Our dedicated staff are experts in their chosen fields and are integral to our mission of providing free legal services to inner Melbourne communities.
Acting CEO (Formerly 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, major projects, impact measurement, communications, stakeholder engagement and community legal education.
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.
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.
Policy & Advocacy Lead
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rory has worked across criminal and family law for over half a decade. He joins the IMCL team with a range of experience, expertise and a drive to assist clients in IVO and criminal matters, including contested hearings and complex pleas. Away from the law, Rory is dad to a toddler and loves playing futsal (poorly).
Michal handles a caseload focussing on family law and family violence, while also promoting early intervention and prevention through community legal education. When she's not striving towards systemic equity across class, race and gender both in and outside of her work, you'll find her with family and friends — showing off her dance moves or taking a dip in the ocean.
Having started off as a volunteer at IMCL in late 2018, and then moving into admin and paralegal roles, Rebecca gained her admission to the legal profession in late 2021 and now assists clients as our graduate lawyer. In the office, Rebecca handles a generalist caseload focusing on family violence, family law, divorce and fines. Out of the office, she enjoys painting, baking and training her dog Kobe to do useless tricks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet our pets
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.