As an accomplished entrepreneur and business owner, Raj has launched and managed several ventures and remains involved in start-up businesses as an advisor or as outsourced general counsel and has had pivotal roles in capital raises and funding opportunities.
Raj collaborates with a diverse range of clients, including companies, businesses, not-for-profits, and individuals, offering them practical commercial and corporate advice. His expertise in commercial litigation and estate litigation is substantial, often handling disputes with complex factual and legal elements. Raj is proactive in dispute resolution, striving to settle conflicts before they escalate to court proceedings but when court action is necessary, he is well versed in court matters.
Clients find in Raj a solicitor and strategic advisor who excels across various industries. His skills extend to advising on and drafting commercial contracts tailored to individual client needs, covering a wide spectrum of industries and he handles all aspects relating to property, both leases and sales and also sale and purchase of business.
He is committed to the continuous management of his clients’ corporate health and welfare, driven by a passion to play a role in their growth. Raj's collaborative approach is complemented by his ability to offer candid, direct advice. His extensive experience in contractual matters further ensures the protection and nurturing of vital commercial relationships that are essential to his clients.
Raj's career includes working in a national law firm where he managed a large team of solicitors, before establishing his own law practice providing outsourced general counsel service to high growth start-up companies.
His legal expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including planning and property law, wills and estates, commercial and business transactions, and elder law. Andrew’s profound knowledge in these fields is further reinforced by his Master of Laws degree in Wills and Estates Law enabling him to provide nuanced and comprehensive legal advice, particularly in matters of estate planning and administration.
Beyond his practice, Andrew has been a longstanding advocate for community legal services. He contributed over 35 years of service as a board member of the Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre, where he played a pivotal role in shaping legal services to better cater to the needs of the community. His tenure there is marked by numerous initiatives and programs aimed at providing accessible legal support to those in need.
Andrew’s commitment to his profession is matched by his dedication to mentorship and professional development. He frequently engages in knowledge-sharing sessions, workshops, and seminars, both as a speaker and a participant.
Andrew is also a Notary Public and is the past President of the Blue Mountains Regional Law Society and currently serves as Vice President of the Blue Mountains Regional Law Society.
As an NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in family law since 2003 in Family Law, Antony has demonstrated a high level of expertise and proficiency in this field. His specialisation is further augmented by a Masters of Law degree in Applied Family Law. This advanced degree underlines his deep understanding of the complexities and sensitivities involved in family law cases, equipping him to navigate the most challenging scenarios with finesse and empathy.
Antony's legal acumen extends beyond the courtroom. He holds a leadership role as a director of the Family First Bank. In this capacity, Antony is able to apply his legal background to help the bank meets its obligations towards its members and comply with its statutory and financial obligations.
In addition to his professional practice and corporate responsibilities, Antony is actively involved in the legal community. As the President of the Blue Mountains Regional Law Society, he plays a pivotal role in shaping the legal landscape of the region. His leadership in the society involves advocating for the interests of legal practitioners, promoting legal education and ethical practice, and fostering a sense of community among legal professionals in the Blue Mountains area.
Antony's extensive experience in criminal law and civil litigation further adds to his legal repertoire, allowing him to offer comprehensive legal services to his clients. Whether defending a client in a criminal case or representing them in complex civil disputes, Antony's approach is characterized by meticulous preparation, strategic thinking, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes.
Antony aims to be not just a lawyer for his clients but a trusted advisor. He is known for his ability to provide clear, pragmatic, and tailored advice, helping clients navigate the legal system with confidence and ease.
Elena's legal journey is marked by a diverse array of experiences. She began her career as in-house counsel at a prominent global electronics company, where she honed her skills in corporate and commercial law. This was followed by a tenure at a personal service law firm, where she tackled a variety of legal matters.
Elena, since joining Benetatos White, has become particularly interested in Succession Law. Elena provides advise on Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardian matters and also Probate, Letters of Administration and Family Provision Claims. Elena has appeared in the Local Court and Supreme Court in relation to criminal and equity matters.
