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About Us - Men’s Legal Service

Men’s Legal Service was established in 2016 as a response to the observation that there was limited assistance available to men who were experiencing family law events.

Our founders were concerned that this lack of resources and services resulted in many men losing contact with their children after separation or divorce. It was apparent that a cause of this was that most of these men lacked the financial resources to seek the legal advice or representation necessary to navigate the family law system and satisfactorily resolve parenting and property matters.

Our mission is to make pragmatic, cost-effective legal services available to men at turning points in the lives of them and their families.

Our mission is achieved through the following key actions:

  • Providing low-cost and means-tested no-cost legal services to clients in a dignified and professional manner;
  • Enabling and encouraging positive and responsible outcomes in the lives of clients and their families;
  • Being a ‘guide at the crossroads’ to connect men with community and government organisations and resources to assist with broader life issues;
  • Providing an informed, apolitical voice on issues that affect clients; and
  • Promoting recognition and acceptance within the community of the principle of the equality of men and women.

Our primary focus is on assisting fathers to continue to be available and involved in the lives of their children after family law events.

Lawyers

Men’s Legal Service thanks the many volunteers and contributions of time from lawyers and other members and groups within the community.

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Roger Poed

Lawyer

Roger is a Solicitor admitted in Queensland and the High Court of Australia.  He practices in the areas of family law and domestic violence, and has a background in criminal law and immigration law.

Roger takes an active interest in the representation of men in the family court system and vigorously strives to ensure that his clients have their rights upheld in family law and domestic violence proceedings.  He is also an ardent supporter of anti-bullying and domestic violence campaigns.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws with Central Queensland University and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice with Griffith University, being recognised for excellence in the areas of white collar crime.

Roger regularly volunteers at various Community Legal Centres including the Pine Rivers Community Legal Service, and was the site coordinator for the Justices of the Peace Program for both Sunnybank Hills and Calamvale for 5 years with the department of Justice and Attorney-General (Qld).

He believes in being part of the community and is passionate in ensuring all members of society have access to legal assistance.

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Vincent Pignalosa

Lawyer

Vince is a graduate lawyer and holds a Juris Doctor from Bond University.  He hopes to practice in the commercial and taxation legal fields.

In addition to his legal qualification Vince holds a Bachelor’s Honours degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

Vince enjoys beating the heat and watching ice hockey in his time off.  You can often catch Vince exploring new restaurants and delicacies in the Brisbane area.

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Mathew Morgan

Senior Lawyer

Mathew is a solicitor admitted to practice in Queensland and the High Court of Australia and has practiced in many areas of law: family, criminal, commercial, litigation, insurance, insolvency and workers’ compensation.  This wide scope enables him to apply a holistic approach to his client’s legal matters.

Mathew has over 6 years of experience with family law matters.  He takes a pragmatic approach that seeks to resolve matters quickly and economically.  Although he is well practiced in court procedures, he strives to resolve matters by negotiation without the need for trial.

Mathew also has years of experience with criminal and domestic violence matters.  He has successfully prosecuted and defended domestic violence order applications, and defended persons charged with breaching domestic violence orders.

Mathew has acted for clients from all social, economic and cultural backgrounds, and deals with all persons with compassion and sensitivity.  Legal disputes can be stressful and draining and Mathew helps his clients navigate their way through so they can move on to the next stage in their life.

Mathew has worked with legally aided clients and other clients suffering hardship.  He is aware of the financial cost of legal proceedings and the difficulties people face during the end of a relationship.  His goal in all matters is to obtain the most fair outcome possible, as soon as practicable.

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Michael Back

Senior Lawyer

Michael is a solicitor admitted to practice in Western Australia.  Michael has seven years’ experience working in Family Law in Western Australia. Michael also has experience working in the Federal Circuit Court on Family Law matters in Darwin.   

Prior to working in Family Law, Michael gained experience working in commercial law and civil litigation for the Solicitor for the Northern Territory.   Michael has also worked in mid-size family law firms and was the Principal Lawyer of a family prevention violence legal service in Western Australia. Michael has also worked in regional Western Australia and is happy to take clients from regional Western Australia.

Michael has represented clients in parenting and property matters in the Family Court of W.A. and is adept at working in both of the main areas of Family Law.  Michael provides a holistic legal service to clients, equally adept at preparing Court documents and appearing in Court on behalf of clients.   Michael seeks to work as cost effectively as possible for clients and keeps clients informed of where their matter is at and where it is going. 

Michael can represent and advise clients in the following areas of Family Law and Family Violence:

  • Property Matters
  • Parenting Matters
  • Consent Orders
  • Recovery/Relocation Matters
  • Mediation/Negotiation
  • Enforcement Applications
  • Contravention Applications
  • Parentage Declarations
  • Binding Financial Agreements
  • Child Support
  • Restraining Orders

Outside of work Michael enjoys hanging out with his children and taking part in a range of sporting activities.

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Deborah Brackenreg

Senior Lawyer

Deborah is one of the Family Lawyers at Men’s Legal Service. She was admitted to practice law in 2007 in Darwin.  She worked for North Australian Aboriginal Family Law Service.

She has practised across remote communities across the Top End of the Northern Territory travelling with the ‘bush circuit’.

Traveling by small planes boats and cars.  She provided domestic violence, family law; child protection; tenancy and the full range of legal services to normally inaccessible communities that had no success to legal services.

She has also spent 6 years working with Territory Families working in child protection and youth justice.

She has also practised in family law and child protection and domestic violence services in Carnarvon with the Aboriginal Family Law Service in remote WA.

Deborah prides herself on always attempting to mediate and avoid litigation, which is costly and stressful for all the parties (including their lawyers!)

