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Dean Cinque.


About Dean

Dean has practised law in Ballarat for over 30 years. An active member of the Ballarat community and Buninyong Golf Club, Dean has been a member of Lions International and Rotary Ballarat, as well as the president of the Australian Royal Tennis Association. Dean handles commercial law, wills, estates and general property matters.


Name: Dean Cinque

Experience: 1985 - present

Practicing In: commercial law, wills, estates, Defamation and general property matters.

Email: dean@coslawyers.com.au

Melanie Senior.


About Melanie

Melanie commenced practice as an articled clerk with Dean Cinque. She quickly developed a passion for the workings of the Children’s Court and devotes much of her time to representing parents and children in matters where the Department of Human Services, Child Protection, are involved. Melanie has a strong sense of social justice and has been active in the Ballarat & District Law Association, the Community Legal Centre and WRISC.


Name: Melanie Senior

Experience: 2000 - present

Practicing In: Childrens Matters

Email: melanie@coslawyers.com.au

Richard Oakley.


About Richard

Richard has been practising law for approximately 30 years, the past 16 of which have been in Ballarat. Matters handled include Family Law, Crime and Crimes Compensation. Richard is a past president of the Ballarat & District Law Association, and is a long-standing executive member of that association. He has also been a volunteer solicitor with the local Community Legal Centre for over 10 years.


Name: Richard Oakley

Experience: 1985 - present

Practicing In: Family law, crime and crimes compensation.

Emails: richard@coslawyers.com.au

Stacey Free.


About Stacey

Stacey completed her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in 2007, graduating with Honours in Law. She joined the firm after being admitted to the legal profession in February 2009. Stacey is experienced in all areas of: Commercial Law – including retail leasing, sale and purchase of business, drafting agreements and general advice for businesses. Civil and Commercial Litigation – including contractual disputes, domestic building disputes, debts, product liability and employment disputes. Wills and Estates – including drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney, litigation against deceased estates, estate administration and applications to VCAT’s Guardianship and Administration List. Stacey is experienced in representing clients at mediation and in Courts and Tribunals at all levels and is also a volunteer solicitor at the Central Highlands Community Legal Centre.


Name: Stacey Free

Experience: 2009 - present

Practicing In: Commercial Law, Civil Law, Wills and Estates.

Email: stacey@coslawyers.com.au

Michelle Cinque.


About Michelle

Michelle first worked at the firm from 2009 to 2011, completing her Supervised Workplace Training in that time. She then went on to work as a corporate solicitor at the Department of Human Services for several years, before returning to work at the firm in 2014. Michelle practices primarily in the areas of commercial law, wills and estates, civil litigation and employment law. Michelle has a strong interest in social justice and donates a portion of her time to pro bono work, as well as volunteering at the Community Legal Centre.


Name: Michelle Cinque

Experience: 2009 - present

Practicing In: Commercial law, wills and estates, civil litigation, employment law and debt matters.

Email: michelle@coslawyers.com.au

Brett Bryant.


About Brett

Brett is one of only three Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialists in Commercial Litigation in Western Victoria which results in his clients receiving the right advice, guidance and support to assist in resolving their disputes.

Brett has been involved in major commercial litigation disputes and has appeared on behalf of clients before all courts and tribunals in Victoria. He assists his clients in resolving their disputes by providing quality legal advice that takes into account considerations for early intervention, mediation or a court based litigious approach having regard to the avoidance of escalating legal costs. Brett also recognises that the objectives and priorities of parties involved in litigation can differ widely.

His extensive experience in advising a wide range of clients in litigious disputes will result in offering clients of Cinque Oakley Senior Lawyers a superior service and expertise in all stages involved in the process of pre-litigation advice, negotiations, mediations and court and tribunal appearances.


Name: Brett Bryant

Experience: 1998 - present

Practicing In: Commercial contracts & Contractual disputes, Defamation proceedings, Commercial & domestic building disputes, Consumer Law and Trade Practices disputes, Company, Business and Partnership disputes, Bankruptcy & Insolvency claims, Professional negligence claims, Retail & residential lease disputes, Motor vehicle accident damage claims including TAC claims, Employment & workplace law including drafting employment contracts, Occupational Health & Safety prosecutions, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Debt recovery, Deceased Estate claims, Children's law, Criminal proceedings (defence and prosecuting)

Email: brett@coslawyers.com.au

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