belinda Marsh

Belinda is a Senior Associate who works predominantly in the Not-For-Profit sector.  She has successfully managed the conveyance of numerous properties for charitable organisations as well as for private clients.  She specialises in the conveyance of both residential and commercial properties.

Belinda is also experienced in intellectual property law matters and advises in relation to legislative changes and requirements that affect different types of charities and Not-For-Profit organisations.

 

Anna Lewis

Anna is an Associate in the Charities & Not-For-Profits sector and handles a range of matters relating to the commercial and compliance requirements of Charities and Not-For-Profit organisations. She has acted for churches, schools and other charitable and Not-For-Profit organisations.

She also has experience in both litigious and commercial work, including conducting due diligence, managing complex discovery and working on long running multi-jurisdictional matters.

 

Mahi Kazaglis

Mahi is a property lawyer in the Charities & Not-For-Profits sector. She handles a range of property transactions including the acquisition and disposal of land, property development and commercial and residential leasing. She has acted for churches, universities, schools and other charitable and Not-For-Profit organisations.

 

 

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Jennifer Paterson

Jennifer has over 15 years’ expertise in commercial law, including advising businesses from start-up to dissolution and ensuring they have in place the appropriate documentation to minimise risk in their dealings with third parties, such as services agreements, product supply and distribution agreements, website terms and conditions and privacy policies, as well as transactional agreements relating to the sale and purchase of businesses and properties.

 

Jennifer now has a particular focus on the Charities and Not-For-Profit sector where she assists clients with their interactions with governmental authorities such as the ATO and the ACNC and ensuring regulatory compliance.

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Eugene Fedoseev

Eugene is a property and commercial lawyer who acts for churches, educational organisations and various other Not-For-Profit entities as well as private clients.

His focus is on commercial and retail leases, acquisitions and disposals of land and businesses and general property and commercial matters.