John de Mestre – Principal
John has practiced as a solicitor in Sydney since 1984. John established John de Mestre & Co Pty Ltd in 1992. He has been involved with many and varied areas of general practice.
John has a particular interest in sports law and has been involved in matters such as;
• appearances in the Court of Arbitration for Sport including for Olympic selection appeals;
• advising the promoters of professional sporting events;
• advising large sporting organisations on corporate governance; employment and sports law issues; and
• advising a number of athletes.
John has presented conference papers on a number of issues associated with sports law and is
often called upon to provide legal comments on topical and controversial sports law issues.
Alan’s legal career has always been directed at assisting families with their property, company, and business needs. To this end Alan has spent almost 50 years concentrating on conveyancing, wills, and estates. He also has extensive litigation experience, particularly in the Equity Division. John de Mestre & Co. and Hellmrich & Hickey amalgamated in 2001, and Alan continues to service the needs of the generations of his clients.
Warren Azar – Solicitor
With over 30 years’ experience in the law, Warren has acted on countless options, sales, acquisitions, development agreements and complex loan facilities for major boutique residential, commercial and retail developments. He continues to support substantial developers of medium-high density strata developments. Warren also engages a good deal of his time in pro bono work for diverse charitable and religious organisations.
Peter Thiel – Solicitor
Peter was admitted as a Legal Practitioner in NSW in 1996. He worked initially in general litigation and personal injury litigation, representing plaintiffs, companies and insurers. He then worked for a period in employment and industrial law. Peter joined John de Mestre & Co. in 2003 to assist in its growing property and commercial law work for the practice’s commercial and institutional clients. As part of his legal practice he is seconded to Penrith Panthers as their in-house legal counsel.
Michael de Mestre – Solicitor
Michael graduated from UTS with a Bachelor of Law. He is a professional member of the Young Lawyers Society NSW, the Australian Insurance of Law Association and the NSW Law Society. Michael has a particular interest in conveyancing law.
His most notable projects include assisting with Billbergia’s sales of apartments at Village Quay in Rhodes, apartments in VQ Harbour Views at Rhodes with ongoing work occurring in 2016 in the VQ Skyline Building. Further, Michael is assisting with the sale of the Akuna Residences, a retirement village in Terrey Hills for citizens aged 55 years and over.
Additionally, Michael has successfully conducted several smaller scale conveyancing matters for both residential and commercial properties including Option Agreements, Sales and Lease Reviews.
Mary-Ann de Mestre – Solicitor
Adjunct Fellow, School of Law, Western Sydney University
Mary-Ann was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2015. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree from Sydney University, a Bachelor of Laws from Western Sydney University with Honours and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.
Mary-Ann was the Tipstaff to the Hon. Justice Geoff Lindsay (Probate & Protective List Judge) of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2015. Mary-Ann is the acting Guest Editor of the Elder Law Review http://www.elderlaw.org.au/ and a Guest Lecturer for the Elder Law LLB Course for Western Sydney University. Mary-Ann was appointed an Adjunct Fellow for Western Sydney University on 25 January 2016.
Mary-Ann has also published academic articles on issues relating to wills, estates and elder law as well as a submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse in 2015, NSW Elder Abuse Report. In 2016 Mary-Ann will be presenting at the International Legal Ethics Conference VII in New York on Ethics in Elder Law and Substitute Decision Making https://www.fordham.edu/info/23510/ilec_2016.
Mary-Ann has a particular interest in Elder Law, Wills & Estates, Equity Litigation and Sports Law.
Katie McCallum – Paralegal
Katie has completed a Conveyancing Diploma through The Council for Licensed Conveyancers in England and joined our firm as a paralegal in September 2011 and is currently undertaking a Diploma of Law through the Legal Professions Admissions Board.Katie has been involved in many areas of general practice since joining John de Mestre & Co, including but not limited to Family Law, Litigation, Conveyancing and Property law.
Katie is particularly interested in the areas of criminal and family law. Katie has assisted in a variety of family law matters including:
• Parenting plans
• Consent orders
• Child support agreements
• Child relocation orders
• Property settlements
• Interim applications
• Enforcement orders
• Spousal maintenance
Katie has also assisted in a variety of criminal law matters including:
• summary matters which are dealt with in the Local Court
• alcohol and traffic offences
• licence appeals
• Prohibited drug offences.
Darylaine Diones -Legal Clerk
Darylaine has completed a Diploma in Business Legal Services and joined our firm in February 2012.
She is a conveyancing clerk who works closely Michael assisting them with various areas of property; including strata developments and residential units. She is also our first point of contact with clients.
Darylaine also works closely with Alan Hickey and Mary-Ann de Mestre assisting them with various areas of Wills and Estates. Darylaine has assisted with:
• Drafting of Wills;
• Drafting of Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardians;
• Obtaining grants of Probate;
• Obtaining grants of Letters of Administration; as well as
• Assisting with the distribution process of estates.
David de Mestre – Paralegal
David joined our firm in 2014. David is currently studying for a Bachelor of Laws degree.
During his time at the firm, David has worked as a legal clerk and provides valuable support across several areas, including conveyancing, litigation support and legal administration and legal research.