Nicholas James Lawyers

About Us

At Nicholas James Lawyers

, our vision is to be recognised as a leading law firm within our community, whilst encompassing our core values of integrity, loyalty, and proficiency. Our mission is to build and sustain quality relationships with our clients by facilitating their success. As an integrated law firm, we provide a broad spectrum of quality legal services delivered with a cost effective, commercially minded approach.

We combine invaluable experience with innovative strategies across a range of practice areas, including property law and conveyancing, business transactions and commercial advisory, litigation and dispute resolution, family law, financial services and intellectual property.

We can help facilitate your success.

Our Team

Nick Terziovski Director
Nick Terziovski
Director

With over fifteen years experience in law , Nick brings a wealth of legal and general commercial expertise to our team.

Vincent Crisapulli Special Counsel
Vincent Crisapulli
Special Counsel

Vincent Crisapulli has been a solicitor since 1973 and has operated his own legal practices since that date.

Michael King
Senior Associate

Michael is a commercial lawyer with a focus on commercial litigation and general commercial transactions.

Lisa Berte
Senior Associate

Holding a Bachelor of Laws, Lisa practises in the areas of Wills & Estates, Probate, Guardianship & Administration, Victims of Crime and Family Law.

Matt Jakovljevic
Senior Associate

Matt is a property lawyer with extensive experience in commercial and residential conveyancing transactions.

Rachel Larre
Associate

Rachel joined Nicholas James as a paralegal in 2014 and quickly became an integral part of Nicholas James Lawyers.

Brittany Afif
Associate

Brittany joined Nicholas James shortly before graduating with her Masters of Law from Monash University in 2016.

Hamish Hudson
Lawyer

Hamish holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and Professional Writing.

Zee Elsoukmani Property Consultant
Zee Elsoukmani
Lawyer

Zee is a senior member of the property and commercial team

Jana Najdovski
Senior Conveyancer

Jana holds an Advanced Diploma of Business (Legal Practice).

Aleena Fotia Legal Executive
Aleena Fotia
Office Manager

Aleena has significant experience across multiple areas of law.

Candice White Office Manager
Candice White
Accounts Manager

Candice joined the NJL team in 2015 and has since become an invaluable member of the firm.

Andrea Rossi
HR Manager

Andrea joined the team at Nicholas James Lawyers in early 2019 and has since become a valued member of our workplace.

Kerime Danaci
Conveyancing Assistant

Holding her Bachelor in Accounting, Kerime joined Nicholas James Lawyers in 2019 and has since become an invaluable member of the team.

Vanessa Bugeja
Marketing & Events Coordinator

Holding a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Vanessa is determined to deliver high standards in her role as Marketing & Events Coordinator.

Jessica Dittmer
Receptionist

Jessica is our extremely capable office receptionist, with a passion for delivering first-rate administrative support.

George Loupos Investment Consultant
George Loupos
Head of Private Funding

George Loupos has over 15 years’ experience in financial services and investment markets

Vincent Bengasino Consultant
Vincent Bengasino
Consultant

Vincent Bengasino has extensive legal, operational and compliance expertise.

Tony Dimoski
Intellectual Property Consultant

Tony’s knowledge and experience in the field of Intellectual Property adds a valuable dimension within our firm.

Nick Terziovski Director
Nick Terziovski
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With over fifteen years experience in law and having practised as a Barrister for over four years, Nick brings a wealth of legal and general commercial expertise to our team.

Nick has represented some of Australia’s leading property development and financial institutions, and has appeared in most jurisdictions, including the Federal Court, the Family Court, as well as the Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts, representing clients in a range of litigious matters.

In addition to his commercial practice as a Barrister, Nick also developed a practice in the Family Court jurisdiction, primarily in relation to children’s matters and matrimonial property disputes.

Nick has been an active member of the Outlook Committee at the Urban Development Institute of Australia and is also a member of the Property Council of Australia, and the Law Institute of Victoria. He has also sat as a Tribunal Member for the Football Federation Victoria Disciplinary Tribunal.

Nick is an avid football (soccer) fan and plays Golf in his spare time. He is also fluent in Macedonian.

Vincent Crisapulli Special Counsel
Vincent Crisapulli
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Vincent Crisapulli has been a solicitor since 1973 and has operated his own legal practices since that date. Vincent has a large amount of experience and knowledge in numerous areas of law. Vincent has joined our team and specialises in Wills & Probates, Powers of Attorney, Retirement Villages acquisitions, Commercial leases and agreements, general advice.

Michael King
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Michael is a commercial lawyer with a focus on commercial litigation and general commercial transactions.

Michael’s approach is straightforward: he provides technically strong and considered advice from the outset, providing his clients with a top down view of their matter. As a result, Michael’s clients always know where their matter is going and what is required to get it there.

