Brian is a highly esteemed solicitor in the Canberra region, where he has been practicing for over 40 years. With his wealth of experience, Brian is committed to providing clients with in-depth and practical advice. Brian’s friendly demeanour and highly regarded capabilities has led him to managing the legal affairs for generations of local families.
He has experience across all matters of the law. In recent years he has chosen to specialise in Estate Planning and Commercial Law.
Brian’s commercial and business service offerings include acting on the sale and purchase of companies, shares and businesses, drawing up contracts for shareholder, joint venture and supply agreements, and advising on related aspects of trust law. These transactions vary from modest businesses to complex multi-million dollar commercial transactions domestically and internationally.
Practising in estate planning, succession and elder law, Brian is compassionate, approachable and diligent, with a can-do attitude and is focussed on helping people during one of the most difficult and emotional times in their lives.
Estate succession planning is not just about preparing a will. Brian takes a holistic approach to ensure all matters are considered for his client’s particular needs, including testamentary discretionary trusts (testamentary wills), enduring powers of attorney, advance health directives, family trusts, superannuation trusts, superannuation death benefit nominations, companies and partnerships.
Brian and his team can assist clients with the administration of deceased estates, including obtaining Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration, with complicated court applications for informal wills that do not comply with the statutory requirements, and with the construction of wills.
Brian was named as one of Canberra’s Preeminent Lawyers in Wills, Estates and Succession Planning by the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession (released in October annually) in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
He has a strong relationship with the Canberra legal community and has served as a Senior Counsellor of the Law Society of the ACT for many years. In that role he offers guidance and support to other members of the legal profession.
Brian has played an important role in changing the ACT legal system for the better in his specialty areas of commercial leases and Powers of Attorney. He is a former Chair of the ACT Law Society’s Commercial & Business Law Committee and was instrumental in making submissions to the ACT Government on the Powers of Attorney Act 2006.
He is also a former chair of the Law Society’s Tenancy Code Committee which worked closely with government and other industry groups to draft legislation in the ACT on commercial leasing.
He is regularly requested to present seminars for Legalwise and the Law Society of the ACT or for the firm, on his areas of expertise, including practice management, commercial leases, estate planning and testamentary trusts.
Brian is married with four children and four grandchildren. Outside of the law, his hobbies are golf, gardening and photography, which he pursues with much passion but arguably less talent!
Bachelor of Economics (Australian National University)
Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Australian National University)
Preeminent Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyer, ACT 2020 (Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession)
Preeminent Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyer, ACT 2019 (Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession)
Preeminent Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyer, ACT 2018 (Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession)
Preeminent Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyer, ACT 2017 (Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession)