what we believe

Our clients come first.

The world has changed a lot since we first opened our doors in 1975. Our mission hasn’t. McManus & Co Lawyers has remained steadfastly committed to providing the people of Melbourne’s inner and western suburbs with trusted, quality legal services.

In those early days, we made it our business to really get to know our clients and their families. We still do. In fact, the third generation of some of our very first clients are still with us today.

So what’s changed? Our team has grown in our 40+ years of operation, and we have acquired exceptional experience and skills in our three focus areas: wills and estates, family law and conveyancing.



Meet the team

At McManus & Co Lawyers, we’re one big family. And we’re all passionate about what we do.

Our amazing team work together to achieve great results. So, while you may have one primary contact here at McManus & Co Lawyers, know that our collective know-how and experience will be applied to get the best outcome for your legal matter.


Beate A. McManus
Principal Lawyer and Notary Public

One of the first female lawyers in Melbourne, Beate is a true trailblazer. She founded B.A.McManus Barrister and Solicitor at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong at just 25 years of age. Since those early days, she has worked on a huge range of cases. Her experience is second-to-none – our clients love her well-honed ability to provide frank and upfront advice.

Beate speaks fluent German.


Gabrielle McManus
Principal Lawyer

Gabrielle joined McManus & Co in 2012 as principal lawyer. Following her admission in 2008, she gained extensive experience in strategic dispute resolution during her time as litigation lawyer. She has also received special training as a collaborative family lawyer. Today, her main focus areas are family law and wills and estates. On every matter, she’s all about minimising stress, risk and cost for our clients. Her mantra? Keep clients out of court wherever possible.

Gabrielle speaks fluent German.


Kerry Truong

Kerry joined McManus & Co as a law clerk in 2007. Over the years, she has built upon her skills, completing a Juris Doctor in 2013. Upon being admitted as a solicitor, Kerry has focused primarily on family law and wills and estates. She particularly enjoys the challenge of resolving complex administrative disputes, and is renowned for her meticulous eye for detail.

Kerry speaks Cantonese.


Maria Tomlinson

Senior Law Clerk

Maria joined McManus & Co in 2006. Having completed her diploma in conveyancing and with more than 17 years’ experience working in property law/conveyancing, she’ll make sure your bases are covered. She handles each conveyance with care and diligence and is also a whiz at assisting in the administration of deceased estates. In every matter, she makes the process as quick and easy as possible for our clients. Maria has vast personal experience in property transactions – including land development – and willingly shares this knowledge with clients.

Maria speaks Maltese.


Carmel Gara

Carmel joined McManus & Co in 2018. Having completed her Master of Laws in 2015, she attends to all manner of legal support and administration work for the practice.

Carmel speaks basic Italian.