In his practice, Michael advises on a range of complex commercial matters including corporate and personal insolvency, shareholder disputes, and contract disputes. In addition, Michael advises on transactional matters including transfers of property, leases of commercial premises, and the purchase and sale of businesses.

In addition to Michael’s extensive experience acting in Victorian and Federal forums, he has also acted in Court proceedings in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Michael’s extensive experience and understanding of commercial matters is complemented by his Bachelor of Commerce.

Michael graduated with a Specialist Masters Degree in Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne in December 2018.

Lisa Berte
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Lisa joined Nicholas James Lawyers in 2019 and has since excelled in her role. Having graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2014, Lisa was soon admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria in February 2015. Soon after, Lisa was admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia in April 2015.

Lisa’s practise is complimented by a vast range of previous experience and qualifications, including a Diploma of Management and Business and experience working as Transcript Manager and Court reporter providing transcript services to all courts in the Northern Territory. She has worked on various high-profile cases throughout her career. Whilst at her previous firm HWMK, Lisa was appointed as the first female principal solicitor in the firm’s 30 year history.

Lisa is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Victorian Women Lawyers Association and has been a Committee Member for the Western Suburbs Law Association since 2017. Lisa has been honoured as a Friend Solicitor of the Salvation Army for three years running for her contribution in providing pro bono legal services to the local community. She is also on the Victoria Legal Aid Section 29A Panel for Family Law.

Lisa practises in the areas of Wills and Estates, Probate, Guardianship and Administration, Victims of Crime and Family Law.

Matt Jakovljevic
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Matt is a lawyer in the property department at Nicholas James Lawyers, known by his clients for providing prompt legal advice that is commercially focused and that meets business objectives. Matt holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and came to Nicholas James Lawyers having previously worked in general and commercial practice. Matt has extensive experience in all facets of residential and commercial conveyancing, including but not limited to, off-the-plan sales and purchases, plans of subdivision, related party transfers, share and trust transfers, lost title applications, advice on mortgage documents, commercial and retail leasing, adverse possession and owners corporation claims.

Matt strives to achieve exceptional client service by adopting a lateral service approach, informing and educating clients throughout their property transactions and tailoring delivery of service depending on client preference.

Matt is proud to have strong ties to the Croatian community and can assist clients through his fluency in written and spoken Croatian and German.

Rachel Larre
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Rachel first joined the firm in 2014 as a paralegal and quickly became an integral part of Nicholas James Lawyers.

Rachel predominately works in family law where she assists clients to navigate through the breakdown of their familial relationships. This area of law requires distinct sensitivity and client focus, which is Rachel’s strength. Rachel assists her clients with property settlement, parenting arrangements, child support agreements and divorce. Rachel also deals with estate planning matters, including Probate, Wills, and Power of Attorney documentation.

Rachel displays enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and attention to detail, placing her in a good stead to achieve positive outcomes for her clients.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (International Trade).

Brittany Afif
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Brittany joined Nicholas James shortly before graduating with her Masters of Law from Monash University in 2016. Brittany has previously worked editing legal publications and updating legal databases.

Brittany predominately works as a commercial lawyer providing pragmatic legal advice and documentation to help safeguard her clients’ businesses. This includes customised documentation such as shareholder and loan agreements, contracts and leases.

Brittany’s additional areas of practice include commercial finance, civil litigation and employment law – just to name a few.

Brittany has a strong work ethic, is highly motivated and approaches her work with the highest level of dedication and understanding.

Hamish Hudson
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Hamish joined Nicholas James Lawyers in 2019 and has swiftly become a fundamental part of our team.

Hamish graduated from Victoria University, with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and Professional Writing.

Hamish practises in the area of family law and assists our clients in navigating the difficulties associated with the breakdown of familial relationships. He takes pride in his personalised, supportive approach and is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

Hamish strives to resolve family law matters as quickly, amicably and cost effectively as possible, to enable our clients to move forward with their lives. His practise focuses primarily on property division, parenting arrangements, financial and child support agreements, divorce, de facto relationships, family violence and intervention orders.

Zee Elsoukmani Property Consultant
Zee Elsoukmani
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Zee is a Lawyer and senior member of the Property and Commercial team, who provides individuals and businesses with a holistic approach to property and commercial legal services, including; due diligence advice on residential and commercial property acquisitions and developments. Conveyancing across residential and commercial property transactions Zee is knowledgeable in SMSF transactions and commercial property acquisitions and dispositions

A driven and efficient member of the team, Zee is known for delivering commercially pragmatic solutions for clients and being focused on attaining excellent results. Zee has exemplary client service and is often praised for her extensive efforts to ensure matters are completed within the agreed time frame.

Zee holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Jana Najdovski
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Jana is a Senior Conveyancer in the property department at Nicholas James Lawyers. With over ten years’ experience in conveyancing, from small boutique firms to top tier firms, Jana has strong knowledge in both residential and commercial conveyancing.

