Chris Nyst

CHRIS NYST

MANAGING DIRECTOR
CRIMINAL, TRAFFIC &
CORPORATE REGULATORY LAW
FAMILY LAW

A former senior partner with Minter Ellison Gold Coast, Chris is one of Australia’s best known and most experienced criminal lawyers. He is also an award-winning novelist and filmmaker, and former director of Screen Queensland. Chris is a co-founder and current member of the Advisory Board for the internationally-renowned Griffith University Innocence Project. His commitment to the project means our lawyers volunteer their time to work with law students assisting the wrongly convicted in Australia.

Chris is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Griffith University and a regular guest lecturer and speaker on corporate regulation, criminal law and advocacy. He is a former member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society, a former Chair of the Gold Coast City Council Safety Committee, and a former president of the Gold Coast District Law Association. 

Brendan Nyst

BRENDAN NYST

DIRECTOR
DISPUTE RESOLUTION & LITIGATION
COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE & PROPERTY
WILLS & ESTATES

Brendan completed a Bachelor of Business degree with the University of Queensland before relocating to the United Kingdom to work with a London based international marketing and public relations company. In 2009 he returned to Australia to commence his legal studies at Bond University, where he obtained a post-graduate Juris Doctor degree.

Brendan Nyst heads the Dispute Resolution and Litigation and Commercial, Corporate and Property teams at Nyst Legal conducting civil and commercial litigation at all levels in all state courts, as well as in the federal jurisdiction. His clientele includes many state-wide and national entities. He has a broad experience in representing individual clients, particularly in the fields of plaintiff defamation, shareholder disputes and estate litigation.

Brendan works closely with Special Counsel John Ellis on a range of major commercial and property transactions, and has broad knowledge and experience in property and front-end commercial work.

John Ellis

JOHN ELLIS

SPECIAL COUNSEL
COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE & PROPERTY
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

A former senior property partner with Minter Ellison, John is one of Queensland’s most experienced property and transaction lawyers, having managed major property, infrastructure and commercial developments throughout the state for both private and public corporations. He has provided advice on a broad range of projects from small residential developments to major tourism initiatives and large-scale government infrastructure projects such as the Surat Basin LNG Pipeline, the Tugun Bypass and the Townsville Ocean Terminal. In 2008 he left Minter Ellison to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer for the multi-billion dollar funds manager City Pacific Ltd. A former executive member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, John joined Nyst Legal in 2013 to head up the Commercial Property Division of the firm.

Cherie Orevich

CHERIE OREVICH

SOLICITOR
CRIMINAL, TRAFFIC &
CORPORATE REGULATORY LAW
DISPUTE RESOLUTION & LITIGATION

After graduating with Honours in Law and Psychology at Bond University in 1997, Cherie practiced as a criminal and civil litigation solicitor for 10 years, attaining the position of Senior Associate with Minter Ellison Gold Coast.   In that role, she was engaged in high-level litigation in all Queensland superior courts. Additionally, she has practised extensively in the Family Court and the High Court of Australia, has appeared regularly in the superior courts of New South Wales, and has conducted major criminal proceedings in the High Court of Hong Kong.

In addition to her legal training and experience, Cherie is an accomplished filmmaker, project manager, events co-ordinator and marketing consultant. She directed the marketing campaign for Chris Nyst’s best-selling crime fiction novels, “Cop This!” and “Gone”, played a pivotal role in the production and distribution of Chris’s 2008 feature film “Crooked Business”, and managed the profiling of Nyst Gallery, a pro bono art gallery exhibiting the work of emerging Queensland artists.

Cherie also lectures and tutors at Bond University in Evidence, Expert Evidence and Criminology.

Gisele Reid

GISELE REID

SOLICITOR AND REGISTERED MIGRATION AGENT
(MARN 1569900)
Fluent in Portuguese
FAMILY LAW, MIGRATION LAW
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION, PROPERTY
WILLS & ESTATES

Gisele is a native of Sao Paulo, and commenced her legal studies in Brazil before moving to Australia in 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Laws degree at Bond University in April 2012, and was subsequently admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She has practised extensively in Family Law, and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Family Law Practitioners Association, and the Family Law Pathways Network. Gisele deals with the full range of matters arising in that jurisdiction, including Matrimonial and de facto Property settlement, Relationship agreements, Divorce applications and Parenting issues.

Gisele’s experience also extends to Civil and Commercial Litigation, Conveyancing, Leasing and Migration Law. She is a Registered Australian Migration Agent who advises clients in relation to all Business Migration and other Visa issues. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish, and is able to assist clients who prefer to communicate in those languages. She also has a broad network of translators and interpreters available to assist those of other origin.

