Greg Rostron

Greg is a founding Partner and Managing Partner of Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers. He is heavily involved in the growth, innovation and development of the firm, following a vision for further national and international success.

Greg oversees the Migration and Commercial Corporate sectors at the firm, specifically managing practice group client service standards and personally litigates a variety of matters.

  • Securing the world’s largest bank as a client
  • Assisting in policy formulation and recommendations as a prelude to the Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1997 (Qld)
  • Acts for high net worth individuals on a variety of matters
  • Acts for international and national banks
  • Acts for the Queensland Building and Construction Commission
  • Supervises complex litigation matters
  • Personally manages large and complex litigation matters
  • Bachelor of Laws, UQ
  • Member of the Building Dispute Practitioner’s Society Inc.
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society

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Hamish Carlyle

Hamish is a founding Partner and Managing Partner of Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers. He is integral player in the development of the firm’s group practice areas and client service standards and is an active member of the Brisbane business community.

Hamish oversees the Compensation group practice at the firm and acts in a wide variety of litigious matters where his significant experience dictates.

  • Acting for high net worth individuals on a variety of matters
  • Providing corporate structuring and restructuring advice and negotiating complex commercial transactions
  • Acting on behalf of a number of leading Queensland hoteliers in a variety of transactional and related matters
  • Negotiating group wide representation policies
  • Supervising complex litigation matters
  • Personally managing large and complex criminal defences
  • Acting for property developer clients in the acquisition of development properties and the sale of properties “off the plan”
  • Acting for landlords and tenants of Retail Shopping and Commercial Centres
  • Acting for clients in the purchase and sale of their businesses
  • Acting for Franchisor and Franchisee clients in establishing franchises
  • Acting for Not For Profit organisations
  • Negotiated a group industry-wide criminal law representation service for the security industry that is integrated into a number of workplace agreements throughout South East Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws, UQ
  • Bachelor of Commerce, UQ
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society

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Paul Rojas

Paul is a Managing Partner at Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers and a key driver of the firm’s overall development, growth and innovation. Quality delivery and client services are at the heart of Paul’s vision for the firm.

Paul also heads up the Commercial Litigation practice for the firm, backed by a wealth of experience in major litigation in both Supreme and Federal jurisdictions for a wide range of commercial clients, particularly government agencies, insurance companies, lenders, insolvency practitioners.

Paul is an expert across:

  • Domestic and commercial building and construction disputes and corporate recovery
  • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Commercial and consumer finance disputes
  • Personal property securities, secured and unsecured debt recovery
  • Contractual disputes, trade practices
  • Consumer law and negligence

Clients include some of Australia’s leading insolvency practitioners whom Paul has represented as administrators, receivers, liquidators and trustees. Paul works closely with insolvency practitioners on a wide range of issues arising out of different external administrations and arrangements. He has worked with insolvency practitioners in a range of different industries including construction, hospitality, manufacturing and retail.  Paul has acted for company directors, creditors and debtors in restructuring, winding up and bankruptcy proceedings in the Supreme, Federal Circuit and Federal Courts. Paul brings a strategic, practical and commercial approach to resolving disputes.

  • Member of the Queensland Law Society
  • Member of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society Inc.
  • Member of the Master Builders Institute of Building Consultants
  • Member of the Housing Industry Association Limited
  • Member of the Civil Contractors Federation
  • Member of the Australian Shop and Office Fitting Industry Association
  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Credit Management (AICM)
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

  • Acting in large scale BCIPA claims under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act
  • Acting in large scale insurance recovery matters under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act
  • Acting for liquidators in major voidable preference actions and insolvent trading claims
  • Advising and assisting directors, creditors and companies on directors duties and disputes, shareholder disputes and insolvency related issues

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Tuskeen Jacobs

Tuskeen is a partner and head of Rostron Carlyle Rojas’ family law department and has exclusively practised in the family law sector since 2001.

Tuskeen holds an exemplary reputation in assisting clients through the difficult process of separation and her pragmatic approach to resolving complex marital and de facto property settlements is well recognised among her peers. Tuskeen’s expertise also includes financial agreements, children’s issues, divorce, spousal maintenance and child support.

Working closely with accountants and financial planners, Tuskeen assists clients to negotiate and resolve property settlement issues whether involving interests in businesses, companies, trusts or overseas property in a cost effective and timely fashion.

Tuskeen is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and has been recognised as a Recommended Family Lawyer in 2017, Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

She has over 10 years’ experience advising clients on:

  • Property settlements for married and de facto couples
  • Advice and disputes on financial agreements
  • Acting in all areas of divorce, separation and de facto relationships
  • Assisting on child support and children’s issues
  • Direction and advice on spousal support
  • International relocation of children
  • Bachelor of Laws, ANU
  • Bachelor of Arts, ANU
  • Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • Law Society of Queensland
  • Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section)
  • Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Australia

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James Hatzopoulos

James is a Partner of Rostron Carlyle Rojas’ corporate, commercial law and property practice at our law firm in Sydney. James acts for a number of high net wealth individuals and families, private companies, and national branded wholesalers and retailers in various industries. He plays an active role in the commercial development of his clients and their business endeavours which has seen a number of his clients expand financially as well as establishing strongholds in their respective marketplaces. James’ experience spans across the fields of retailing, wholesaling, property, oil and resources, finance and hospitality

  • All areas of Property Law, including residential, retail, commercial, industrial and development
  • Specialising in the niche area of Service Station related transactions, including involvement in development application considerations for local council, leasing and acquiring/selling Service Station properties
  • Specialising in Franchising and Fuel Re-Selling transactions, acting for both Franchisors and Franchisees in respect to obligations under the Franchising Code and the Oilcode
  • Commercial, Retail, and Industrial Leasing including involvement in resolving complex legal disputes associated with leasing transactions
  • A variety of Business Law transactions
  • Wills and Estates
  • Succession and Estate Planning
  • Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • High Court of Australia
  • Law Society of New South Wales

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Levi Smouha

Levi joined Rostron Carlyle Rojas in August 2016 as our Head of Insolvency. He has significant experience in advising insolvency practitioners, creditors and company directors in navigating all areas of insolvency.

