John Gallagher

0403 055 522

LLB (UQ), GradCert (Applied Finance)

Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Board member of UDIA’s Sunshine Coast Institute’s regional Branch Committee

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.

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.

Simone Collins

Marketing Manager
07 5443 9988

Simone is a Senior Corporate Communications and Marketing Professional with over 20 years’ experience across multiple industries.

She offers a diverse skill set in external and internal communications, brand management, research, project management, events, public relations and sponsorships.

Simone is passionate about relationship building and how marketing supports business development.

For the last three years she has proudly called Sunshine Coast home and both her and her husband look forward to raising their two children in Buderim.

When she is not keeping busy at Argon Law you can find her doing something entrepreneurial or volunteering her time in the community.

Michelle Wilson

Michelle Wilson

07 5443 9988

LLB (2nd Hons), BBus(HRM)

Michelle has lived on the Sunshine Coast for the majority of her life and has been working in the legal industry here for the past 14 years, having commenced her career in legal administration in 2007. 

Michelle studied by correspondence at the University of Southern Queensland whilst working full time in the industry and graduated in 2017.  She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2018.

Since her admission Michelle has focused on the areas of Property, Commercial and Succession Law, however her training in varying facets of the law gives her the ability to offer well rounded advice to her clients.

Michelle is passionate about the law and prides herself on delivering professional yet personal high quality service to her clients. 

Sophie Paras

Special Counsel
07 5443 9988


Sophie was admitted as solicitor in Queensland in 2001 after completing her articles with a local, well established Maroochydore firm. 

In 2003 Sophie became the partner in that firm heading the commercial, property and wills & estates section.  During that time, Sophie also completed a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and left private practice in 2012 to become a part of Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Legal Services Team. There she conducted Council’s commercial and property transactions, compulsory acquisitions as well as providing specialist legal advice in all issues a local government would encounter. 

During her time with Council, Sophie was involved in providing advice on policy drafting, interpretation of local laws and environmental obligations.  She assisted in the acquisition of land for the new Solar Farm and environmental reserves (Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and the Maroochy River Blue Heart Catchment), dealings with the new Maroochydore City Centre as well as the commercial leasing of sites and ultimate disposal of the Sunshine Coast Airport.

Sophie brings to Argon Law a strong background in commercial and property matters as well as an intricate knowledge of the obligations and requirements imposed upon local governments.  

Sophie enjoys spending time on her five acres in the Noosa Hinterland where she has an organic fruit orchard, 3 dogs and 2 cats.  When Sophie is not out in her garden, you will find her bushwalking or in the kitchen indulging in her love of baking.

Janene Andrews

Office Manager
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.

Sue Cracknell

Conveyancing Paralegal
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.

Barb Koper

Conveyancing Paralegal
07 5443 9988

Barb has worked in the Property Law industry for the past 4 1/2 years.  She commenced her legal career as a Conveyancing Assistant with a local firm and within 6 months was offered a position to manage all of their conveyancing files. 

Her legal career includes legal administration, residential and commercial conveyancing, planning and development, litigation, wills and estates and accounts.

Barb not only has extensive knowledge in Property Management and Finance but has also worked at a large tendering company in the Commercial Construction industry and also Government Housing Corporations.

With a passion for property and architecture she has found her career in the Property Law industry very rewarding and utilises this knowledge to go above and beyond when she assists clients with these essential services. 

Kath Norton

Receptionist and Legal Secretary
07 5443 9988

Kath has had over 30 years administration and office experience in a broad range of industries – from media to food and has provided executive assistance to owners, directors and managers.
As with most experienced administration officers, she has crossed over into HR, Payroll, Accounts, Reception, Customer Service and Sales and is always happy to lend a hand, if she can, in any area.
Her extensive customer service also comes from owning numerous small businesses in hospitality and transport.
She is passionate about positive and supportive work environments and loves working with a team to achieve this. 
Kath, originally from Sydney, has lived on the Coast for just over 5 years and is a mum of four busy daughters, aged 17 – 20. Also a foodie, who loves cooking and dining out with an interest in health and nutrition.

Kylie Farrelly

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

Finance and Accounts
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.