Meet the Team

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 is also a software developer.  With dual qualifications in both disciplines: Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from the Australian National University (1982-1986),  Michael has developed a niche practice area in computer, technology, and intellectual property law.

Michael predominantly works in the following practice areas:

  • Information-technology and intellectual-property-related documents, advice, and dispute resolution
  • Business agreements, advice, and dispute resolution
  • Family Trust Deeds, change of trustee deed, variation deeds, comprehensive trust deed reviews           
  • Building and construction matters, advice, and disputes
  • Wills, Estate Planning, and Discretionary Testamentary Trusts
  • Deceased Estate Dispute
  • Notarial Work

With dispute resolution, we use litigation where necessary, but pragmatic resolution by mediation whenever possible.

To stay sane, Michael enjoys going to the footy, relaxing on the beach, playing online Scrabble games with friends, running around for sporting activities for his 3 kids (by his first marriage*).  Michael used to do Sudoku puzzles, but now he only does Kakuro puzzles.  *Michael is still on his first marriage, to Linda, in 1999.

Michael likes working and playing with spreadsheets. Attached HERE is a spreadsheet to help solve Sudoku puzzles.  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.

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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
  • 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.

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Jess Tey, Solicitor

Jess was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 16 December 2016, and thereafter admitted to the High Court of Australia in March 2019.

Jess commenced working for Michael Paterson & Associates in March 2021, and predominantly works in the areas of Commercial Disputes and Litigation.

Jess was born in Malaysia and studied in Singapore before she migrated to Australia in 2007 to pursue her Bachelor of Commerce at Curtin University and a Bachelor of Law at Murdoch University. Being from a diverse background, she is able to speak several languages but she is the most proficient in English and Mandarin. Jess has a passion for law and a keen interest in learning new languages.

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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”.

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Ritu Reddy, Paralegal/Receptionist

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

Ritu joined the firm in 2016 and assists in various matters, both administrative and legal, as appropriate.

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Tamaki Brinkworth, Legal Personal Assistant

Tamaki is currently in his final year studying the Juris Doctor at the University of Western of Australia. Tamaki has previously graduated from Curtin University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce double degree, majoring in Business Law and International Relations.

Tamaki joined the practice in early 2021 and assists in various matters, both administrative and legal, to Michael as Principal.

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Oliver Galpin, Receptionist

Oliver joined the practice in early 2021 and assists in reception duties and day-to-day operations.

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(08) 9443 5383

 

Correspond:
legaladvice@patersons.com.au

 

Coffee:
4/88 Walters Drive
Osborne Park
Western Australia 6017

 

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