Each week we have a special guest speaker, usually one of our members, who offer insights into their specific industry, advice and general thoughts on running a business in this day and age. The presentation is followed by a lively Q&A session which is often as illuminating as the talk itself.
26TH FEBRUARY – KAREN ESPINER
ABOUT MY COMPANY
Younes + Espiner Lawyers specialise in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary matters and are highly respected within the legal industry. For the third year in a row, we have been recognised as a ‘first tier’ firm in the peer-nominated Doyle’s Guide for NSW Criminal Defence firms.
We represent clients charged with a wide range of serious criminal law matters, appearing in courts throughout NSW on a daily basis and, when required, nationally. We are accomplished solicitor advocates, appearing in the Local, District and Supreme Courts in release (bail) applications, contested hearings and committals, sentence proceedings, appeals and other applications. We collaborate with leading barristers from around Australia working on trials and appeals in the District and Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court of Australia.
As well as representing clients in criminal matters we also specialise in regulatory and disciplinary matters including ASIC investigations, ACCC investigations and disciplinary proceedings for health, legal and other professionals facing allegations of misconduct in the workplace.
I am a Law Society of NSW Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, meaning that my expertise and competence has been recognised within the legal profession.
I co-founded Younes + Espiner Lawyers with the goal of providing individual attention and exceptional legal service to my clients. I recognise the value of professional collaboration and teamwork and work closely with other lawyers within the firm and with experienced barristers to ensure that each of my clients receives the highest level of service.
Much of my practice is devoted to representing clients in the District and Supreme Courts who have been charged with very serious criminal law matters including murder, sexual offences, drug offences, serious assaults and corporate offences. I also appear in Local Court matters for clients, particularly when their personal and professional reputations are at risk.
I also have a significant appellate practice, providing advice and representation to clients seeking to appeal their conviction and/or sentence from the District Court to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.
In addition to appearing in court, an important part of my practice involves providing my clients with advice before criminal proceedings are commenced.
One of my strengths is my ability to analyse and explain complex legal issues to my clients in a simple, easy-to-follow way. I am well respected by other members of the profession and the judiciary and am known for my meticulous preparation, persuasive advocacy and professionalism.
For the third successive year, I was recognised individually in the Doyle’s ‘Leading NSW Criminal Defence Lawyers’ Guide. In 2018 I was recognised as one of the state’s Preeminent Criminal Lawyers, ranking my in the top band of lawyers in the state.
4TH MARCH – PROPERTY POWER GROUP
Featured Speakers Marijke Walker, Nelson Dueza,
Louise Hethorn, Gareth Woodham & Amanda Gould
ABOUT MY COMPANY
For over 90 years, Taylors Property Management Specialists has been helping our clients make the most of the equity they already have and put them on a straightforward path to sustainable financial security. We have achieved this by expertly guiding them and putting finely-tuned systems in place that get the job done, so they can relax and watch their assets thrive. We’ve taken our passion for people and property and we now channel it into one single specialised focus – property management. We believe property management is about long-term relationships, a reliable rental income and sustained capital growth. We provide clients with stability, integrity, a high degree of personalised service and intimate level of involvement and ownership. Our team of specialists is fully-focused on property management, with our wealth of experience lending invaluable support to our clear vision for the future. For a better return on your investment, along with peace of mind, talk to Taylors.
When Marijke joined Taylors Property Management Specialists in early 2017, she brought with her a broad set of skills and experience to assist Principal, Mark Taylor, with the growth and development of the company and team into a leading provider of specialist property management services in Sydney’s East.
This included involvement with improving brand awareness, maintaining an active social media presence, streamlining internal company and HR processes, and implementing a rewards program that tracked individual and company KPIs and rewarded the team of professionals for excellence in service and performance.
Today, Marijke’s role as Operations Specialist has grown to encompass business development, with a focus on ensuring all new clients receive the best experience possible and positive results for their investment properties throughout their relationship with Taylors. She enjoys creating a strategic marketing program tailored personally for every client that will see their properties leased in the shortest time possible.
Marijke also has the upmost confidence in the Taylors team of professionals, knowing that they not only have a vast amount of experience between them, but also a passion for property. She has no doubt that her clients will have their investment property expertly managed by one of Taylors highly experienced Client Relationship Specialists for years to come.
Marijke shares the Taylors core values – professionalism, communication, integrity, proactiveness and a passion to make a difference. She is very solution focused and motivated to go above and beyond for all those we do business with, to ensure they have peace of mind and are delivered a high degree of personalised service synonymous with Taylors.
ABOUT MY COMPANY
As an industry-leading global real estate company that operates from more than 500 markets offices across 67 countries, what sets Colliers International apart is not what we do, but how we do it. Our unique culture encourages our people to think differently, to share innovative ideas and to create effective solutions that accelerate our clients’ success. Many of the world’s most innovative and successful companies choose us when they need trusted, expert advice.
The foundation of our service is the strength and depth of our specialists. Our clients depend on our ability to draw on years of direct experience in their local markets. Our professionals know their communities and the industry inside and out. Whether you are a local firm or a global organization, we provide creative solutions for all your real estate needs.
Colliers client relationships are built on experience, speed-to-market and enduring trust. We only succeed if our clients succeed. As one of only a few companies with a truly global platform, more than 16,000 Colliers people worldwide are unified by the power of delivering services seamlessly, wherever our clients choose to do business. Colliers people look for unrealized potential, challenging themselves to see things differently, and achieving outcomes that exceed our clients’ expectations.
