Solicitor Director – Stafford Poyser

Stafford is an experienced building and construction lawyer. Stafford’s primary focus is building close relationships with clients to better understand their businesses and objectives to achieve commercial outcomes when resolving construction disputes, payment disputes or contractual management issues. Most of Stafford’s clients are clients who have continually engaged Stafford’s services over a period of time.

Stafford has acted for or been referred work by various Building and Construction Industry bodies and including representing an Industry Body at Government level dealing with important changes to legislation which has had a major impact on the Building and Construction Industry. Stafford is also an experienced building and construction litigator and has wealth of experience to draw on.

Senior Solicitor – Jacques Nel

Jacques has been in legal practice since 1997.  He was admitted to practice as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2003 and has been registered to practice in Queensland since 2007. Prior to moving to Australia, Jacques has also been admitted as a Solicitor in South Africa since 1997.

Jacques has extensive experience in construction contract reviews, construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution in QLD, VIC & NSW.  Jacques have represented clients in litigation before the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Queensland and has appeared in lower Courts and tribunals in NSW and QLD.  He has also assisted clients with Adjudications under the relevant security of payment legislation in most jurisdictions including WA, VIC, NSW, QLD and NT.  As an accredited adjudicator, Jacques deals with matters under the Security of Payment legislation in both New South Wales and Queensland and serves on the panel of the QBCC as an Advanced Adjudicator.

In QLD Jacques also advises client regularly in relation to the Subcontractors’ Charges Act 1974 and has represented client’s in all levels of the Courts to enforce charges under the Act.

Jacques also has a specific interest in the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA) and advises clients regularly in this new area of law in Australia.

Senior Associate – Lauren Howe

In 2016, Lauren graduated at Western Sydney University for her double degree in law and business (human resources and industrial relations).

Lauren was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales on 27 May 2016, however she has been working in the legal profession since early 2015.

Lauren commenced her legal career at CTI Lawyers as a Law Clerk. Upon being admitted, Lauren was promoted as a solicitor in our building and construction division.

Lauren was employed at CTI Lawyers for three years prior to moving to an award-winning boutique law firm to gain extensive experience in large construction matters. This experience extended to both front end (contract management and procurement) and backend (litigious and non-litigious claims) construction matters. Lauren was acting for developers, head contractors, subcontractors, owners corporations and individuals.

In July 2019, Lauren returned to CTI Lawyers to practice building and construction law and employment law.

Solicitor – Marina Galatoulas

Marina graduated from Western Sydney University with a double degree in law and science. On 24 October 2016, Marina was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. In April 2016, Marina commenced work at CTI Lawyers as a Law Clerk where following her admission she was promoted to solicitor.

In her time at CTI Lawyers Marina has gained extensive experience in building and construction law and commercial litigation.

Law Clerk – Maryanne Awad

Marina graduated from Western Sydney University with a double degree in law and science. On 24 October 2016, Marina was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. In April 2016, Marina commenced work at CTI Lawyers as a Law Clerk where following her admission she was promoted to solicitor.

In her time at CTI Lawyers Marina has gained extensive experience in building and construction law and commercial litigation.