Led by our founder Demetrio Zema, the Law Squared team are a committed and passionate group of people.
Driven to challenge the conventions of traditional law services, we are here to support your vision with determination and clarity. Meet the team who are ready to be part of yours.
Demetrio Zema - Founder
Demetrio is the founder and director of Law Squared a specialised commercial law and litigation firm focussed on working with high growth businesses and ASX listed companies. Since its launch in March 2016, Law Squared has opened offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and now has a team of 17 across those cities.
An accomplished entrepreneur and lawyer having worked with many corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs and ASX listed companies, Demetrio is focused on achieving outcomes and success for his clients. Named “Australia’s most innovative law firm”, Law Squared takes an entrepreneurial approach to the provision of legal services, by offering a model of partnering with its clients as risk advisers to protect them against future risk and to partner with them to advance their business.
In 2017, Demetrio was selected as part of the Australian delegation to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (G20 YEA) in Berlin and named Rising Star runner-up in the 2017 Victorian Legal Awards. In 2018, Demetrio was nominated as Law Firm Leader of the Year (<200 employees) in the Australasian Law Awards and named the winner of the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 in Commercial Law, and the Law Institute of Victoria Rising Star. Demetrio and Law Squared have also been listed on the Lexis Nexus Legal Innovation Index.
Outside of law and entrepreneurship, Demetrio plays an active part in the not for profit community as a co-founder and director of If Not Now Then When Ltd (INNTW), Deputy Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth Ltd (CMY) and a director of the Victorian Deaf Society Ltd (VicDeaf).
Jeremy Davey - Senior Lawyer
Jeremy joined Law Squared’s Melbourne office as a Senior Lawyer in 2018. As an experienced commercial and regulatory lawyer he has a passion for helping his clients find innovative solutions to any legal challenge.
Jeremy commenced his career as an investigator at the ACCC before moving into commercial practice with a top-tier Australian firm. Across both private and in-house practice he has advised some of Australia’s biggest technology, telecommunications and manufacturing companies.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Psychology from the Australian National University. His particular area of interest is the regulatory and quasi-regulatory challenges faced by emerging technologies and industries, particularly laws relating to competition, consumer protection, marketing and corporate governance.
In 2017 Jeremy was appointed to the Advertising Standards Board, a community-sourced board which assesses advertising complaints (across both traditional and new media) with reference to a broad range of industry codes. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and toddler and spends his leisure time reading, playing cricket or watching the Melbourne Demons slowly but inexorably creep toward AFL greatness.
Shaun Restorick-Barton - Associate
Shaun has been with Law Squared since early 2017 and oversees our Brisbane office. He draws on his broad corporate and commercial experience to assist, mentor and guide our startup, entrepreneurial and high-growth business clients to their full potential. He spends most of his time at Law Squared helping his clients to navigate the exciting world of private capital raising and managing their director and shareholder relationships.
When not working directly for his clients, Shaun can be found presenting to entrepreneurs at various co-working spaces and universities. His passion for education and drive to positively motivate his clients, both fledgling and established, perhaps stems from a not-so-secret admiration of Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society.
Having previously worked in general corporate and commercial roles, Shaun provides his clients with commercially strategic advice, with a focus on positive outcomes – he dislikes that often lawyers are dubbed as the 'handbrakes to happiness' and works hard to make sure he never slows his clients down.
In a previous life, he let his stomach guide his travels throughout world and his love for food is challenged only by his love thefor wine, whisky and pot plants. Pre-law Shaun was a hospitality dynamo – not only can he advise you on your next funding round, but he can do it while making you a mean martini.
Stefan Chelper - Lawyer
Stefan, who graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Asian Studies, works in the Litigation team at Law Squared. He practices in commercial litigation, debt collection, bankruptcy, insolvency and insurance matters.
Stefan has worked for a wide range of private and commercial clients and takes pride in building strong relationships with his clients in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for them. Stefan particularly enjoys representing his clients at Court and in mediations and is continuing to enjoy refining his advocacy skills.
Stefan also has experience working in various industries, from hospitality to child care and accordingly brings excellent communication skills when dealing with people from a diverse array of backgrounds.
