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Melbourne
South Yarra
Deer Park
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PARTNERS

SENAD DIZDAREVIC

Principal

Senad is the Principal of Ascot Solicitors and established the firm in August 2011. His vision was to establish a thriving law firm in the western suburbs and he has singlehandedly built the firm from the ground up. When the firm was in its infancy and had only 1 employee and 1 office back in 2012, Senad invested all of his time, efforts and funds into expanding the firm and creating a legacy. Over the short period that Ascot Solicitors has been open, we have grown rapidly and we now have 4 offices and a team of lawyers, admin and support staff all operating under Senad’s tutelage.

 

Senad’s goal was to establish a practice that is based on integrity, informed by expertise and driven successfully to provide the best results that can be achieved for a diversity of clients. His approach is considered and calculated to offer a comprehensive solution to all his clients, having spent considerable time practising in all of the major areas of law, namely: property law, building & construction, civil litigation, family law, wills and estates and estates disputes. Senad acts for countless property developers, large corporations, notable high-wealth luminaries and Australian sports stars and personalities and he has continuously strived to achieve optimal outcomes for all of his clients. Senad is energetic and upfront with all his clients. He is the quintessential advocate, and is always prepared to fight for each client, no matter how big or small. 

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws 
(University of Tasmania)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice 
(Leo Cussen)

ACCREDITATION

LLB, GDLP

IMRAN KHAN
Partner

Imran is a highly regarded Partner across several of our offices in Melbourne. Having joined the firm in 2016, he carries with him a wealth of experience and knowledge from previous firms where he worked as a senior solicitor and general manager overseeing several lawyers and staff.

 

Imran brings first-class strategic and commercial thinking in all of his matters and has cemented a reputation for providing exceptional client service with a pragmatic and sensible approach for his clients and one that is focused on delivering positive and effective outcomes.

 

Imran has grounded solid experience as a general practise lawyer specialising in areas such as commercial litigation, complex estate and property disputes, corporate advisory, sales and acquisitions and all aspects of property law. Imran has acted on behalf of many high-profile property developers and regularly advises on agreements for large property developments and subdivisions as well as advising large corporate clients in relation to contracts, business ventures and acquisitions across a wide range of industries both locally and internationally.

 

When Imran is not ambitiously working he spends his time with his two beautiful daughters and wife, networking with clients and exploring further business opportunities and travelling. He considers his family as his greatest achievement in life and contributing to the growth and success of firm. True to his name is also a die hard cricket fan!!

ACCREDITATION

LLB, BIS, GDLP, DIPBUS

EDUCATION & 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

LAWYERS
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VICTOR WANG

Senior Associate

Victor was the first employee to join Ascot Solicitors, arriving in 2012 as a Graduate Solicitor after he was admitted to practise in October 2012. His crowning achievement came in early 2019, when he was promoted to Senior Associate –  which was fitting recognition for his dedication, hard work and resilience over the many years of being a valued member of the Ascot team. 

Victor is a passionate and driven young professional 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, large property developers and private high-wealth 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 civil litigation, commercial law matters, business transactions, bankruptcy/liquidation matters, Family Law, wills and estates, corporate law, employment law, 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.

 

Victor’s legal attributes come in handy at home when he is with his young family, especially when his persuasive skills are needed to convince his baby daughter that it’s time for bed and when his analytical skills are used to deduce if something is wrong (was it a missed anniversary or a forgotten birthday?) whenever he finds himself in trouble with his wife.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
(University of Melbourne)

Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)
(University of Melbourne)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
(College of Law)

ACCREDITATION

LLB, BIS, GDL, PDIPBUS

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THOMAS TOH

Senior Associate

Thomas was admitted to practice in 2011 and began his career focusing primary on large developmental projects, commercial work and complex litigation. Thomas’s policy in practice has always been focused on putting himself in his client’s shoes to ascertain the goals they wish to achieve. This allows him to understand the commercial realities that his clients are facing and to provide practical advice to his clients.

Thomas is fluent in both English and Mandarin and this bilingual background has positioned him to be an asset to overseas clients and stakeholders, especially when these clients are only fluent in their native language.

