Michael Paterson & Associates is a law firm with a focus on the delivery of commercial law services to assist small and medium sized businesses in Perth.

In line with the education and passion of our principal, Michael Paterson, the firm places high importance on technology law and maintaining a staff of legal professionals who are all proficient with the use of technology.

Here, every member of staff is a key member. We recruit our people based on their individual areas of skill and specialisation combined with a proven emphasis on computer skills.

Michael Paterson

Principal

As well as being a solicitor, Michael Paterson is also a software developer and is actively involved in both the legal and computer industries. He has dual qualifications in both disciplines: Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from A.N.U. (1982-1986).

With his knowledge and practical experience in the computer industry, Michael has developed a niche practice area in computer, technology, and intellectual property law. In addition, he regularly presents seminars on computer-related legal issues to various industry and professional bodies and gives guest lectures at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.

Michael predominantly works in the following practice areas:

  • Notarial Work
  • Wills, Estate Planning, and Discretionary Testamentary Trusts
  • Deceased Estate Dispute
  • Information-technology- and intellectual-property-related documents, advice, and disputes
  • Mediated dispute resolution
  • Business agreements, advice, and disputes
  • Building and construction matters, advice, and disputes

To stay sane, he likes doing Sudoku* and Kakuro puzzles, going to the footy, relaxing on the beach, playing online Scrabble games with friends, running around for the kids’ (by his first marriage) sporting activities.  Another achievement is still staying married to his first wife, since 1999.

* Michael also likes working and playing with spreadsheets.  Click here for a helpful Sudoku spreadsheet. There are macros associated with the buttons, so you need to enable the macros.  Put in the numbers, view all the cells and you will get hints.  Add the large numbers as required and delete small numbers if you eliminate them as possibilities.  If you do not understand the hints, you might need to do more homework on Sudoku number theory.  Send Michael an e-mail if you get stuck. 🙂

michael@patersons.com.au   NB: For the purpose of the Schedule 2, paragraph 4(d) of the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), this e-mail address is only published for the purpose of people making inquiries about Michael’s services, or otherwise dealing with Michael on a professional basis.  He categorically DOES NOT want to receive unsolicited commercial electronic messages at this electronic address.

Robin Galpin

Senior Solicitor

Robin received an Honours Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Liverpool in 1982. After serving his articles, he was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1985. He worked in general practice and was a partner in a small firm in Newcastle before migrating to Australia.

Robin started working for Michael Paterson & Associates in July 2001 as a clerk pending completion of university studies to allow him to seek admission as a solicitor and barrister in Western Australia. Robin was admitted as a lawyer in Western Australia in December 2002.

Robin predominantly works in the following practice areas:

  • Wills, Estate Planning, and Discretionary Testamentary Trusts
  • Partnership, Shareholder & Unit Holder Agreements
  • Terms of Trade
  • Commercial Lease – leases, agreements to lease, assignments, extensions, and variations
  • Advice and Documents for Franchisors
  • Buy/Sell Contracts – business, plant, equipment, other assets
  • Probate, Letters of Administration, and Winding Up Estates
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney and/or Guardianship
  • Trust Deeds/Variations
  • Information-technology and intellectual-property-related documents, advice, and applications

Robin enjoys watching football, rugby, and cricket.  He currently volunteers as a judiciary member for Football West and Junior Rugby WA.

robin@patersons.com.au   NB: For the purpose of the Schedule 2, paragraph 4(d) of the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), this e-mail address is only published for the purpose of people making enquiries about Robin’s services, or otherwise dealing with Robin on a professional basis.  He categorically DOES NOT want to receive unsolicited commercial electronic messages at this electronic address.

Kellie-Marie Woods

Senior Solicitor

Kellie graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2006 and commenced her employment at Michael Paterson & Associates as a Law Clerk in January 2007. Kellie has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted as a Legal Practitioner in Western Australia in December 2007. Kellie is also admitted to practice as a Legal Practitioner in Victoria.

Kellie has a wide range of litigation experience, including acting as Counsel in the Federal Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court, Supreme Court of Western Australia, District Court of Western Australia, District Court of Appeal, the Magistrates Court and the State Administrative Tribunal. Kellie has also acted as the instructing solicitor in the Supreme Court of Western Australia for urgent injunction matters and in the Federal Court for an urgent search order matter. Kellie has regularly participated in mediations, pre-trial conferences, and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

Kellie predominately works in the following practice areas:

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution.
  • Debt recovery.
  • Insolvency, including the appointment of liquidators/administrators, insolvent transactions, deeds of company arrangements, and preference claims.
  • Deceased Estate disputes.
  • Building and construction matters, advice, and disputes.
  • Legal costs, including taxations and assessments.

Kellie also drafts business and commercial documents, including Estate Planning documents, sale agreements, Shareholder Agreements, Commercial Leases, Settlement Deeds, Loan Agreements, Charges, and Trust documents.

kellie@patersons.com.au   NB: For the purpose of the Schedule 2, paragraph 4(d) of the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), this e-mail address is only published for the purpose of people making enquiries about Kellie’s services, or otherwise dealing with Kellie on a professional basis.  She categorically DOES NOT want to receive unsolicited commercial electronic messages at this electronic address.

Crispina Martin

Office Manager

Cris joined the firm in May 2003 and takes care of all our accounting, record keeping functions and the running of the office. Cris has over four years experience in accounting, payroll and office administration before even starting at MPA.

Her positive outlook reflects brightly in her professional conduct. Cris has a great reputation for open, straightforward honesty and an impeccable work ethic.

Cris loves playing badminton and going for a walk with her toy poodle “Bella”.

cris@patersons.com.au   NB: For the purpose of the Schedule 2, paragraph 4(d) of the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), this e-mail address is only published for the purpose of people making enquiries about Cris’ services, or otherwise dealing with Cris on a professional basis.  She categorically DOES NOT want to receive unsolicited commercial electronic messages at this electronic address.

Ritu Reddy

Paralegal/Receptionist

Ritu graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2014 and is admitted to the Supreme Court as a lawyer.

Ritu joined the firm in October 2016 as the firm’s paralegal/receptionist and assists in various matters, both administrative and legal, as appropriate.

ritu@patersons.com.au   NB: For the purpose of the Schedule 2, paragraph 4(d) of the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), this e-mail address is only published for the purpose of people making enquiries about Ritu’s services, or otherwise dealing with Ritu on a professional basis.  She categorically DOES NOT want to receive unsolicited commercial electronic messages at this electronic address.