Spate of promotions at national firm

By Tom Lodewyke|13 February 2017

A firm with offices across Australia has welcomed the new year with six senior appointments.

Go To Court Lawyers has announced that founder James Stevens (pictured) has been appointed CEO of the firm, reflecting his increased involvement in its business expansion and marketing operations.


Partner Michelle Makela has replaced Mr Stevens as the firm’s principal solicitor. Ms Makela is “an outstanding generalist solicitor with over a decade’s experience helping vulnerable Australians”, Go To Court said in a statement. Over the course of her career she has attended to court matters in jurisdictions including the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of Queensland and NSW.

Go To Court also announced the appointment of Tricia Habjan as national practice manager. Ms Habjan has been with the firm for five years, and over 30 years of practice has worked closely with solicitors and barristers in management and administrative roles, according to the firm.


Continuing the series of senior appointments, Sylvie Maranis, Jack Leitner and Yasmin Mah have been promoted to partner. They lead the firm’s Victorian, NSW and Western Australian teams respectively.

Go To Court noted that four of its seven management positions are held by women, making it “a leader in the legal industry when it comes to diversity”.

“With such a well-rounded representation of gender, background, heritage and language – the firm reaps the benefits of the exceptional team it has cultivated,” Go To Court said.

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