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John Gallagher

0403 055 522

LLB (UQ), GradCert (Applied Finance)

John Gallagher is the founder of Argon Law.  He has extensive experience in commercial and property law as well as wills and estate planning.

A highly qualified lawyer with more than 30 years' experience, John is motivated by helping clients to achieve commercially beneficial, tax effective and efficient outcomes which give them both certainty and legal protection.  His clients include both business owners and private clients as well as local authorities primarily across the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and the hinterland.

John’s focus is on strong client relationships. He wants to service clients that value his input in major business decisions and transactions.

John actively promotes his clients and looks for ways to grow the value of their businesses and improve their lives.

Feel confident in contacting John today to discuss your matter in confidence.  

Melinda Bryant

Senior Associate
07 5443 9988

LLB, BBus, GradCertCreativeInd Qld. UT, GDLP Coll.Law

Melinda is a highly experienced commercial and property lawyer.

She was admitted in 2007 while working for the Public Trustee of Queensland.  Melinda has worked in highly regarded law firms in Sydney and Brisbane, as an in-house solicitor for RACQ and in the Governance Team at the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

Whilst at RACQ, Melinda was fortunate to assist in the establishment and operation of the RACQ Foundation working with organisations across Queensland as they helped to rebuild their communities following the floods.

Before joining Argon Law, Melinda headed the commercial law team of another well-respected Sunshine Coast law firm, acting for various businesses, property owners and developers.

Melinda is a Board Member of the University of the Sunshine Coast Council and a Board Member of the Planning and Resources Committee for the University of the Sunshine Coast.  She is also the honorary solicitor for the Marcoola Surf Life-saving Club.

Werner Pretorius

Graduate Law Clerk
07 5443 9988

BCom Law (UFS) RSA, LLB (UFS) RSA., LLM (UM) Netherlands., GDLP RSA., GradCertCommercialLaw  (UFS) RSA., MBA USC

Werner is an admitted legal practitioner in South Africa with extensive experience in both civil and criminal litigation, as well as debt collection.

Werner joined the team at Argon Law in 2019 as a Law Clerk whilst seeking admission to practice in Queensland.

Before joining Argon Law, Werner was an Associate Solicitor at a large law firm in South Africa, specialising in litigation and debt collection.

Werner brings with him a wealth of local and international knowledge, having a double-degree in business and law, a Masters in International Law and, more recently, completing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dan Michels

Special Counsel
07 5443 9988

Dan joined the Argon Law team in 2018 from Brisbane, bringing with him key experience in property, commercial, health, employment law and intellectual property law.  He is a commercial property lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in private practice, government and in-house.

Throughout his career, Dan has successfully worked on many complex commercial property transactions.  He has strong technical, communication and negotiation skills and a proven track record of professional diligence and ethical practice.  Dan strives to achieve favourable outcomes for his clients.

In Australia and abroad, Dan’s extensive experience includes large-scale business resumptions, procurement and tendering, business sales and purchases, commercial conveyancing, leasing, asset restructures, advice on the protection and infringement of intellectual property, and employment law matters for employers and employees.

More recently, Dan commenced doing a PhD on improving the transactional legal remedies that are available during significant emergencies like COVID-19.

Sue Cracknell

Conveyancing Clerk
07 5443 9988

Sue Cracknell has been working in the law industry for over 20 years.

Sue commenced her legal career as a Private Legal Secretary dealing in the areas of conveyancing, mortgages, plan of subdivisions, loan agreements, wills, powers of attorney and lease agreements.

Since 2004, Sue has been working solely in the area of conveyancing dealing with all aspects of a conveyancing transactions from the initial signing of contracts through to settlement.

Sue’s professional approach and experience will ensure your conveyancing transaction runs smoothly and is completed on time.

Janene Andrews

Legal Assistant
07 5443 9988

Janene Andrews is the powerhouse of Argon Law headquarters. Her focus is on maintaining trusting, strong relationships and she has the experience required to do so.

Janene has been working as a senior administrator in the law industry for the past seventeen years.

Janene's legal career has included legal administration and conveyancing in commercial property, strata titling, planning and development, in respected firms from Melbourne and Darwin to the Sunshine Coast.

For the past ten years, Janene has provided invaluable professional support to John Gallagher and his commercial and private clients, in the practice areas of commercial, property, tax and estate planning.

She is passionate about making sure clients are happy at all times so if there's anything we can do to make your experience more enjoyable, call Janene.

Kylie Farrelly

Receptionist and Legal Assistant
07 5443 9988

Kylie Farrelly has been working in the law industry for over 10 years as a Legal Assistant. Kylie comes from a hospitality background managing a front office and reservations team prior to working in law, making efficient and excellent customer service her number one priority.

Kylie’s legal career has included legal administration in commercial leasing, wills and estates and litigation with a number of boutique firms on the Sunshine Coast.

She has lived on the Sunshine Coast her whole life. Kylie loves living near the beach, the lovely weather and the community feel.

Kylie enjoys going to the gym and is currently completing her Certificate III and IV in fitness. She enjoys spending time with her young family, going to the beach and is a passionate Formula 1 spectator!

Lisa Toy

07 5443 9988

Lisa Toy has been working in the law industry for over twenty five years.

In this time, Lisa has worn many hats and as a result, has the ability to manage complex financial and legal administrative processes whilst smiling!  Her career has seen her in PA, conveyancing and bookkeeping to senior management roles with respected firms from Sydney to London and the Sunshine Coast.

Lisa prides herself on professional integrity and is always happy to take time to assist you.