Thomas is well versed with the practice and procedure of all courts in Victoria and is able to advise his clients of the various potential outcomes of litigation so that clients are able to make well informed decisions in every step of the process. In addition to litigation and dispute resolution, Thomas has advised and acted for clients in commercial transactions including but not limited to franchise agreements, facility agreements, supply contracts and shareholders agreements.

In his space time, Thomas can be found in the gym, spending time with family and friends or in front of the computer watching his favourite Esports teams in action

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Law

ACCREDITATION

LLB, GDLP

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PATRICIA MAGNAYE

Senior Associate

Patricia is an astute and competent Lawyer in our Commercial Litigation department. She was admitted in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in 2016 and joined Ascot Solicitors in 2017 and has since become a core member of the team.

 

Patricia practises exclusively in commercial litigation dealing with a range of matters such as contractual disputes and resolution, building & construction, debt recovery, corporate and personal insolvency, employment law issues, general insurance-litigation matters, providing advice to businesses and property law related matters. Patricia has a special interest in large-scale property & contractual disputes, alternative dispute resolution, advocacy and mentoring junior lawyers.

 

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 situation and is both compassionate and empathetic about their circumstances, whilst understanding that every legal matter is different and unique and must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Patricia is a down to earth, family-oriented person and a dog-lover. When she is not vigorously working, she loves to spend time with her Golden Retriever “Marley” at the dog park. She also enjoys retail therapy, fine dining, running, cycling and hanging out with family and friends.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Law (Victoria University)

Bachelor of Business (Victoria University)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Leo Cussens)

ACCREDITATION

LLB, BBUS

Dragana Pavlovic

DRAGANA PAVLOVIC

Associate

Dragana was admitted into practice in 2017 and joined McClure Law in 2021. Before joining McClure Law, she practised in a CBD boutique law firm working on a variety of matters including Family Law, commercial law, bankruptcy and insolvency, wills and estates and property law. 

 

Dragana predominantly practices in Family Law and advises on all aspects of Family Law; divorce, de-facto relationships, property and financial matters, parenting, financial agreements and family violence. She is empathetic to the challenges her clients face and is focused on helping her clients navigate their matter and achieve their desired outcomes at the earliest opportunity. She is passionate, hardworking, and dedicated to helping clients understand how the law will apply to them and delivers quality advice empowering her clients to make informed decisions. She prides herself on providing a tailored and personalised service to all her clients.

 

Her exceptional communication, negotiation and advocacy skills mean her clients are always supported throughout all stages of their matter. Her valuable knowledge and experience in various areas of law, such as Family Law, commercial law, bankruptcy and insolvency, and wills and estates, affords her an advantage over her colleagues when negotiating strategic and commercial results for clients. 

 

Dragana also practices in other areas of law such as: wills and estate, commercial law, and criminal law (intervention orders). 

 

In her spare time Dragana enjoys travelling and spending quality time with family and friends. She also speaks fluently in several different languages

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws (Victoria University) 

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (College of Law)

ACCREDITATION

LLB, GDLP

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MICHEAL MARIPA

Associate

Successfully represented clients in the Magistrate’s Court, Federal Circuit Court, Family Court and VCAT. 

It takes a strong, passionate, and empathetic person to be a supporter of St Kilda Football Club as we all know it comes with its fair share of heartache. These same qualities are what makes me a great Family Lawyer.

My passion of Family Law makes me strive for the best possible outcome for my client in every matter. Family law is undoubtably a highly emotionally charged area of the law and it is important to have a lawyer that understands your situation.

Finally, being strong is an important quality for all lawyers, however it is my opinion that it is an essential quality for a great family lawyer. As a family lawyer, you are the client’s point of reference throughout this stressful period of their life, and you need to be strong enough to support and advise your client when the process gets difficult and complicated.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Law

Bachelor of biological science

ACCREDITATION

LLB, BIS, GDLP, DIPBUS

CONVEYANCERS
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NEVIN VELI
Conveyancer

Nevin Veli is a Conveyancer at Ascot Solicitors and holds a Diploma of Conveyancing. She joined Ascot Solicitors in 2014 when we successfully opened our second office in Caroline Springs. Nevin is passionate about providing a professional and friendly service to her clients.