Nelson brings a wealth of knowledge to Colliers International Residential team with over 18 years in the real estate industry. He has developed a unique insight into the residential property market throughout Sydney where he has garnered the highest awards for his achievements in sales, ranked in the top echelon of Agents nationally for the last 3 years.
As a highly regarded professional within the industry he has amassed a large database of clients who continually return to him when buying or selling their property.
Nelson also runs a dynamic team of salespeople, Simon Perry and Petra Kovacs both highly qualified and extremely thorough in their approach to selling properties all over Sydney.
In an ever-changing market, Nelson and the team at Colliers provide open and direct communication to ensure you are kept up to date with what is happening with the sales campaign and will work tirelessly to negotiate the highest price possible for your property.
ABOUT MY COMPANY
At Cohen & Krass we offer a range of services to deliver legal solutions based on your particular needs.
Listed below are some of our legal services. If you would like to find out more, please contact us today to see how we can assist you. Our Legal Services include:
Building and development contracts (residential and commercial)
Business formation, sales and transfers
Buying/Selling property, leases, subdivisions (residential and commercial)
Commercial dealings, documents and disputes
Conflict resolution and litigation
Personal investments and family trusts
Property and mortgage disputes
Trade practices, unconscionable conduct
Will preparation, estate planning
Will and estate management and disputes
Simply contact us to find out more about how the team at Cohen & Krass can help you.
I am committed to client service with a passion for business, property and the law. I specialise in Conveyancing and other Property Law matters. I am currently studying my masters of law with a double major in property and family law. I spend time reviewing contracts and lease agreements for clients and I am able to act on an urgency basis where required. I also spend time drafting contracts for the sale of land and commercial lease agreements. I listen to what my clients need and act in their best interests.
When I’m not busy helping clients, you will find me at the park watching my children play netball and soccer or having a well deserved ocean swim!
ABOUT MY COMPANY
We offer unique solutions to help buyers and investors feel confident about their decisions. We can help an investor know where to start with a tailored strategy, through to a full end to end investment service that includes sourcing and securing the right property for the right price. We also help all buyers negotiate with agents and step them through the buying process to ensure they don’t make any costly mistakes.
Gareth Woodham has been conducting property valuations across Sydney and Melbourne for more than 17 years.
Gareth attended the University of Technology Sydney from 1992 to 1998, and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Land Economics. Shortly thereafter, Gareth was registered with the NSW Department of Fair Trading, and began practising under Ken Feltham FAPI, where he acquired experience valuing a vast range of residential properties across Sydney. During this time, Gareth conducted valuations for major banks and financial institutions, lawyers and accountants, for a range of purposes including: mortgage security, statutory assessment, mercantile recovery and family law.
In 2003, Gareth relocated to Melbourne, and was employed by WBP Property as an unrestricted valuer, conducting residential, commercial and industrial valuations across Melbourne, again for banks and financial institutions for mortgage security, statutory assessment and family law purposes.
Admitted to the Australian Property Institute in 2006 as a Certified Practising Valuer, Gareth returned to Sydney in 2006 to establish an office for WBP, conducting portfolio valuations for the Defence Housing Authority, Mortgage Insurers, and undertaking extensive recovery and liquidation valuations for several mercantile agents.
In 2010 Gareth extended his qualifications to include Thermal Performance assessment of residential dwellings, became licenced as a Buyers Agent in 2015, and is actively conducting valuations of residential properties in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide metropolitan areas.
Gareth now leads the customer engagement and business development at Suburbanite Property Advisors, helping people achieve their goals through strategic property investment.
ABOUT MY COMPANY
The team at HighSpec Properties represents our clients, ensuring they are armed with the knowledge and tools to make good decisions when they invest into their slice of Sydney. We are absolutely determined to protect our clients and make purchasing property more enjoyable for everyone.
Amanda Gould has been buying Sydney properties for her own portfolio since 1988. Her passion for property led her into property development where she successfully purchased properties in need of renovation to on-sell for profit (Flipping).
So many friends and acquaintances were asking for her help when purchasing property that she decided to turn her passion into a business and HighSpec Properties was born. Running a Buyers’ Agency allows Amanda to immerse herself in all aspects of property, and make a real difference in the lives of people without the same passion, knowledge, access and time to make good purchase decisions.
11TH MARCH – MICHAEL MENZIES
ABOUT MY COMPANY
Remember Creative is not just our name but also our motto and call to action. We believe that a genuinely creative idea can be a game-changer – It’s at the heart of what we do. Our experienced team will help grow your business online and stand out from the crowd.
Michael Menzies started the business in 2013 after learning the ropes and shortcomings of the big agency methodologies. He has assembled a team of professionals from various industries both client and agency side which holds us in good stead to supply our clients with amazing creative and strategies.
Along with creating noise for a client or doing an intricate integration for a client, we pride ourselves on finding solutions to the problems that people have accepted as just a bugbear part of doing business.
In short, we love challenges!
With over 15 years experience in marketing and design, I have established myself as a creative leader who specialises in digital and creative strategy, as well as brand development. Having worked for some of Australia’s premiere advertising agencies, such as Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi and Publicis Mojo, I have garnered a deep knowledge of both, the art and economics of marketing. I’m very lucky to do a job that I love and continue to find joy every time a client succeeds.
18TH MARCH – VISITORS DAY
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER TBA