Professional advice, delivered personally

We are a law firm with a strong commitment to providing clients with independent and trusted legal advice.

Our team provides legal assistance in a variety of areas, including Corporate, Commercial, Employment, Immigration, Litigation, Property, Planning and Wills and Probate.

What we can do for you

Corporate & Commercial

Helping you to set up,
structure and grow your company, all the way to listing on the stock exchange.


Helping employers and employees with employment contracts, workplace policies
and dispute resolution.


Helping Australian companies to sponsor skilled foreign staff, and helping people to migrate to Australia and New Zealand.


Representing you at every
Court in Australia, the Fair
Work Commission, the AAT
and the IAA.

Property & Planning

Helping you to buy or sell property, subdivide your
property, and obtain
development consent.

Wills & Probate

Drafting wills, enduring
powers of attorney, and
attending to administration of estate and grant of probate.

What you’ve said about us


David Keegan


HOST International

APL have been valued legal partners of HOST International from its inception, advising on local and global legal issues as HOST expanded overseas.

Angela Sharpe

People & Culture Manager

HOST International

Management of over 200 staff working in Sydney, interstate and internationally was made significantly easier thanks to APL’s expert legal advice.

Daniel Knoblauch


Global Fire

These guys treat my business like their own, and look after our challenges with such passion and dedication. I cannot recommend APL highly enough.

Chris Daniel Wong

Chief Executive Officer

CoMetro Capital

Tamsin and Shanil are critical partners who we rely on to look after the set up and expansion of our Malaysian business in Australia. Australian Presence Legal is our commercial law firm of choice in Australia and are highly recommended.

Lal Wickrematunge

Consul-General (Sydney)

Government of Sri Lanka

I have observed the way the team at Australian Presence Legal have assisted local and expat Sri Lankans, and was impressed with the level of personal care, which was well in excess of what would normally be expected from a city law firm.

Lisa Romeo


Ellar Boutique

You can imagine my stress when my partner found out that he had one week left to remain in Australia. Tamsin resolved the problem in 24 hours! Our little family is so grateful for the wonderful work done by the APL immigration team.

Graham Steer


Ventrac Australia

Thanks to an impressive and persuasive legal submission, the APL team helped Ventrac secure a business critical new team member from South Africa.

Jacob Egholm Lyngsø

Asia-Pacific Manager

Actona Company A/S

Actona Company relies on the specialised advice given by APL to bring key members of our Danish team to fill critical roles in Australia and New Zealand.

Chuong Mai-Viet


Bluesource Australia

Always approachable, always reliable, and most importantly, the legal outcomes for my business have always been positive and cost effective.

Simon Wren


Bluesource Australia

These guys turned around a highly complex conveyance within an insanely short timeframe when everyone else said it was impossible.

Ray Murray


MCJ Appointments

We have worked with the team at APL on a range of commercial matters, and have been very impressed with the timeliness, attention to detail and quality of work their lawyers have produced over the years.

Sarah El Gamal

Senior Sales Manager -ANZ

Campus Living Villages

Buying our first home was a nerve wracking experience, and we really appreciated the time, patience and personal attention given by Nathaniel Murray throughout the conveyance.

Who we are

Tamsin Johnston


Solicitor & RMA

Tamsin is a highly experienced commercial, employment and immigration lawyer who represents multinational entities, ASX listed companies and SMEs.

Shanil Nanayakkara


Chief Operating Officer

Shanil has managed commercial practices in Australia and the UK for over 25 years, prioritising the continued growth of our clients’ commercial and personal ventures.

Maya Nanayakkara

Special Counsel


Maya has 45 years’ legal experience, domestically and internationally, including serving as legal counsel to a
sitting prime minister.

Shamili Kugathas


Solicitor & RMA

Shamili is one of Australia’s shining lights in contentious immigration matters, delivering consistent, successful outcomes for clients at Court, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Immigration Assessment Authority.

Nathaniel Murray



Nathaniel has significant
experience in property matters
ranging from major residential developments, commercial
buildings and individual homes.
Many of these projects have been regionally or state significant.

Kasturi Wren

Accredited Specialist


Kasturi is an accredited specialist
in the laws governing personal injury and workplace injuries, and has a forged a reputation as an innovator and thought leader in the industry.

Giving back

We love the wonderful work being done by the Otara Foundation and Embark for the street dogs of Sri Lanka, by educating the public and conducting awareness campaigns as well as rescues since 2007. The emphasis has been to making it fashionable to adopt street dogs, in the hope of fostering a more compassionate attitude towards them.


Embark is provided financial backing largely by Otara Gunewardene, an entrepreneur, fashion icon, and philanthropist.

Much needed additional support is provided by generous advocacy groups and individuals who strongly support the welfare of street dogs.


We are so happy to make a small regular contribution by donating a percentage of our monthly billing to Embark, and we encourage our friends to also consider donating to this wonderful organisation:

Get in touch

Street Address

Level 12, Australia Square Plaza

95 Pitt Street


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