Natasha Murakami

NATASHA DAWSON

SOLICITOR
CRIMINAL, TRAFFIC &
CORPORATE REGULATORY LAW

A fourth-generation Gold Coaster, Natasha completed a Bachelor of Business degree (Majoring in Management) in 2009 at the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University, before obtaining her Bachelor of Laws degree from the same university in 2013. Since early 2012 Natasha has been a part of the Nyst Legal team, working principally with Chris Nyst in family and criminal law.

Since her admission to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland Natasha has conducted a vast range of matters in all Queensland courts, and in the Local, District and Supreme Courts of New South Wales.

Jonathon Nyst

JONATHAN NYST

SOLICITOR
CRIMINAL, TRAFFIC &
CORPORATE REGULATORY LAW
DISPUTE RESOLUTION & LITIGATION
WILLS & ESTATES

A native of the Gold Coast and an Old Boy of The Southport School, Jonathan Nyst attained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Griffith University in 2014, and was admitted to practise as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2015. Having worked as a paralegal and law clerk with Nyst Legal since 2011, he has a wealth of experience at all levels in the conduct of criminal and commercial litigation in all Queensland courts, as well as criminal litigation in the Local and District courts of New South Wales, and major consumer Law litigation in the Federal Court of Australia.

He is an award winning songwriter and musician, and provides entertainment law advice to the music industry in Queensland. He is also a volunteer lawyer with the Griffith University Innocence Project.

Matt Jackson

MATT JACKSON

SOLICITOR
CRIMINAL, TRAFFIC &
CORPORATE REGULATORY LAW

A descendant of the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa, Matt was the recipient of the Nyst Legal Indigenous Corporate Scholarship in 2012. He initially worked with the firm as a law clerk throughout the final two years of his undergraduate studies at Bond University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws / International Relations (Business) in 2014, and accepted an appointment as a judge’s associate in the District Court of Queensland in 2015. He ultimately returned to Nyst Legal in late 2015 and has since been working primarily in the firm’s Criminal, Traffic and Corporate Regulatory Division.

Matt is committed to equal and social justice and is currently completing a Masters of Law (Research) at the Queensland University of Technology, focusing his studies on racial discrimination in the sentencing of indigenous offenders. He is a volunteer lawyer at the Griffith University Innocence Project and has recently guest lectured at Bond University in Criminal Law and Procedure. He also holds membership with the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and the Law and Justice Institute (Qld).

Navrinder Sathar

NAVRINDER SATHAR

SOLICITOR
DISPUTE RESOLUTION & LITIGATION
COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE & PROPERTY
WILLS & ESTATES

Admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland and as an Advocate and Solicitor to the High Court of Malaya, Navrinder brings to the Nyst Legal team international experience in civil litigation, succession law, construction and insolvency law. Whilst completing his pupillage as a civil litigator in Malaysia, he also gained invaluable experience in aspects of International Human Rights Law, Migration and Labour Law, providing regular advice, assistance and representation in Malaysian Courts and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Navrinder is bilingual in his native Malay and English, and can converse in Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi and Punjabi.

Michelle Brookes

MICHELLE BROOKES

GENERAL MANAGER
Michelle brings more than 20 years experience working within the professional services sector and is a Queensland Branch committee member and treasurer of the Australasian Legal Practice Managers Association (ALPMA).

Michelle’s extensive law firm marketing and communications expertise stems from having worked for many years for mid-tier defendant insurance firms in both Brisbane and in London. Michelle joined Nyst Legal in August 2016 as General Manager to work with Chris Nyst and the team to guide the strategic direction, positioning, and operations of the firm.

Carly Nyst

CARLY NYST

EXTERNAL CONSULTANT – PRIVACY LAW & HUMAN RIGHTS
Carly was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2008, before completing a Masters’ degree in International Relations (First Class Hons) at the London School of Economics.

During 2010 and 2011 she was based in Geneva as the Legal Adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and in 2012 accepted a Visiting Scholarship to co-ordinate a Human Rights Clinic at the Columbia Law School in New York. In June 2012 she was appointed  Head of International Advocacy of the London-based human rights body Privacy International, of which she became Legal Director in January 2014. In 2016 Carly left Privacy International to set up her own consultancy business based in London, providing independent specialist advice on Privacy and Human Rights to government, business and advocacy bodies. She has consulted to Amnesty International, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Council of Europe. She is currently recognised as one of Europe’s leading experts in Privacy Law.

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