MEET THE COUNSEL YOU KEEP: OUR EXPERIENCED TEAM

Argon Law is a boutique law firm, based in Maroochydore servicing the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, the hinterland and surrounds.

Our vision is to deliver outstanding quality at a reasonable cost and always, to delight our clients. We aim to be the counsel you keep.

We dedicate ourselves to these values:

  • We will work hard for our clients, provide superior legal services on a timely, effective, and efficient basis, and maintain the highest standards of professional integrity. We treat our clients' business as though it is our own.
  • We actively promote our clients and look for ways to grow the value of their businesses and improve their lives.
  • For our firm, we will foster an enjoyable working environment, based on open communication and mutual respect, and will encourage initiative, innovation, teamwork, and loyalty.
  • For our community, we will continue our long tradition of service and leadership.

John Gallagher

Director

LLB (UQ), GradCert (Applied Finance)

Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Board member of UDIA’s Sunshine Coast Institute’s regional Branch Committee

John Gallagher is the director and founder of Argon Law.  He has extensive experience in commercial and property law as well as wills and estate planning.

A highly qualified lawyer with more than 30 years' experience, John is motivated by helping clients to achieve commercially beneficial, tax effective and efficient outcomes which give them both certainty and legal protection.  His clients include both business owners and private clients as well as local authorities primarily across the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and the hinterland.

John’s focus is on strong client relationships. He wants to service clients that value his input in major business decisions and transactions.

John actively promotes his clients and looks for ways to grow the value of their businesses and improve their lives.

Feel confident in contacting John today to discuss your matter in confidence.

Shaun Briffa

Senior Associate

BA Law (Second Class Honours) and Commerce (Distinction), Post Graduate Diploma Legal Practice

Shaun has more than 13 years legal experience in property, development and commercial law, acting for a broad range of clients from developers, small businesses, shopping centre owners, management rights owners to private individuals. Since first graduating from Deakin University with a Bachelor or Law and Commerce in 2010 and being admitted as a Solicitor in Queensland in 2011, Shaun has developed a keen interest in assisting clients with titling, sale and leasing of developments including commercial land and buildings, waterfront, residential and rural land.

Shaun brings to Argon Law a strong knowledge in developments, strata titling, body corporate disputes and management rights, commercial and retail leases, joint venture and shareholder agreements, lending, reverse mortgages, sale and purchase of businesses, retirement villages and manufactured homes. Shaun also has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing contracts for the sale and purchase of residential, rural and commercial properties including off the plan property and units, marina berths and body corporate agreements.

Argon Law's Director, John Gallagher, said that with so much activity in the Sunshine Coast property market "the timing couldn't be better" for Shaun to join the Argon Law team:

“It is wonderful that our clients will benefit from Shaun’s broad legal expertise, namely in body corporate and management matters, leasing, and general commercial matters such as business sales and purchases.”

Shaun felt it was the perfect career move to work with such an accomplished, experienced, and recognised team of lawyers and business advisers.

“With so many people re-evaluating their lives and buying businesses or property on the Sunshine Coast, I’m glad to be working with a firm like Argon Law that has a great team and the right infrastructure.”

Hear from Shaun and why he loves working at Argon Law.

On the weekend, Shaun can be found outdoors working on his property, fishing or getting away camping and four-wheel driving with his family.

Click here to connect with Shaun on LinkedIn.

Natashia Blank

Solicitor

LLB (Hons Class IIA), GDLP

Natashia Blank graduated with honours from the University of the Sunshine Coast and is admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia. Her broad experience as an advocate in complex matters and passion for assisting clients to navigate their way through their legal challenges, makes Natashia the perfect match for our litigation and dispute resolution team.

Natashia was attracted to Argon Law because of the firm’s calibre of professionals, the reputation it has in the commercial and property law space, and its commitment to fostering a team-first work culture.

“I feel I am a distinctive and complementary addition to the Argon Law team. Through combining my experience as a courtroom advocate and demonstrated success managing complex matters, I look forward to providing sound and timely advice to my future clients.”

Learn why Natashia loves working at Argon Law.

Natashia has always had an interest in how the law intersects with business which was evident during her studies at law school. After being accepted into the honours program, she received a distinction for her research into how regulation can be used to improve corporate transparency.

When she first joined the Argon Law team John Gallagher said that Natashia was an ideal fit for the growing firm.

“I believe we have a winning blend of experienced lawyers and fresh, enthusiastic professionals like Natashia, which equates to a valuable offering for our clients.”

Alongside developing her career in commercial law, Natashia volunteers at the Suncoast Community Legal Centre, giving back to the Sunshine Coast community she is so fond of. Outside of the office, Natashia enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as cooking, gardening, and yoga.

Connect with Natashia on LinkedIn

Sue Cracknell

Conveyancing Paralegal

Sue Cracknell has been working in the law industry for over 20 years.

Sue commenced her legal career as a Private Legal Secretary dealing in the areas of conveyancing, mortgages, plan of subdivisions, loan agreements, wills, powers of attorney and lease agreements.

Since 2004, Sue has been working solely in the area of conveyancing dealing with all aspects of a conveyancing transactions from the initial signing of contracts through to settlement.

