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

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

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.

Zoe Broadbent Lawyer

Zoe Broadbent

Zoe is a lawyer in our commercial and business division and works closely with both Jim Cosgriff and Skye Engwerda across the commercial, business and employment law aspects of the practice.

Zoe completed a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business degree in 2012 at La Trobe University. Prior to joining Cosgriff Lawyers team in September 2016, Zoe worked at another regional firm for almost four years.

Zoe has strong sense of community and comes from a farming background. Zoe prides herself on giving clear and concise advice to your business to meet your needs and expectations.

Ashlyn McCurdy Lawyer

Ashlyn McCurdy

Ashlyn studied at La Trobe University completing a Bachelor of Business (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws in 2012 and commenced employment with another regional firm in December 2012. She was admitted to legal practice in December 2014.

Ashlyn has been admitted to both the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. She has experience practising across all Court jurisdictions in Victoria, as well as the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Ashlyn began working with Cosgriff Lawyers in August 2015 in the family law and litigation division. Ashlyn is always willing to assist her colleagues, communicates well with clients and is always looking for new opportunities.

Ashlyn is currently undertaking a Masters of Law (Commercial Litigation and Family Law) double degree with the College of Law in August 2015.

Emma Wright Law Clerk

Emma Wright

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.

Merryn Anderson Law Clerk

Merryn Anderson

Having in excess of 20 years experience working in regional law firms, Merryn joined the Cosgriff Orchard Legal team in 2008. Merryn is our Probate/Wills Clerk and handles many of our Estate, Probate and Wills matters.

Mia Wilson Law Clerk

Mia Wilson

Mia joined Cosgriff Lawyers in 2015 after graduating from La Trobe University with her Bachelor of Business.

Mia works closely with the property law team to deliver outstanding customer service and result-driven outcomes for her purchaser and vendor clients.

Having a business background Mia understands the importance of acting commercially and appreciates the emotional and financial pressures that clients can face when buying or selling property.

Mia delights in providing clients with great results and being an Echuca local, looks forward to continuing to develop her professional relationships within the community.

Zoe Friday Legal Assistant

Zoe Friday

Zoe joined Cosgriff Lawyers in 2015 as our junior legal assistant. Whilst Zoe hasn't been with the firm long she brings a high level of enthusiasm and strives to grow her knowledge in the industry.

Freya Peel Receptionist

Freya Peel

Freya joined the firm in early 2015 with the role of Reception and Administration.

With over six years in the field of administration, Freya brings her experience, along with her positive, friendly nature and strong work ethic to Cosgriff Lawyers.

Georgie Wakenshaw Office Manager

Georgie Wakenshaw

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.

Agreed Pricing

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

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