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Adam Levine
Founder/Chairman
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George Spiliotis
Managing Principal
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John Gdanski
Principal
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James Burrell
Principal Solicitor
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Daniel Myers
Principal Solicitor/Accredited Mediator
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Kate Richards
Associate Principal
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Christina McElwain
Senior Associate
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Aneeka Munshey
Senior Associate
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Lachlan Cloak
Senior Associate
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Hamish Thomas
Associate
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Magdalene Kambelos
Lawyer
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Rebecca Hazeltine
Lawyer
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Georga Wootton
Lawyer
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Jesse Manunzio
Head of Property, Leasing and Conveyancing
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Donna Sneddon
Paralegal
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Emily Cubbins
Business Development Manager
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Simon Lenton
Chief Operations Officer
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Sehran Boon
Group Corporate Executive
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Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Founder/Chairman

With over 20 years private practice and investment banking experience, coupled with experience gained in the private investment sector, Adam is an industry leader in complex private equity, MBO/MBI, M&A, and corporate finance transactions. All that aside, Adam’s passion is deal facilitation.

He provides strategic advice to a wide variety of clients in identifying, structuring and executing complex private equity, M&A, and corporate finance transactions such as: the $146.5m acquisition of the Field Marketing Group of Photon Group Limited; the $250m M&A/private equity aggregation of an electrical contracting business by Trivantage Group Pty Ltd; and the $1.2bn MBO of a funds management business by Karara Capital. It’s behind the business scenes that Adam makes his biggest contribution. Adam’s numerous philanthropic ventures led him to start up his own charitable organisation, the Rockwell Foundation.

George Spiliotis

George Spiliotis

Managing Principal

Practicing for over 25 years, George affords clients the breadth and depth of his knowledge in commercial litigation, dispute resolution and employment law. George is reputed for his pragmatic approach to commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He always has his client’s interests at heart and works vigilantly to achieve their optimal commercial and legal outcome without litigation when possible. In the event litigation is necessary, don’t be fooled by George’s smile; he’s as ruthless and unrelenting as any other litigator when circumstances demand it. Following his recent appointment as President of Pronia an advocacy group supporting the Greek community through various elderly, disabled and children’s services, George is affectionately known as ‘El Presidente’ to some. George’s passion for his community is also demonstrated through his position as founding volunteer with the Australian Greek Welfare Legal Information Referral Service.

John Gdanski

John Gdanski

Principal

John heads up our property and property litigation team. John's unique combination of extensive technical property knowledge, corporate and dispute resolution legislation, together with his property development and commercial interests, make John a trusted advisor to a wide range of clients including property developers, builders, restaurateurs and sporting legends. With 30 years experience, John specialises in corporate commercial law, property law and more particularly in property dispute resolution. Previously a founding partner of boutique commercial practice Fetter Gdanski, John’s focus is property financing and joint ventures, commercial structuring, building and construction and increasingly dispute resolution in the building and construction space. John is an integral part of the St Kilda Football Club, having been on the Board for over 10 years. He also holds a number of private company Board positions and is the proprietor of a chain of Italian restaurants across the greater Melbourne region.

James Burrell

James Burrell

Principal Solicitor

Leading the Business & Enterprise team, James manages to negotiate and execute complex corporate transactions, as well as mentor our junior team members.

James is known for delivering outstanding results under pressure, particularly for business sale and distressed financing transactions, where his dedication to obtaining timely, commercial and best case outcomes for his clients prevail.

His substantial network of advisers across tax, financial planning and alternative financiers, enables him to pull everyone together to navigate commercial demands, rigid legal and tax requirements and negotiate 11th hour alternative financing, helping many a deal get across the line.

With in-depth experience in asset protection, James has a detailed eye when it comes to restructuring family business and corporates, identifying risks and exposures before they become problematic.

James is trusted by our clients both at a corporate and individual level, for his sound advice and proven experience, resulting in a substantial and in-demand corporate advisory element of his role.

Daniel Myers

Daniel Myers

Principal Solicitor/Accredited Mediator

Daniel heads up the firm’s family law practice. Having grown up in Manchester, Daniel has been a proud Melbournian since 2007. He’s since practiced exclusively in all aspects of family law matters, including both simple and complex property and parenting disputes. Daniel’s experience also includes working for five years as a volunteer at the Fitzroy Legal Service family law clinic.

Although Daniel has frequently run matters in the Family Court, he’s a strong advocate of helping clients to resolve disputes outside of Court. In May 2017, Daniel became a nationally accredited mediator via AIFLAM (the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators), and where possible, he encourages clients to reach their own agreement in a respectful and dignified manner through processes such as mediation and collaborative law. Daniel is also available for briefing as mediator in family law matters upon request.

Daniel is actively engaged in the Melbourne Jewish community, both professionally and socially.

Daniel is known for his inquisitive nature, fierce loyalty, relentless enthusiasm and being a natural-born optimist.