Jana has extensive experience in all facets of conveyancing, including lost title applications, sales and purchases of residential and commercial properties off the plan sales and purchases (townhouses, apartments and vacant land), plans of Subdivision and consolidation, survivorship applications and Commercial and Retail Leasing.

Aleena Fotia Legal Executive
Aleena Fotia
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Aleena has significant experience across multiple areas of law including complex property and commercial matters, significant property and leasing transactions, as well as business sales and purchases, dispute resolution, wills and estates, contractual disputes and insolvency related matters such as commercial debt recovery.

Aleena not only has exceptional experience and valued insight into the property industry, but is adept in handling a wide range of a family law matters.

Aleena understands the impact that legal matters can have on her client’s personal, financial and family situation and directs her meticulous, results-driven nature to achieving the best outcomes for her clients. Aleena is communicative and sensitive to her clients’ needs.

Candice White Office Manager
Candice White
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Candice joined the NJL team in 2015 and has since become an invaluable member of the firm.

Having worked alongside solicitors and barristers for the past four years, Candice has gained vital knowledge and experience in administration, office management and accounts management.

As accounts manager, Candice has developed a trusting relationship between herself and our clients. Candice’s key responsibilities include liaising with clients and colleagues to ensure the timely and successful delivery of funds, keeping track of all payments and expenditures, managing trust funds, reconciling processed work and managing payroll.

Candice’s strong organisational skills have always superseded expectations alongside her enthusiasm to complete her responsibilities and her effervescent personality makes her a friendly face to have around the firm.

Andrea Rossi
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Andrea joined the team at Nicholas James Lawyers in early 2019 and has since become a valued member of our workplace.

Holding her Master’s in Human Resources, Andrea has over five year’s experience in the field. In her hometown of Paris, Andrea worked in Human Resources for Hewlett Packard as a HR Officer.

As HR Manager at Nicholas James Lawyers, Andrea predominately assists employees by maintaining a healthy work culture, managing payroll and supporting the office manager in relation to the recruitment of new staff members.

Andrea understands that staff are the most important asset of any firm and therefore strives to maintain a happy and productive workplace here at Nicholas James Lawyers.

Kerime Danaci
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Holding her Bachelor in Accounting and Certificate III in Conveyancing, Kerime joined Nicholas James Lawyers in 2019 and has since become an invaluable member of the team. With over eight years’ experience in conveyancing, Kerime has extensive knowledge in both residential and commercial conveyancing.

Kerime also has extensive understanding in the sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties, off the plan sales and purchases, plan of subdivisions, lost title applications and survivorship applications.

Kerime has a strong eye for detail, is highly motivated and goes above and beyond to ensure her clients are happy and that her work is completed on time.

Vanessa Bugeja
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Vanessa joined Nicholas James Lawyers in early 2019. Holding a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), she is determined to deliver high standards in her joint role as Marketing & Events Coordinator/Administrative Assistant.

Vanessa’s duties and responsibilities as Marketing & Events Coordinator range from event planning, design and production, to managing all social media campaigns on multiple platforms. Alongside her role, Vanessa provides administrative assistance to our lawyers and conveyancers.

Whilst undertaking her day to day tasks, Vanessa works proactively to meet the needs of her colleagues and clients to ensure first-rate results are achieved in all that she is assigned to.

Jessica Dittmer
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Jessica is our extremely capable office receptionist, with a passion for delivering first-rate administrative support. Jessica articulates excellent communication and listening skills, that allow her to communicate successfully with all clients and colleagues, face to face and over the telephone.

Jessica is a polite, enthusiastic, self-motivated individual who has become a great asset to our firm.

George Loupos Investment Consultant
George Loupos
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George Loupos has over 15 years’ experience in financial services and investment markets.  Prior to joining NJ Lawyers , George Loupos was a Head of Strategic partnerships at Akambo Private Wealth, a partner in the business and responsible for intermediary relationships nationally.

Between 2011 – 2015, George worked on the trading desk at FIIG Securities where he became an expert in Fixed Income investments. His primary role was to educate advisers on how to incorporate direct fixed income in a portfolio. During this time he grew the adviser market to over 200M in direct bonds.

George Loupos has diverse investment experience in the industry and can communicate complicated development and investment structures to clients. He also assists intermediary businesses and wholesale clients in implementing an appropriate investment philosophy.

George has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and a Diploma of Financial Planning

 

 

Vincent Bengasino Consultant
Vincent Bengasino
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Vincent Bengasino has extensive legal, operational and compliance expertise having worked in leading roles in these areas in the alternative investment space for over 10 years. Vincent brings practical solutions to the most complex of problems with a broad-based professional skill set and sharp attention to detail.