Outside of the office Stefan enjoys supporting the Essendon Bombers, watching the NBA and frequenting the latest cafes with his wife and golden retriever fur baby.
Alexandra Geelan - Lawyer
Alexandra employs her experience in a wide range of practice areas to provide holistic legal advice and services to entrepreneurs and high growth businesses. She works primarily in Law Squared’s commercial team drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and advising businesses on issues that arise throughout their lifecycle.
Alexandra uses her broad background and understanding of how businesses operate to provide commercially-focused, practical advice with a focus on finding simple solutions to complex problems.
Before joining Law Squared Alexandra gained experience in corporate and commercial law, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, international law, competition and consumer law, commercial property, intellectual property and personal law. While she now focuses on commercial law, she keeps her finger on the pulse of these other areas which allows her to pre-empt and identify diverse issues to save her clients time and money.
A true hippy at heart, Alexandra spends her free time taking her fur babies to the beach and rainforests, hunting down the best vegan food in Brisbane and drinking her weight in kombucha. She is an avid traveller and explorer and takes every opportunity to set off in a car or plane to explore new places.
Zuong Dang - Lawyer
As a Commercial and IP Lawyer at Law Squared with a passion for technology, innovation and collaboration, Zuong has been an active participant in the Australian start-up community, striving to work with entrepreneurs in Australia and overseas to develop their success through the NewLaw model. Zuong has represented startups across various industries including fashion, media, technology (drone, blockchain, cloud computing, cryptocurrency, AR, VR and AI), e-commerce and the arts.
Zuong has a keen interest in promoting and increasing women and youth participation in start-ups and technology. She regularly presents to entrepreneurs and startups on general commercial matters, intellectual property practices and branding strategies. She was one of the lawyers involved in the brand ambassador agreement between Marilyn Manson and Valley Eyewear, one of Australia’s most successful fashion startups.
Zuong was invited to attend the prestigious annual CLE Global Law Conference held on the 4th and 5th of January 2018 in Paris. Having a passion for design and creative arts, she merged the field of IP and fashion to present in a panel titled "Fakes, Forgeries and Counterfeiting in Fashion – Protecting the World’s Most Counterfeited Brands".
Zuong graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (Psychology and Criminology), and is fluent in both English and Vietnamese. She occasionally designs dresses and drags herself from one Melbourne café to another in her free time.
Trent Milvain - Finance & Operations
Trent brings a broad set of skills to Law Squared after previously working in the professional services, retail and property sectors. He specialises in growth, stakeholder relationships and process improvements to ensure the firm's operations run like a well-oiled machine. Trent leads Law Squared’s finance, communications, projects and operations.
Whilst not a lawyer, Trent has a strong grasp on building the right team to enable both Law Squared and our clients to achieve desired goals. Trent believes it is critical that each team member is aligned to the vision of a business and lives by the mantra of 'one team, one dream'. After five and half years of linear progression at a corporate, Trent now thrives in the start-up environment and applies his broad knowledge base as Law Squared becomes a leading NewLaw player in Australia.
With a breadth of skills, Trent has completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting / Banking & Finance and is part CPA qualified.
Apart from rolling his sleeves up at Law Squared Trent also advises one of Melbourne leading property developers. Away from his professional career, Trent can be found at the MCG on a Saturday afternoon watching AFL with his friends, spending time with his family in regional Victoria or at a café with his fiancé, Bonnie, planning their next holiday.
Jacqueline Wilcock - Paralegal
Jacqueline makes up one half of Law Squared's Litigation team and is completing her Bachelor of Laws at Victoria University. Jacqueline has a wealth of experience in handling matters concerning debt collection, insolvency and general commercial litigation.
Whilst Jacqueline’s main interests lay within corporate and insolvency work, she also gives back to her community by volunteering at the Footscray Legal Clinic. Through her volunteer work, Jacqueline has been able to assist clients from a variety of backgrounds with a variety of different issues. She has an acute awareness that no two matters or clients are the same and this ensures that she tailors her work to each respective client’s expectations.
