The Schembri & Co Team

Our team of lawyers, law clerks and assistants are experienced in dealing with a broad range of legal matters.  They are dedicated to each and every client and are the secret to our success.

OUR LAWYERS

Stephen Schembri

Principal

Wendy Maitland-Smith

Senior Consultant Lawyer

Cameron Forster

Senior Associate

Helen Montgomery

Associate Lawyer

Adam Brussaard-Kerr

Associate Lawyer

Lauren Taylor

Lawyer

Anita Plesa

Senior Associate

Jessica McCrohan

Lawyer

Jamie Palmer

Lawyer - Property Law

Nikki Morgan

Lawyer

OUR SUPPORT STAFF

Michelle Kindred

Practice Manager

What you enjoy best about the work you do

The variety of work I do on a daily basis and the challenge of ensuring our staff are working to budgets and keeping up with changes in legislation.  I also very much enjoy mentoring junior staff, assisting in staff training and being involved in planning for the firm’s future.

Why you enjoy working at our firm

Great work colleagues.

Interests outside of work

Spending time with my three adult children, working with local community to obtain funding grants for community activities, my local football club and travelling.

Courtney Borg

Courtney Borg

Graduate Lawyer – Victims of Crime Assistance

What you enjoy best about the work you do

I find it extremely rewarding to assist clients through their varying Victims of Crime matters, advocating for them and achieving a great outcome. No two matters are the same, and neither is each day in my work, which makes it both exciting and interesting.

Why you enjoy working at our firm

The firm’s culture including friendly and supportive staff. I feel fortunate to work with my colleagues who have such a broad range of knowledge and experience.

Interests outside of work:

Going on our ‘boat family’ Sunday day-trips and annual summer Yarrawonga holiday to wakeboard, kneeboard, ski and swim (even though I am not particularly good at it). I also enjoy listening to pop-culture and crime podcasts.

Anja Meilak

Assistant to Helen Montgomery

What you enjoy best about the work you do

I have a particular interest in Family Law, Wills and Deceased Estate matters.  I enjoy working with Helen to assist her clients and I love that every matter is different and therefore every day is different.

Why you enjoy working at our firm

The people I work with and the support I have from my colleagues.  It is a warm family environment which makes it easy to work at.

Interests outside of work

Spending time with my family and friends.

Alicia Robson-Garth

Law Graduate - Property Law Department

What you enjoy best about the work you do

Though conveyancing is largely transactional in nature there are many unexpected problems that can arise,  It is extremely rewarding to be able to provide your client with informed and well thought-out strategies in these situations to confidently guide them through difficult and problematic situations.

Why you enjoy working at our firm

One of the most enjoyable factors of Schembri and Co. is the firm’s culture and supportive learning environment. The senior Lawyers and Practice Managers I work with have a wealth of experience and their expertise is a great advantage for me as a Trainee lawyer and to our clients.

Interests outside of work

I have volunteered at the Night Service at Darebin Community Legal Centre as a Paralegal for the last 6 years  which is a rewarding experience because I am able to assist those who would otherwise not be able to afford legal assistance.

Nicole Harris

Senior Law Clerk - Victims of Crime Assistance

What you enjoy best about the work you do

I find it interesting dealing with the variety of victims that I have over my 14 years at Schembri & Co.  I usually find it both enjoyable and satisfying assisting our victims during what is often the most difficult experience of their lives.  I also enjoy developing a good rapport with our clients as well as the Tribunal, Victoria Police and psychologists as it usually results in a more efficient Application process for our clients.

Why you enjoy working at Schembri & Co Lawyers

Small, busy, friendly office which is local to my home.

Interests outside of work

I am the parent of 3 young adults who still live at home, I play tennis and coach tennis locally, I go to all Essendon AFL matches in Melbourne with my “tribe” and also attend a few interstate games each season.  I also host international students in my home and have done so for over a decade.  I am starting to embrace the next chapter in life as my family responsibilities reduce and look forward to more time away with my partner.

Julie Dempsey

Senior Law Clerk - Victims of Crime Assistance

Lucy Galesic

Client Services

What you enjoy best about the work you do

I enjoy assisting my colleagues wherever needed.  I usually do and learn something new each day which motivates me to continue develop my skills as an assistant.

Why you enjoy working at our firm

I enjoy working at Schembri & Co Lawyers because they show respect and understanding towards working mothers by allowing flexibility of work hours. Being a support staff member it is rewarding being recognised by my superiors for my initiative, ambition and dedication.

Interests outside of work

Raising my young family and watching my children develop through play, activities, craft and extra-curricular activities.

Alison Liddicott

Law Clerk - Assistant to Adam Kerr & Cameron Forster

What you enjoy best about the work you do

I get satisfaction in working with clients to achieve great outcomes and results they are happy with.

Why you enjoy working at our firm

I enjoy the people I work with – we work as part of a team and it feels like a family.

Interests outside of work

I love to spend time with my partner and 2 beautiful children.  I enjoy exercising and walking my dog.