About Legally Speaking

Elise Margow
Principal

Elise Margow understands the commercial needs of a business, legally speaking.

Having worked in the corporate sector for 13 years in telecommunications and financial services, Elise knows how legal departments function. This builds on her time in practice at various law firms.

She has broad legal and business expertise, being an alumnus of Telstra Corporation Limited and Arnold Bloch Leibler as well as heading up legal teams. In addition to providing a wide range of legal advice to her clients and reducing the legal spend of clients substantially, she has contributed on credit and due diligence committees, is a director of two companies and has company secretarial experience.

Elise is an experienced litigator and mediator who over the past 14 years has focused on alternative dispute resolution techniques to assist clients and disputing parties avoid lengthy and expensive court proceedings. She has successfully assisted both her own clients and disputing parties resolve complex disputes using the combination of her litigation and commercial experience together with her pragmatic approach to the resolution of disputes. As a nationally accredited mediator Elise specialises in mediations concerning banking and finance, corporate, commercial, industrial relations and major leasing disputes.

Elise is an author of the LexisNexis Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents Sale of Goods, Employment, Banking and Finance and Guarantees and Indemnities sections.

Clients gain the benefit of her capabilities in managing new market opportunities for increased revenue, innovative risk mitigation, achieving major cost reductions, negotiating million-dollar transactions and resolving deal breakers. Together with her associates, Elise is able to advise clients on the 'A to Z' of legal management, services and strategies.

Elise is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and is registered as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia. She obtained her legal qualifications in South Africa and was admitted as an attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa. Elise is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Elise was named by The Age Melbourne Magazine as one of the top 100 most passionate, powerful and provocative personalities of 2012.

More from Elise:

LexisNexis Author Profile

Personal Super Investor article: Contractual conundrums of investors

Guide to becoming a strategic counsel: Learning the art of engaging external solicitors

Article: The Independent Director's Dilemma

Law Graduates Churned Out At Risk of Extortion while Indifferent Profession Yawns

Comments from some clients:

  • You can get legal advice from any lawyer but Elise understands the bigger picture and how business operates. Her strategic nous is amazing.
  • I was about to rush into a deal when I first encountered Elise. She talked me through all the operational and practical issues to avoid problems... and I thought she was just going to draft a contract. I now use Elise as a sounding board for most deals.