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Our People


Zmarak Zhouand – Principal


Zmarak was admitted as a lawyer in Australia in 2001 and as an attorney and counselor at law in New York, USA, in 2014.


Between 2001 to 2008, Zmarak worked with Henry Davis York and Gadens Lawyers, both leading Australian corporate law firms, where he represented “blue-chip” national and international clients across the corporate, commercial, banking and finance and litigation practice areas.


Between 2008 to 2011, Zmarak worked as Senior Legal Counsel with a large telecommunications operator in the Middle-East and re-entered private practice, as a partner, in 2011.


As Principal of our firm, Zmarak focusses on corporate, commercial, compliance and arbitration related work with a particular interest in servicing the needs of Registered Training Organisations, Higher Education Providers and Cryptocurrency and NFT Issuers and Service Providers.


He has a B.A (SCU) (1998) and a LL.B. (UNE) (2000) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, United Kingdom. 


Alison Lovell – Senior Associate


Alison brings a raft of knowledge to her role as Senior Associate with the firm. Graduating with Honours from the Queensland University of Technology, Alison was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2012.


Alison's legal career includes experience across private, public and Not for Profit sectors in Australia and internationally. 


From 2012 to 2015 Alison worked for the Information Commissioner where she specialised in freedom of information merits reviews and mediating privacy complaints.


Alison has worked extensively with NFPs and community legal centres both as a legal employee and on a pro-bono basis. To compliment this NFP experience, she holds a Graduate Certificate in Community Development from the University of Queensland.


She also has two plus years experience working with Registered Training Organisations in compliance and managerial roles, meaning she understands the ins and outs of the day to day for education providers. Alison was awarded a Diploma of Quality Auditing in 2021. 


Alison enjoys working closely with clients and excels at finding down to earth, cost effective solutions for legal problems. 


Pushpa Mahtani – Practice Manager


Pushpa is a qualified teacher and trainer and has been involved in managing Registered Training Organisations since 2014.  Pushpa is highly organized, efficient and friendly and happens to speak 5 languages including Cantonese.


She is our Practice Manager and consequently is in charge of the admin function for our firm including procurement, recruitment, finance and quality assurance.


She has a BSocSci (NUS), GrdDipEdu (NIE) and is currently working towards her TAE qualification.

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