Our Firm

Rouse Lawyers is an Australian commercial law firm that stands apart as a real alternative to large law firms with bloated overheads and slow delivery.

We are a team of specialist lawyers working in an efficient, technology-driven practice environment that gives us the ability to deliver top tier results and true value to our clients.

Rouse Lawyers maintains an edge in the market with a core group of commercial lawyers and a flexible network of external legal specialists based throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Our clients are poeple who believe that taking risks are the only way to dominate in their industry,

You can expect to receive streetwise and pragmatic legal advice when you need it. We take a collaborative approach and with legal experts in our nine practice areas, we have all of your commercial legal needs covered.

Our Key People

Matthew Rouse

Managing Director – Corporate & Commercial and Mergers & Acquisitions

Matthew is the founder of Rouse Lawyers. He leads the firm’s Corporate & Commercial team. Matthew specialises in mid-market mergers & acquisitions. These businesses tend to be larger private or family owned businesses.

Matthew also practices in general corporate advisory with much of his experience being with clients in emerging technology or organisations with substantial intellectual property.

David McKewin

Director - Tax, Private Wealth and Litigation & Dispute Resolution

David oversees our Tax and Litigation and Dispute Resolution teams which focuses on acting for and protecting the interests of private clients.

David has extensive tax and structuring experience combined with an extremely strong litigation background, which provides a unique specialist service to Rouse Lawyers’ private clients.

Peter Rouse

Special Counsel – Corporate and Commercial

Peter works in franchising, distribution and mergers, and acquisitions. His clients range from SMEs to global corporations with an Australian presence.

Developing a deep knowledge of his client’s business is paramount to Peter to ensure he provides quality and timely advice to his client’s.

Mahoney Smith

Special Counsel – Property

Mahoney Smith is the head of our property team and has more than 15 years of experience in real estate law.

Mahoney works across a variety of sectors assisting clients with acquisitions and disposals, property developments, leasing and management agreements.

Stephanie Forward

Senior Associate – Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Stephanie brings to Rouse demonstrated experience in several litigation and insolvency matters.

As an accomplished and detail-focused lawyer, Stephanie strives to take the stress out of chaotic legal situations by communicating openly and representing all clients’ interests in a fearless and strategic manner to achieve desired outcomes.

Tammy Parsons

Senior Associate – Private Wealth and Estates

A full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and undergoing continuous education including a Masters in Applied Law (Wills and Estate Planning) equip Tammy to focus on practical and effective outcomes for her clients.

Matthew Shearing

Lawyer - Commercial & Technology

Matthew Shearing is a technology & business lawyer who joined the Rouse team in 2019. His passion is helping individuals and businesses understand, manage and overcome the challenges of doing business in the digital age.

Matthew Paul

Associate - Corporate and Commercial

Matthew is a Commercial Lawyer with a wide range of expertise and experience in business sales, restructuring, franchises, finance documentation and technology. He takes the time to understand his client’s business and give them exactly what they are looking for.

Helena Meyers-Nicolas

Lawyer – Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Helena brings 8 years’ experience in Litigation matters to the Team. Helena is a highly driven, career focussed lawyer who has her sights set high for success.

Nicola Werchon

Lawyer – Property

Nicola is a safe pair of hands for all types of commercial property matters. She has experience in all aspects of leasing, conveyancing, and other types of property work.

Client Reviews

“We highly recommend Rouse Lawyers.

Rouse Lawyers acted for us in the sale of our software business, Precision Mining, to Micromine, a global mining software company. It was a substantial transaction and one in which we (the founding owners) relied on the Rouse M&A team to guide us through the process. We were very impressed with their efforts and tenacity in what was a complex and extensive negotiation process. We highly recommend Rouse Lawyers not only for their M&A expertise but also generally for growing SME’s in the technology space.”

“It’s hard to find good lawyer that understands a “tech” business – Rouse Lawyers are that firm…

“A Big Thank You” to Matthew & the Team at Rouse Lawyers – have assisted me & my business in so many different legal items – from wills to buying property/structuring our business/trademarks/negotiating large deals/spam/privacy issues/lease on our 4 different offices… It’s hard to find good lawyer that understands a “tech” business – Rouse Lawyers are that firm… so skilled in many areas.”

“We have relied on good advice from Rouse Lawyers.

We believe software is driving the world forward. Disruption is happening in every industry and it is our clients who are proactively integrating software into their businesses, to set a whole new standard around the way business is done. We are a business that is growing rapidly and know the importance of good legal advice, which is why we have relied on Rouse Lawyers. Focusing on creating digital platforms on which our clients can innovate to ensure they are the ones modernising, is what gets us out of bed in the mornings.”

“I would recommend Rouse Lawyers for any business.

Young Guns has engaged Rouse Lawyers for all legal requirement/advice for the past 10 years. They have been on our business journey from 10 employees to 450 employees. Matt and Peter have always showed a personal interest in our business success and therefore made many recommendations for short term and long term strategies. I would be happy to recommend Rouse Lawyers for any business looking for a legal partner who they can trust and can provide ongoing, up to date advice.”

“Their knowledge of franchising is comprehensive

I have tried several of the larger law firms at the big end of town but found their services to be quite bland and predictable. Rouse Lawyers’s style of operation suits me much better, their knowledge of franchising is comprehensive, and just as importantly, their thinking is distinctly street wise and entrepreneurial.”

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