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Diana Dimovski

Admitted to practice in 2008 Diana focuses mainly in Disputes, Deceased Estates, Wills and Estate planning and Property Law.

Diana prides herself on utilising her wide breadth of experience to ensure the expectations of her clients are met irrespective of the nature of the issue or the complexity of the work required of her.

Diana enjoys spending time with her young family and friends as well as pottering in the garden with her Mum and Grandma.

Appointments can be made with Diana at our Geelong office, and she has experience in the following areas of law:

  • Deceased Estate Disputes – Including Contesting & Defending
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Residential & Commercial Conveyancing

Matthew Kinross-Smith

Matthew’s experience is diverse, having graduated from the University of Melbourne, he commenced legal practice in 1990 with a large national firm in Melbourne. He has a master’s degree in law (International Law) and worked on a range of international treaty matters for the Commonwealth Government for six years, returning to private practice in Geelong, where he grew up, in 2002.

Matthew has experience in a wide range of areas focusing on commercial/business law (acting for those buying or selling businesses, structuring business entities such as partnership agreement, shareholder and unitholder agreements), property, building and planning law, lease preparation and leasing law advice, trusts law, succession law (Wills, Powers of Attorney and Appointment of Medical Treatment decision maker documents), franchising and employment law (drafting and reviewing agreements and advising on compliance with employment laws).

He has provided advice/drafted documents in these areas as well as advising in a range of other areas including intellectual property, franchising, insolvency, insurance, Trade Practices/consumer law, tax/Stamp duty, mortgages and guarantees and occupational health and safety. In his early years in practice, he also gained experience in criminal law and family law.

Joy Choong

Joy holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts – International Studies (with distinction) from Deakin University and was admitted to legal practice in 2015.

She joined Mann Legal in November 2019, bringing with her the knowledge and experience from working as a general commercial and property lawyer in a busy boutique Melbourne law firm following admission.

Joy has experience across various corporate and commercial areas, and is experienced in assisting clients in matters including:-

  • residential
  • commercial conveyancing and leasing, focusing in particular on caravan parks and accommodation businesses;
  • licensing agreements
  • loan agreements
  • commercial advice

Joy provides her clients with clear, timely and commercially-focused advice. She works hard to ensure there is a prompt and smooth flow of communication between all parties involved in the transaction including clients, agents, brokers, banks and solicitors.

When Joy isn’t furthering her legal knowledge, she can be found exploring the Victorian region with her husband, toddler son and beloved dogs

Daisy Harrison-Riley

Growing up in Torquay, Daisy graduated from Deakin University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Media & Sociology). Daisy joined Mann Legal in 2022 where she worked as a Conveyancing Clerk before commencing her Practical Legal Training the following year. Daisy was admitted to practice in February 2024, and currently assists in Property and Commercial Law matters.

Carolyn Bayes

Carolyn is our conveyancing Manager in the Torquay Office and has been with the firm since 2000.  Carolyn has been working in the Property Law and Conveyancing area for the past 30 years; and strives to ensure that her clients have a clear understanding of their conveyancing process.

Carolyn has a wealth of knowledge for conveyancing and is able to assist all clients, from first home buyers to investors and developers with their conveyancing and property needs.

Belinda Cook

Belinda graduated from Deakin University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (International Relations).   Working at Mann Legal since being admitted to practice in 2000 Belinda was made partner in 2011 shortly after the birth of her first child.

Belinda grew up on the Surf Coast and continues to live on the coast with her partner and two young sons.  As an experienced lawyer Belinda enjoys the challenge of dealing with diverse matters across different areas of law and strives to achieve results that ensure client satisfaction.   With both long standing and new clients Belinda seeks to build on the client relationship as required and ensure that both the process and the result are understood.

Appointments can be made with Belinda at both our Geelong and Torquay offices and she is experienced in the following areas of the law:

  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Deceased Estate matters
  • Residential and commercial conveyancing
  • Purchase and sale of business
  • Plans of subdivision and consolidation
  • Adverse possession and all other title applications
  • Commercial matters and advice
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Non-dutiable and dutiable transfers of land
  • General agreements
  • Trust deeds and variations thereof

Elliott Mann

Elliott was admitted to practice in 2017 following the completion of a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commence (majoring in International Trade) with distinction at Deakin University in 2015 where he was a recognised on the Dean’s Merit List in acknowledgement of outstanding academic achievement by being in the top 3% of undergraduates.

