Our Staff

Our dedicated staff are experts in their chosen fields and are integral to our mission of providing free legal services to inner Melbourne communities.

Anya Saravanan

Anya Saravanan

Senior Lawyer

Focusing on IMCL's criminal and family violence caseload, Anya brings a passion for law reform and a wealth of legal experience in the areas of institutional abuse, family violence, child protection, VOCAT and police complaints. She is a fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress and volunteers at The Justice Map as a researcher. Keeps busy outside of work as a producer/presenter/trainer at 3CR Community Radio.

Betty Ayano

Betty Ayano

Paralegal

Juggling paralegal duties and managing the intake of clients Betty helps to ensure people get the legal help they need. Outside work, Betty is a law student, amatuer interior designer and bánh mì connoisseur.

Damian Stock

Damian Stock

Chief Executive Officer

IMCL’s CEO since Februray 2020, Damian is a public interest lawyer and strategic advocacy campaigner with a passion for increasing access to economic and social rights, governance for impact and working with communities to address structural disadvantage.

Hannah Fesseha

Hannah Fesseha

Senior Lawyer

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.   

Holly Buykx

Holly Buykx

Evaluation Officer

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.

Indya McMahon

Indya McMahon

Senior Lawyer

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

Jessica de Vries

Director - 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.

Katherine Scully

Katherine Scully

Paralegal

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.

Libby O'Dea

Libby O'Dea

Senior Lawyer - Youth Outreach

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. 

Lloyd Murphy

Lloyd Murphy

Senior Lawyer

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. 

Louisa Bassini

Louisa Bassini

Senior Lawyer

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. 

Michal Kedem

Michal Kedem

Lawyer

Michelle Reynolds

Michelle Reynolds

Policy & Advocacy Lead

Molly Williams

Molly Williams

Managing Lawyer - Health Justice Partnerships

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.

Nadia Morales

Nadia Morales

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. 

Peta Hodgson

Peta Hodgson

Operations Manager

From file management and volunteer coordination, to database administration 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 The Nanny on repeat, often whilst thinking about the beauty of data reports.

Rebecca Mahesan

Rebecca Mahesan

Lawyer

When she isn't busy assisting clients as a graduate lawyer, she is binge-waatching Netflix series' and reality TV shows. In the office, Rebecca helps clients with generalist legal issues, focusing on family violence, family law and fines. Out of the office, she trains her dog Kobe to do useless tricks and makes a mess in the kitchen perfecting her pan roll recipe for her demanding colleagues. 

Rory Hudson

Rory Hudson

Senior Lawyer

Sarah Watson

Sarah Watson

Project Paralegal

Passionate about policy reform and making the law accessible to those who need it most, Sarah supports IMCL's communications, project and policy work. Her medical science background comes in handy for the daily office quiz. Plant parent and aspiring greyhound mum.

Wallis Hamilton

Wallis Hamilton

Lawyer

Wallis is her name and being a graduate lawyer is her game. She proved herself to be a star recruit, starting off as a volunteer, moving on to a paralegal role where she was responsible for much of our fines practice, and then taking on the graduate role in mid-2020. When she's not supporting our fines and tenancy work, she's parenting a needy dog, and playing volleyball. 

Meet our pets

Rudy

Rudy

Paralegal at Paw

IMCL's 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.