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KCL Law elevates 7

Melbourne-headquartered firm KCL Law has promoted seven of its staff across several practice areas.

user iconEmma Musgrave 25 June 2021 SME Law
KCL Law elevates 7
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KCL Law has elevated Emmalaura Messer and Lauren Buckley to special counsel, Ainsleigh Lugger, Deborah Andronaco and Dominic Brown to senior associate, and Priscilla McArdle and Basel Houchar to associate.

All promotions are effective 1 July.

Ms Messer works in KCL Law’s family law practice. She has over 10 years’ experience and throughout her career has advised on all family law matters, including collaborative, simple and complex property, complex parenting, family violence, same-sex relationships, financial agreements and maintenance claims, and involving high-conflict parties.


Ms Buckley forms part of KCL Law’s litigation and dispute resolution practice. She is described as an experienced litigator in all Victorian jurisdictions, as well as the Federal Court and High Court of Australia. During her time at KCL Law, she has worked across a wide range of areas, including contractual and construction disputes, estate disputes, and corporation and employment law matters.

Ms Lugger holds over 14 years’ experience. She practises in KCL Law’s estate group and primarily advises on estate planning matters, estate litigation, probate and estate administration, trusts and challenges to superannuation death benefits. 

Ms Andronaco operates as a specialist in KCL Laws owners corporation team. She regularly appears in VCAT at hearings, mediations and compulsory conferences in relation to a range of owners corporation issues, disputes and debt recovery. 

Mr Brown works in KCL Laws construction and infrastructure team where he advises developers, head contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, suppliers and owners in both front-end and back-end construction and infrastructure matters, including all aspects of contract management and disputes.

Ms McArdle is a member of KCL Laws family law team with her practice focused on matters relating to parenting, property and child support and wide range of family law matters.

Mr Houchar forms part of KCL Laws construction and infrastructure team where he advises and acts for developers, principals, head contractors, subcontractors and owners in both front-end and back-end construction and infrastructure matters.

“These promotions are truly deserved and recognise each individual’s respective talent, knowledge and experience, along with their outstanding dedication and commitment to their clients, contribution to the firm and, more broadly, the profession, said KCL Law principal lawyer and head of the firms executive committee Sam Frey.

“While COVID-19 has brought many challenges over the last 15 months, we are very proud of how our lawyers have adapted and remained focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients through these adverse times.”