Outside of work, Daniel is passionate about most sports. He’s also an avid Manchester United fan and has followed the Western Bulldogs since he landed in Australia. He’s discovered his “inner-nerd” with a love of astronomy and loves nothing more than a Saturday night at the cinema watching the latest arthouse movie.

Kate Richards

Kate Richards

Associate Principal

With her extensive experience in business consulting and marketing, Kate applies her strategic business, forensic and financial skills to each case in our family law practice.

Kate graduated with a Juris Doctor, Master of Law from Monash University. Prior to that she completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Monash University and a post-graduate Diploma in Management from the Melbourne Business School.

As a family lawyer, Kate has worked on a diverse range of matters involving property and financial disputes, divorce applications, BFAs and parenting disputes. Kate strives to guide her clients through the complex maze of the family law system resolving matters in a commercially focused and efficient manner. She is an excellent communicator, demonstrates great empathy with clients and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for each client.

In her free time, Kate enjoys playing tennis and walking her King Charles spaniel; cooking all types of cuisine; bushwalking in National Parks and spending time with her family. She is often sighted on the sidelines of local footy fields, athletic tracks and netball courts, cheering her children in their sporting endeavours.

Christina McElwain

Christina McElwain

Senior Associate

Dedicated to professional development and network growth, Christina leads the Next-Gen initiative in creating innovative solutions to the personal and commercial problems her clients face.

As part of our commercial litigation and disputes resolution team, she appreciates the toll lengthy and protracted litigation often has on clients financially and emotionally, and is a firm believer in translating the real needs of clients into action.

Applying her proactive, unyielding approach, Christina has a strong track record of early dispute resolution against a range of opponents, including the Australian Taxation Office, Australian Financial Security Authority, external administrators, corporates and individuals, embracing alternative dispute resolution where possible.

As a seasoned Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) dressage competitor (equestrian) on her horse 'Buck', Christina knows the value of preparation and process, and isn't afraid to harness those skills along with her litigious acumen in matters such as: insolvency, bankruptcy, shareholder disputes, defamation, wills and estates and franchising disputes.

Aneeka Munshey

Aneeka Munshey

Senior Associate

Aneeka's core focus is in commercial law, litigation and dispute resolution, employment law and franchising.

Working closely with start-ups and SMEs, Aneeka has a holistic approach to solving the legal issues faced by her clients, including commercial disputes, employment/workplace issues, restructures, intellectual property protection, family law and estates. She also proactively identifies growth opportunities within her extensive client and referral network, facilitating the early growth critical to businesses in the start-up phase.

Aneeka's breadth of knowledge and experience is pivotal in assisting her clients' transition grass roots business into valuable enterprise. Negotiating distribution deals, establishing brand presence, negotiating franchising relationships through to exit opportunities such as business sale are key. Aneeka is also on hand to guide troubled business and individuals through ATO investigations and litigious disputes in all jurisdictions.

Outside of work, Aneeka is a volunteer with the Office of the Public Advocate. In her downtime, she is a sports enthusiast, an Essendon faithful and an avid traveller!

Lachlan Cloak

Lachlan Cloak

Senior Associate

Valued by his clients for his innovative ideas, relaxed demeanour and commercial approach to resolving disputes, Lachlan is regarded by clients and other team members as the go-to person for advice in resolving matters with rare or unique facts and issues.

Lachlan has had significant success resolving protracted disputes, particularly in the property, leasing (both commercial and retail) and construction spaces. Having acted on behalf of many of Melbourne's prominent developers, Lachlan has a strong technical knowledge of the issues faced before, during and after completion of a project. Lachlan is a trusted adviser to parties looking to negotiate terms of franchise agreements, leases and building contracts and is skilled in commercial negotiation.

Lachlan's personal enthusiasm for creative industries flows through to his practice in intellectual property and entertainment law, showcasing a comprehensive knowledge of creative asset protection strategies both nationally and internationally.

Hamish Thomas

Hamish Thomas

Associate

A lawyer in our litigation and dispute resolution team, Hamish is the go to guy for fast and reliable advice across a diverse range of disputes in property, planning, franchising, consumer and debt recovery matters.

He's a dedicated surfer and avid traveller at heart, but when he's in the office Hamish is committed to delivering pragmatic commercial outcomes to his clients, without the need for time consuming and costly litigation.

Hamish works with clients across a broad range of commercial disputes and understands the complexity of law that is often problematic for them, however he has a passion for property related disputes and finding real world solutions in uncertain circumstances.

Magdalene Kambelos

Magdalene Kambelos

Lawyer

After being admitted to practice, Maggie commenced as a lawyer with RB Flinders in August 2017. Based in our Oakleigh office she practices in the areas of property law and conveyancing.

Maggie is fluent in Greek and passionate about delivering pragmatic and timely legal advice, taking into account the unique circumstances of each matter and the specific needs of her clients. Whilst professional, Maggie’s attitude can be described as approachable, friendly and honest.

