Meet the DE Team

At Dangerfield Exley Lawyers, we understand that exceptional results begins with having exceptional people on your team. 

Directors

DE Directors Steven Dangerfield and Simon Exley take a refreshing approach that gets results. 

Steven Dangerfield

Legal Director

Steven’s progressive and common-sense approach to all legal matters is refreshing and appreciated by clients who value efficient and best practice outcomes. With a strong social conscious, Steven’s knowledge and leadership are appreciated by his staff, and he prides himself on always being available to his clients.

Simon Exley

Legal Director

Simon’s known to be approachable and down-to-earth, he manages clients personally and believes in doing the right thing. Simon’s leadership is reflective throughout the firm as Dangerfield Exley Lawyers pride themselves on being accessible, accountable, and refreshingly different.

The Team

Each team member at Dangerfield Exley Lawyers has diverse skills and abilities to offer clients and the greater team. 

Angela Catanzariti

Senior Litigation
Lawyer

With a results-driven approach to a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, Angela is entrusted with the care and conduct of various proceedings instituted by and against individuals, proprietary limited companies, public listed companies, as well as a number of national health boards and charities. 

Lynda Lim

Senior
Litigation Lawyer

Lynda takes a commercial, personable and practical approach to all her matters. Lynda has a strong track record of obtaining excellent commercial outcomes for clients due to her legal experience in private practice as well as time spent working at an Ombudsman scheme.

Bojana Balen

Senior Litigation
& Commercial Lawyer

A skilled negotiator and advocate, Bojana brings her extensive experience and attention to every single case. As a trusted adviser to a wealth of clients, Bojana ensures each client has all the knowledge.

Aaron Chan

Senior Property
& Commercial Lawyer

Aaron thrives on helping people during key junctures in their lives. Having an analytical mind, Aaron finds the complex nature of property and commercial transactions engaging and rewarding. Aaron is also a passionate advocate and is the Treasurer of the Christian Legal Society of Victoria.

Annabelle Yap

Property &
Commercial Lawyer

Annabelle is known for delivering commercially pragmatic solutions for clients and being focused on attaining excellent results. A driven and efficient operator, Annabelle enjoys assisting clients grow from investors to major market developers.

Lynn Fraser

Conveyancing Manager

While helping a lawyer friend out on a temporary assignment over 30 years ago, Lynn found she thoroughly enjoyed assisting people to manage areas of the law; be it helping a couple attain their first home or easing the burden of paperwork after losing a loved one. Lynn is compassionate and attentive to clients’ needs. 

Kate Flahavin

Conveyancing Executive

Viewing her work as challenging and rewarding, Kate mostly enjoys seeing the results of helping clients to realise their dreams whether it be buying their first home or moving on to bigger and better things while selling a home. Kate is mother to a cheeky three-year-old son.

Megan Clegg

Receptionist

With a positive attitude and warm presence, Megan is the first point of contact at the Dangerfield Exley office. Megan doubles as the office’s resident paramedic and this fact gives the rest of the team general peace of mind knowing a train CPR expert is on hand. With a kind and caring manner, Megan enjoys taking on new challenges and expanding her skills and experience. 

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Steven Dangerfield

Legal Director

Credentials: LLB from Bond University and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Steven’s refreshing approach: Steven’s progressive and common-sense approach to all legal matters is refreshing and appreciated by clients who value efficient and best practice outcomes. With a strong social conscious, Steven’s knowledge and leadership are appreciated by his staff, and he prides himself on always being available to his clients.

Insightful. Knowledgeable. Driven.

Experience: Steven commenced practice in 1997 and is Director of Dangerfield Exley Lawyers. An experienced mediator in litigation and dispute resolution; Steven consults to the property, commercial and business teams. Steven advises listed corporations, private companies, administrators, liquidators, secured and unsecured creditors, start up enterprises, high net worth individuals and foreign clients on all aspects of their commercial, property and financing matters. With experience in all jurisdictions including the Federal Court and Supreme Court; Steven counsels on all matters in relation to due diligence, acquisitions, joint ventures, regulatory issues, contractual disputes and recovery proceedings for lenders.

What clients say: First-class service. Respectful. Professional. Responsive. Skilled. Proactive. Expert. Personable.

Simon Exley

Legal Director

Credentials:
LLB from Bond University and Bachelor of Science (BSc) from University of Western Australia.

Simon’s refreshing approach: 
Simon’s known to be approachable and down-to-earth, he manages clients personally and believes in doing the right thing. Simon’s leadership is reflective throughout the firm as Dangerfield Exley Lawyers pride themselves on being accessible, accountable, and refreshingly different.

Results-driven. Passionate. Focused.

Experience:
Simon commenced practice in 1996 and is now a Director of Dangerfield Exley Lawyers. Simon is the head of the property and commercial teams and provides individuals and businesses with a refreshing approach to property and commercial legal services, including; due diligence advice on residential and commercial property acquisitions and developments (residential, commercial & industrial), business and franchise sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing, sales of shares and assets, joint venture projects (incorporated, partnerships, unit trusts) and mediation. Simon revels in the intellectual and legal challenges he faces each day and genuinely enjoys solving legal problems and providing real, practical solutions for all manner of clients.

What clients say:
Consistently delivers positive outcomes. Exceptional. Impressive. Trustworthy. Professional. Skilled.

