Kelvin Grove 07 3369 7145 | Wilston 07 3505 0355

Our People

Colin Hardie
Principal, LLB (UQ) / B. Econ Hons (Sydney)

Colin has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial and native title law gained whilst in private practice and as the Principal Legal Officer of a Native Title Representative Body. For nearly twenty years Colin has been an advocate for Indigenous people in the area of Indigenous Law. Colin established Just Us Lawyers in 2001. Colin is well qualified to conduct all facets of the practice including native title, agreement making, post-determination governance and serving the legal needs of all his individual, collective and business clients. Colin is a recommended lawyer in Doyle’s Guide to Queensland’s Leading Native Title Lawyers. As Principal of Just Us Lawyers, Colin manages commercial aspects of the practice and attends to client work. Colin is always available to discuss any new or continuing matters that Just Us Lawyers is conducting.

Ted Besley
Special Counsel, LLB, BCom (GU)

Ted has over ten years continuous experience in Indigenous law and policy in Queensland. He has worked for a diverse range of employers from Native Title Representative Bodies, the Queensland Government to the private sector. Ted has either acted for or conducted consultation with many native title claim and other Indigenous groups throughout Queensland building extensive professional contacts and relationships. In the post-determination environment, he has established and assisted many Native Title Bodies Corporate. Ted has also worked on policy development and legislative reform, tenure dealings and legal problem solving in relation to land and waters under Queensland’s property, land rights and cultural heritage legislation. In addition to claims resolution work, Ted has considerable experience in commercial work involving future act/cultural heritage compliance and associated agreement making.

Natalie Smyth
Solicitor,  LLB (UQ) / BA (UQ)

Natalie was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2014. She practises in the areas of commercial law, property law, business transactions, commercial leasing, civil litigation and family law.  In addition to practising in commercial law, Natalie works closely with the residential conveyancing team providing legal advice to resolve contractual disputes and providing clients with necessary pre-contract advice.  Natalie is attune to the needs of her clients, and since joining Just Us Lawyers she has assisted clients in reaching practical solutions to complex legal issues, including the drafting of specially worded contract clauses in off the plan sale contracts to protect the interests of her clients, providing tailored legal advice to clients with respect to the purchase of leasehold interests and  manufactured homes, and drafting granny flat agreements to create life interests in property.

Melanie DeMarco
Conveyancing Manager

Melanie has over 25 years of experience as an Administrator in Brisbane’s legal industry. She has worked at Just Us Lawyers since it began in 2001 and is based at our Kelvin Grove Office. She is responsible for the management of our busy Conveyancing Department and has specialised in this area of practice since her start in the industry.  Melanie is able to efficiently manage the very important transaction of buying or selling your property.  Over the years she has been asked to speak at seminars with industry professionals from real estate agents, mortgage brokers and banks to help them and their clients with understanding the conveyancing process.  Melanie is also a Qualified Justice of the Peace.

Donna Otabil
Branch Manager – Wilston Office

Donna Otabil joined Just Us Lawyers in August 2015, and brings with her over 35 years of experience in Queensland conveyancing. Donna is now the Branch Manager of our new Wilston office which opened in January 2016. Donna has extensive experience in all aspects of conveyancing, including residential (houses, vacant land, units/townhouses) as well as off the plan property (vacant land and townhouse developments). Donna’s key strengths are her commitment to very high levels of customer service and her attention to detail.

Tara Dodd
Office Manager / Administrator

Tara has worked with us at Just Us Lawyers since March 2011. She has worked as an Administrator. Since then she has assumed the role as Office Manager with responsibility for ensuring that both our Kelvin Grove & Wilston offices run smoothly.