Sinisgalli Foster Melbourne Law Firm

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Sinisgalli Foster Legal is a Melbourne based commercial law firm. John Sinisgalli and Alan Foster lead a team of highly talented Solicitors, Associates and Consultants.



Commercial Litigation

A core practice area of the firm is Commercial Dispute Resolution and Insolvency matters. John and Alan are long standing Accredited Commercial Litigation Specialists.

Our approach is to ensure achieving an efficient and commercial outcome for our clients.

Matters in which we can help you with:

  • Contractual claims and disputes

  • Insolvency matters

  • Franchising disputes

  • Consumer law disputes

Insurance Litigation

We have here and at our predecessor firms acted in a wide variety of Insurance Litigation matters. Our team is headed by our Principals, John and Alan and we are ably assisted in this field by our team of lawyers and selected barristers, delivering successful results to our clients.

Our expertise includes:

  • Product and Public liability

  • Professional indemnity

  • Personal injury liability

  • Employers’ liability

  • Insurance Policy interpretation


We act for diverse commercial clients ranging from listed companies to privately owned businesses.

The team is led is by Principal, John who is supported by William with considerable expertise in:

  • Commercial agreements and leases

  • Trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property

  • Sales, mergers, franchising and acquisitions

  • Employment and consumer law

  • Dispute resolution


The property team, headed by Richard and ably assisted by Ashley and Natalya, delivering successful results to our clients advise on all aspects of:

  • The sale and acquisition of commercial and residential property

  • Leases, licences, building and construction agreements

  • Property and Planning disputes

  • Property development and Subdivisions

  • Reviewing and Negotiating Agreements / Contracts

Wills, Estates and Estate Planning

The firm’s Wills, Estates and Estate Planning practice is led by Associate, Denise in collaboration with John and Consultant, Peter.

Denise and John act in complex probate litigation matters and can assist you with:

  • Estate Planning including the preparation of Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Medical Decision Maker/s

  • Applications for Probate or Letters of Administration and Estate Administration

  • Estate Disputes

Private Client Advisory

We advise listed companies and privately owned businesses in a wide range of industries.

To help you with the daily issues that challenge your business we offer:

  • Compliance requirements

  • Assessment and support consulting

  • Business planning and succession

  • Asset protection

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Our Team

John Sinisgalli Principal
Alan Foster Principal
Richard Leggo Consultant
Peter Kempson Consultant
Nick Lucas Consultant
Denise Cremona-Edwards Senior Associate
Kathryn Lechner Senior Associate
William Kiernan Senior Associate
Ashley Cogan Senior Associate
Scott Draper Solicitor
Natalya McClung Conveyancing Law Clerk
John Sinisgalli Principal Commercial and Insurance Litigation John is a Principal of Sinisgalli Foster Legal and an Accredited Commercial Litigation Specialist since 1993. John established Sinisgalli Foster in April of 2018 with fellow Principal Alan Foster.

John practises in Commercial Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Insolvency, Commercial Transactions, Trust and Estate Litigation.

John was Chairperson of the Law Institute of Victoria Specialisation Committee from 2014 to 2017 and has been a Committee member for 11 years.

John is a Director of the Marsh Foundation, and a Committee Member of the DOXA Community Club.

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Alan Foster Principal Commercial and Insurance Litigation Alan is a Principal of Sinisgalli Foster Legal. Alan established Sinisgalli Foster in April of 2018 with fellow Principal John Sinisgalli.

Alan graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Economics and was admitted to practice in 1981. He has been a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Commercial Litigation Specialist since 1994.

Alan practices in Commercial, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, primarily in the Supreme, Federal and appellate Courts.

Alan has acted for public and private companies, Directors and Officers and liability insurers, as well as high-net-worth individuals in a variety of matters, including misleading and deceptive conduct, shareholder actions, class actions and contract and trust disputes.
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Richard Leggo Consultant Property, Estates, Commercial & Employment Law Richard was a Principal of Leggo Law until he joined Sinisgalli Foster Legal, in October 2019.

Richard is a skilled advisor and negotiator over a broad range of transactions from straight forward to complex. With 35 years’ experience in commercial law and property law, Richard is able to advise clients across a wide range of commercial matters.

Richard also has extensive experience in estate planning and providing advice on industrial relations and employment issues.
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Peter Kempson Consultant Wills, Estates & Property Peter was a Principal of Kempsons Lawyers until 2014. He joined Sinisgalli Foster Legal, upon its commencement in April 2018.