Jacqueline’s background in insolvency work has provided her with the required know-how to identify companies that are trading whilst insolvent, to handle breach of director duties claims and to defend preference claims. Jacqueline has also been involved in a number of voluntary liquidations and personal bankruptcy cases. This experience allows Jacqueline to help provide the best possible transition for her clients during what can be a distressing time.
During her downtime, Jacqueline can generally be found seeking out new and exciting restaurants with her sister, enjoying a good book or catching up on her favourite reality flicks.
Daniel Goldblatt - Legal Project Officer
Daniel's role involves developing and maintaining Law Squared's innovative legal projects. This is Daniel’s first taste of commercial legal practice and he is enjoying the opportunity to learn and grow in a NewLaw firm.
This squares well with Daniel’s interests in the law which include the expanding intersection between technology and the law. This interest was first piqued at university where he studied how blockchain technology may be the answer to some of today’s legal quandaries.
Daniel comes to Law Squared from JobWatch, a Community Legal Centre focused on employment rights. This experience fostered an ability to translate between legalese and plain English, as well as a working knowledge of Australian Employment Law. He is also in the final year of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts degree at Monash University and plans to be a lawyer one day soon.
Outside of the law Daniel loves foreign languages and travelling. He is attempting to learn Russian and hopes to travel and eat his way through Russia in the near future.
Kate Wood - Events & Community Manager
Kate comes to Law Squared with a wealth of experience in the Events and Communications space.
Kate’s event management career commenced at the City of Melbourne, which is known for its strategic focus on events and how these events engage and excite stakeholders whilst simultaneously forming the brand of the City. Kate then went on to hone her skills as an experienced event manager at a large luxury car manufacturer where attention to detail and thinking outside the box was encouraged.
Kate likes to be surrounded by interesting people doing clever things and is excited to work with like-minded entrepreneurs and small to medium enterprises who contribute to the sharing of knowledge in this fast-changing world. Kate is an astute communicator who welcomes collaboration and partnership with enterprises who share the ethos of Law Squared.
When Kate isn’t at Law Squared she’s devouring the latest Netflix series, attending regular HIIT classes and cheering on her children at weekend sport.
Grace Cue - Legal Project Officer
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Grace joined Law Squared in early 2018 as a Legal Projects Officer. In this role she focuses primarily on writing and creating content for any future legal projects of the firm, as well as conducting legal research and developing effective mechanisms to put these projects into practice.
Currently in her sixth and final year of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/Bachelor of Laws degree at Monash University, over her time at Monash she has developed a significant interest in the area of corporations law and specifically corporate governance. Although also having a vibrant passion for criminal law, this position at Law Squared allows Grace to experience other areas of commercial law and particularly the intriguing intersection of technology and business in a commercial context.
Grace has previously volunteered with both the City of Melbourne and Monash and has been involved in several student-run societies on campus at Monash University during her time there. These experiences have developed her communication, interpersonal and technical skills to a high standard. With a desire to succeed in a career in the law in the future she brings a wealth of knowledge to the role.
Outside the office, Grace enjoys playing sport and coaches her old high school badminton team on weekends. Otherwise, she is often found playing her guitar or playing video games with her partner Ryan in her spare time.
Shara Lim - Legal Project Officer
Shara is currently in the penultimate year of a Bachelor of Arts(International Studies/Journalism)/Law at Monash University. As a Legal Projects Officer, her roles include editing legal documents and writing content for Law Squared's legal projects.
Shara is deeply interested in technology and innovation within the legal industry, as she believes it can help law become as accessible and human as possible. As the President of student organisation Monash SEED ('Socio-Economic Engagement and Development'), she hopes to empower students with the knowledge that businesses can create positive social impact. In doing so, she hopes to see students pursue purpose-driven lives and careers. Her exposure to social enterprises and start-ups in this position serves her well in her current role at Law Squared.
Outside of her work and studies, Shara has a diverse array of interests. She has participated in the National Model United Nations in New York to discuss Nepal's environmental policies, volunteered at the Monash Oakleigh Legal Service and tutored English to disadvantaged students. She considers a three-month backpacking trip around Europe with her best friend one of the highlights of her life so far and cannot wait to see more of the world to explore different perspectives and cultures.
