Our People

Our People

Nicholas Stone –Legal Practitioner Director, LLB (Hons) BBus

Admissions

  • Supreme Court Queensland, Australia
  • Supreme Court Australian Capital Territory
  • Australia High Court of Australia
  • High Court of New Zealand

Biography

Nick is an experienced transaction and litigation lawyer with expertise in corporate, property and international law. Nick offers his experience from the pedigree of top tier international and domestic firms. He has represented governments, domestic and foreign companies in complex litigation, cross border and other strategic transactions and regulatory matters including:

  • advising clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and joint venture arrangements throughout financial centres in Australia and throughout the ASEAN region.
  • Nicks area of specialty and interest is in advising clients on mid to large capital mining and resources transactions where he provides effective and technically excellent advice across a range of simple and complex legal matters.
  • his advice extends to conducting litigation in State and Federal Courts for matters involving contractual, securities, banking and finance disputes for Defendant and Plaintiff parties.

Nick recognises that business life is about much more than transactions and he prides himself on becoming a trusted adviser, establishing long-term and deep relationships with clients.

 


 

Francesco Maconi – Lawyer, LLB (Hons) B. Arts

Admissions

  • Supreme Court Queensland, Australia
  • Australia High Court of Australia

Biography

Francesco is a Commercial Lawyer at Stone Group Lawyers. He has experience in all aspects of commercial, property and civil litigation. Francesco’s background is in regional legal practice where he worked on high-profile matters and attended court from the beginning of his career. Francesco has also worked at top-tier level in Brisbane City and overseas where he gained invaluable experience in cross-border client matters. These include:

  •  Employment Agreements and redundancy arrangements.
  • Finance Agreements, cross-border transactions.
  • Litigation, purchase and sale of business assets and subsidiary companies.
  • General advisory work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Michael Leith – Special Counsel, LLB BIntBus

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia
  • High Court of Australia
  • New York, USA

Biography

Michael is an experienced transactional lawyer with expertise in property, mining and resources, planning and environment litigation, environmental law and commerce. Specifically, Michael has played a vital role in the following matters:

  • Providing advice with respect to Mining Lease and Environmental Authority amendments.
  • Providing town planning advice and representation in the negotiation process with respect to the local Council‟s decision to impose infrastructure charges as a condition of a development approval.
  • Representation in the Planning & Environment Court in an appeal against Brisbane City Council‟s decision to impose excessive infrastructure charges as a condition of a development approval. We successfully reduced the infrastructure charges by over $800,000.
  • Preparation of an environmental due diligence with respect to their proposed purchase of a $1b+ asset.
  • Attended to the revision of the company‟s asset base consolidation.
  • Provided advice with respect to compensation issues arising out of the compulsory acquisition of land for a gas pipeline.
  • Prepared a property due diligence over a potential site in Northern Queensland. We discovered and addressed various land contamination issues and advised on an appropriate course of remediation of the contaminated land.
  • Appeared for the Council in various Planning and Environment Court appeals against Council’s decision to either refuse an application for development or its decision to impose conditions on development approvals.

Previous Employment

  • Minter Ellison Lawyers
  • Clarkekann Lawyers
  • King & Wood Mallesons

Richard Carter Tate – Special Counsel, BA LLB Dip.Ed (University of Tasmania)

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
  • High Court of Australia

Biography

Prior to entering private practice, Richard worked in the International Law Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and then worked as a legal research officer in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra. He has also been the private secretary to the Tasmanian Deputy Premier, Education Minister and Attorney-General.

More recently in the last ten years, Richard has run a highly successful legal practice in Canberra and now practices and specializes in all areas of property and international law.

Richard is special counsel and legal adviser to clients such as the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and he regularly deals with issues of property purchases, leasing, international law and general legal advisory with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Richard is able to advise and assist in a wide range of property matters including leasing and more complex issues in succession and international law.


Zane Gray – Research Assistant, LLB (Hons) BIntBus

Zane is a graduate lawyer and has joined the Stone Group Lawyers litigation and banking and finance team. Zane has spent the past two years working with a top tier international finance institution, in New York in the USA. Prior to his international engagement, Zane has acted as an in-house paralegal in a building and construction company. His unique experience is a valuable asset to Stone Group Lawyers who are utilising the skills of practitioners with experience in international markets.

Zane is presently completing his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with The College of Law and his Master of Laws (LLM) with a focus on international trade law at the University of Queensland.

 


 

Danielle Freestone – Paralegal / Executive Assistant

Biography

Danielle has been with Stone Group Lawyers since October 2013 and is our Executive Assistant and Paralegal. Danielle has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University. She is a driven and enthusiastic team member who strives to not only fulfil our clients’ needs but to go above and beyond what is expected of our firm. Danielle is part of our conveyancing team and also assists the Solicitors in the Commercial Practice area.   

 


 

Michaela Fagan – Receptionist / Personal Assistant

Biography

Michaela is our newest member of the team and is our Receptionist and Personal Assistant. Michaela is in her final year of her Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and is committed to providing exceptional customer service to our clients. Michaela is personable and enjoys building a close relationship with clients to ensure that all their needs are met, they are at ease with their legal matters and that they enjoy their time in our offices.