Who We Are

We are a team of experienced business lawyers with a mission to help you sleep well at night.

Accountants and lawyers very often have to work hand-in-hand to ensure business owners and professionals are being provided the best possible service. So we thought – why not have both available under the same roof? 

Our mission at Aintree Group is to provide quality support and expert advice in all areas of your life. A key component of executing that mission is having a dedicated in-house legal team that can help protect what you have worked so hard to build.

We provide actionable advice, tailored for your unique circumstances, in a language you can understand. If you’re looking for flexible legal support, get in touch with our wonderful team today.

Meet the team!

  • Peter Gandolfo

    Director, Aintree Group Legal

  • Sophie Cohen

    Director, Aintree Group Legal

  • Katie McRae

    Katie McRae

    Legal Operations Manager

  • Christian Chenu

    Senior Associate

  • Josephine Ziino

    Lawyer

  • Liam McColl

    Liam McColl

    Lawyer

  • Elektra Darvall

    Legal Assistant

  • Tully Simpson

    Tully Simpson

    Administration Assistant

Peter Gandolfo

Director, Aintree Group Legal

Peter Gandolfo (B.Com., LL.B.) is a solicitor and Director at Aintree Group Legal. Peter has served in professional and business leadership roles such as President of the Law Institute of Victoria, Chairman of Legal Aid Commission of Victoria and Deputy President of Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VECCI). He has previously lived and worked locally in the Camberwell and Hawthorn areas for 25 years – establishing the Boroondara Solicitors’ Association and serving as President of the Eastern Suburbs Law Association. Peter brings a commercial edge to legal practice. With legal and commercial experience gained since he was admitted to practice as a Barrister & Solicitor over four decades ago, he advises his clients on a broad range of commercial and personal legal issues, practically and effectively. Balancing work and life is the key for Peter, savouring music, yoga, the arts, family and community, especially where the mountains meet the coast.

Sophie Cohen

Director, Aintree Group Legal

Sophie has over 25 years of experience as a lawyer, business advisor and leader, taking care of clients ranging from families and small businesses to household names. She looks after the ‘legal stuff’ so that clients are empowered to realise their dreams and goals, solve the problems that keep them awake at night, and bring them peace of mind.

Sophie has a heart-based approach to law, which is backed by multiple degrees and a truckload of experience. She brings authentic values-based leadership, a broad commercial perspective, and a healthy dose of creative flair to her work. She values open communication and building genuine relationships with clients, their families and trusted advisors.

At home with her 4 teenage children or partner Dean and his family, you might find Sophie busting out some disco diva moves (much to her kids’ embarrassment), watching movies, or running, swimming and bike riding to stay fit and active. The beach is Sophie’s happy place and she can always rely on the ocean to lift her spirits, free her mind and nurture her soul.

Sophie is also passionate about helping young people to realise their full potential and she does this through her work on the Board of Mindfull Aus Ltd, and as a university educator.

Katie McRae

Katie McRae

Legal Operations Manager

Katie has over ten years of experience in the legal industry wearing both client facing and managerial hats. She is an operations ninja with a heart of gold who provides efficient and client-centric management for the Aintree Group Legal team.

Katie gets stuff done. There is no system, process or pivot table that can escape the precision, effectiveness, and alacrity of Katie. She can turn her hand to anything and become an absolute whizz at it in a few swift moves.

Whether it’s day trips, weekends away or overseas travel, Katie is always planning her next adventure.  Katie fills her heart by chasing sunsets and cuddling puppies and feels most content on top of a mountain or breathing in the fresh, salty beach air.

Christian Chenu

Senior Associate

Christian has a background in the financial services industry and has practised law for over 10 years. He has extensive experience with personal and commercial succession planning and is accustomed to working on complex matters with multiple stakeholders across diverse industries and disciplines. He knows that you are the expert on all things concerning you, and that your contribution to any legal strategy can make a good solution better.

Christian can assist you with loan transactions and facilities, shareholder agreements, buy/sell arrangements, business sales, trusts, asset protection strategies, self-managed super fund strategies and commercial transactions in general.

He is passionate about learning, with a curiosity for everything and our go-to person for fun facts in the world. When Christian isn’t solving problems for our clients, look for a quiet café where he’ll be immersed in a book, only occasionally interrupted by his dogs begging for crumbs or by his partner, Linda, instructing him on the minutiae of international business etiquette. He also sits on the committee for an up and coming community theatre company.

Josephine Ziino

Lawyer

Josephine joined our legal team in 2022. She comes from a general practice background working on a diverse range of legal matters including: family, criminal, property, building and construction and litigation, with a particularly keen interest in property law. Josephine holds a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Criminology), and a Bachelor of Laws, and has over 6 years of experience working in both private practice and in-house.

She is a dog lover and enjoys taking her Cavoodle, Simba, for walks in her spare time, as well as spending time with family and friends, and thinking of the next travel destination with her husband. Josephine can also speak fluent Filipino (Tagalog).

Liam McColl

Liam McColl

Lawyer

Liam holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (majoring in Sociology) and comes from a litigation and disputes resolution background.

He has a keen interest in commercial disputes, civil procedure, and enforcement, and enjoys investing himself in the complexity of every matter and is always thinking outside the box.

Liam is currently learning German (er spricht ein bisschen Deutsch), and is a self-professed film and history nerd. He also enjoys watching cricket, even at the expense of his sleeping schedule when Australia is playing overseas.

Elektra Darvall

Legal Assistant

She/Her

Elektra assists our legal team with administration and compliance matters. She also assists part-time as a Client Experience Coordinator for Aintree Group Chartered Accountants.

She holds a Bachelor of History and Business Law from the University of Western Australia and is currently studying the Juris Doctor at Monash Law School.

Elektra has previously worked as a paralegal/legal administrative assistant at the Fremantle Community Legal Center, and has work experience under Francis Zemljak (CHC).

She also provided a written submission for the proposed Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill for NSW Parliament presented by Alex Greenwich.

In her spare time, Elektra enjoys travelling, reading and cooking.

Tully Simpson

Tully Simpson

Administration Assistant

She/Her

Tully has a background in social housing, administration and data entry, and loves learning new skill sets and programs. She joined our team in 2023, and assists our Legal Operations Manager to help keep our legal business unit running smoothly.

In her spare time Tully enjoys gaming, binging TV, and making things – mostly crochet and cross stitch.

We’d love to meet you! Get in touch to book a meeting at our Camberwell office today!

Our team works closely with the other experts at Aintree Group.

Aintree Group is all about integrated professional services. We have a range of advisors working under the same roof to get the best possible outcome for you!