She understands everyone is different and needs to a voice to be heard and someone to guide them through the complicated and protracted system that is the Family Court.

She is always there for her clients and provides a ready ear.

Otherwise, Deborah is animal mad, loves the water (not the crocodiles!) and the beach.  Her frogs, her dogs, friends and family.

 

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Miranda Campbell

Senior Lawyer

Miranda commenced her legal career as a property lawyer in Brisbane but has always had a passion for family law. In between her property law matters she made time for as many family law files as she was able to and volunteered her time outside of work providing free family law advice in community legal.

Eventually Miranda transitioned from property law to a firm that specialised in family law and it was there that she honed her technical knowledge and litigation skills.

Miranda has exceptional communication skills and a stamina for working long hours which serve her well in the legal profession. She credits this to growing up in a family of hard workers and to the years that she spent employed as an international flight attendant. Miranda is a resolute (though courteous) and empathetic advocate who will take the time to gather the facts, understand her client’s story and provide her client with realistic advice to assist them in moving forward.

Miranda moved to Darwin when her military husband was posted here and was determined to find a position in a firm whose values aligned with her own. She considers herself fortunate indeed to have found a position at a not-for-profit family law firm. Miranda passionately believes that family lawyers ‘have a duty to minimise costs and to reduce conflict’ to quote one brilliant judge.  

In her spare time, Miranda loves to explore the many majestic natural attractions in and around Darwin with her family, to holiday dream and plan and to occasionally just chill out and binge watch a riveting Netflix, Stan or Binge series.

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William Spencer-He

Senior Lawyer

William Spencer-He began the family law practice in Victoria in 2002. He has worked for various public legal services (eg Victoria Legal Aid, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Peninsula Community Legal Centre etc) and private law firms on Collins Street in Melbourne. William has also practised child protection and property law in Victoria and in Beijing.

Prior to the legal practice, William taught and practised international journalism in Shanghai and Beijing. He also interpreted for senior Chinese government leaders, Shanghai mayors and at United Nations conferences.

William is a life-long NAATI professional interpreter & translator in Mandarin.

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Doris Matias

Senior Lawyer

Doris was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Western Australia in 2001.

Doris practiced in multi-disciplinary areas prior to specialising in family law and achieving a Masters in Applied Law in Family Law in 2012.

Doris' passion for the law is demonstrated in her desire to gain new skills through continued further education, teaching and specialised training. Doris is a lecturer at the College of Law WA teaching family law units in the Masters of Applied Law Program since 2012. Trained in alternative dispute resolution, mediation and collaborative law, Doris is committed to providing less restrictive means to litigation as an alternative approach to resolving conflicts.  Doris is an Independent Children’s Lawyer and a Child Representative in the Children’s Court.

Outside of work, Doris sings in a choir, plays the ukulele and is pursuing further education in Counselling and Family Law Dispute Resolution.

 

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Sajan Naker

Office Manager

Sajan Naker completed a Bachelor of Business in International Hotel Management, receiving a scholarship to attend the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts University. Sajan's management skills and attention to detail, combined with being young and ambitious, are advantageous to his role as Office Manager based in our Logan office but overseeing all offices, Australia-wide. 

When he isn't working, Sajan likes to spend his spare time riding motorbikes, going to the gym, exploring new restaurants, and travelling the world. Sajan has travel to over 20 countries and now wishes to focus on his career and helping to make a difference helping men that are in need.  

Sajan also won't say no to a few cold beverages with friends out on the weekend.

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Cassandra Paramor

Executive Assistant to the Managing Director

Cassandra has an extensive background in administration, account departments and administration team management. Cassandra’s depth of experience in office management has proven to be invaluable to her roll within Men's Legal Service

Cassandra’s client liaison skills and calm professional persona ensures the day to day protocols and processes of a busy law firm are conducted in a smooth and productive way.

Based in the Logan office, Cassandra enjoys the interaction with clients and working with an empathetic and pro-active group of professionals.  Cassandra keeps the social program at the office moving and finds the interaction and involvement enriches her experience and provides fulfilment.

In her free time Cassandra is a dressmaker and can be found at the movies most weekends.  She is often planning her next outing to the local coffee shops with her ‘crew’.

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James Stokes

Legal Practitioner Director

James is the founder of Men’s Legal Service. As a commercial lawyer who had experienced family law events himself, James not only recognised a need for affordable legal services for men but he also acted on it.

As a local of the Logan area for more than 30 years, James has developed collaborative relationships with key stakeholders and likeminded advisors. He regularly assists regional and remote law firms outside Queensland’s south-east corner, has presented as a speaker for the Tax Institute of Australia, Queensland Law Society and numerous legal education providers, banks and community groups. He is also a director of Rivermount Education Limited, and the Economics and Law Research Institute, and the consulting general manager of WillPoint (Australia’s leading provider of death and probate notification and will locator services).

As a lawyer, James has more than 15 years of experience working with some of Queensland’s largest and smallest firms. He has provided estate planning, business succession and commercial advice to business owners and private clients.

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Stewart Flemming

Board Member

Stewart became a single father when his wife left just after their son's first birthday.

5 years later Stewart and his son (Jack) moved to London for his son to attend a school in London.

After 5 years in London, seeing the world, the boys decided to come back to Australia for Jack to attend an Aussie High School.

Through his career, Stewart has founded over 30 businesses, is a professional coach and is passionate about a Dad's role in raising children. 

He is currently the Editor of Coaching Life.

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Natasha Hobson

Board Member

As a wife, mother and business owner in Logan, Natasha feels strongly that men deserve equal access to legal representation and that children benefit profoundly from having a caring and involved father in their lives.

She is proud of the work Men's Legal Service does and is always on the lookout for ways to improve our services.