Founded by a group of highly experienced Partners from large law firms, Hive Legal offers a modern approach to legal advice. Underpinned by highly effective, connected thinking, we’re a dynamic team with a highly flexible approach. To each engagement, we bring an open, innovative mindset; delivering a solution tailored to the client’s specific challenge, goals and risks.

Our Team

Adrian Faelli, Associate

What I do: Corporate and commercial law with a background in workplace relations. I have experience advising on the sale and purchase of businesses, capital raising, corporate governance, goods and services arrangements and regulatory advice for clients across the technology, agribusiness, and FMCG industries.

Why I do it: I am passionate about delivering clear, useful and commercial advice. I enjoy building meaningful relationships with businesses and their people – acting as a trusted advisor for all of their legal needs.

Adrienne Trumbull, Principal

What I do: Corporate and commercial law, advising on general corporate matters as well as transactions. This includes sale and purchase of businesses, goods and services arrangements, shareholder matters and corporate governance. I bring proven experience across numerous sectors including health, consumer goods, energy, IT, agribusiness and telecommunications.

Why I do it: With a Commerce Degree alongside Law, I love being able to apply the law in a way that makes commercial sense and is easy to understand. During my time as a senior in-house lawyer, I loved building relationships across the broader business and community – something I also do through my work at Hive.

Amiinah Dulull, Lawyer

What I do: Financial services and funds management, assisting on a range of regulatory and compliance matters, including AFS licensing, financial product disclosures, general wholesale and retail fund governance, and the commencement of the Design and Distribution Obligations regime.

Why I do it: Hive’s highly collaborative environment and team of outstanding lawyers has provided me the perfect launch pad for my career. Hive’s business model and strong commitment on using innovative systems enables me to do more higher value work and ensures client satisfaction by delivering slicker end results. I enjoy learning all of the intricacies of the financial service industry, with the aim of providing clients forward-looking, high-quality solutions.

Andrew Brookes, Principal

What I do: Commercial, regulatory and corporate law with specialist expertise in the energy sector, including electricity, gas, climate change renewables and new energy technologies. I advise a variety of energy industry participants and government clients on energy regulatory issues, energy contracting, major energy sector transactions and energy market disputes.

Why I do it: I am passionate about energy and climate policy, market and regulatory reform
and changes in energy technology. I enjoy helping clients understand and navigate the challenging and complex environment in which they operate. Hive’s innovative, highly collaborative approach, together with value-based pricing allows us the freedom to deliver highly tailored solutions for our clients which are tailored to their individual circumstances.

Anna Peddey, Senior Associate

What I do: Commercial and regulatory law with deep expertise in highly regulated industries. Across my career I have advised both private and public sector clients on contracts and procurement, commercial transactions, competition and consumer law and privacy issues.

Why I do it: As a commercial and regulatory lawyer, I have great variety in my work, which I love. I enjoy tackling both complex legal issues for clients, in addition to delivering practical, commercial solutions.

Anna Schuller, Paralegal

What I do: Aid the team in a variety of administrative and operational areas. This allows me to experience and participate in different areas of law and business operations.

Why I do it: I love Hive’s innovative and empathetic approach to law and business and appreciate the relationships it creates with clients and staff. Hive provides a supportive and collaborative environment for me to develop my skills and gain experience in the legal world.

Carlie Andrews, Senior Associate

What I do: Commercial law with expertise in contractual and regulatory matters spanning various regulated industries and sectors. I have a particular interest in working collaboratively with clients to deliver commercially sound and legally robust solutions that are both innovative and practical.

Why I do it: The Hive model enables me to practice law in a highly collaborative, supportive, innovative environment with exponential benefits to our clients and team alike. This makes for an incredibly rewarding career.

Chris Kaias, Senior Associate

What I do: Commercial and regulatory law with a background in litigation. This enables me to offer comprehensive, well rounded advice to clients. I work across the energy, health, technology, corporate, government, and privacy sectors with a keen interest in legal innovation.  My background in data analytics plays beautifully with my work across innovation and consulting in particular.

Why I do it: The incredible variety of high-quality work we do at Hive is brilliant. That, together with a hugely positive working environment, and a company-wide commitment to innovation is what I love. The Hive billing model also represents a brilliant synergy between firm and client needs – we’re efficient, quick, and of the highest quality – everyone wins.

Connor Davidson, Paralegal

What I do: Assist the team in a broad range of tasks in the administrative and operational areas of our firm. This has allowed me to gain wide-ranging experience in my role as a paralegal and gain exposure to different industries.

Why I do it: I’m excited to work for an innovative firm who is at the forefront of legal technology. Hive allows me to work in a highly experienced and creative team that uses a novel business model that was designed to best meet not only our clients’ needs but also our teams.

Danielle McCluskey, Senior Associate

What I do: Transactional law with extensive experience in commercial contracting and infrastructure projects. I assist clients with major projects and complex contracting arrangements across numerous industries. In particular, I bring deep expertise across construction, energy, IT and transport.

