Hugh is a Commercial and Wills & Estates lawyer who has practised in Western Australia for over 25 years. Hugh prides himself on building strong professional relationships with all of his clients. Hugh is the head of our Wills and Estate planning practice. In addition, Hugh also practices across all areas of Commercial Law, Property Law, Corporate Governance, Business Succession Planning and Disputed Estates.
Hugh brings a vast array of practical and commercial experience to assisting his clients achieve their private and commercial objectives.
Hugh is a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Hugh has sat on numerous school boards, sporting association boards and from 2006 until 2010 he was a member of the Board of Southern Cross Care WA (Inc), a not-for-profit organisation which is a major provider of aged care services in Western Australia. He held the position as Chairman of the Board of Directors from November 2005 until December 2009.
Hugh has tutored and lectured at The University of Western Australia, and University of Notre Dame in areas including property law, corporations’ law, finance law and succession law. He has also presented to the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants on corporate governance for not-for-profit organisations.
Hugh acts for and represents private clients, small to medium business owners, not-for-profit organisations and Indigenous organisations. Many of Hugh’s clients come through other professional service providers such as accountants, financial planners, life insurance brokers and mortgage brokers.
Hugh has a very broad commercial practice with key areas of experience including:
wills and estate planning (including drafting of complex wills incorporating testamentary trusts)
estate administration (including acting as a professional executor and trustee)
business succession planning
property and leasing (commercial, retail and industrial) and property developments
corporate advisory and transactions
retirement villages and aged care
finance and securities (including advice on the Personal Property Securities Act)
contracts – advice, preparation and review
trusts - advice