Why Us

  • Different
  • Forward Thinking
  • Problem Solvers
  • Outcome Driven

We give back to and connect with our community because we want to see it thrive. We do this by donating our time to local charities and boards, sponsoring local clubs and committees and collaborating with likeminded businesses and individuals.

We are the only local firm to provide free legal advice at the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre – an outreach service in Echuca for those who cannot afford legal services and who are not eligible for legal aid.

We don’t apologise for looking at things differently. We start each day with a sense of purpose and actually like what we do.

We invest in long term relationships with our clients and we measure the value of our services in the same way you do by offering fixed pricing options.

Our people define us,
Our culture is not just by chance

We enjoy what we do and who we do it with…..
All while going home each day when it’s still light outside

 

Jim Cosgriff Director

Jim Cosgriff

Director

E: jimc@cosgriff.lawyer

T: +61 3 5480 6344


Jim is a principal in our commercial and property division and works closely with Cosgriff Lawyers' many property and investment clients in both NSW and Victoria.

When assisting clients on technical and complex negotiations with other parties, Jim brings a problem solving and outcome-driven approach to the table. Jim's dedication to providing a highly personalised level of service and to achieving strong commercial outcomes, has seen him establish trusted and long lasting commercial relationships with many of his clients. With over 22 years in practise as a solicitor Jim has wide- ranging experience in commercial and property law services across commercial, industrial, farming and residential property.

Jim is passionate about our local community and was instrumental in the campaign for the funding for the new Echuca hospital.

Professional associations and community involvement include:

  • A member of the Law Institute of Victoria;
  • Past President of the Greater Murray YMCA;
  • Inaugural chair of the Committee for Echuca Moama;
  • Vice President of Community Living and Respite Services;
  • Long-time junior cricket and football coach;
  • Sydney Swans supporter.
Skye Engwerda Director

Skye Engwerda

E: SkyeE@cosgriff.lawyer

T: +61 3 5480 6344

Skye is a Director in our commercial and business division and also practices in the areas of employment and estate planning. Skye heads up our business practice group and works closely with Jim Cosgriff across the property and commercial aspects of the practice.

Skye's commitment to developing personalised relationships with and understanding her client's needs ensures strong, practical and outcome driven results. Skye has a particular interest in employment law and works with a number of employers across a range of industries including mining, construction, hospitality and professional services. Recently Skye assisted an employer with the implementation of employment agreements for more than 100+ employees including presenting to employees as to their new workplace conditions and policies. Skye's common sense approach and eye for details makes her advice valued by our clients.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Skye worked in Melbourne in the legal industry for nearly 10 years.

Skye initiated the firm's volunteer pilot project with the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre at which the firm provides an outreach advice service once each month.

Emma Wright Law Clerk

Emma Wright

E: EmmaW@cosgriff.lawyer

T: +61 3 5480 6344

Emma grew up locally and commenced at the firm as a trainee lawyer before practising in the property law department.

Emma has a detailed knowledge of property transactions including subdivision developments, retail leasing and residential mortgages. In 2013 Emma decided on a career change and became Jim Cosgriff's assistant. She now works as an assistant for both Jim and Skye Engwerda and enjoys the diversity involved in both of their practice areas.

Emma's experience as a lawyer together with her strong eye for detail and thorough approach means that she can provide a high level of assistance not only to Jim and Skye but also their clients. Emma's combined skill set is extremely valued and she is renowned for her common sense approach to achieving practical outcomes for our clients.

Outside of work, Emma enjoys a good book and walks with Humphrey the Golden Retriever.

Georgie Wakenshaw Office Manager

Georgie Wakenshaw

E: GeorgieW@cosgriff.lawyer

T: +61 3 5480 6344

Georgie joined our team in mid-2015 as the Office Manager. Georgie has over 15 years experience in all facets of office administration, ledgers, reconciliations, payroll and accounts and has worked in various industries.

Georgie is predominantly responsible for the financial aspects of the business, ensuring the office runs efficiently and productively. She prepares cash flows, budgets and any financial reporting required by management.

Georgie has an excellent work ethic, positive attitude, highly developed people skills and an exceptional eye for detail.

Amy Tonkin Conveyancing Clerk

Amy Tonkin

E: AmyT@cosgriff.lawyer

T: +61 3 5480 6344

Amy grew up locally and joined the firm in June 2018.

A can-do attitude is what characterizes Amy’s work ethic. With a strong approach to detail Amy goes above and beyond to deliver satisfaction to her clients.

Amy began as a Legal Secretary in 2008 and has since worked her way up to a Law Clerk. Her knowledge in property along with general aspects of the law is extensive and her happy “go lucky” personality is something to be admired.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

Elricia Schoeman Lawyer

Elricia Schoeman

E: ElriciaS@cosgriff.lawyer

T: +61 3 5480 6344

 

Maggie Moerenhout Reception

Maggie Moerenhout

E: MaggieM@cosgriff.lawyer

T: +61 3 5480 6344

While Maggie grew up in Torquay, she has called Echuca/Moama home since 2014.

Maggie is new to the legal industry having joined the firm in July 2018. Maggie is responsible for all reception and administrative duties and does so in an approachable, friendly manner. She is a bright sociable person with a positive outlook on life.

Becoming a true local, Maggie recently began playing netball for the Moama Netball Club and is thoroughly enjoying the community and camaraderie around the club.

 

Olivia Boylan Legal Assistant

Olivia Boylan

E: OliviaB@cosgriff.lawyer

T: +61 3 5480 6344

Olivia grew up locally and graduated from St Joseph’s College Echuca in 2015. She achieved DUX in her subject Legal Studies in year 12, and joined the firm in early 2018 with the role of Legal Assistant.

Olivia is a hard worker, organised and has a strong attention to detail.

Olivia leads an active lifestyle outside of work, representing Echuca United in netball, and playing basketball, football and tennis, depending on the season.

 

Agreed Pricing

We don’t measure the value of our people or our clients in units of time

When we go to the dentist we want to know how much it's going to cost. We get you want to know what our fees will be.

Where most firms charge by time our approach is different. With Cosgriff Lawyer's Agreed Pricing (CAP) you will know our fees before we start work. We don't only charge by time but can provide pricing options based on the outcome you are seeking, including a fixed price for each stage of the work. This will involve working closely with you to understand the scope of the work and proposing a price which reflects the value of the work, not only the time we will spend on your file.

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Phone: (03) 5480 6344

Address: 217 Pakenham Street, Echuca, 3564