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SENAD DIZDAREVIC

SENAD
DIZDAREVIC

PRINCIPAL SOLICITOR

senad@ascotsolicitors.com.au

Education and Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws
(University of Tasmania)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
(Leo Cussen)

Senad is the principal of Ascot Solicitors and established the firm in August 2011. Senad’s vision was to establish a thriving law firm in the western suburbs. Over the short period that Ascot Solicitors has been opened, we have grown rapidly and now operate in two different locations. Senad’s goal was to establish a practice that is based on integrity, informed by expertise and driven successfully to provide the best result that can be achieved for a diversity of clients. Senad’s approach is to offer a comprehensive solution to all his clients, having spent considerable time practising in the major areas of law, namely wills and estates and estates disputes, property law, building and constructions, civil litigation and Family Law.

He has represented clients with a tremendous success rate in all the courts in Victoria. He currently acts for a large number of property developers, builders, real estate agencies, accounting practices and contractors based all over Melbourne. Senad’s time is spent working with our solicitors and overseeing the aspects of all work. Senad is energetic and upfront with all his clients. His approach is considered and calculated with a positive attitude to get the job done, and to do it well.

SENAD DIZDAREVIC

IMRAN KHAN

GENERAL MANAGER AND SOLICITOR

imran@ascotsolicitors.com.au

Education and Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws
(University of Tasmania)

Bachelor of Information Systems
(University of Tasmania)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
(College of Law)

Diploma of Business

Imran graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Information Systems. Imran began his legal career in Melbourne in general legal practice but he is increasingly focusing on work as a Litigation Solicitor.

Imran’s area of practice include Civil, Estate and Property Disputes, Commercial Matters, Criminal Matters and General Litigation.

Imran has recently taken up a position as a board member on the Lady Clark Centre Association Inc. (Retirement Village) on a volunteer basis. Imran also used to volunteer for Advocacy Tasmania assisting and providing mentally impaired patients with legal assistance.

I love cricket but unfortunately I am not related to the famous cricketer.

FRANK PLATA

FRANK
PLATA

SPECIAL COUNSEL

frank@ascotsolicitors.com.au

Education and Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws
(Monash University)

Bachelor of Jurisprudence
(Monash University)

Frank ran his own practice, Frank Plata Barrister and Solicitor, for 34 years and joined the team at Ascot Solicitor as a Special Counsel in 2014.

Frank was a member of the Small Claims & Residential Tenancies Tribunal (now VCAT) for 6 years and also served as a Tribunal member of the Football Federation of Victoria.

Frank is a highly experienced and dedicated lawyer who is fluent in both English and Polish. He attended 3 local schools in the western suburbs, and has been married since 1980. Having acted for a wide array of clients, his experience of the law is unbeatable.

Frank has developed expert knowledge in legal support and advice which is provided to each of his clients individually. Frank has practised in most areas of law, namely property law, civil and commercial matters, wills and deceased estates, civil litigation, Family Law, and traffic and criminal matters.

In his spare time, Frank enjoys reading, cycling, hiking and soccer. He is a big sports fan and a supporter of Aussie Rules, the Socceroos and is also currently a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of Western Region Football League.

VICTOR WANG

VICTOR
WANG

SOLICITOR

victor@ascotsolicitors.com.au

Education and Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws
(University of Melbourne)

Bachelor of Commerce
(University of Melbourne)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
(College of Law)

Victor joined Ascot Solicitors in 2012 as a Graduate Solicitor after being admitted to practise in October 2012. Victor is a passionate and driven young solicitor who is fluent in English and Mandarin and prides himself on his meticulous approach and technical competence. Having acted for a wide-ranging clientele which includes corporations, entities, large property developers and private individuals, Victor has developed an unique sense of empathy and compassion which he applies towards each client’s distinct context.

Victor’s knowledge of the law is multifaceted, as he has practised in commercial litigation, business transactions, Family Law, wills and estates, criminal law and property law matters. His involvement in the legal profession has enabled him to understand the interaction between the legislation, competitive representation and accountability to client demands, and he is able to methodically connect these aspects in order to achieve the optimal outcome for each client.

Outside of work, Victor maintains an active lifestyle, enjoys spending time with friends and is an avid follower of Aussie Rules Football.

AMRA DEMIROVIC

AMRA
DEMIROVIC

SOLICITOR

amra@ascotsolicitors.com.au

Education and Qualifications:

Juris Doctor of Law
(Monash University and RMIT University)

Bachelor of Science - Honours
(The University of Melbourne)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
(College of Law)

Amra was admitted to practise as an Australian lawyer in 2014. Amra received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne, graduating with Honours. Amra completed her Juris Doctor of Law at Monash University and RMIT.

At Ascot Solicitors, Amra practices in Migration law and Personal Injury. She has experience in complex product liability cases and mass tort litigation.

