Aintree Group Legal - Business Lawyers Camberwell

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 - Aintree Group Legal

Peter Gandolfo

Director

Peter Gandolfo (B.Com., LL.B.) is a barrister, 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, the arts, family and community, especially where the mountains meet the coast.

Sophie Cohen

Director

Sophie has over 25 years of experience as a lawyer, business advisor and leader, working for clients ranging from family 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, as well as 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 playing futsal 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 an educator in the Juris Doctor program at RMIT University.

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.

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.

Charley Conway - Aintree Group Legal

Charley Conway

Legal Intern

Charley joined Aintree Group Legal in April 2022. He assists our team part time while studying Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Monash University.

Charley has a Diploma of Music Theatre from the NIDA in Sydney and made professional theatre debuts in both Sydney and Melbourne. He has competed twice at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, placing 3rd in 2014. He is an absolute country music tragic, and plays a lot of drums in his spare time (much to the dismay of his two Greyhounds).

Dalton Kealey - Aintree Group Legal

Dalton Kealey

Legal Administration Assistant

Dalton assists our Legal Operations Manager to help keep everything running smoothly! He joined Aintree Group Legal in 2022.

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

Our team works closely with the Directors and Managers at Aintree Group Chartered Accountants.