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Humans

A new breed serving the construction and infrastructure industry

We are a down-to-earth team of lawyers, strategists and big picture thinkers who harness our individual capabilities to benefit our clients. Success is delivered by the collective power of collaboration. We understand that sometimes the solution is not the black letter law answer.

Our core team is supported by a flexible, qualified network of experienced practitioners and freelancers, allowing us to be nimble. Our unique and scalable model assures you are only ever paying for the exact team and expertise you need – nothing more.

Construction Lawyers in Brisbane

While located in Paris I was approached by Helix to assist them with a complex ICC arbitration. Despite the distance and time difference we were able to work seamlessly as a team by leveraging cloud-based technology, including real-time document sharing, instant messaging and face-to-face teleconferencing. I was able to bring my arbitration knowledge and skill to the table and combine it with the expertise of other team-members in an online collaborative environment. It was a great new way to work and ultimately we were able to provide an excellent result for the client.

Jason Mitchenson, Freelancer

Earl Tan
Holding great insight from his time in-house at the construction industry regulator and an entire career spent focused on fast tracked security for payment dispute resolution, Earl is a construction gun. His solid legal and commercial skills make him a weapon at your disposal.

Earl Tan

Legal Practice Director

Craig has an impeccable attention to detail that makes him a valuable asset to clients on every project he touches. Craig propels the Helix team forward by staying up to date on advances in the industry and ensuring that our clients stay on the pulse.

Craig Holmes

Senior Associate

Since joining the Helix team as a Law Clerk in 2021, Sophie has now completed her Bachelor of Law (Honours) and is moving into a Law Graduate role. Sophie has assisted across a broad range of services offered by Helix and now works closely with our Back End Dispute Resolution team. From assisting in the drafting of Payment Claims and Payment Schedules for adjudication disputes, to legal marketing management and event planning, Sophie continues to expand her skills in the legal industry.

Sophie Port

Law Graduate

Di is a financial systems analyst at Helix. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in law firms to develop new and better ways of doing business. With a track record in establishing law firm financial systems and workflows Di is our secret weapon in the constant improvement of our internal systems and processes. Di loves travel and works remotely, living her best life in the Helix cloud.

Diane Altham

Financial Systems Analyst

Heidi operates out of Helix Townsville and works tirelessly for our local clients. She specialises in bringing contract administration back on track and has represented both principals and contractors in contract negotiations and disputes. Heidi is attuned to the needs of local government clients and the delivery of key infrastructure for regional communities.

Heidi Avolio

Head of North Queensland

Janelle Kerrisk
A building and construction lawyer by trade, Janelle is passionate about fairness and creating opportunities within the industry, and believes by applying ideas and innovation with gusto we can create an improved playing field for all.

Janelle Kerrisk

Co-Founder & CEO

Laura is our licensing and regulation guru, specialising in Minimum Financial Requirements for licensing and giving commercial advice to construction companies on the scope of their licences. Laura's background is in construction litigation, including fast-tracked security for payment claims and administrative review proceedings.

Laura King

Senior Lawyer

Krissy is the Legal Operations Coordinator at Helix, specialising in managing administrative and operational tasks for enhanced efficiency. As a new mum and wife, she values family time, enjoys exploring new travel destinations, and has a passion for cooking. With her dedication to smooth operations and her love for family, Krissy plays a vital role in driving the success of Helix while maintaining a balanced and fulfilling life.

Krissy Baxter

Legal Operations Coordinator

From a multi-national law firm in the UK to Helix, Jonathan has been across the globe developing his litigation skills. He is at the forefront of savvy NewLaw ways of operating and providing timely advice to construction clients.

Jonathan Miliszewski

Director

Dayna has done it all when it comes to running a law firm, from office manager, HR, IT, WP, PA, paralegal, marketing and more. She now leads all operational aspects as Co-Founder and COO at Helix, working closely with the team and clients.

Dayna Gilbert

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Matilda is one of our newest Legal Assistant's at Helix and is a force to be reckoned with. Having received the QUT Executive Deans Commendation for Academic Excellence while studying her Bachelor of Law (Honours), Matilda has demonstrated excellence in all that she does at Helix. Matilda assists in a broad range of matters, including marketing management to legal research and administration.

Matilda Yates

Legal Assistant

With over two decades working for the building industry regulator in Queensland, Michael “wrote the book” - literally. He brings a depth of knowledge that complements the skills of our lawyers, so we can deliver the right solution, not just the legal answer.

Michael Chesterman

Compliance Director

Jacqui strives to collaborate with our clients to bring their projects to life, while prioritising long-term project success through appropriate risk allocation and where possible a collaborative contracting approach. While having a strong background in litigation and trial preparation, Jacqui's passion lies in building successful projects with great people whether that be at the start of project’s journey or at its end.

Jacqui Doyle

Head of Projects and Procurement

Emily is a highly motivated individual whose killer organisational and drafting skills help clients reach their best outcomes. Emily was recently admitted in April 2022 and we are eager for her to continue sharing her brilliance.

Emily Taylor

Associate

David has 30 years experience in the engineering & construction industries and spent the last 8 years as CFO at the McNab Construction Group. Over the last 3 years, David has played an active role in collaborating with the Government Panel during the Project Bank Account trial and working with subcontractors, principals and banks to develop the systems needed for PBA's and now Project Trust accounts.

David Cahill

Compliance Director

Nicole joined Helix as a Law Graduate at the beginning of 2023, having completed her degree in 2022. At the end of 2023, Nicole was admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Queensland. Nicole assists both our Helix Legal and Helix Compliance team in a range of matters and is continuing to develop her skills as she transfers into becoming a lawyer.

Nicole Vermaas

Lawyer

As Helix's newest Law Clerk, Gemma has been assisting our Regulation and Licensing team on all things MFR. Gemma is currently Studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours) at Griffith University and has joined our team eager to expand her skills in the legal industry.

Gemma King

Legal Assistant

Joining our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team is lawyer Jack Walker. Jack has a keen eye for solving construction industry disputes and with a couple of years experience under his belt, Jack has dived in head first into assisting our clients in finding positive solutions to their complex problems.

Jack Walker

Lawyer

Not only can Johanna make a mean Boost Juice from a previous career, she also is the Helix ‘go to’ for research. She has assisted in building Helix tech and growing the digital assets of the business.

Johanna Cardona

Construction Lawyer (sabbatical)

Robert Reid is based in New South Wales and brings multijurisdictional experience and capability to our front-end team.

Robert Reid

Special Counsel

Careers @ Helix

Our desire to do things differently to create better lives encompasses how we treat our team of Helix Humans too. We embrace flexibility, collaboration and fun, knowing that it’s all about harnessing your passion and hard work, rewarding results, and not tying you to a desk.

We offer the choice to work from anywhere, complete freedom in vacation time via peer approval, and the opportunity to learn every day. Our benefits are entirely geared to meet the needs of individuals and giving you the opportunity to become the best you can be.

So if you’re excited about the law (and want to keep it that way), reach out and tell us why you want to shape the future, and how you can help us shake things up a little.

New Rules

  • Co-working over corner offices
  • Delivering value, not clock watching
  • Tech enabled instead of inhibited
  • Free from hierarchy
  • Law nerds from all walks of life
  • Collaborate, learn, & love what you do

Looking for

  • Dog mums and fish dads
  • Law nerds and tech whizzes
  • Globetrotters and homebodies
  • Tea sippers and coffee guzzlers
  • Risk takers and thoughtful planners
  • Party ragers and introverts

Send us your deets

We’re always on the lookout for exceptional talent so send us your contact details and let’s start the conversation.