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Stephen Rush

Stephen Rush

Stephen graduated from the University of New South Wales with one of the first combined Science/Law degrees issued in New South Wales.

In 1982 he commenced working as a solicitor in a respected legal firm in the city progressing to partner in 1987. In 1989 he established Esplins with Phillip Esplin. From there he has been instrumental in the growth of Esplins to its current respected position amongst Sydney city legal firms, regularly “punching above its weight”.

Stephen’s respect amongst clients and the extent to which his advice and commercial acumen is valued has led to his appointment as a non-executive director of a number of important and valued clients.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys his agricultural interests which, while challenging, can be rewarding and relaxing in a perverse way.

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Hamish-Esplin

Hamish Esplin

Hamish is the son of founder of the firm Phillip Esplin and has been with Esplins for almost ten years. Stephen and Hamish have been partners in Esplins Solicitors since 2011 and continue to build on the commitment and quality of work the firm has provided to clients in over 25 years. Hamish holds a Masters of Law from Sydney University and practises extensively in all aspects of commercial law including running many large and small litigation matters in the District Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in NSW as well as the NSW Consumer and Tenancy Tribunal. Hamish has also conducted many commercial transactions ranging from small business sales of $5m to large scale transactions up to $45m. He has represented both purchasers and vendors across a range of industries and can provide pre- and post-transaction tax and estate planning advice.

Hamish is adept at handling particularly difficult or novel problems which arise in the business as well as personal areas including in relation to estate disputes, guardianship matters and family law settlements. Because of his background in thoroughbred racing and breeding Hamish also has experience and knowledge in dealing with all aspects of the industry including in relation to contractual disputes, all employment issues, business and tax structuring advice, licensing hearings, syndication advice, and the purchase and sale of bloodstock including stallions.

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Natalya-Boyarkina

Natalya Boyarkina

Natalya has Masters degrees in Law and Legal Practice and International Trade Law from University of Technology, Sydney which she acquired following her Bachelor of International Law (Honours) from Karaganda State University in Kazakhstan.

Natalya has been practising as a solicitor in Sydney since 2008 and joined Esplins Solicitors in October 2010. Natalya’s professional and thorough approach to clients’ legal issues is valued within the firm.

In her spare time Natalya enjoys helping the community on a voluntary basis, jogging and spending time with friends.

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Emma-Mancini

Emma Mancini

Emma, originally from Townsville, moved to Sydney to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours) at the University of Sydney. During her undergraduate studies she lived at Sancta Sophia College. She then completed a Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney which included a semester studying the finer points of whisky at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Emma began working at Esplins in June 2013 and was admitted as a solicitor in December 2013.

Emma uses her Italian heritage as a good excuse to cook and feed people too much.

Emma is currently on maternity leave but will return in 2018.

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Alison-De-Gruyter

Alison De-Gruyter

Alison recently graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor Science and Bachelor of Law (Honours). During her undergraduate studies, she studied international law at the University of Vienna and conquered the challenging art of walking on cobblestones while wearing heels. She recently completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and was admitted as a solicitor in November 2016.

Alison has previous experience in the areas of refugee law, personal injury and litigation. Alison also comes to Esplins Solicitors with extensive Game of Thrones knowledge and theories which both delight and irritate her colleagues.

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Katie

Katie Wiltshire

Katie grew up in the Southern Highlands and moved to Sydney to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) (Honours) at the University of Sydney. During her undergraduate studies she lived at The Women’s College. She has completed a Juris Doctor at the University of NSW and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

Katie has previous experience in criminal and property law. Katie had hoped to combine her love of food and law to pursue a career in the Food Court, but is equally delighted to have found a city law firm that handles various rural and equestrian matters.

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Lauren Wiltshire

Lauren Wiltshire

In 2000 Lauren completed her Diploma of Business and the following year she began working at Esplins. Lauren is our Office Manager and go-to conveyancer. To improve her conveyancing skills Lauren completed Macquarie University’s Conveyancing Law and Practice Programme in 2009. In 2015 Lauren finally jumped through the last red tape hoop and became a Licensed Conveyancer.

Lauren enjoys going to the gym, complaining about going to the gym and drinking wine to recover from going to the gym.

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Mandy-Davidson

Mandy Davidson

Before joining Esplins in 2009 Mandy worked for a law firm in Merimbula on the south coast of New South Wales and completed a Certificate III in Business Legal Administration. Mandy is one of our legal secretaries.

Mandy spends a lot of her weekends visiting her family in Merimbula but when she’s in Sydney she can usually be found cheering on the Rabbitohs.

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Dearna

Dearna Ljubenkov

Before joining Esplins in 2017 Dearna graduated from a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Notre Dame Australia.  Dearna is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws at Western Sydney University while she works as one of our legal secretaries.

When Dearna is not spending her weekends studying you can find her on a hike with friends or drinking cocktails at a bar.

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