About Us

Our team

The team at McManus & Co Lawyers (formerly B.A.McManus Barrister & Solicitor) feels privileged to have assisted locals with a wide range of legal issues over the last 40 years, from business purchases and family law, to conveyancing and probate.  Our greatest satisfaction comes from assisting our clients to grow and develop their family affairs.  With our team, you will be looked after now and into your future.

Beate A. McManus, Principal Lawyer and Notary Public

Beate founded the practice in 1975 at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong, and has continued as principal lawyer for more than 40 years. She is skilled across many areas of law, particularly estate disputes, family law and estate planning.

A native German speaker, Beate regularly undertakes cross jurisdictional matters and is an active advocate for the German community and a variety of other communities in Melbourne, including through her role as 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, and in May 2015, she was appointed to the Office of Notary Public.  

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 prides herself on being able to resolve matters in a way that accommodates her clients’ interests while minimalizing their stress, risk and cost.

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 German Australian Pacific Lawyers Association and the Victorian Women’s Lawyers Association. She is also a collaborative practitioner and 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 commercial/business law. 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 a commercial transaction is overlooked. 

She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and 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.

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