Who We Are 2018-03-23T02:37:51+00:00

Our Team Leaders

ANTHONY STURGEON

SENIOR LAWYER

Mr Sturgeon, one of our commercial, criminal  and personal injury Senior Lawyers, is a down to earth and understanding lawyer whose primary goal is to serve the client. He is dedicated to learning and he has an uncanny ability to notice the little things while absolutely nailing them perfectly. This results in a better outcome for you, the client. He is a major movie buff and loves a good comic book…or seven.

JUSTIN IRELAND

MANAGING PARTNER

Both entrepreneur and visionary, Justin is responsible for the original creation of Strategic Lawyers, a firm experiencing dynamic growth. He’s undoubtedly an ideas man, who is passionate about innovation and reform. An exceedingly determined bloke! He believes in certainty of cost through fixed fees and ultimately in value. His question, “How can we deliver better value to the clients?” is the driving force for the firm.

Registered Migration Agent
Mara Number: 1798876

ROBERT JALEEL BALLAIS

LAWYER

We look at Mr Ballais as our own personal office comedian. He brings a character that adds laughter and joy to our office environment. He takes this passion for like into his work and excels at everything he puts his hand to. He is a quality worker and a vital team member. Robert brings a professional approach to his work and strives to provide legal services efficiently and of the highest quality. Robert enjoys going the extra mile for his clients to achieve the best outcomes for them.

STEVE HODGSON

LAWYER

Steve is a consummate commercial litigation lawyer and Registered Migration Agent with experience in all types of disputes and issues. No matter how complex your legal matter, Steve will always seek to deliver swift and sound advice. When he’s not fighting the good fight, Steve enjoys a fit and healthy lifestyle. Keep an eye out for him on the basketball and beach volleyball courts.

Registered Migration Agent
Mara Number: 1700192

FRANCINA DE CHAZAL

ACCOUNTS MANAGER  / BOOK KEEPER

Francina, or Anci as she’s known here in the office, is one of our most vital team members ensuring everything goes to plan in regards to accounts. She was once an auditor and is a qualified book keeper of 10+ years who is now our outstanding in-house accounts clerk. Her experience and attention to detail is second to none – similar to her cooking, she loves cooking and we can all agree here that she’s great at it!

CASEY WILSON

LEGAL SECRETARY

Casey is the go-to girl at the firm for all things administrative support. Casey is a great assistant to the firm’s lawyers as well as a great help to the firm’s clients. Casey is multi-talented: she not only cracks a good joke, she also makes a barista-quality café latte – come in and try one. For Casey it’s all about excellent service and getting the job done. Besides being at work you can find her spending time with her pug and her family.

BEN WATT

LAWYER & MIGRATION AGENT

Ben is a practicing Australian lawyer, having been admitted before the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2013 and is a Registered Migration Agent with nearly six years of experience in the migration industry. If you are an employer or individual looking to secure a permanent or temporary business, skilled residential or student visa, Ben can provide comprehensive advice and assistance in navigating Australia’s complex migration program.

Registered Migration Agent
Mara Number: 1570098

AMANDA ZUGNO

PARALEGAL

Amanda, is a motivated final semester law student at James Cook University, with a keen interest in Commercial, Consumer and Criminal law, she doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Growing up with a family run business has made Amanda the hard worker she is today. Sports makes up 50% of her personality. She enjoys an active lifestyle, so catch her at the beach or on the Football fields.

MADELEINE JACOBS

PARALEGAL

Madeleine has a bright future and is interested in Criminal, Family and Health Care Law. Having graduated with Honours from The Queensland University of Technology, she is currently undertaking her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through The Australian National University. Having worked in retail throughout her schooling, she understands the importance of communication and customer service. She is netball obsessed with a passion for health and nutrition. And most of all, she adores her dog.

JAYDON BARR

PARALEGAL

Jaydon, the office sports tragic. He cannot play to save his life but is more than happy to wake up at 3am to watch his team play. He never gives up when the odds are stacked against him. He loves nothing more than backing David against your Goliath. With key interests in all things, Commercial, Employment, Estates and Family Law he does not shy away from any and all challenges that gets dished on his plate. Coming from a background of customer service in the hospitality industry, he really knows how to treat clients.

WHERE DO YOU FIT IN THE TEAM?