PATRICIA MAGNAYE

PATRICIA
MAGNAYE

SOLICITOR - LLB, BBus

Education and Qualifications:

Bachelor of Law (Victoria University)

Bachelor of Business (Victoria University)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Leo Cussens)

Patricia was admitted into practice in 2015 and joined Ascot Solicitors in 2017 as a commercial litigation lawyer. Before coming to Ascot Solicitors, she practiced as a corporate & commercial lawyer in a CBD boutique firm working on a variety of matters for high-profile companies and individual clients, with a focus on contractual disputes and resolution, franchise systems, debt recovery, corporate and personal insolvency and employment law issues. Patricia has continued to build on her practice by gaining further experience in general litigation-insurance matters, providing advice to businesses, property law related matters, wills, probate and estate matters, family court proceedings, children matters, civil Intervention orders, and minor traffic and criminal matters.

Patricia is well-versed in Civil Court procedures and is familiar with the electronic filing systems for various Courts and Tribunals.

Patricia enjoys dealing with challenging and complex legal issues and thrives on achieving the best tailored results for her clients. She understands the stress which emanates from her client’s legal issues and is both compassionate and empathetic about their circumstances.

Patricia has appeared in most State and Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court of Victoria, County Court of Victoria, Magistrates Court, Federal Court of Australia and VCAT.

When Patricia is not vigorously working, she loves to read and cook, go running and cycling and hanging out with family and friends.

JENNEY

JENNEY HAMBALIAN

SOLICITOR - LVLGE, BPSYSC, GDLP

Education and Qualifications:

Bachelor of Psychological Science
(Latrobe University)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
(Leo Cussens)

Jenney studied Psychological Science and Law at La Trobe University. She then went on to obtain her graduate diploma in legal practice from the Leo Cussen Centre for Law, before being admitted into the legal profession in October 2017.

Jenney began her career at Ascot Solicitors as a paralegal, assisting with a variety of matters and gaining significant experience along the way. She is now a Solicitor who practices in the areas of civil litigation, family law, wills and probate.

Jenney prides herself on being both commercially intuitiveand sensitive to the needs and interests of her clients. She has worked diligently on a number of matters including debt recovery and extensive family law and property settlements, navigating through the court process and acting promptly on instructions.

When she is not in the office, Jenney is likely to be at the gym, or spending time with her family and friends.

NATASHA

NATASHA POLOROTOFF

Accounts

Natasha joined Ascot Solicitors in 2017, her key roles being the management of the Legal Trust Accounting and general bookkeeping for the firm.

With over 20 years’ experience in the legal profession, Natasha is able to maintain a high level of accuracy in her position and has an excellent understanding of the unique accounting prerequisites required to ensure the firm is trust and accounting compliant.

Outside of work Natasha enjoys reading and travelling.

JOSETTE COLEIRO

JOSETTE
COLEIRO

Legal Assistant

Dedication, loyalty and efficiency are a few factors that you must have in this profession.

I was just out of college when I started with the predecessor, Xerri Rubinstein & Co. I had no experience in law but very quicklyadapted. I had amazing mentors who taught me all areas of law (including Maltese Law) and also taught me bookkeeping to manage the Trust and Office accounts. I was employed by the Principal of the firm, Mr Mario Xerri, for 31 years before it was taken over by Ascot Solicitors.

Now in my new role at this growing firm, I’m employed as a Legal Secretary/Assistant and have also been appointed to do debt recovery. At times I’m required to interpret in the Maltese language which I am fluent and familiar with. Understandably, it can be overwhelming when having difficulties speaking the English language. My skill in being able to interpret in the Maltese language helps clients feel at ease and more importantly they are able to understand what they are actually executing. I’m the first point of contact when you enter our Sunshine office and can guarantee that you will always be greeted with a smiley face and a positive attitude. I enjoy my job and I am always willing to go above and beyondto help others and assist anyone that walks in.

Outside work I am blessed with a wonderful family. I have been married to my High School sweetheart for 29 years and we have two beautiful adult children, a daughter who is an Accountant and a son who is in his first year at Uni. My husband and I have more free time now that our children are older. We enjoy wining and dining and going on holidays.

SIMON CAWTHORN

SIMON CAWTHORN

Legal Assistant

Education and Qualifications:

Bachelor of Law (Deakin University)

Bachelor of Commerce (Deakin University)

Simon graduated from Deakin University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws. He is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

Outside of work, Simon can usually be found playing hockey or at the park with his Airedale and Portuguese Water Dog.

NEVIN VELI

NEVIN VELI

Conveyancer

Education and Qualifications:

Diploma of Conveyancing (TMG College Australia)

Nevin joined Ascot Solicitors in 2014 when we successfully opened our second office in Caroline Springs and works predominantly in our conveyancing department. She holds a Diploma of Conveyancing.Nevin’s determination to assist every client to the best of her abilities is guaranteed as she thrives in providing the highest level of customer service possible with the reassurance of a stress-free process. Whether it is buying or selling property, she is attentive to each client’s individual needs.

Outside of work, Nevin enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with friends and family and shopping (that is counted as a hobby!).

THOMAS REILLY

THOMAS REILLY

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Education and Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws
(Australian Catholic University)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
(College of Law)

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