Professional Background

Paul has over 20 years of experience in Native Title law and commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He is passionate about getting the best possible outcomes for his clients and is recognised as a leading practitioner in the area of Native Title.

  • Legal adviser to Native Title holding and claim groups in the negotiation of numerous Native Title agreements, heritage agreements and Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs).
  • Acted for the Tjurabalan People in consent determination of Native Title in 2001.
  • Acted for Martidja Banjima and Banjima People since 2005 in their Native Title claim which has resulted in a successful determination of Native Title in the Central Pilbara made in 2012.
  • Acting in complex Supreme Court litigation relating to enforcement of a Native Title agreements and trust compliance.
  • Legal adviser to Banjima People in relation to comprehensive claim wide agreements with Rio Tinto Iron Ore and BHP Billiton Iron Ore in relation to the Yandi, Hope Downs and Area C mines in the Central Pilbara.
  • Solicitor and counsel for Kerry and Diana Robinson in successful and landmark Supreme Court case about the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA).
  • Solicitor and counsel in successful judicial review case in the Federal Court for pharmacists challenging decisions of Australian Community Pharmacy Authority.
  • Advising large corporations on heritage and Native Title matters relating to mining, tourism and gas developments.
  • Acting for corporate clients in relation to commercial and employment related disputes in the Supreme and Federal Courts.
  • Native Title and heritage
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), UNSW Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), UNSW Australia
  • Masters of Laws (LLM), University of Western Australia
  • Member of The Law Society of Western Australia
  • Member of AMPLA – The Resources & Energy Law Association



Professional Background

Ian has over 20 years’ experience in commercial property legal services and related areas.  He endeavours to provide consistent, pragmatic and practical commercial legal advice to all clients.

Ian was admitted into practice in 1996 followed by extensive experience in a wide range of commercial property areas with a number of national firms in senior positions.

In 2012, Ian joined as a partner in the specialised commercial property practice of Warren Syminton Ralph based in Fremantle and in late 2016 Ian returned to practising in Perth by joining Roe Legal Services as a consultant.

Ian has acted for a broad range of clients including ASX listed property companies, institutional clients, government, mortgagees, developers, landlords and tenants.

  • Acted for various owners and managers of major retail shopping centres in relation to ownership, development and major tenant leasing.
  • Acted for a major national retailer in the restructure of its leased property portfolio.
  • Acted for various commercial banks in relation to leasing requirements and sale and leaseback arrangements.
  • Acted for State Government in relation to leasing requirements.
  • Acted and advised various Churches in relation to property law requirements.
  • Acted for various telecommunications organisations in relation to leasing requirements and transfer of property assets.
  • Acted for various overseas clients in the sale and purchase of businesses and land.
  • Acted as part of a team in relation to property aspects of large scale commercial transactions.
  • Acted on major projects including the acquisition and disposal of CBD office buildings, regional shopping centres and hotels.
  • Advised and acted on large scale due diligence, property development and joint ventures.
  • Assisted Aboriginal corporations in the acquisition of businesses and land.
  • Assisted and advised in relation to subdivision, estate development planning, restrictive covenants and building conditions, and sale of multi-lot subdivisions.
  • Complex and specialist leasing (including retail, office, industrial and telecommunications)
  • Acquisition, development and sale of property
  • Bachelor of Business (B.Bus), Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Murdoch University, Western Australia
  • Member of The Law Society of Western Australia
  • Property Council of Australia



Professional Background

Chris joined Roe Legal Services in February 2015, and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, High and Federal Courts in November 2015.

Chris works in the commercial litigation and insolvency team on litigation, debt recovery, commercial and insolvency matters.

Chris graduated from Murdoch University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction) together with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management.

  • Chris appears regularly before the Magistrates, District, Supreme and Federal Courts in Western Australia, and has successfully acted as counsel in final hearings of Bankruptcy and Release of Liquidator proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Chris has worked on a range of litigation and insolvency matters including:
    • Complex Supreme Court litigation between the Banjima People and BHP Billiton relating to Native Title agreement and trust compliance including trustee direction application which resulted in a successful settlement between the parties;
    • Supreme Court property development disputes and contempt of court proceedings;
    • A referral from the National Native Title Tribunal to the Federal Court on a Question of Law in Hale on behalf of the Bunuba #2 Native Title Claim Group v State of Western Australia [2015] FCA 560 and subsequent successful National Native Title Tribunal Expedited Procedure inquiry; and
    • Debt recovery and enforcement of Native Title and heritage agreements for Native Title clients.
  • Insolvency / restructuring and turnaround
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Debt recovery
  • Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction), Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Management), Murdoch University
  • Member of The Law Society of Western Australia
  • Member of IWIRC(WA)



Professional Background

Llifen graduated from Murdoch University in 2016 with a Juris Doctor, having completed an undergraduate in Legal Studies and Social History in 2007.

Llifen joined Roe Legal Services in January 2017, and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in May 2017.

Llifen works in the commercial litigation and insolvency team, as well as the commercial property team. She has worked on litigation, debt recovery, insolvency matters, and residential/commercial conveyancing.

  • Llifen has worked on a range of litigation and insolvency matter including:
    • Urgent interlocutory injunctions;
    • Reinstatement of companies;
    • A large shareholders securities class action; and
    • Debt recovery and enforcement of Native Title and heritage agreements for Native Title clients.
  • Llifen has worked on a range of property matters, including
    • Residential/Commercial conveyancing; and
    • Realisation of assets in bankruptcy matters.
  • Insolvency
  • Litigation
  • Debt Recovery
  • Residential/Commercial Conveyancing
  • Realisation of Impaired Assets (Bankruptcy)
  • Juris Doctor, Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Legal Studies (Criminology), Murdoch University
  • Member of the Law Society of Western Australia
  • Member of IWIRC (WA)


Law Clerk

Kelsi is a Whadjuk, Barladong Mineng Nyoongar in her final year of Law and Arts degrees, majoring in Politics and Indigenous Knowledge at the University of Western Australia.

Kelsi joined Roe Legal Services in April 2016, working part-time as a Law Clerk whilst completing her studies.  She has a keen interest in Native Title law and is passionate about working with traditional owners.


Office Manager / Paralegal

Kate joined Roe Legal Services in August 2013.  She has predominantly worked in the area of litigation, providing legal support during trials and administration generally.


Level 3
12 St Georges Terrace,

Perth 6000, Western Australia
Phone: +61 8 9325 4396
Fax: +61 8 6270 4464