Why I do it: I love being part of broader commercial teams working to achieve projects of all sizes. Seeing the end result achieved after all the hard work is a great feeling. I also enjoy problem solving and creative drafting, right down to the finest detail.

Ella Cannon, Principal

What I do: Commercial and regulatory law, with specific expertise in digital health and privacy / data protection. With work spanning both the private and public sectors, I advise a broad range of clients, from start-ups to ASX-listed companies and government departments.

Why I do it: I love working within fast-changing industries, and regulatory environments. While I enjoy delving into a long and complex legal analysis, I’m equally committed to delivering practical, simple, and commercially focused solutions for my client

Frances Dunn, Special Counsel

What I do: Funds management and financial services, with expertise in platforms and the financial technology space. I bring insights from a senior in-house role at a fintech platform where I helped develop products, manage outsourcing and supplier arrangements, and care for customer and strategic relationships. Prior to that I was in the Funds, Superannuation and Wealth team at a top tier law firm assisting a range of retail and wholesale product providers with their regulatory advice needs.

Why I do it: The financial services industry presents many interesting contrasts: we see high-tech products built on the ancient legal concept of the trust, and a desire to offer services that will delight the customer as well as the regulator. I enjoy engaging with these tensions. Hive’s commitment to improving the experience creates the space required to explore and deliver better outcomes for our clients and, in turn, their customers.

Jade Smith, Paralegal

What I do: Assist the team across a range of administrative and operational areas which means I can build knowledge and an understanding of the nuances of different areas of law.

Why I do it: I am passionate about working in collaborative and innovative environments. I enjoy being able to understand how legal advice sits within a broader commercial context, and assisting highly experienced and creative teams to meet our clients’ business needs.

Jay Ong, Graduate

What I do: As a graduate in the Energy team, I assist with various commercial and regulatory work, including electricity, gas and storage projects. I also particularly enjoy collaborating with my team to advise on climate change renewables and new energy technologies, which resonates with my interest in addressing relevant environmental and sustainability issues.

Why I do it: I love being part of a high-performing team that not only focuses on delivering high-quality legal work, but also amazing client experiences and innovative solutions. I particularly enjoy working in Hive’s collegial and progressive environment, which encourages collaboration and strong relationships.

Jenny Taing, Special Counsel

What I do: Funds management and financial services with expertise in product development and launching managed funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Prior to Hive, I worked in product strategy at Vanguard and led the build and launch of new Vanguard funds and ETFs in Australia. I also spent time as an in-house product lawyer at Vanguard and a decade working as a lawyer at the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

Why I do it: I enjoy bringing insights from my commercial and regulatory experience to legal practice. Hive’s commitment to meeting client needs allows me to provide clients with commercially practical and innovative solutions.

Joanna Green, Principal

What I do: I work with clients in highly regulated industries, including the health, government and transport sectors. I regularly advise key players in these sectors across a broad range of issues including commercial, regulatory, privacy and consumer law.

Why I do it: I love that no day is ever the same, and the human element to the problems we’re solving at Hive. The challenges faced by my clients and their customers – be they patients, providers, consumers or the public – are many and varied.

John Malon, Principal

What I do: Funds management and financial services have been the core focus of my career. I provide strategic advice to clients and regularly engage with boards and senior management. Prior to Hive Legal, I was a partner of King & Wood Mallesons; heading up its Melbourne funds management practice for over ten years.

Why I do it: Being part of a business that prioritises client outcomes is paramount to me. Hive’s commitment to meeting the needs of its clients in a bold and innovative way encouraged me to return to work as a leading adviser in asset management and financial services.

Lizanne Kleyn-De Villiers, Senior Associate

What I do: I specialise in corporate and commercial law, including general corporate matters, corporate governance and commercial transactions. My experience includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures, legal due diligence investigations and drafting a wide range of commercial contracts for clients across various industries.

Why I do it: I am inspired by understanding what a client wants to achieve and then making it happen. Hive’s business model allows us to do just that, by practising law in an innovative and collaborative way which prioritises client needs.

Meenal Chand, Associate

What I do: I specialise in commercial and regulatory law, with a particular focus on the health and energy sectors. I am experienced in transactional matters, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, privacy law, competition law and general corporate advisory. I am dedicated to achieving robust and innovative legal outcomes for clients in both the private and government sectors.

Why I do it:  I’m passionate about working with our clients to navigate their complex commercial and regulatory legal issues. I believe that achieving optimal strategic and practical outcomes requires open communication and a collaborative team environment. Hive’s innovative and tailored business model allows me to build personal and trustworthy relationships with our clients and provide bespoke legal services.

Melissa Lyon, Executive Director & Experience Designer

What I do: I bring design thinking and a human-centred approach to everything we do at Hive. I consult to our clients by assisting them to identify, develop and implement innovative processes, systems, strategies and ways of working. This includes working collaboratively with clients to identify ‘pain points’ and matching them with a truly multi-disciplinary set of skills (not just legal) to resolve those challenges. At Hive we use our purpose driven design thinking framework, HiveThinkP to do this.

