Area of expertise: Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation, Estate Planning and Wills, Insolvency Law.
Hello! My name is Bernadette and I am the principal of Lara Legal. I provide commercial legal services to SME’s and start-ups with an emphasis on litigation and dispute resolution.
I was admitted to practice as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1993 where I worked for many years in medium to large law firms, mostly in commercial, litigation and insolvency, as well as acting as in-house corporate counsel for an international sports marketing company. More recently, I have raised a family, ran my own small business outside of the law and practised in smaller firms in Queensland. I founded Lara Legal in 2019 with the intention of providing high-end legal services to individuals and to SME’s, seeking pragmatic and instructive legal solutions without the high-end price tag.
I have experience in representing clients in many different fields including finance, construction, property, retail, IT and franchising. I have worked for individuals, blue-chip multinationals and have run a class action for a group of franchisees which saw the instigation of the Franchising Code of Conduct. As a litigator, I am efficient, clinical and tactical having had many years of experience ‘playing the game’. I am also trained as a nationally accredited mediator, using a facilitative mediation model.
In my job I get to see clients successfully navigate the court system, win and settle commercial disputes, sell and purchase businesses, lease commercial property, mediate contract disputes, confidently enter into commercial transactions such as joint-venture agreements or a new franchise prospect. It is a pleasure and a privilege to assist clients to move forward in their businesses, confident that the legalities are taken care of.
I am also passionate about human rights, policy, inclusion and advocacy for the neurodiverse. I can provide advocacy, guidance and assistance with matters relating to disability discrimination, employment, accommodation, education and estate planning as well as representation before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal including matters relevant to the NDIS.
I am seeking referrals in commercial law matters including dispute resolution and litigation and in estate planning.
I am admitted as a solicitor of the Australian High Court, am fluent with the New South Wales courts and tribunals jurisdictions and can represent clients across the Supreme, District and Magistrates courts and tribunals in Queensland. I am also a current member of the Queensland Law Society. If you would like some more information about Lara Legal, please have a look at my website: www.laralegal.com.au
Outside of being a lawyer
Outside of the law, I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, the ballet and theatre and whippets – they are fantastic dogs with such unique personalities! I love Aussie rock -my brother is ex-Screaming Jets and Choir Boys and he’s always up to something musical -which I follow. I am also an active volunteer with Autism Gold Coast (big shout out) a fantastic support group which shares and promotes support and services for autism families in the greater Gold Coast region.
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