Our dedicated staff are experts in their chosen fields and are integral to our mission of providing free legal services to inner Melbourne communities.
Youth Outreach Lawyer
Libby brings with her a variety of practice experience, having worked in criminal law practice, general civil practice and children's court practice. Alongside mastering new areas of law, she spends her spare time perfecting her Mandarin Chinese. Passionate about working with young people to ensure they get the best chance in life.
Currently on secondment from Herbert Smith Freehills. Well versed in the world of construction and infrastructure disputes, which she sometimes discusses in fluent Spanglish. Counteracts the bad luck her love for black cats brings by adding magical cardamom to any dish she can.
Equally enjoys singing Destiny’s Child albums cover and putting her theoretical legal knowledge into practice by developing case theories and strategies, especially in family law. Gets a kick when her understanding of cultural diversity and Amharic comes in handy during client interactions.
If a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? Holly helps us answer this question by evaluating the work we do at IMCL to make sure we are making an impact within our community. By weaving an overarching framework around our advice services, duty lawyering, ongoing casework and projects like health justice partnerships and community legal education, Holly builds structures around our work so that we can assess our success and reflect on our experience. The foundation that holds us together.
With generalist law experience in private practice under her belt, Indya is now pursuing her passion for social justice, with a focus on the eradication of family violence. Other life goals include driving up to Londonderry in NSW to finally achieve her dream of adopting a dog from the Jack Russel Rescue. Often found whipping up a new Slovenian dish.
Jessica de Vries
Director of Legal Practice
With her in-depth legal knowledge and compassionate, intensive approach to client engagement, Jess leads our practice, whilst also managing a caseload focussing on family law, family violence and victims of crime. Doesn't like being in the limelight despite her high achievements and exceptional client case outcomes. Ex-Supreme Court Judge’s Associate and yoga fanatic (especially of the upside down, aerial kind). Adds office zen.
Our resident front desk whizz manages our reception by day, but transforms into a hard working superhero-obsessed law student by night. Her powers of administrative efficiency provide our clients with better reception than the NBN. Adds somes sunshine in the office with her love of puns and Disney movies.
Having only worked in Community Legal Centres, Lloyd is a born and bred community lawyer. From a generalist legal practice background, he's now focussing on IMCL's criminal law caseload and outreach to homeless services like Ozanam House. When he's not lawyering in his plant-filled office, he'll be watching Disney movies and Eurovision or playing Pokémon. Knitter and part time soap maker.
Like everyone at IMCL, Louisa believes everyone has a right to safe, comfortable and secure home. To make sure this is a reality for people, she has spent the bulk of her legal career working in tenancy law, particularly assisting public housing tenants. When she's not working she spends her time tending to her veggie patch and practising dispute resolution skills with her small children. Well and truly connected to our local community as a North Melbourne Kangaroos devoted fan.
Senior Lawyer, Manager Health Justice Partnerships
Our health justice partnership manager and general all-rounder with a background in criminal law and youth justice. Runs multiple in-house clinics and is one of IMCL’s stalwart family violence duty lawyers. Passionate about keeping decision makers accountable and providing holistic care to our clients. A no nonsense, country gal through and through, Maie likes to get things done.
Currently seconded to IMCL from the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office. He holds a Masters's Degree in International Law from King's College in London and has a background in prosecutions. At IMCL, Mark works on fines, criminal and family violence matters. Avid spin cyclist and current serving sports tribunal member.
Senior Lawyer, Project Manager (PACER Partnership) (Currently on parental leave)
Started at IMCL as a graduate lawyer in late 2011 and has been here ever since. Previously worked on improving rights for Australian clothing workers at Union-industry accreditation body Ethical Clothing Australia. From 2019 she's been implementing IMCL's new partnership with the Police And Clinical Early Response team. In her spare time she wrangles small humans and tries to perfect her Deutsch.
Director - Strategy, Engagement & Projects
With almost two decades of experience in the access to justice sector domestically and internationally in a variety of legal practice and project management roles, Nadia strives to promote social justice and systemic reform. She oversees IMCL’s strategy implementation, communications, community legal education, engagement, project and policy work, with the support of a team of exceptional volunteers. Producer/presenter on 3CR Radio Done By Law in her downtime.
From file management and volunteer coordination, to database oversight and invoicing, Peta makes sure our office runs like a well-oiled machine so that we can provide quality legal services. Keeps very high standards on account of years of administration experience in the health and legal sectors and a philosophy degree to boot. Watches Seinfeld on repeat, often whilst thinking about the beauty of data reports.
When she isn’t managing the front desk reception, she is busy binge-watching Netflix series’ instead of studying for her law exams. In the office, Rebecca helps ensure all clients are assisted or directed to the appropriate services for their needs. Out of the office, she uses her karate skills to be the umpire in the playful fights between her cat and dog.
Wallis is her name and reception is her game. While warmly greeting clients and dealing with an array of colourful inquiries, Wallis makes sure our clients get directed to the right help they need. When she's not being the face of IMCL, she's busy studying law, parenting a needy dog, and playing volleyball.
Meet our pets
Attorney at Paw
Our very own office dog. A tall, floppy and bouncy German Shorthaired Pointer, Elrei brings excitement and joy to the office. She enjoys puppy-‘soy’ccinos, sleeping in patches of sun on the office floor and tummy rubs.
Paralegal at Paw
IMCL's second fur baby, Rudy, is a raven haired cocker spaniel who's effortless wavy locks are the envy of the office. Cleaning up after him provides a delightful distraction to the daily humdrum of CLC life.