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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

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

Corporate and Commercial

Drawing on nearly 15 years post admission experience, Peter specialises in mid-market mergers and acquisitions with a focus on the seller’s side. He provides timely and pragmatic advice while developing relationships with our clients and a detailed knowledge of their businesses, so he can deliver the best value for their businesses on their exit.

Lucie Marsden

Special Counsel
Wills and Estate PLanning

With over 20 years of experience practising almost exclusively in estate planning law, Lucie advises clients on all aspects of estate planning, from simple to complex.

Adopting a practical, insightful and empathetic approach to each client’s individual situation, Lucie ensures that clients have peace of mind that their intended beneficiaries will inherit as planned. Lucie helps clients navigate their individual situations to achieve their estate planning goals with a tailored and strategic estate plan.

Catherine Sedgley

Special Counsel
Intellectual Property and Franchising

Catherine practices in intellectual property, branding and franchising with a strong understanding of trade mark and franchise law. With a wealth of experience in this domain, Catherine is competent in assisting clients protecting, defending and commercialising their brands and intellectual property rights and in the preparation, drafting, interpretation and enforcement of franchise agreements.

Christopher Andary

Special Counsel
Property and Commercial Law

Chris’ experience in property and commercial law, has honed his skill in crafting agreements, negotiating commercial outcomes, and growing and managing property portfolios establishes him as a valuable asset.

Chris’s unique approach lies in not only safeguarding his clients’ legal interests but also in meticulously addressing challenges through a commercially-focused lens.

Yusuf Furgan

Senior Associate
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Collaborating closely with David McKewin who oversees Rouse’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Tax team, Yusuf is a highly skilled litigation lawyer who has experience in assisting commercial and private clients in a vast array of commercial and private wealth issues. He is known for his calm demeanour and doing the hard graft to achieve the optimum outcome for clients.

Matthew Paul

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.

Nav Mesbah

Associate (admitted in Scotland and not admitted in Australia)
Mergers & Acquisitions

Nav specialises in mergers and acquisitions and works closely with Peter Rouse. He brings an international perspective having previously worked at firms in Europe in which he advised both buyers and vendors. Clients benefit from Nav’s responsive and thorough approach, helping them to protect their interests and navigate complex contractual issues with precision and effectiveness.

Alex Bowen

Property and Commercial Law

A lawyer with a keen interest in property and commercial law, Alex has a knack for collaborating with clients, brokers, agents and lenders to ensure transactions are smooth, efficient and timely, delivering peace of mind to all involved. Clients range from large corporations eyeing strategic commercial real estate acquisitions to first-time home buys and seasoned investors.

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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