About Us

Our team

The firm opened its doors with an aim to provide good quality and accessible legal assistance to the local community in the western suburbs of Melbourne. That was in 1975. More than 40 years on, McManus & Co Lawyers still operates with the same mission. We make it our business to know and understand our clients and their families so that we can deliver legal assistance best tailored to their needs.  With our team, you will be looked after now and into your future. 

Beate A. McManus, Principal Lawyer and Notary Public

Beate founded B.A.McManus Barrister and Solicitor in 1975 at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong. At the time she was 25 years old and one of few female lawyers. There are not many legal issues she has not seen before and it is this experience that gives her the well-honed ability to provide frank and upfront advice as to the best way to approach your family law or estate matter. Her unique story on how she made her start in law is available at the Happy Lawyer Happy Life podcast

Beate regularly undertakes cross jurisdictional matters and is a Public Notary. Passionate about community engagement, she is thrilled to be a community ambassador to not-for-profit organisation Gateway.

Beate is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Western and North Western Suburbs Solicitors Association, the German Australian Pacific Lawyers Association & Flemington Rotary

Gabrielle McManus, Principal Lawyer

Gabrielle joined McManus & Co in 2012 as principal lawyer, bringing with her a wealth of experience in strategic dispute resolution. With a focus in family law and wills and estates, she approaches each of her clients’ disputes with a view to resolving the matter in a way that meets their needs while minimalising their stress, risk and cost. Gabrielle is a specially trained Collaborative family lawyer. 

Admitted as solicitor in 2008, Gabrielle has previously worked as a senior lawyer for the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and Inner Melbourne Community Legal. She has appeared in, and conducted proceedings in all of the Victorian courts, the Federal Circuit Court, the Family Court of Australia, the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Gabrielle is a member of the Law Institute Family Law section, the Law Council of Australia, the Victorian Association of Collaborative Practitioners, the German Australian Pacific Lawyers Association and the Victorian Women’s Lawyers Association. She is currently completing her Masters in Law (family law/wills and estates).

Gabrielle speaks fluent German and basic French. 

Kerry Truong, Lawyer

Kerry joined McManus & Co as a law clerk in 2007, initially supporting the practice in all types of matters, most notably in property law/conveyancing and family law.  In 2013, she completed a Juris Doctor and was admitted as a solicitor.

Kerry practices in property law/conveyancing, family law and wills and estates. She particularly enjoys the challenge of resolving complex administrative disputes in which she can apply her excellent research skills and eye for detail. Kerry comes from a family of restaurateurs and uses her detailed understanding of business to ensure no important aspect of her transactions are overlooked. 

She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Victorian branch secretary of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association

Kerry speaks Cantonese. 

Maria Tomlinson, Senior Law Clerk

Maria joined McManus & Co in 2006. With more than 15 years experience working in property law/conveyancing, she is meticulous with figures and gets great satisfaction from settling matters and seeing her clients happy with the service.

Maria also supports the practice in other areas, most notably in seeking probate/letters of administration and prides herself on making the process as quick and easy as possible for her clients. Maria has vast personal experience in property transactions, including land development and uses this through knowledge of the steps to benefit her clients. 

Maria speaks Maltese. 

Fiona Truong, Paralegal

Fiona joined McManus & Co in 2011. She has completed her Advanced Diploma in Legal Practice and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws. She attends to all manner of legal support and administration work for the practice.

Fiona speaks Cantonese.

Melissa Nava Shoghi, Paralegal

Melissa joined the practice in 2016 after working at Inner Melbourne Community Legal. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Laws. She attends to all manner of legal support and administration work for the practice.

Melissa speaks Farsi.