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.

Andrew Smyth

Partner

ABOUT ANDREW SMYTH
Partner – Technology, Business, SMSF & Litigation

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.  Andrew value adds to his clientele with his passion for 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 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 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 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.

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
  • Presented seminars for Australasian Legal Practice Management association 2013
  • Central Queensland Law Association Conference, 11 & 12 October 2013
  • Hakuba Extreme Legal Conference, 7 February 2013
  • Signatures in a Digital World, Proctor Magazine December 2012
  • Secrets of Self-Managed Super, Proctor Magazine October 2012
  • Television Education Network - Liability of SMSF Trustees
  • Television Education Network - SMSF Administration 2019
  • Smart Contracts Symposium 2019
  • Television Education Network - SMSF Investing
  • Television Education Network - Offers of Settlement 2019
HONOURS & AWARDS
  • Red Cross - Award for ongoing support of their will day program 2003 - 2013
  • 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
Sarah

Sarah Galvin

From Brisbane to Kent County, England, back to sunny Queensland, Sarah has amassed over 20 years legal experience, locally and internationally. In that time Sarah found her passion in Family Law. Sarah comes from a family of lawyers, with her earliest memory of being in a law office at the age of five – drafting documents in crayon! In her early career, Sarah undertook criminal prosecution work at the Director of Public Prosecutions Office Brisbane where she found her other passion in Court Advocacy. This inspired her to successfully complete the Bar Practice Course, after which she was appointed by the DPP to undertake significant solicitor advocacy work on criminal prosecution matters. Having spent 5 years at the DPP, Sarah got itchy feet, and followed the traditional Aussie travel path to England. In the chilly climes of the UK, Sarah honed her legal skills as the Legal advisor to the Kent County Council practicing in Family Law, with a focus on Child Protection matters. During those six years, most of her work involved court appearances from simple local mentions to conducting complex multi-day in trials as a solicitor advocate.

Sarah

Sarah Galvin

Associate

ABOUT SARAH GALVIN

From Brisbane to Kent County, England, back to sunny Queensland, Sarah has amassed over 20 years legal experience, locally and internationally. In that time Sarah found her passion in Family Law. Sarah comes from a family of lawyers, with her earliest memory of being in a law office at the age of five – drafting documents in crayon! In her early career, Sarah undertook criminal prosecution work at the Director of Public Prosecutions Office Brisbane where she found her other passion in Court Advocacy. This inspired her to successfully complete the Bar Practice Course, after which she was appointed by the DPP to undertake significant solicitor advocacy work on criminal prosecution matters. Having spent 5 years at the DPP, Sarah got itchy feet, and followed the traditional Aussie travel path to England. In the chilly climes of the UK, Sarah honed her legal skills as the Legal advisor to the Kent County Council practicing in Family Law, with a focus on Child Protection matters. During those six years, most of her work involved court appearances from simple local mentions to conducting complex multi-day in trials as a solicitor advocate.

On returning to Australia, Sarah focused her skills on matrimonial property matters, assisting client with negotiated outcomes including Binding Financial Agreements to wholly contested property dispute matters. Sarah’s local and international experience with government and their departments gives her a deep understanding and special skills in navigating Australia’s complex Family Court System. Sarah’s approach to clients is, to seek wherever possible, to resolve issues by negotiation and agreement, however if court proceedings are required then she will not hesitate, as Sarah both enjoys and has the constitution for the rough and tumble of court representation. On her day to day matters, Sarah takes a personalised approach to her clients, spending the time to understand what is important to each one and then offering practical and workable ways to achieve these goals.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor or Laws (2004)
  • Bar Practice Course (2004)
  • Admitted in the Supreme Court of Queensland (2004)
  • Registered to Practice in High Court of Australia (2008)
  • Justice of the Peace (Qual), Queensland
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Queensland Law Society
  • Family Law Practitioners Association

Isabella Phillips

Bell graduated from Bond University in 2019 with a double degree in Law and Business.  Since graduating, Bell has completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and is now on course to be admitted later this year. Currently, Bell is continuing to develop her legal knowledge by undertaking her Masters of Law (Applied Family Law).

Isabella Phillips

Solicitor

ABOUT ISABELLA PHILLIPS

Bell graduated from Bond University in 2019 with a double degree in Law and Business.  Since graduating, Bell has completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and is now on course to be admitted later this year. Currently, Bell is continuing to develop her legal knowledge by undertaking her Masters of Law (Applied Family Law).

Bell began her legal journey gaining experience in a boutique family law firm where she assisted clients to navigate their way through separation. Bell considers interpersonal skills to be the most important quality for a lawyer to have and strives for meaningful relationships with clients. Bell has developed a joint interest in family and succession law having an understanding that the two areas are often heavily intertwined. Since joining the Robbins Watson team, Bell has been utilising both degrees by assisting our Managing Partner Andrew Smyth in his area of specialty, being structuring, regulatory compliance, business succession planning, and SMSFs.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • 2019 Bachelor of Laws (Bond University)
  • 2019 Bachelor of Business (Bond University)
  • 2020 Graduate Diploma of Professional Legal Training (College of Law)
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners
  • Family Law Section – Law Council of Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce