Rebecca assists clients in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Wills & Estates, Building and Construction and Liquor Licensing.
Rebecca grew up assisting in her family business in country Western Australia from a young age. This gives her a very personal insight into the issues facing her clients, including the employment, economic and other factors that make a business succeed or fail. Perhaps as a consequence, Rebecca has considerable experience advising and acting for farming and rural clients in relation to property/sale/contract disputes and complicated disputed estates.
Rebecca has been part of the Cullen Macleod team for 10 years, and her dedication to our team is reflective of the dedication and loyalty she provides to her clients. Consequently, Rebecca is consistently mentioned as one of the top performers in our clients’ feedback on her extensive legal knowledge and ability to manage difficult and complicated matters.
Rebecca makes it her priority to understand you and/or your business and the objectives you wish to achieve. Where possible Rebecca will propose options that can avoid costly and lengthy court proceedings.
Rebecca’s key areas include:
Advising and representing:
- business owners and private clients in all courts and tribunals in relation to breach of sale of business agreement, breach of contract, breach of vendor finance agreement, misleading and deceptive conduct, breach of Australian Consumer Law, etc.
- owners and parties with a legal interest in mortgage, caveat, easement and other property disputes
- parties in relation to insolvency and bankruptcy matters
- buyers and sellers in relation to default and termination disputes
- landlords and tenants in relation to lease disputes, including unpaid rent and ‘make good’ requirements
- builders and property owners in relation to building and construction disputes, including Construction Contract Act Adjudications
- parties in recovering, through use of enforcement orders including seizure and sale of property, debt appropriate orders, statutory demands and other enforcement orders.
Liquor Licensing / Hospitality & Tourism
Rebecca assists in the initial applications for liquor licences to the Licensing Authority, through to acting for clients in reviewing decisions and appeals of unsuccessful applications to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Rebecca was involved in one of the most important cases in liquor licensing in recent years - the matter of Woolworths Ltd v Director of Liquor Licensing (2013) 45 WAR 446, which was a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal against the decision of the Liquor Commission to refuse a licence for the premises known as Dan Murphy’s Bicton. This matter remains the leading decision on the proper process the Licensing Authority must undertake when determining and hearing applications, and the legal framework in which the aspect of “consumer requirement” is to be considered and determined under the Liquor Control Act.
Rebecca appeared as Junior Counsel in the Supreme Court in the matter of Woolworths Ltd v The Commissioner of Police  WASC 413 which was a successful Supreme Court appeal against the decision of the Liquor Commission to refuse a licence for the premises known as Dan Murphy’s Joondalup. The application for grant of a liquor licence was subsequently approved.
Wills & Estates/ Succession Planning and Disputed Estates
- Provision of advice to private clients
- Drafting of Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Guardianship
- Complex grant applications
- Contested Probate matters
- Will interpretation and capacity issues
- Applications for guardianship and/or administration orders to assist in managing the legal and financial affairs as well as the health and well-being of those who are unable to do so for themselves
- Instituting and defending claims made by a person for greater provision from an Estate under the Family Provision Act.
Rebecca looks forward to being able to help you. Contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9389 3999 to discuss how she can assist you.