Why I do it: I love joining the dots – creatively and in a business context. I’m motivated by bringing together what, at first, might seem to be unrelated people, organisations or things to deliver great results. I am also committed to bringing change to the legal industry by using different mindsets to help to improve the experience for clients.

Mitzi Gilligan, Principal and Founder

What I do: Three decades of commercial and regulatory law, with a focus on energy and government. I am also one of Hive’s Founders and a Director of the legal-tech business Xakia Technologies.

Why I do it: I’m motivated by the opportunity for Hive to enact positive change in the legal industry through our innovative structure, working arrangements and pricing. Our firm is designed for today, and the future. Our model encourages innovation, collaboration and efficiency. This empowers our team to deliver higher quality outcomes for clients in a more sustainable environment. I’m excited by the role technology plays in the future of legal services and enjoy leveraging the potential offered by a strong Australian legal-tech sector.

Rachel Varghese, Senior Associate

What I do: Commercial and energy regulatory law, working primarily in Hive’s energy team. My day-to-day work typically involves electricity and gas contracting and regulatory advice, with a focus on gas storage, embedded network arrangements, metering services, regulatory risk and compliance.

Why I do it: I enjoy the combination of legal work with the technical, often complex nature of energy. To me, energy matters often feel like a puzzle which requires an understanding of each individual part – the relevant regulatory framework, the technical and physical aspects of the energy sector, the client’s business, and the specific legal or commercial problem at hand. Working through the many ‘individual parts’ in order to achieve creative, robust solutions is incredibly satisfying.

Rohila Rahimi, Senior Associate

What I do: Corporate, commercial and regulatory law with a focus on the energy sector. My proven expertise includes gas and electricity contracting and regulatory advice, commercial transactions, private and public mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, corporate governance and general corporate advisory.

Why I do it: I enjoy assisting clients in navigating and understanding their legal environment. Hive’s business model allows me to practice law in a collaborative and innovative manner that focuses on delivering the best possible value to the client.

Sandra Toma, Office/ IT Administrator

What I do: My role allows me to gain across-the-board experience in different operational areas of our business by assisting in our firms day-to-day IT support and general business administration. Hive provides me with a flexible and creative environment where I can exercise my artistic and creative side which allows me to think outside the box.

Why I do it: Being able to work in an environment where no two days are the same is fantastic. I enjoy the problem-solving involved in this line of work and look forward to coming into work each day!

Shalini Uthayakumaran, Lawyer

What I do: Commercial and regulatory law, with a specialist focus on the energy sector. I have worked on a variety of gas, electricity and storage projects, advising on energy market, network, infrastructure and transactional matters. My experience ranges across power generation, distribution and retail aspects of Energy.

Why I do it: I am motivated by the opportunity to help address environmental and sustainability challenges by working with innovative and forward-thinking clients in the energy, resources and technology space. I strive to handle client’s legal issues comprehensively so they can focus on delivering the transition to a clean economy. Working in such a fast-changing area keeps me agile and the close connection to related technical fields means the learning journey never ends!

Sofia Bašić, Graduate

What I do: Commercial and regulatory graduate who assists the team in advising government and private sector clients on complex legal issues and risks. I have a particular interest in privacy law and thoroughly enjoy supporting the team in providing advice to a broad selection of clients on requirements and obligations at both a state and commonwealth level.

Why I do it: As a graduate, I love the variety of my work and how working in a modern firm isn’t just about giving intricate legal advice, it’s also about providing broader support to our clients and truly understanding their business and how they operate.

Stacy Otis, Operations Manager

What I do: I manage and plan our day to day business operations to ensure Hive is running smoothly and efficiently. Area’s include human resource management, financial management, compliance and regulatory, business development and IT. I also manage our firms diversity and inclusion initiatives, which is something our firm is truly passionate about.

Why I do it: Being able to work in a position that allows me to work in a variety of areas keeps it exciting! Most importantly, working in a forward thinking and innovative environment alongside an incredible team is something that I truly value and appreciate.

Stephanie Karas, Lawyer

What I do: Commercial and regulatory law with a focus on the health sector together with other highly regulated industries. My background in general practice law coupled with my passion for innovation means I can bring a holistic skillset to the table. I have a focus on people, communication and collaboration, which is at the forefront of my approach to working.

Why I do it: I am an avid supporter of changing the way we practice law. Innovation is key and I strongly believe the demand and push to ‘do law differently’ should be embraced in all aspects of commercial relationships as it benefits all players. My goals are to assist clients to keep moving towards creating great opportunities for continuous advancement, whilst embracing change.

Tamsyn Vassallo, Senior Associate

What I do: Commercial and intellectual property (IP) law in the commercial and technology team. My area of expertise covers contracting and commercial transactions, IP and IP commercialisation, technology projects, licensing and procurement and data security. I have a passion for working with clients to strategically identify and manage business opportunities and challenges, in addition to developing and protecting their ideas and innovations.

Why I do it: To guide and support the success of my clients with legal insight, solutions and strategic guidance. This is made possible (and enjoyable!) by working with an exceptional team of talented lawyers at Hive in a highly collaborative and forward-thinking environment.