Elliott’s approach to the law is advise clients without the need for “legal speak” as well as understanding that the practicalities of the world we live in do not always gel with the strict approach of the law. He appreciates that some clients prefer a more laid-back method to feel at ease but also understands that each client is different and therefore a tailored experience for each client is the best approach to achieving each client’s outcome.

With a strong connection to the Surf Coast Elliott is on the board of Surfing Victoria and also a committee member for governance for the Torquay Boardriders Club.

His recent most notable achievements include:

  • Assisting a client with the successful purchase of a medical practice business in NSW.
  • Successfully negotiating a settlement between two international businesses in order to avoid court action.
  • Recouping extensive arrears on behalf of a commercial landlord.

Elliott’s areas of expertise include:

  • Purchase and sale of business with a focus on the hospitality and accommodation sector including businesses in NSW
  • Commercial and retail leasing including disputes
  • Drafting commercial agreements such as shareholders agreements and confidentiality agreements
  • Commercial advice
  • Franchise agreement advice
  • Residential and commercial conveyancing
  • Non-dutiable and dutiable transfers of land such as spousal transfers and SMSF transfers
  • Loan agreements
  • Deeds of variation of trust
  • Liquor licence transfers
  • General disputes

Sam Rowland

Sam is an experienced property lawyer at Mann Legal who also practices in the areas of retail leasing, commercial conveyancing, elder law, commercial law and general mortgagee advice.

Sam is committed to providing high quality advice in

  • a timely and efficient manner;
  • in terms and language that is identifiable and understandable by all kinds of clients;
  • in an environment that is positive, nurturing and focused on providing the best solutions tailored to his clients’ individual needs.

Having been admitted to practice in May 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce (Accounting major) at Deakin University (Waurn Ponds) in 2011, Sam practiced at suburban and rural law firms in the Geelong region before coming to Mann Legal in November 2016. Sam has developed a flexible range of skills to suit all types of clients with their property law needs – from smaller and larger corporate clients, families and retired couples.

His niche area of practice is relating to elder law which includes acting for residents of retirement villages and aged care facilities when they move in and move out. Sam is dedicated to ensuring clients in this realm are informed in every sense and satisfied before moving into a retirement village.

Kaylene Bradley

Kaylene is an experienced senior law clerk with commencing in 2001 working in the field of Wills and Estate administration both in Victoria and NSW.  Joining Mann Legal in 2008, Kaylene enjoys living on the Surf Coast and works from both our Geelong and Torquay offices.

Kaylene prides herself on meeting the needs of clients in an efficient and professional manner whilst always remaining “human”.  She strives to be accessible to clients and aims to develop strong relationships with all stakeholders.

She regularly drafts both simple and more complex Wills (including testamentary trusts), Enduring (Financial) Powers of Attorney and Appointment of Medical Treatment Decision Maker documents for clients. Kaylene also has extensive experience with preparation of probate applications and administration of deceased estates. 

Her approach towards family and executors of estates is considerate and responsive as she helps guide them through the estate administration process, making the experience as simple and worry free as possible during what is often a difficult time.  She endeavours to keep clients updated throughout the matter and is more than happy to answer any questions that may arise.

Peter Mann

Peter has started practicing Law in 1980, and whilst he has wide experience in most aspects of the law, Peter has concentrated on commercial and property matters.

Clients benefit from Peter’s knowledge, experience and ability to approach legal matters in a way that assists clients in obtaining a positive outcome in a cost effective manner. Whilst Peter practices in general commercial areas, he has a particular emphasis and experience in the following areas:

  • Purchase and acquisition of small to large business, with a special emphasis upon caravan parks and motels;
  • A wide variety of commercial and contractual matters; and
  • Commercial leasing, especially in so far as it relates to caravan parks and motels.