Admitted as a solicitor in 2005, Levi has spent most of his career working in a leading national law firm in the areas of commercial disputes and insolvency. Earlier in his career, Levi spent a year working for a large law firm in London and also worked for a year in Japan.

Levi has worked on a wide range of external administrations involving various industries such as construction, telecommunication services, financial services, food services, hospitality, transport and retail. Levi has acted in winding up and bankruptcy proceedings, as well as various insolvency related Court applications, public examination hearings, voidable transaction claims and insolvent trading claims in the State and Federal Courts. Levi brings a strategic, detailed and practical approach to reach commercial outcomes in providing insolvency advice and resolving disputes.

  • Conducting a Federal Court trial of an insolvent trading claim against a director
  • Acting in large unfair preference claims and uncommercial transaction claims in the Supreme Courts of Queensland and New South Wales
  • Acting in Supreme Court applications to enforce equitable lien entitlements for administrators and liquidators in respect of the care and sale of company assets
  • Successful appeal proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court and the Federal Court
  • Resolving substantial property related litigation involving trade practices issues in the Federal Court
  • Acting in freezing/Mareva order applications and security for costs applications
  • Acting in applications to extend convening periods under the Corporations Act 2001, applications to review or approve remuneration of administrators and liquidators and proceedings in respect of the disputed distribution of surplus funds in a liquidation
  • Advising as to Deeds of Company Arrangement
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of the New South Wales
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of the New South Wales

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Nicholas Crawford

Nick has been working in the criminal justice system since 1996 and appears in all types of offences ranging from traffic matters to homicide. Specifically, he has extensive knowledge of homicide, armed robbery and drug trafficking matters. Nick has a unique ability to be able to pin point the areas of weakness in a brief and work tenaciously to obtain the best result for you. Additionally, Nick has successfully advocated in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) in relation to security licences and also represented a number of high profile restaurants and hotels within the Brisbane area in relation to matters under the Food, Liquor and Gaming legislation.

  • Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society

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Michael Sing

Michael is a senior practitioner of the property, commercial and commercial litigation team based in our Brisbane office. He has significant expertise with a broad spectrum of work ranging from banking and finance, business transactions, property and commercial, dispute resolution and not for profit organisations.

His extensive experience includes advising large corporations, Federal, State and Local Government departments, as well as local and regional businesses, and has seen him recognised as a trusted adviser in his field. His knowledge, relationships and experience in the banking and finance industry originate from having established on the largest privately owned mortgage settlement operations in Queensland. Michael is also an accomplished commercial dispute resolution and work place and employment lawyer.

Michael develops relationships with his client based on developing a sound understanding of his clients’ businesses and goals and trust and integrity. His personal, practical and straight to the point approach is appreciated by a long list of loyal clients. He also has a keen interest in assisting foreign companies and wealthy private individuals in foreign investment.

He also holds the positions of chair of risk committee at a leading private school in Brisbane and a board position on a not for profit non- mainstream specialist school.

Michael’s depth of 30 years’ experience in advising and acting for clients includes the following:

  • Property Transactions
  • Commercial and Business Transactions
  • Banking and Finance
  • Employment and Workplace
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Bachelor of Laws, ANU
  • Bachelor of Arts, ANU
  • Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Australia
  • Law Society of Queensland

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Peter Kuskie

Peter has been admitted to practice law for over 20 years, and has been a partner of practices in Brisbane, Melbourne and regional Queensland.

Peter acts in all legal matters relating to Property Law, particularly including purchase of residential, commercial and rural real estate in Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales. In this field, Peter assists clients with purchase of investment properties in Self-Managed Superannuation Funds, including the establishment of fund entities and bare trusts.

Peter also acts in Criminal Law, Family Law, and Estate Matters, in which he has extensive experience. He is also Queensland’s most experienced and active practitioner in the area of Weapons Licencing.

Peter supervises his section in the conduct of TPD personal injury claims ensuring his clients receive efficient cost-effective results.

An active member of the Queensland community, Peter undertakes pro-bono work for returning servicemen and women, indigenous Australians living in remote communities, and victims of domestic violence.

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society

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Christian Togl

Christian predominantly practices in the firm’s Compensation Claims team acting for both injured persons as well as the firm’s CTP corporate client. He has a diverse legal background in areas such as construction litigation, commercial disputes, contract drafting, insurance and compensation claims. He has previously held a position as a corporate solicitor for a leading Queensland Insurer and is well placed to provide advice to his clients throughout the claims process. He was promoted to Senior Associate in July 2012.

  • Building and construction disputes and advice
  • Commercial litigation
  • Contractual disputes
  • Corporate recovery and insolvency
  • Consumer protection
  • Body Corporate matters
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, UQ
  • Bachelor of Laws, UQ
  • Bachelor of Arts (Justice Studies), QUT
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society

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