OUR PEOPLE

At Lander Solicitors Queensland we strive to build a diverse team of staff who can adequately represent our vision. As a unique new up and coming firm Lander Solicitors currently employs three highly talented people.

Meet our People

 

Andrew Lander Principal Solicitor

Andrew was raised in South Africa and immigrated to Australia with his family in the early nineties. One of Andrew’s great strengths is his strong values base and commitment to social justice. These values were entrenched when Andrew first attended university and obtained a Bachelor of Social Work with honours from James Cook University (graduated in 1996).

He enjoys working with people of all cultures and different ethnic backgrounds. Andrew is bilingual and can speak Greek and some Afrikaans.

Andrew undertook a post graduate law degree through the University of Queensland and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2003 after completing a two years as an articled clerk.

Working at reputable firms on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, Andrew practiced in general litigation for almost four years, and then, in 2004, moved to practicing exclusively in family law. Andrew’s experience with litigation generally informs his family law practice – disputes, and their resolution, have been his focus since his legal career began. Andrew has developed a strong focus on fair and amicable resolution wherever possible, with his clients supported by his fearless familiarity with the court process wherever required.

In early 2015 Andrew decided to go out on his own and set up his own law firm. His vision was to provide a cost effective and experienced family law representation focused on clients and their needs. Andrew believes that this differentiation is very important as too often solicitors offer services in way that suits the needs of the firm’s business requirements (with lawyer’s needing to meet billing targets) and not having the flexibility to be able to run a case based on the financial constraints of the client. On the other hand Andrew, using his experience and clever use of resources has cut unnecessary costs to his business and passed on the savings to his clients through his less expensive hourly rates.

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Filip Paolini Solicitor

Fil has been working with Lander Solicitors Queensland for over 12 months after completing his Bachelor of Laws in 2011 and after completing his trainee lawyer requirements in 2012-2013. Fil has a vast array of experience in different professions prior to his law degree including training and teaching roles in Tafe and Commercial colleges for 21 years and early in his career in general management roles. A key specialty that Fil brings to Lander Solicitors Queensland is his history as an Accountant for over 4 years and his 6 year career as a company financial controller and legal secretary. Fil’s experience and work history as an accountant are of enormous value in the analysis of cohabitation agreements, binding financial agreements and property settlements and divorce that often involve the complex separation of marital assets. Fil’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Business conferred by Queensland University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology. Adding to the firms skills in diversity and multicultural practice, Fil speaks fluent Italian.

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Jill Whitehead Practice Manager

Jill has lived and worked in Queensland all of her life, attending university at James Cook University and Graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 1991. For over 24 years Jill has worked in a variety of roles helping people in the human services industry in the areas of Child Protection, Disability, Housing, and Mental Health. Jill has managed services with large numbers of staff for over 18 years and has a strong passion for the law and social justice. Jill has significant experience in customer service, complaints management, marketing and managing staff.

As Andrew’s partner Jill shares Andrew’s vision and passion for delivering experienced representation that is client focused and cost effective. Jill is currently studying her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and brings the firm the benefits of her contemporary knowledge and experience in service delivery.

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