Out of the office, Maggie enjoys socialising with her extended family and practising yoga.

Rebecca Hazeltine

Rebecca Hazeltine

Lawyer

Rebecca works closely with the litigation and dispute resolution team, with a keen interest in complex building and construction disputes, breach of contract claims and joint venture disputes. Rebecca also works with clients entering into joint venture arrangements to ensure that potential issues are avoided from project commencement. Rebecca is one of a number of lawyers at R.B. Flinders who joined as a trainee/paralegal, and who have been promoted within the firm post admission. Outside of the law, Rebecca is passionate about music and enjoys playing the guitar.

Georga Wootton

Georga Wootton

Lawyer

After completing her Bachelor of Laws in Queensland in 2010, Georga relocated to Melbourne to further her legal career, where she gained experience within the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal working as a Client Manager in the financial administration sector, and has over three years experience in the Guardianship and Administration arm of VCAT various key stakeholders. Since being admitted to practice in 2015, Georga has continued to broaden her experience within the litigation and debt recovery arm of RB Flinders.

Georga’s practice areas also include Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF), trust deeds, complex loan agreements, joint ventures and various other business transactions. She also assists the Property team with a variety of property transactions, notably commercial leases, mortgages and caveats and the Estate Planning team with wills and testamentary trusts .

Outside of work Georga is involved in two community choirs and sings regularly for community and fundraising events.

Jesse Manunzio

Jesse Manunzio

Head of Property, Leasing and Conveyancing

Jesse is the cornerstone of the property transaction team, facilitating commercial and retail leases, conveyances and off-the-plan developments, to name a few.

With his positive and proactive approach, Jesse has developed an excellent rapport with key government agencies and lenders; relationships which prove invaluable when closing problematic OTP settlements, for an entire development, on the same day.

Jesse's experience has shown that it is imperative to not only understand the relevant laws and contract terms, but also the people involved in each transaction. Managing government policy and nervous or distressed parties is critical to ensure a positive outcome for all.

Known for delivering excellent outcomes in difficult situations, Jesse thrives on pressure. Negotiating fair terms, contract revision, locating lost Titles, crunching settlement deadlines and evicting problematic tenants are just some of examples of Jesse's diverse capabilities.

Donna Sneddon

Donna Sneddon

Paralegal

Donna started her legal career as a receptionist for a sole practitioner over 30 years ago and since then has worked in a number of large and small law firms, where she has gained experience in insurance disputes, estate planning, litigation, insolvency, bankruptcy, Native Title and Cultural Heritage matters to name a few. Donna is able to connect on many levels with clients, barristers, medical professionals and other practitioners utilising her wide experience in a range of legal areas.

On a personal level, Donna enjoys spending her down time socialising with family and friends.

Emily Cubbins

Emily Cubbins

Business Development Manager

As an integral part of the Estate Planning Team, Emily compliments her asset protection and succession planning strategies with her wealth of experience gained from private practice in the areas of property and commercial transactions, commercial litigation and mortgage recovery for major financial institutions. Emily’s holistic approach to addressing our estate planning client needs ensures risk and exposure from every angle is minimised.

Emily is passionate about efficient, client centric outcomes and is always focused on the end goal, with a big picture vision for estate planning and the legal profession to become more accessible in the future.

On a personal level Emily is a very keen explorer and loves water skiing when the weather permits.

Simon Lenton

Simon Lenton

Chief Operations Officer

After cutting his teeth in commercial law practice in both Sydney and Rome for 5 years, Simon founded a fintech startup which straddled both the legal and banking worlds. During his 5+ years at the startup, he was responsible for pioneering what have become industry leading payments solutions for some of the world’s largest online marketplaces. He and his investors exited the business via acquisition by a global technology company.

Simon’s key strength lies in the execution of strategic goals. His agility, resourcefulness and lateral problem solving skills make him an invaluable team member for RB Flinders. A keen sportsman, Simon plays basketball and soccer but wishes he could play more tennis. Fascinated by philosophy and social science, in his spare time he can be found with his head in a book learning about human nature.

An avid musician in a previous life, Simon holds an A.Mus.A in classical guitar having taught same for 10 years. He relishes a solid game of chess, speaks (and loves all things) Italian, is a sucker for a good film, a master Escape Room puzzle builder, and a devotee of Cambodian mission work.

Sehran Boon

Sehran Boon

Group Corporate Executive

Sehran joined R.B. Flinders in 2010 as part of the business and enterprise team. With over 14 years paralegal experience in areas such as corporate governance, commercial and commercial litigation, wills and estates, retail leasing and conveyancing; Sehran is well placed to assist our clients through their personal and professional ventures. As well as working closely with the Principals and executive team to facilitate business operation and growth, Sehran is passionate about professional development, mentoring several junior legal assistants through successful legal traineeships over the years.