Elena is passionate about helping others and ensuring that the best possible outcome is achieved for her clients. She prides herself in being approachable, communicable and organised to ensure that the client is receiving the best possible support and advice for their matter. In addition to her professionalism, Lena’s clients find her to be caring and compassionate.
Beyond her practice, Elena is a Young Lawyers Representative of the Blue Mountains Regional Law Society and develops and fosters a sense of community among young legal professionals in the region.
In her spare time, Elena enjoys being travelling, rock’n’roll dancing and live music events.
Michelle's legal practice primarily revolves around work in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court and attends Parramatta, Newcastle, Wollongong and surrounding areas of Sydney.
Her client base is broad and varied, including but not limited to individuals from Bathurst, Lithgow, Blackheath, Katoomba, Penrith, Newcastle, and Wollongong. This geographical diversity reflects her ability to understand and cater to a wide range of client needs, taking into account the unique aspects of each locality and how they impact legal proceedings.
Michelle has continued to demonstrate her commitment to providing compassionate, thorough, and effective legal representation. Her approach is characterized by a deep empathy and understanding for her clients, combined with a relentless pursuit of their best interests.
Beyond her work in the courtroom, Michelle is committed to continuous professional development, regularly attending seminars and workshops to stay abreast of the latest developments in family law. She also actively contributes to the legal community by mentoring junior lawyers, sharing her insights and experiences to nurture the next generation of family law specialists.
Outside of her professional life, Michelle is passionate about community involvement and often engages in local events and initiatives. Her interests extend to outdoor activities, reflecting her belief in a well-balanced lifestyle that integrates professional dedication with personal well-being and community engagement.
Michelle's career is a testament to her exceptional skills as a family law solicitor, her dedication to her clients, and her commitment to the broader community. Her presence at Benetatos White not only enhances the firm's family law practice but also serves as an inspiration to her colleagues and clients alike.
CHIEF EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR
Eddie makes sure when you are at our office to make you feel at home and is the best source of information about the best local coffee spot or where to get a last minute birthday cake.
When not being the office superhero, Eddie is an avid self-taught musician and can play multiple instruments but has a knack for the keyboards.
CHIEF OPERATIONS AND SUPPORT OFFICER
Jocelyn has worked as an office manager, transcript typist and court recorder in Sydney and Alice Springs and is also commissioned as a Justice of the Peace.
Jocelyn's legal expertise is extensive, particularly in the areas of conveyancing, estates, and litigation. Her experience in these domains has equipped her to handle complex legal tasks with precision and professionalism. Her experience in conveyancing matters has seen her facilitate and support countless property transactions, navigating the legal intricacies. In estates and litigation, Jocelyn has been instrumental in providing comprehensive support, ensuring that all aspects of case management are handled meticulously.
In her spare time Jocelyn enjoys bushwalking, nature, birdwatching, and community and environmental activism.
CHIEF OPERATIONS AND SUPPORT OFFICER
Kerrie's journey in the legal profession began in 1978 when she joined a legal office in Sydney. Since then, she has dedicated over four decades to the legal industry, with an impressive 45-year tenure marked by a variety of roles and experiences.
Throughout her extensive career, Kerrie has cultivated a diverse skill set by working in various capacities within legal firms. Her current role is assisting in real estate transactions and Kerrie’s expertise is not limited to conveyancing. She has a rich background in multiple areas of law, including personal injury, workers' compensation, and family law, as well as commercial and general litigation. This breadth of experience has equipped her with a versatile and comprehensive understanding of the legal system.
Kerrie has considerable experience in attending call-overs in both District and Workers Compensation Courts. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Kerrie serves the community in her capacity as a Justice of the Peace.
Outside of her legal career, Kerrie has personal interests that demonstrate her creative side. She finds joy in cake decorating, a skill that requires precision, creativity, and an eye for detail. Her love for gardening reflects her appreciation for nature and the outdoors.
Solicitor BEc (Hons) LLB