John de Mestre – Principal
John has practised 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 including:
- Appearing in most of the various levels of different Australian Courts and jurisdictions.
- Sports law including appearances in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and advising large sporting organisations on corporate governance and sports law issues
- Presenting conference papers and providing legal comments on topical legal issues (see Publications/Cases).
Michael de Mestre – Senior Associate
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 – Senior Associate
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 Honourable Justice Geoff Lindsay (Probate & Protective List Judge) of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2015. Mary-Ann has acted as a Guest Editor of the Elder Law Review and a Guest Lecturer for the Elder Law LLB Course for Western Sydney University. Mary-Ann was also appointed an Adjunct Fellow for Western Sydney University on 25 January 2016.
Mary-Ann has a particular interest in Family Law, Wills & Estates & Equity.
Warren Azar – Solicitor
With over 40 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.
Alan Hickey – Consultant
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. Whilst no longer attending the office, Alan still provides insightful experience to our client’s needs on a consultancy basis.
Catherine Finucane – Solicitor
Catherine joined the team in July 2018. She has recently graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Law and Commerce, majoring in International Business.
Catherine was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in October 2019.
She enjoys working in the areas of family law, wills and estates and litigation.
David de Mestre – Paralegal
David is a subcommittee editor of the Macquarie University Law Society online journal, “The Brief” where he has had articles published on various areas of law and some of which can be found on our website’s ‘Publications’ page.
Since joining the firm, David has gained invaluable experience as a paralegal in several fields of practice, with particular interests in Property Law. David has extensive experience in commercial, residential and off-the-plan development conveyancing, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law. David has recently attended Criminal and Civil trials, assisting Solicitors and Senior Counsel. David also assists with Wills & Estates, Commercial Law, office administration and Trust accounting.
In 2019, David assisted with our Firm’s certification on the National Electronic Conveyancing Network, PEXA and David services our Firm’s electronic conveyancing.
Layla Hessar-Amiri – Paralegal
Since joining the firm, Layla has gained experience as a paralegal in the fields of her interest, including civil litigation, family law and wills & estates.
Layla also has a keen interest in Information Technology and provides technical support to the firm.
Michael Tomaras – Paralegal
Michael joined our firm in 2016. Michael is currently studying for a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Finance) degree at Macquarie University.
During Michael’s time he has worked as a legal clerk and provides support for strata developments, residential conveyancing and legal administration.
Michael has a keen interest in property and commercial law. He is an enthusiastic member of the team with a strong work ethic and good attention to detail.