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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.