Laura Spalding - Lawyer
Laura is passionate about the startup community and entrepreneurship. Drawing on her experience advising clients in a diverse range of sectors including technology, transport, tourism, sport and property, Laura joins the Corporate and Commercial team at Law Squared with a focus on delivering a fresh and innovative approach to legal services through Cubed by Law Squared.
Laura guides startups through the early stages of development and gets a thrill out of watching her client’s journeys as entrepreneurs and change makers. Laura helps her clients overcome everyday obstacles by pairing her commercial acumen with strategic legal thinking.
Laura believes in the power of young professionals and creatives to contribute to the everchanging landscape of business and law. This is encompassed in her role as the QLD President of The Legal Forecast, a not for profit seeking to advance the law through innovation. Through this role, Laura fosters a conversation around change and inclusivity whilst providing opportunities for students and young professionals to network, share ideas and gain mentorship.
Laura has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business majoring in International Management from Griffith University.
When she’s not talking business or tech, you’ll find Laura by most bodies of water whether at home in Brisbane or travelling. Having grown up on Lake Macquarie in NSW, Laura loves all things boating, the beach and fresh seafood.
Catherine Brooks - Associate - Director
Catherine is a senior employment lawyer, accredited specialist in workplace relations, associate director and strategy advisor to fast growth businesses and clients of Law Squared.
Catherine is passionate about helping employers manage their workplace so that they can focus on business growth and profitability. As an employer advocate, she uses her specialist skills in workplace relations to provide strategic legal advice to CEOs and their executive team when it matters most during the employment life cycle: hiring, managing and firing.
Catherine was a finalist in the Ausmumpreneur Awards 2018 (in the category of innovative business) and Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2018 (in the category of thought leader).
Catherine is also a Company Secretary and Board Member for Women with Disabilities Victoria, Advisory Board Member for Strategic Business Alliance and Council Member for Community Directors Council (as part of the Institute of Community Directors Australia).
As a mother to two boys, Catherine wrote and published a book on flexible work called ‘Let’s make it work, baby!’ and is committed to helping both employees and employers make flexible work, work! Catherine also co-founded an online beauty and lifestyle store, Natural Supply Co, and is passionate about supporting ethical businesses creating environmentally friendly and cruelty-free products.
Justin Holt - Head of Marketing
Justin's role involves developing and maintaining all our marketing activity throughout the entire customer lifecycle by coordinating with each individual team. He’ll be managing all social and email campaigns to help bring in new customers through great content & useful consumer advice.
Before joining Law Squared he previously worked for Crowdcube (the world's leading equity crowdfunding platform) as an investment analyst on the equity team. He worked directly with entrepreneurs to help secure millions of dollars in funding into private businesses in the UK. To ensure the best chance of success he would manage huge marketing campaigns with segmented investors to allow a drip feed of investment throughout the raise.
Justin holds a degree in psychology from Yale University which has certainly helped him better understand people and therefore better understand marketing. His particular area of interest is marketing behaviour analysis & cognitive basis. These help breakdown irrational behaviour and therefore buying decisions in customers
On the weekends you can find him staring at fancy cars & playing just about any sport he can find.
Jane Shaw - Legal Project Officer
Jane is a Legal Project Officer at Law Squared and is currently working on content writing, content design and assisting with marketing strategy for Cubed through client analysis.
Currently a fifth-year Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)/Laws student at Monash University, Jane is interested in the intersection between technology, commerce and the burgeoning startup ecosystem in Melbourne. She brings to Law Squared her experience working in the hospitality industry, aged care consulting and in a family law firm.
JJane particularly enjoys using lateral problem-solving skills in various contexts and taking on new challenges. She represented Australia in an international case competition in Poland and received an Honourable Mention in Melbourne’s inaugural heat of the Global Legal Hackathon.
Jane endeavours to bring a positive and compassionate attitude into the office. She is particularly passionate about mentorship and fostering a positive mental health environment in young people, having been a participant and subsequently group facilitator for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a personal development program for young people aged 18-25. In 2017, Jane was awarded Office Bearer of the Year by Monash University for her role as President of a student club.
Outside of work and studies, Jane likes to cook, run and paint watercolour portraits. All these activities are always done with the steadfast company of her one-year-old Border Collie, Kiara.