 

She has specialised experience working with purchase files and sale files. She has worked closely with off-the-plan developments, and has acted for purchasers and developers in this field.

 

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.

 

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

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Diploma of Conveyancing (TMG College Australia)

ACCREDITATION

Conveyancer

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PETA KENDALL 
Conveyancer

Peta joined McClure Law in 2015 and brings a wealth of experience to her role within the team. Peta works predominantly in our conveyancing department and prides herself on delivering an efficient, friendly and stress-free service to our clients.

 

Whether buying or selling, Peta is dedicated to ensuring that all of our clients’ needs are met and that communication is of the highest standard. Peta also assists the team with files within a range of different areas of law. Outside of the office you will generally find Peta on the netball court.

SUPPORT STAFF
CAROLINE SPRINS
Ascot Solicitors Lucy Zhang

LUCY ZHANG
Reception/ Law Clerk

Lucy joined Ascot Solicitors in 2019 and is currently working as a receptionist/paralegal, primarily supporting the litigation and family law departments in the Caroline Springs office. 

 

Lucy supports solicitors with legal and administrative tasks including preparing documents, filing documents with the various Court and Tribunal electronic filing systems, maintaining data bases, legal research and managing solicitors’ calendars.

 

In her role as a receptionist, manages the telephone and appointment departments and is the first point of contact with the firm. Lucy prides herself on the quality of service she delivers to clients. 

 

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys travelling (when Covid isn’t around), attending music festivals, reading and Harry Potter marathons.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Legal Disputes and Studies

Ascot Solicitors Jennifer Jones

JENNIFER JONES
Reception/ Law Clerk

Jennifer started with McClure Law in 2018. She is our client's first point of call, ready to greet you when you walk through our door or take your phone call. Jennifer offers all clients a friendly, welcoming and comfortable environment to listen to your personal situation and she offers guidance and support to direct clients to our professional team members who will further assist you. Jennifer is the comforting link to a client arriving with a problem and leaving with a solution.

Jennifer assists the team in many areas of the law including Conveyancing, Leases, Wills, Civil and Criminal matters but predominantly works beside Senad and Imran with Deceased Estates and Estate disputes. Jennifer will work closely with our clients offering emotional support whilst achieving our clients desired results.

Jennifer has successfully undertaken many legal courses with Leo Cussens Institute and has over 8 years’ experience in the legal industry and a further 5 years as medical/mental health reception.

Jennifer has found her passion working in these areas of law and does so with much pride, discretion and professionalism whilst building a great rapport and trust with clients.

Outside the office, Jennifer enjoys summer days, bushwalking, going to a market, social gatherings with family and friends and cheering on the West Coast Eagles and Erebus V8 Supercars.

Ascot Solicitors Anne Cauchi

ANNE CAUCHI
Law Clerk

Anne joined McClure Law in 2018 and has over 24 years working in the legal industry as a support person in Family Law, Wills and Probate, Criminal Law and Victims of Crime.  Anne works directly with Senad, Imran and the Family Law team, Anne assists in the preparation of files, conducts research, and ensures that our clients receive the high level of personal attention and service and is only a short phone call away. A strong background in family law makes Anne a knowledgeable and supportive resource for our clients. Her empathetic ways have brought an oasis of calm to many struggling under the weight of difficult circumstances.

 

Since working in the legal industry Anne found her strongest link with Family Law.  She is passionate, considerate and has a personal understanding of what our family law clients are going through.  Anne strives to ensure that each client is treated with a high level of care and attention, and our clients are never left feeling alone or confused by this difficult process.

 

I enjoy meeting new people, shopping, spending time with family and friends and supporting my football team in the AFL, Go Bombers -please don’t hold it against me.

Ascot Solicitors Simon Cawthorn

SIMON CAWTHORN
Law Clerk

I work on the weekends as a Disability Support Worker, specialising in children and adolescents with autism.

 

My hobbies are playing hockey for Powerhouse St Kilda Hockey Club, donating blood plasma, otherwise I am usually with my Australian Shepherd and Portuguese Water dog at the dog park.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Admitted as an Australian Legal Practitioner on 19 March 2021

ACCREDITATION

B.Com, LLB, GDLP

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