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Chris Kerin

Legal Practitioner Director

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Christopher worked for many years in leading commercial construction law practices acting for government, developers and contractors in the building, transport infrastructure and resources sectors.

He has been involved in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in a range of jurisdictions in Australia. Christopher also has a number of years’ experience in contract drafting, risk analysis and providing general construction advice having been involved in a whole range of construction projects, from minor works to projects worth billions of dollars.

Christopher holds a Masters of Laws, is a Law Society of NSW accredited specialist in commercial litigation and is a member of the National Editorial Panel of the Australian Construction Law Newsletter. He has published in a range of law journals and associated publications.

In the last few years, he has brought his specialist construction industry knowledge to the strata sector and now only acts for owners corporations in a range of jurisdictions.

Christopher has also developed a specialization in ACT strata law, acting for ACT owners corporations in a range of matters. He has provided training to most ACT strata managers and is the author of the Kerin Benson Lawyers Guide to ACT Strata Law which is intended to become the standard reference for strata law in the ACT.

Allison Benson

Legal Practitioner Director

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Allison is a strata lawyer who has provided general strata advice, acted in strata disputes (including building defect disputes) and worked with clients in preparing and enforcing by-laws and strata management statements, since 2008. From 2012 onwards, Allison has acted exclusively on behalf of owners corporations and lot owners in respect of both strata and community association disputes and building and construction disputes.

Allison has extensive experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, having represented clients in contractual claims, interpretation of by-laws and rules, Home Building Act claims and levy recovery claims at all levels of court proceedings, including in the Court of Appeal and in the former CTTT (now the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal known as NCAT). Allison’s knowledge across a variety of strata schemes matters enables her to advise owners corporations, lot owners and other interested parties on a range of issues and to represent their interests both informally and before the courts.

Allison provides pragmatic advice in a straightforward manner, focusing on the needs of her clients and the cost-effective resolution of each matter.

Allison is a member of the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers (ACCAL), the Newcastle Law Society and the Society of Construction Law Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Newcastle.

Outside of work, Allison has a keen interest in scuba diving and team based adventure racing.

Jasmin H.Singh

Associate

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Jasmin graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Monash University in 2007 and went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Leo Cussen Institute in 2008. Shortly after being admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Jasmin returned to Malaysia to gain admission to practice as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia.

Jasmin has worked in a number of areas of law to date. At the beginning of her career, she held a government appointed position as a Federal Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia, where she advised the government on its human rights obligations. She was then placed in the Prime Minister’s Department of Malaysia, where she advised the government on its privatisation projects.

Jasmin subsequently joined private practice and practiced predominantly in the area of property law. She is experienced in negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements and documents for the sale, purchase and leasing of properties, as well as advising on, drafting and reviewing by-laws for strata properties.

Jasmin moved back to Australia in 2017 and has recently joined Kerin Benson Lawyers.

Jasmin is fluent in Bahasa Melayu and also speaks basic Hindi and Punjabi. She enjoys reading, playing badminton and travelling.

Gemma Lumley

Senior Lawyer

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Gemma joined Kerin Benson Lawyers in August 2016 after being awarded her Juris Doctor from University of New South Wales. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne in Art History. Gemma’s legal background is in property and conveyancing which complements her strata law practice at Kerin Benson Lawyers.

At Kerin Benson Lawyers, Gemma is responsible for drafting, reviewing, registering and providing advice relating to by-laws and advising and acting in strata disputes. Most recently Gemma has acted for owners corporations in NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) proceedings and successfully secured interim and substantive orders for unauthorised works to common property. Gemma also has day to day carriage of a number of enforcement proceedings in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) for unpaid levies and is kept busy by conducting by-law consolidations and reviews.

Gemma is in communication daily with strata managers, individual lot owners, strata committee members and building experts.

When she is not at work, Gemma likes to tackle difficult recipes and equally challenging outdoor adventures.

Charles Leung

Senior Lawyer

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Charles graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Actuarial Studies). Charles completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law in January 2014. Charles was admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales in April 2014. Charles joined Kerin Benson Lawyers as a Senior Lawyer in October 2018.

Charles is responsible for drafting by-laws, providing strata and community titles advice and acting and advising in NCAT and ACAT proceedings.

In his previous role in a boutique law firm in Chinatown, Charles reviewed documents including contracts for the sale of land, contracts for the sale of business, commercial and retail leases, wills, powers of attorney, and applications for probate / letters of administration. Charles acted for purchasers and vendors in conveyancing and business matters, and for lessors and lessees in lease matters. In particular, Charles managed an off-the-plan project for a Chinese property developer which included drafting master off-the-plan contracts, corresponding with banks regarding the developer’s financing and appearing in the Supreme Court of New South Wales on behalf of the developer in proceedings against the Owners Corporation of an adjoining property.

Charles has appeared in the Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court in NSW, as well as the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court of Australia in the Commonwealth jurisdiction, in matters ranging from a dispute over a real estate agent’s entitlement to a commission for the sale of a commercial property, to the presentation of a creditor’s petition to commence bankruptcy proceedings against a former client to recover unpaid legal fees.

In his free time, Charles enjoys running, playing soccer and tennis, and dining out at cafes and restaurants. Charles particularly enjoys drinking a good quality hot chocolate or cappuccino.