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

Adrienne Trumbull, Associate 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.

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.

Carlie Andrews, 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 commercial sound, 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, 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.

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, Associate 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 clients.

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.

Katie Thompson, Operations Manager

What I do: the design and management of operations at Hive. Our unique business structure enables me to utilise my extensive experience across legal industries – local and international – to do this. Having been instrumental in the establishment of Hive, efficiency and innovation is at the forefront of all I do for the business.

Why I do it: I’m hugely inspired and excited by Hive’s flexible, collaborative approach. I believe innovation is the key to optimal efficiency – a philosophy I apply to daily operations at Hive. Importantly, I get a genuine kick out of organising stand out social functions!

Meenal Chand, Lawyer

What I do: commercial and regulatory law with a particular focus on the health and energy sectors.

Why I do it: I’m passionate about supporting clients through their day-to-day legal issues and reaching positive outcomes. Hive’s unique business model fosters a particularly supportive team environment, enabling us to exceed client expectations.

Melissa Lyon, Associate Principal

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.

Mona Sukkar, Associate

What I do: financial services with experience advising clients on issues including the establishment and operation of wholesale trusts and retail managed investment schemes, fundraising, disclosure, licensing, compliance and outsourcing contracts. I particularly enjoy assisting clients with the regulatory aspects of funds management, including the Corporations Act requirements and related ASIC policy.

Why I do it: I’m passionate about helping clients with their day-to-day legal issues whilst navigating a complex regulatory environment. I feel very lucky to be doing it the ‘Hive’ way – at a diverse and innovative firm, alongside an incredibly supportive team.

Rachel Varghese, 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.

Susan Taylor, Principal

What I do: thirty years deep expertise in the energy sector. Across my career I’ve held a range of senior roles including extensive work on energy market reform in Asia Pac, as a senior attorney advisor within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington DC) and as General Counsel of AusNet Services. I strive to make energy regulation accessible by delivering clear and pragmatic advice.

Why I do it: Energy is a necessary part of our lives, and arguably it becomes more so as technology evolves. That evolution fascinates me, particularly finding ways to make new technology fit into how we use and share energy. It is rewarding to get your head around a complex field and be in a position to support others who need to navigate their way around the many laws, rule and codes by which they are regulated.

Tamsyn Vassallo, 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.