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    Meet The Team




    Darian is a talented legal strategist and negotiator.  He is always looking at how to get clients that little bit more in every deal, dispute or negotiation. With a background in business and degrees in logic, law and computer science, Darian also has a fondness for numbers, and can read a balance sheet as easily as a shareholder agreement.  If you are looking for a lawyer who thinks beyond what is in front of him and you want the best outcome, Darian is your man. Darian’s career by the numbers:


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    Senior Consultant

    John Denes has been in practice since 1976 and offers specialised legal advice for buyers and sellers for the purchase and sale of property in New South Wales, consults in the areas of acquisition, sale and development of property including residential, retail, industrial and rural, arrangement of joint ventures, financing and purchase of property by foreign interests, purchase and sale of businesses and companies, negotiation and preparation of wills and administration of estates.

    His aim is to give prompt and efficient advice and provide a value for money service to his clients. He represents several builders and development companies, both large and small.


    Michael Dunkel

    Senior Consultant

    Michael Dunkel established the firm which was later to be known as Denes Ebner in 1969. Michael consults in several areas of the law and provides the firm with in depth knowledge in revenue law, trusts, commercial and international transactions including inward and outward investment.

    He advises well-known business figures and companies and he is a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Chartered Tax Adviser. Michael’s experience spans over 50 years of practice in which he has provided clients with professional expertise in acquisition and sales of major ventures of all kinds, structuring business transactions, advising clients in most business areas assisting clients in their on-going commercial activities with matters requiring legal input. Admitted as a solicitor 15 March 1968.


    Robert Ebner

    Senior Consultant

    Robert Ebner, a former partner of Denes Ebner, has extensive experience in the areas of property development, conveyancing (specialising in commercial leasing) joint ventures, wills and commercial law matters.

    Robert currently acts as an honorary solicitor for several benevolent organisations and was formerly the Honorary Consul of the United Republic of Tanzania in Sydney. Admitted as a solicitor 12/05/1967. Robert recently celebrated 56 years in practice.

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    Peter Murphy

    Senior Consultant

    Peter Murphy’s early educational experience was gained in a military boarding school following which he went to sea as a cadet, eventually forging a path to Master Mariner. Peter studied the law whilst at sea before becoming a corporate lawyer specialising in international maritime and aviation law.

    After many years practising as a partner at Norton Smith, which then possessed one of Sydney’s most highly regarded transportation practices, Peter started his own practice (Peter Murphy & Associates) specialising in Strata, Property and Construction Law.

    Peter built a successful practice through being client focused, proactive, and dedicated to obtaining positive commercial resolutions wherever possible to solve client’s legal issues. He views litigation as a last resort to be used strategically, after all other avenues have been exhausted.

    Admitted to practice in New South Wales (1986) and the High Court of Australia, Peter holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Sydney, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of London and is currently a Notary Public.

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    Leon Ratner

    Senior Consultant

    After graduating from Sydney and admitted in 1968, Leon Ratner had conducted his legal training with a well-known commercial firm (Hickson Lakeman & Holcombe).  Leon practised as a sole practitioner for 34 years before partnering with Darian Iacono reflecting a fusion between the old and the new.  Leon’s talents lie in his vast knowledge of property law including in depth old system title and contract law. Quite simply, he has been practising long enough that he has seen it all before.


    Norman Sarajinsky

    Senior Consultant

    Norman Sarajinsky has been guiding clients through legal issues around small business, conveyancing, probate law and any issues requiring legal assistance for almost 50 years. After graduating from the Faculty of Law of Sydney University, he joined the Australian Legal Aid office in 1974. Following several years work dealing with family and criminal law, Norman joined private practice in Hurstville.

    Building on a reputation for precision and finding solutions, Norman went into private practice as a sole practitioner. He assumed responsibility for Emery Berg and Co. in 1988, continuing to practise across commercial, corporate, and real estate law matters.

    In 1997 this firm formally became Sarajinsky & Co. Now sensing the benefits of alignment with a similar but larger commercial firm, Norman has chosen to integrate his practice with & Legal from 1 December 2022.



    Senior Solicitor

    Kendell has been practising as a solicitor for over 20 years (admitted on 6 June 1997), predominantly in smaller general practice firms where she has gained extensive experience in a broad range of areas across the legal landscape.  For the last 10 years Kendell has focused on property, commercial and estate matters offering advice and assistance to clients on the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property, development of property, commercial and retail leasing, purchase and sale of business, mortgages, probate and estate litigation matters.  Kendell is client service oriented with attention to detail and efficient advice, her goal in every transaction.


    Lori Kadish


    Lori joined & Legal in January 2022 as a Graduate At Law to learn the trade, so to speak.

    She has a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Marketing & Human Resources) from the University of NSW and a Juris Doctor from the University of Sydney.

    Lori completed the work experience component of her practical legal training at & Legal and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in July 2022.

    Although only in the early stages of her legal career Lori has developed an interest in practising predominantly across transactional matters with a specific interest in property law.


    Myriam Lahcini


    Myriam Lahcini joined the staff of & Legal in April 2021. A fully qualified and experienced French Legal Counsel, Myriam has chosen to make Sydney her home and has recently completed all the necessary requirements to requalify as a Solicitor of the NSW Supreme Court. She was admitted in early 2023.  

    Her background and experience spans commercial, property and commercial litigation matters.  

    Myriam is active in her community and recently joined the French Australian Chamber of Commerce.  


    Alice Watson


    Alice Watson joined & Legal in December 2021, initially as a member of our team of Law Clerks.

    Her talent was obvious in the early stages of employment and when an opportunity presented, she moved into a Graduate At Law role directly assisting senior solicitors within the Commercial Litigation and Property Teams.

    Alice has completed the professional legal training requirements and was admitted as a solicitor of the New South Wales Supreme Court early in 2023.

    Jan Ross


    Senior Paralegal

    Jan is a skilled and dedicated Senior Paralegal. Jan, who has worked with John Denes for over 30 years, joined & Legal with John and the Denes Ebner team in July 2013. Jan supports John in his practice, specialising in all facets of Property and, Wills and Estates matters.


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    Michelle Rosengarten

    Senior Secretary/Paralegal

    Michelle has worked as a Legal Secretary/Paralegal for approximately 30 years and has developed expertise across conveyancing, Wills & estates, probate and general administration.

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    In 2016 & Legal decided to establish a legal scholarship award that recognised legal students who in addition to studying law were pursuing/or looking to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavour.   & Legal partnered with The University of Technology’s (UTS) Law Faculty, and four students have already been recipients of the scholarship.

    An unanticipated by-product was the recruitment of highly talented legal students, many from UTS, who have provided all manner of assistance to our senior lawyers through research; writing legal articles and contributing to the progression of various legal matters.

    The mentoring provided to these students has to some extent assisted them in finding later employment in international and national law firms and blue-chip corporate firms.

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