Simon leads the dispute resolution and commercial litigation practice at Steenhof Brothers, with a particular focus on complex corporate and commercial matters, planning law, building disputes, local government issues and property disputes.
Simon has extensive experience in acting for clients, both as solicitor and counsel, in the majority of tribunals and courts in Western Australia, including the Supreme Court, the District Court, the Magistrates Court and the State Administrative Tribunal, together with the Federal Court.
Simon has a diverse range of clients including developers, local governments, and small to medium sized businesses, and enjoys getting to know his clients’ operations and requirements intimately in order to provide a tailored service which responds to their needs effectively – Simon is intent on providing more than just a mere knowledge of the black-letter of the law, and works alongside and together with his clients, understanding their objectives in any dispute in order to provide strategic advice as to resolving issues in an efficient manner, including managing risks associated with the litigation process.
After coming to grips with the fact that his piano playing and sporting prowess were not going to result in a profitable career, Simon commenced studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, graduating in 2004. He then moved to Western Australia to take up a position at a Perth boutique firm, prior to striking out with his brother in establishing Steenhof Brothers in mid-2015.
Simon is married and has three young daughters, who have fortunately taken their looks from their mother. Simon is a board member for a number of charitable institutions and is actively involved in the legal community, including the LSWA mock trial program and visiting schools in the community to educate students on various aspects of the law and its practice.
Peter is a commercial, property and compensation for acquisition and reservation of land lawyer. He is experienced in advising and representing clients in complex property and land compensation cases and matters involving commercial issues such as contractual disputes, negligence, director’s duties, partnerships trusts and equitable rights.
Peter also has significant experience in disputed planning and development matters, challenging administrative decisions by governmental authorities, prosecuting and defending regulatory enforcement proceedings and cases of unlawful discrimination.
Peter has acted for clients across a broad range of matters before the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts of Western Australia, the State Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia.
In addition to his experience in assisting clients navigate contentious issues and litigation, Peter has provided extensive advice on a range of matters with a commercial focus including complex issues concerning land tenure, contracts, partnerships, trusts, duties of directors and corporations and consumer protection (trade practices).
Peter’s broad experience and range of legal interests enables him to understand and provide his clients with strategic advice and guidance that takes into account the broader legal context and implications which may impact on their interests and goals. He has assisted clients with diverse backgrounds, issues and objectives, ranging from operators in the industrial, manufacturing and mining industries, major land holders and developers, directors of listed entities, local government, schools and religious groups.
John leads the corporate and commercial practice at Steenhof Brothers and acts for a broad range of clients including publicly listed companies, small and medium-sized business and various charitable organisations. Previously, John worked at a large New Zealand commercial law firm and was partner in another Perth boutique firm. During that time, he has built up a strong practice in commercial law, business sales and purchases, domestic and international contracting and property law.
John also works in the area of human rights with a focus on the fundamental rights of religious freedom and freedom of expression. John has assisted a broad range of clients not just in Western Australia, but also in the Northern Territories, Queensland and in ACT.
More importantly, John is husband to a beautiful wife and the father of six wonderful children. He is also a former chairman of Pindari Ministries (Inc), a medium-term residential facility for restoration of men struggling with serious addictions and other life dominating issues based in Perth, WA.
Simi joined Steenhof Brothers in 2016. She completed a double degree in Law and Arts at the University of Western Australia and was subsequently admitted to practice in 2015.
Simi practices in a wide range of commercial litigation matters and all areas of business law, including transactions, debt recovery and property. Simi makes regular appearances in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts and has experience in a variety of contested applications.
Simi is a long-term member of the Friends of International Humanitarian Law Committee, an Australian Red Cross group which aims to raise awareness about the laws applying in armed conflict. She is also a devoted computer gamer.
Nina graduated from Murdoch University and went on to complete her graduate program at a top tier commercial firm, prior to joining Steenhof Brothers in January 2019.
Nina practices in a wide range of commercial and business law matters including debt recovery, property transactions, contract drafting and review as well as estate planning. Nina has a particular interest in commercial litigation and has previously appeared in a variety of Courts and Tribunals in Western Australia.
Nina has mastered the art of juggling being a full-time lawyer, whilst being and a mum to four children (5, if you include her husband). In her spare time (if such a thing ever happens), she enjoys cooking, reading and camping. Nina is a fluent Russian speaker and an avid Toastmaster. Nina is passionate about community and charitable work and regularly participates in fundraising events.
Michelle’s long association working for law firms spans almost 30 years and has encompassed all areas of law, including conveyancing, probate, personal injuries, commercial, criminal and family law.
As Practice Manager, Michelle is responsible for accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and general administrative duties such as implementing the firm’s procedures and practices, secretarial support, and the smooth running of the office.
Hannah joined the firm in November 2015 after graduating from Year 12. In addition to her duties as receptionist, Hannah also attends to all the outside Clerk work, including settlements, banking and filing Court documents.
Hannah’s role in the office is to serve as the first point of contact for clients as well as assisting other members of the office.