Tony Dimoski
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Tony’s knowledge and experience in the field of Intellectual Property adds a valuable dimension within our firm. Tony holds a First Class Honours Degree in Visual Communication from the National School of Design (Swinburne University). Tony’s career began in one of Europe’s most awarded branding agencies, where he was introduced and practiced his speciality in naming, brand communication, word and brand trademarking and design patents. Over the last 11 years Tony has worked with some of Australia’s most iconic international brands in the food and beverage sector and across the youth fashion and apparel industry, and has played an important role in helping brands achieve top results within the Australian and international marketplace. Tony’s passion lies in start-ups and enjoys brainstorming ideas with like-minded entrepreneurs to ultimately reach their goals. In his spare time and as an Apple accredited developer, Tony enjoys getting App ideas from the notepad to mobile devices for people across the world.

What We Do

Commercial Law

Commercial Law

Whether starting up a new business and determining appropriate partnership or share structures, buying or selling an existing business, raising capital or dealing with suppliers/service providers, we focus on providing a proactive, commercial approach to our clients, with a view to developing ongoing trusted relationships.

Property Law

Property Law

In addition to our dedicated conveyancing team who offer a full range of conveyancing services, we have acted for some of Australia’s leading property companies and have extensive experience in all facets of property law including retail and commercial leasing, construction and domestic building, planning and environment, and subdivision and development matters.

Family Law

Family Law

We appreciate that family and relationship disputes are sensitive and we aim to resolve them efficiently and effectively, whether by negotiation, collaborative law practice or, where necessary, through Family Court action. We are committed to the protection of our clients’ interests and those of their families and to providing cost effective solutions.

Banking

Banking & Finance

We act for a wide range of clients within the financial services sector, from Responsible Entities of Managed Investment Schemes, to mortgage brokers, financial planners, private lenders and borrowers. We focus on building and maintaining effective business frameworks, and in managing legal, regulatory, and reputational risk for our clients.

Intelectual Property Law

Intellectual Property

Branding, innovation and intellectual property are becoming increasingly important to small businesses across all facets of their operations as they seek a foothold in the multimedia market. We have expertise in assisting clients to better manage their IP portfolio, strategy and deliverables to ensure effective protection in the global market.

Civil Law

Civil Litigation

Litigation can be notoriously costly and onerous. Our experience conducting proceedings in all state and federal courts and tribunals has highlighted the importance of mitigating the impact of litigation on our clients. As such, we provide extensive pre-litigation advice and, where appropriate, advocate alternative dispute resolution such as mediation in order to achieve commercially prudent outcomes for our clients.

Our Clients

Testimonials

Global Beverage Group
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Andrew Dal Broi and his associated companies has had a long term relationship with Nicholas James Lawyers.

I have worked successfully with NJL in relation to many Commercial Law, Property Conveyancing and Property Finance cases over recent years. More recently as General Manager of Global Beverage Brand’s we have extended our reliance on NJL to cover IP and Trademarks Issues and the successful outcomes continue.

We have always enjoyed a fantastic working relationship with the Team at NJL, they are results driven which is empowering me to recommend Nick and his Team with the utmost of enthusiasm that they can provide an amazing service experience to you as they have doe so for me!

Website Global Beverage Group: https://www.globalbeveragebrands.com.au

Madina Plains
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Having recently appointed Nicholas James Lawyers to manage our Victorian Development Projects we have seen a significant difference and improvement in the operation of our business. Their legal team has assisted with the significant expansion and development of our business through their expert legal advice and technical skills. Their lawyers and legal assistants are accessible, friendly and results driven. Their legal team take an honest and professional approach to the services they offer and continuously help ensure we remain ahead of the game. I would highly recommend their services.

Website Madina Plains: http://madinaplains.com.au

Bluestar Living
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As an Award Winning Builder, Developer and Investor, it is crucial to engage and develop a Trusted Team of Professional Consultants. Nick and his team at Nicholas James Lawyers have been Trusted Partners of Bluestar Living for over five years now. During this time we have not only developed a close working relationship, but more importantly, consider each other trusted friends. Nicholas James Lawyers and Bluestar Living have collaborated to successfully deliver development projects for our business, our clients, and related parties, and we also co-sponsor Melbourne Victory Football Club. It is this common mentality and outlook that makes our relationship mutually beneficial.

It can be difficult at times to make recommendations as I am very careful in doing so.  A recommendation or referral needs to be real and genuine. It means that you have full trust in this person and that they will act on your behalf to the best of their ability and with your interest and needs first.

I sincerely have full confidence in Nick and his team and am very happy to recommend them to anyone who is looking to build a quality team around them.

Website Bluestar Living: http://www.bluestarliving.com.au/

Contact Us

Location

Suite 1, Level 2
902 Mt Alexander Rd
Essendon Victoria 3040

Office

03 9021 7400

Fax

03 9021 7401

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