Dennis is the principal and owner of Danaher Legal. Having grown up on a farm in Wunghnu (just near Numurkah) and being 1 of 7 children, he combines common sense with his country values of being authentic and providing clients with valued advice – both legally, commercially & otherwise. Having worked at national, large city firms and small firms Dennis wanted to provide legal services in a way many other lawyers were not. By focusing on the solutions that his clients need and using his thorough understanding of the law, he implements strategies that are simple, to the point and what his clients want.
Dennis regularly advises on Business Planning and Personal Estate Planning, general property matters and Business. His key area of practice is Estate Planning and Wills. In the last 12 months he has completed estate planning strategies and Wills for approx. 500 clients (including 1 client worth $600m) and Business Succession Strategies for approx. 50 clients. The value Dennis offers his clients sees him getting busier every day.
If Dennis is not in the office you will find him chasing around his boys – Fergus and Hugh (with his wife Heather) or otherwise out lunching, which is one of his favourite past times.
Solicitor and Director
Alison worked for the Commonwealth Bank for 18 years, working her way up from batch clerk to Lending Manager - Small Business.
Alison has also spent several years as a Senior Administrator at a boutique finance company and 3 years at a Melbourne accounting firm, where she worked as the General Manager. Her varied role included budgets, cash flows, staff recruitment and movement, financial control, financial reporting to internal and external personnel.
As the Practice Manager, Alison is primarily responsible for the financial operations and the management of Danaher Legal. Alison is assisted by a receptionist, to ensure the lawyers are provided with the best support when attending to their clients’ needs and obligations.
Alison enjoys watching her boys play football in the VAFA, endeavouring to keep fit, regularly trying out new breakfast venues and catching up with family and friends.
Simon is a commercial lawyer with 10 years’ experience specialising in Corporations law matters, business disputes and business advice.
As a former barrister, Simon has particular experience in commercial litigation matters, complex insolvency issues, intellectual property matters, corporate restructuring, shareholders/directors disputes, and other Corporations law matters.
Outside of the law, Simon is always in search of a competitive challenge – whether it be in pennant tennis, a footy goal kicking comp with mates or eating a Weetbix in 30 seconds!
Peter is a senior lawyer with an acute understanding of business and legal experience that enables him to provide specialised advice on business growth. He has worked both sides – at a national law firm executing corporate and financing transactions and for more than twenty-five years as a senior executive and advisor to companies operating domestically and internationally.
Peter’s extensive experience devising functional legal and commercial solutions offers clients an inimitable edge, helping them expertly grow, acquire, sell and restructure their businesses. He also has a passion for entrepreneurs and high growth technology businesses, having worked in software and services development businesses, venture capital and with universities and research institutes as they restructure and commercialise their intellectual property.
Balancing commercial pursuits, Peter is a director of two Victorian charities, a persistent practitioner of tai chi and otherwise spends all the time he can with his partner, Annabel, enjoying their family.
Peter works on a consultancy basis with Danaher Legal, providing his technical expertise and assistance with complex Commercial and Corporate matters. Peter’s common sense approach, together with his 40 years of experience, also proves to be an invaluable resource for our junior staff. Peter also supports our staff by providing detailed research and comprehensive advice. Peter has the ability to develop a strategy that solves clients’ problems and steer a path through the maze of legal and commercial issues that confront clients in business.
Prior to joining Danaher Legal, Peter had a long career with several Melbourne CBD firms as partner and consultant.
Outside of the office, Peter enjoys the good things in life, spending time with his wife Janet and their family, travel, books, good food and wine and AFL footy.
Senior Lawyer (Consultant)
Lauren was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2011 and had her name entered on the High Court Register of Practitioners in 2013. Prior to working at Danaher Legal, Lauren was a lawyer at a boutique commercial litigation practice. She specialises in dispute resolution and litigation.
Lauren is the Vice-President of Lawyers for Animals and volunteers as a supervising solicitor at its Animal Law Clinic. She also regularly volunteers at Fitzroy Legal Service’s Night Clinic.
Lauren enjoys catching up with friends, travelling the world and attending trivia nights.
Naomi is a solicitor with a passion for excellence in the law and a love of people.
As a solicitor at Danaher Legal, Naomi specialises in commercial law, estate planning and property law. Naomi advises clients on a number of issues, including business sales and purchases, trust transfers, property development, guarantee advice, agreements and structuring of businesses, as well as leasing and SMSF transfers.
Prior to being admitted as a lawyer Naomi travelled the world as a human rights advocate, working in Nepal, Ghana and Kenya on projects related to women’s empowerment and maternal health.
It is through these roles and experiences that Naomi developed her adversarial skills, which are tempered with empathy for those that she represents.
Tracey joined the Danaher Legal team in 2016 as a Senior Conveyancer with extensive experience in property transactions.
She understands that buying or selling residential, commercial or industrial property is a significant decision.
Tracey is focused on providing clients with high quality service at all times and is committed to ensuring that every transaction is completed in an efficient and professional manner. You will be kept advised about what is happening with your matter all the way.
Outside of the office Tracey enjoys her time with her four children and friends, keeping fit and trying to improve her golf game after a sixteen year break.
Karla joined the Danaher Legal team in July 2016 after relocating from country Victoria.
She has recently completed her Bachelor of Laws/Criminology at Deakin University and has commenced her practical legal training with College of Law.
As a legal assistant, Karla’s main focus with us is in the fields of Conveyancing, Leasing, Probate and Estate Management.
In her spare time, Karla enjoys spending time with her friends and family and following the AFL.
Brodie joined the Danaher Legal team in May 2015, commencing as our receptionist.
Now in the role of Legal Assistant, Brodie provides high level support to Dennis and our senior staff members, assisting them to work as efficiently as possible. Brodie has fantastic rapport with our clients, serving as a primary point of contact and helping to build relationships with many of our major referral partners.
Brodie also undertakes Paralegal duties in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate. She enjoys working with the lawyers to achieve peace of mind for our clients in these personal and sensitive areas of the law.
Brodie also collaborates with the Practice Manager in event planning and business development projects.
Away from work, Brodie trains and competes in dance and cheerleading and in 2016 was part of a National Championship winning team. Brodie is passionate about travelling the world and loves to bake in her spare time.
Shalyn is our receptionist at Danaher Legal and also provides administrative assistance in a variety of areas across the firm. She comes from a background of customer service and always strives to ensure our clients have a positive experience with us.
In the coming months, Shalyn will transition to a back office legal assistant, supporting and being mentored by Dennis Danaher, as part of her career development with Danaher Legal.
Shalyn is also currently undertaking her Bachelors of Law at Deakin University.
Away from work and study, Shalyn enjoys travelling the world, playing netball and spending time with her little nephews.