Madgwicks Lawyers promotes six with an eye towards the future

The firm elevates six young lawyers to the position of associate

Madgwicks Lawyers promotes six with an eye towards the future

Madgwicks Lawyers has promoted six to associate in a promotions round that puts the spotlight on young talent.

Aleksandar Kovaceski, Catherine Tan, Luke Udvardi, Marcus Memmolo, Melissa Passarelli and Nicola Carnevale assumed their new roles on 1 July. They are part of the firm’s litigation, property and commercial teams.

Kovaceski is a litigation lawyer who has handled contractual, retail and commercial leasing, employment law, property, shareholder, and trust disputes, although he focuses on building and construction disputes. He has provided advice to shareholders, directors, companies and businesses.

Kovaceski has a business background, and is also an expert in insolvency. He has worked on multijurisdictional matters, as well as complex matters in other states. He has appeared before the Federal Circuit Court, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the County Court, the Magistrates Court and VCAT.

Tan is a member of the litigation team as well, with experience with contractual, leases, franchising, IP and construction disputes. She has acted in complex construction arbitrations, and has handled matters involving different types of debt recovery. She also has knowledge of insolvency matters, having advised clients with regard to unfair preferences claims, winding up applications and bankruptcy issues.

Previously, Tan acted for the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation. A multilingual lawyer, she also founded Madgwicks’s Mandarin Networking Group.

Udvardi has a wealth of experience when it comes to the areas of property and banking/finance. He has drafted and negotiated loan and facility agreements, guarantees and securities, and has prepared documents for the sale/purchase of land, joint venture and development agreements.

Udvardi has drafted commercial leases as well. He focuses on high-rise developments and off-the-plan development and sales, in addition to conducting due diligence on acquisition. For a time, he studied in the UK.

Memmolo specialises in technology, IP, privacy and cyber security-related law as a part of the firm’s commercial team. He has a strong interest in sports law as well.

He possesses in-house legal experience, and is a member of the Football Federation Victoria disciplinary and appeals tribunal, as well as the Australian Taekwondo appeals tribunal.

Passarelli has assisted in commercial, contractual, trusts, employment, franchising and defamation disputes. She provides advice on disputes involving wills and estates as well, and has regularly advised on property disputes, such as those involving owners’ corporations and commercial and retail leasing.

She has appeared before the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Victoria, County Court, Fair Work Commission, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Magistrates Court and VCAT. She also acts on insolvency issues, including corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy.

Carnevale is a property law expert, with a specialisation in telecommunications, retail and commercial leasing and licensing. She has worked with major telecommunications companies, corporate landlords, government agencies, councils, owners’ corporations, hospitals and airports.

She has negotiated retail and commercial leases on behalf of tenants and their advocates, and acted for both landlords and tenants in COVID-19-related lease matters. She is Madgwicks’s Meritas Young Lawyer Liaison, and collaborates with a global collection of lawyers to develop initiatives cultivating international education and networking opportunities.

Partner Rohan Ingleton said that the newly promoted lawyers’ “commitment and drive creates a strong foundation for this firm.”

“Madgwicks is nothing without great people, and we are proud that this promotions cohort highlights the exceptional individuals who strive to obtain the best outcomes possible for our clients,” he said.


Aleksandar Kovaceski


Catherine Tan


Luke Udvardi


Marcus Memmolo


Melissa Passarelli


Nicola Carnevale

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