Peter leads the Wills, Estates and Property practice and has significant knowledge and experience in these areas.

Peter has practiced extensively in wills and estates, estate planning and property and business law since 1969. He has a 50 year Service Certificate from the Law Institute of Victoria.

Peter is often appointed by the Supreme Court of Victoria to act as an Independent Estate Administrator. He is dedicated to client service and to providing both excellent and cost effective legal services.
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Nick Lucas Consultant Commercial, Litigation, Property and Estate Law Nick was previously a Partner of Saines Lucas Solicitors in Horsham and Ballarat. Prior to that firm he was the Principal of Lucas and Marshman Lawyers.

Nick graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws.

Nick has extensive experience in Commercial Law, Litigation, Property Law, Wills and Trusts, Estate Planning, Estate Litigation, Sale and Acquisition of Businesses, Properties and Farms, Rural / Farming Disputes and Compensation Claims.

Nick is able to assist and advise clients over a wide range of legal matters.
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Denise Cremona-Edwards Senior Associate Wills, Estates & Property Denise works in our Wills, Estates and Property practice.

Denise graduated from Victoria University with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2014 and was admitted to practice in 2016.

She was appointed as an Associate in 2018.

Denise has extensive experience in Wills, Estates and Estate Litigation.

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Kathryn Lechner Senior Associate Commercial And Insurance Litigation Kathryn works in our Commercial, Commercial Litigation and Insurance Litigation practices.

Kathryn graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science and was admitted to practice in 2014.

Kathryn practices in Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Insurance Civil Liability and Insolvency primarily in the Supreme and Federal Courts, and Commercial Transactions.

Kathryn is a member of Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria (WIRV).
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William Kiernan Senior Associate Commercial & Property William is a solicitor in the firm’s Commercial and Property group. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in 2016 and was admitted to practice in 2017.

William practises primarily in commercial transactions, including the preparation and negotiation of documents relating to the sale and acquisition of businesses, shares, assets and services. He also advises on various aspects of commercial and retail leasing, as well as property, building and leasing disputes.

Alongside this, William has a particular interest in technical commercial structures and advises on matters relating to trust arrangements, partnerships, and intellectual property.

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Ashley Cogan Senior Associate Commercial & Property Ashley is an Associate in the Commercial and Property team.
Ashley graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Commerce in 2009 and was admitted to practice in 2011.

Ashley has considerable experience in a broad spectrum of commercial transactions across a variety of industries including the sale and acquisition of small and medium sized businesses, loan agreements and share and unit sale agreements.

Additionally, Ashley has considerable experience in the buying, selling and leasing of retail, commercial and industrial properties.
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Scott Draper Solicitor Commercial & Commercial Litigation Scott is a Solicitor in the Commercial and Commercial Litigation practices.

He graduated from Melbourne University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Languages [German], and completed the postgraduate Juris Doctor at Melbourne Law School in 2019, during which he won the Frank Pinkerton Scholarship for his essay on Intellectual Property rights, and was admitted to practice in May 2020.

Scott has been working with Sinisgalli Foster Legal since 2019, with his primary focus on Commercial Litigation and Commercial Transactions team, primarily dealing with matters in the Supreme and Federal Courts.

Outside the firms Commercial team, Scott utilises his diverse legal knowledge, assisting the firms client’s in our Wills, Estates and Property practice.
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Natalya McClung Conveyancing Law Clerk Natalya works in our Property practice.

Natalya is a very experienced conveyancing clerk well versed in all aspects of domestic and commercial conveyancing.

Natalya has been working under the supervision of Richard Leggo since 2007 as a law clerk.

Natalya is a highly competent law clerk, with over 10 years’ experience with skills and knowledge in all kinds of conveyancing from large commercial matters to off the plan purchases, acting for both developers and stand-alone vendors and purchasers.
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Safe Custody

In addition to documents held on behalf of our clients, Sinisgalli Foster also holds safe custody documents for the following Solicitor’s Practices:

• Kempsons Lawyers
• Raboy & Associates
• Raboy & Feingold
• Mason Black Lawyers
• Mischel Hogan & Bone
• Leon Sholl & Associates
• Sholl Nicholson
• Sholl Nicholson Lasky

Sinisgalli Foster hold all documentation securely in our office free of charge. Should you require a copy of your documents or for the original documents to be released to you please contact our office or email