Sue’s professional approach and experience will ensure your conveyancing transaction runs smoothly and is completed on time.

Janene Andrews

Paralegal

Janene has been working as a senior administrator and office manager in the law industry for the past twenty-five years and is an invaluable asset to the Argon Law team, having been with the firm from the inception.

Janene's legal career has included legal administration and conveyancing in commercial property, strata titling, planning and development, in respected firms from Melbourne and Darwin to the Sunshine Coast.

For the past ten years, Janene has provided invaluable professional support to director John Gallagher and his commercial and private clients, in the practice areas of commercial, property, tax and estate planning.

She is passionate about making sure clients are happy at all times so if there's anything we can do to make your experience more enjoyable, call Janene.

Barb Koper

Conveyancing Paralegal

Barb has worked in the Property Law industry for the past six years.  She commenced her legal career as a Conveyancing Assistant with a local firm and within 6 months was offered a position to manage all of their conveyancing files.

Her legal career includes legal administration, residential and commercial conveyancing, planning and development, litigation, wills and estates and accounts.

Barb not only has extensive knowledge in Property Management and Finance but has also worked at a large tendering company in the Commercial Construction industry and also Government Housing Corporations.

With a passion for property and architecture she has found her career in the Property Law industry very rewarding and utilises this knowledge to go above and beyond when she assists clients with these essential services.

Click here to watch Barb talk about why she loves working at Argon Law.

Kylie Farrelly

Accounts Manager

Kylie Farrelly has been working in the law industry for more than 13 years as a legal assistant and paralegal. Prior to working in law, she worked in hospitality managing a front office and reservations team, where she prioritised excellent customer service.

Kylie’s legal career has included legal administration in commercial leasing, wills and estates, and litigation with several boutique firms on the Sunshine Coast.  She has a can-do attitude, no job is too big or small, and she completes each transaction with precision.

Kylie has lived on the Sunshine Coast her entire life and is a busy mum of two. She has just settled into her new farm life in North Arm and, if she isn’t mowing the lawns, she is managing her son’s rugby team or taking her daughter to netball.

With her entrepreneurial flair and creativity, she has broadened her skills by establishing a small family distillery with her husband whose family has been growing sugar cane locally since 1912.

Kath Norton

Receptionist and Legal Secretary

Kath has had over 30 years administration and office experience in a broad range of industries – from media to food and has provided executive assistance to owners, directors and managers.

As with most experienced administration officers, she has crossed over into HR, Payroll, Accounts, Reception, Customer Service and Sales and is always happy to lend a hand, if she can, in any area.

Her extensive customer service also comes from owning numerous small businesses in hospitality and transport.

She is passionate about positive and supportive work environments and loves working with a team to achieve this.

Kath, originally from Sydney, has lived on the Coast for over ten years and is a mum of four busy daughters. Also a foodie, who loves cooking and dining out with an interest in health and nutrition.

Deanne Cherry

Paralegal

Deanne has been working in the legal industry for the past sixteen years in both administration and legal roles.

Her legal experience covers conveyancing, wills and estates which has led Deanne to enjoy the connection she makes with clients while helping them through the legal process. In particular, she always ensures her client’s matters are positive and stress-free.

With her strong background in all areas of office management, she loves creating an enjoyable work environment for all.

Originally from Roma, Western Queensland, Deanne has happily called the Sunshine Coast home for more than 20 years. Making the most of the Sunny Coast lifestyle, she loves spending time with her family and friends.

Lindy Richardson

Paralegal

Lindy Richardson brings a wealth of experience from her extensive legal background to her role at Argon Law.

With over fourteen years of experience as a legal secretary and paralegal, she has worked across various areas of law.

Recently, Lindy has focused primarily on Wills and Estates as well as Commercial Law, making her a valuable addition to the Argon Law team. Her presence has already had a positive impact on our clients, as she provides them with the highest level of service at every step of their legal proceedings.

Lindy consistently demonstrates a friendly and approachable attitude, along with a strong commitment to excellence. She handles challenges with ease, and we are delighted to have her as part of the Argon Law team.

Lindy and her husband have been residents of the Sunshine Coast for the past seventeen years, where they enjoy camping trips, walks, and spending time at the local beaches.

Rachel Crook

Marketing, Communications & Business Development Manager

BBus - Marketing (Distinction)

Rachel is an accomplished marketing leader known for her professionalism and friendliness. She specialises in crafting effective marketing strategies and prioritising client satisfaction in every interaction.

In her role as the Marketing, Communications & Business Development Manager at Argon Law, Rachel is entrusted with driving growth, maintaining a positive brand image, and establishing industry engagement.

She brings to Argon Law close to 15 years’ senior management experience leading the marketing and communications department of several global yacht sales companies and yacht manufacturers. Here she launched several companies and associated websites, established, and implemented marketing strategies and grew databases through highly successful marketing campaigns - now she transfers her skills to the law industry.

When she’s not looking for ways to improve ROI, you’ll find her surfing, doing yoga or mountain biking with her family.

Connect with Rachel for any collaboration or marketing opportunities, she’d love to hear from you.