Andrew Smyth

With 30 years’ experience working in and managing business, Andrew Smyth is sought after by industry and commerce for his specialist knowledge in structuring, regulatory compliance and business succession planning and SMSFs.

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Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Partner

ABOUT ANDREW SMYTH
Managing Partner

Andrew is the managing partner of the firm, and the partner in charge of the litigation section of the firm. He has practiced extensively in all areas of litigation, particularly commercial disputes, family law, and estate litigation. He is deputy chair of the Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee.

Andrew’s practice focus is Estates, Trusts, Superannuation and Estate Planning.  He is an author of the Australian reference text “Estate Planning”, published by LexisNexis.

Andrew provides specialised assistance to commercial clients, business owners, and entrepreneurs, advising on and documenting arrangements for Asset Protection, Trusts, Estate Planning, Complex Wills, Superannuation and Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements (aka LRBA or Instalment Warrants). He also advises both clients and members of the legal profession about the legal issues arising at the intersection between the Law and Information Technology.

With over 30 years’ experience working in and managing business, Andrew Smyth is sought after by industry and commerce for his specialist knowledge in structuring, regulatory compliance, business succession planning and SMSFs.  

Andrew value adds to his clientele with technology and cybersecurity expertise.  Recognised by industry for this expertise in this field, he regularly advises the legal profession and commercial clients on conducting business in the complex cyber world.

Andrew is a regular presenter at legal and accounting industry seminars on legal topics of current interest and importance. 

QUALIFICATIONS
  • 1994 - Admitted, Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • 1992 - Admitted, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • 1991 - Bachelor of Laws
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
  • Co-author "Estate Planning", published by multinational legal publisher, LexisNexis
  • Presenting seminars on legal topics since 2013 for:
    Queensland Law Society
    Television Education Network
    Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA)
HONOURS & AWARDS
  • Red Cross - Award for ongoing support of their will day program 2003 - 2013
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Member - Queensland Law Society
  • Member - Queensland Law Society's Litigation Rules Committee - a body which addresses issues arising with the operation of the Queensland Court process;
  • Member - Society of Trust and Estate Practioners
  • Member - Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia;
  • Member - Australian Legal Practice Manager's Association (ALPMA)
  • Justice of the Peace

Marcus Woodfield

Marcus was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1993 after graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws. He is also a solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

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marcus woodfield

marcus woodfield

Partner

ABOUT MARCUS WOODFIELD
Partner of Property and Commercial Law Divisions

Marcus was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1993 after graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws. He is also a solicitor of the High Court of Australia. Marcus commenced employment with a Gold Coast law firm in 1987 and then moved to another Coast firm in 1990 where he remained for 10 years. He joined Robbins Watson in 2000, was appointed associate to the firm in 2002, and was appointed partner in 2004. Marcus has extensive experience in all areas of law and has particularly concentrated on the commercial area. In particular, Marcus has developed a busy franchising law practice, acting for both Franchisees and Franchisors in a vast array of industries. Marcus is a delegate member of the Franchising Council of Australia.

Marcus also has a busy practice in the transfers of businesses – acting for either Vendor or Purchaser, and taking care of the important, but tricky, details like restraint against future competition, the terms of the lease in which the business is conducted, and, of course, the stamp duty implications of any sale. He has acted for developers of large property developments on the Gold Coast and for landlords and tenants of large shopping centres.

General conveyancing has been a major part of Marcus’ work over the years where he has developed an excellent rapport with clients with his down to earth and amiable manner. Marcus has also practises heavily in the field of wills and estates where he has a particular interest in helping people at often difficult times. Whilst concentrating on commercial law Marcus has also had extensive experience in other areas of law, particularly personal injuries claims, and in November 1999 he obtained the then highest ever payout for a claimant in Queensland, being $6.5 million. Marcus likes to have a hands on approach to all of his work and prides himself on giving his clients the correct advice in a clear and easy to understand manner. He believes that prevention is better than cure and his experience in litigation enables him to identify potential problems in a commercial or property transaction and to take steps to prevent such problems from occurring.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • 1993 - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1993 - Admitted, Solicitor, Supreme Court of Queenslad
  • Admitted, Solicitor, High Court of Australia
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Member - Queensland Law Society
  • Delegate Member - Franchise Council of Australia

Emma Post

Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2018 from Griffith University. Since graduating, Emma has completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law and is on track to be admitted as a solicitor in February 2021.

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Emma Post

Emma Post

Emma Post

Solicitor

ABOUT EMMA POST

Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2018 from Griffith University. Since graduating, Emma has completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law and is on track to be admitted as a solicitor in February 2021.

In 2012, Emma completed her high school work experience with Robbins Watson, and in 2020, Emma returned to the firm to complete her practical legal training with the Property and Commercial team under the supervision of Partner, Marcus Woodfield.

Emma began her legal career working in house for an international clothing brand where she gained experience in commercial leasing, contract review and drafting, including licensing agreements, terms and conditions, employment contracts, and athlete and influencer agreements. Emma also assisted senior legal counsel in navigating company structures, intellectual property infringements, and insolvency.

Since working at Robbins Watson, Emma has developed a strong focus on property transactions, where she has assisted supervising solicitors in a number of commercial, residential, and off the plan purchase and sales. Emma primarily assists in drafting and reviewing Real Estate ADL/REIQ Contracts, commercial leases, Land Registry forms, Deeds, and amending company restructuring and share sale agreements, hire agreements, and loan agreements.

Emma is client focused, attentive to detail, and excited to continue her career in the property and commercial arena. 

Hannah Roach

Hannah graduated with her Bachelor of Laws from Southern Cross University in November 2020. She is currently in the process of gaining her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice through Bond University and is working towards becoming a solicitor.

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Hannah Roach

Hannah Roach

Law Clerk

ABOUT HANNAH ROACH
Law Clerk

Hannah graduated with her Bachelor of Laws from Southern Cross University in November 2020. She is currently in the process of gaining her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice through Bond University and is working towards becoming a solicitor. Hannah has recently completed her practical legal training experience with the Property and Commercial team under the supervision of Partner, Marcus Woodfield.

Hannah predominantly assists supervising solicitors with residential, commercial and off-the-plan transactions which includes reviewing and drafting contracts, commercial leases, Land Titles & Registry Forms and Deeds. She is enjoying the diversity of property and commercial matters and looks forward to developing her career and expertise in this dynamic area of law.

Before becoming a member of the Property and Commercial team at Robbins Watson, Hannah started her corporate career in banking and finance. This is where she gained experience in accounts management and consumer, credit and mercantile law, while assisting executives with personal property securities and civil procedure in debt recovery. Prior to studying law, Hannah also has a diverse background in Community Services, Social Science and Humanities work and studies where she has honed her client-centred approach.