Managing Principal Solicitor

Current practice

Margaret's practice focuses on property related areas of law, with particular skills and expertise in leases and licenses, Crown land issues, land disposals and acquisitions and statutory interpretation.


Major matters that Margaret has worked on include negotiating, advising and preparing agreements for the Werribee Mercy Hospital site and the Royal Melbourne Hospital site, the allocation of land from the Melbourne Water Corporation to the Crown, advising on land issues for the Docklands Film Studios and the Melbourne Convention Centre, land status and occupation arrangements for the Port Phillip Prison site, advising on the Whitten Oval Redevelopment, as well as statutory interpretation and advice in relation to various property aspects including in relation to the Education Training & Reform Act 2006, the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, the Land Act 1978 and the Forests Act 1958.
Margaret has completed a secondment at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development where she managed the Commercial & Property Team in the Legal Unit.
Margaret has advanced skills in drafting and negotiating leases and licenses, contracts and Memoranda of Understanding, conveyancing, statutory interpretation and issues relating to Crown land.  Margaret can provide practical, effective and strategic legal advice and solutions on a wide array of property matters, assist with contract and occupation arrangements negotiations, advice and agreement preparation from a small to large scale.
Prior to joining VGSO in January 2005, Margaret worked in commercial and property law with the then Department of Human Services, in taxation and property law with a Melbourne mid-tier law firm and in taxation law with the Australian Taxation Office.

Memberships and professional associations

  • Victorian Women Lawyers