Angela Catanzariti

Senior Litigation Lawyer

Angela’s refreshing approach: 
Passionate advocate. With a results-driven approach to a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, Angela is entrusted with the care and conduct of various proceedings instituted by and against individuals, proprietary limited companies, public listed companies, as well as a number of national health boards and charities. Angela has a caring nature towards her extensive dispute resolution experience across bankruptcy and insolvency, administrative law, corporate advisory, property disputes, wills and estate litigation, mortgage and debt recovery, personal injury and class actions. Angela is a published poet and is fluent in Greek.

Compelling. Experienced. Results-driven.

Experience: Commercial debt recovery and insolvency, personal bankruptcy and mediation. Dispute resolution covering wills, estates, contractual and commercial, property and building.

Angela has been a DE Senior Litigator Lawyer for many years and has appeared in various applications and proceedings within VCAT, the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court and Federal Courts in a broad range of civil and commercial matters, in Victoria and interstate for over 10 years.

What clients say: Committed. Informed. Caring. Persistent. Personable. Effective.

Credentials: B.A. LLB (Hons). and Bachelor of Arts (Behavioural Studies Major, French Minor) Monash University.

 

Lynda Lim

Senior Litigation Lawyer

Credentials:
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the Australian National University. Previously worked at a national mid-tier firm and boutique commercial firm.   

Lynda’s refreshing approach: 
Experienced problem solver. Lynda takes a commercial, personable and practical approach to all her matters. Lynda has a strong track record of obtaining excellent commercial outcomes for clients due to her legal experience in private practice as well as time spent working at an Ombudsman scheme.

Dynamic. Effective. Personable.

Experience:
Dispute resolution, commercial and property litigation and insolvency. Lynda is adept in handling a wide range of end-to-end litigation matters including instituting proceedings, conducting defence work or assisting clients at various stages throughout a case such as interlocutory or ex parte proceedings. Lynda advises on complex contractual disputes, contested property transactions, insolvency related matters such as bankruptcy, winding up applications, preference claims and commercial debt recovery.

What clients say: Reliable. Efficient. Honest. Strategic. Helpful.

Bojana Balen

Senior Litigation & Commercial Lawyer

Bojana’s refreshing approach: 
Practical, supportive and able to cut through the clutter. A skilled negotiator and advocate, Bojana brings her extensive experience and attention to every single case. As a trusted adviser to a wealth of clients, Bojana ensures each client has all the knowledge and information needed to understand and exercise the agreed strategy and options, effectively and commercially. She has a strong interest in all facets of commercial law litigation and dispute resolution, and works collaboratively with a large array of experts to provide clients with options. Her dogged persistence and attentive manner in securing wins for her clients never goes unnoticed. In her spare time, Bojana enjoys skiing, travelling and a drop or two of fine red wine.

Pragmatic. Strategic. Effective.

Experience:
Extensive success in conducting complex civil litigation cases and resolving difficult legal disputes across all Victorian and Federal jurisdictions, including Courts of Appeal. Broad range of experience including disputes arising from contract, partnership and joint ventures, building and construction, intellectual property, insolvency, securities and debt collection, consumer and trade practice law, professional negligence, Wills, employment law and so on. 

What clients say: Responsive. Attentive. Caring. Results-focused. 

Credentials:
LLB & BCom Bachelors of Law and Commerce.

 

Aaron Chan

Senior Property & Commercial Lawyer

Aaron’s refreshing approach: 
Critical thinker. Aaron thrives on helping people during key junctures in their lives. Having an analytical mind, Aaron finds the complex nature of property and commercial transactions engaging and rewarding. Aaron is also a passionate advocate and is the Treasurer of the Christian Legal Society of Victoria and can often be found volunteering in his local community. In his spare time, Aaron tries his hand at being a budding Australian-made whisky aficionado.

Excellent. Collaborative. Efficient.

Experience:
Mezzanine lending and securities, commercial advice and drafting, retail and commercial leasing, and business transactions. With over five years at Dangerfield Exley handling complex property and commercial matters, Aaron regularly advises clients in relation to significant property and leasing transactions, as well as business sales and purchases.

What clients say: Excellent Communicator. Friendly. Helpful. Reassuring. Reliable. Highly recommended.

Credentials:
LLB (Hons) and BComm (Finance).  Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance, Monash University.

 

Annabelle Yap

Property & Commercial Lawyer

Annabelle’s refreshing approach: 
Problem solver. Annabelle is known for delivering commercially pragmatic solutions for clients and being focused on attaining excellent results. A driven and efficient operator, Annabelle enjoys assisting clients grow from investors to major market developers.

Passionate. Excellent. Commercial.

Experience:
Acquisitions, dispositions and subdivisions of residential and commercial property. Annabelle has extensive experience across all facets of property including retail and commercial leasing, and commercial transactions. With her bilingual skills, Annabelle also assists clients with Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) related issues.

What clients say: Efficient. Helpful. Excellent communicator. Goes the extra mile. Supportive. Highly recommended.

Credentials:
LLB Bond University, Grad Diploma in Legal Practice.

 

Lynn Fraser

Conveyancing Manager

Lynn’s refreshing approach:
Comprehensive and caring.While helping a lawyer friend out on a temporary assignment over 30 years ago, Lynn found she thoroughly enjoyed assisting people to manage areas of the law; be it helping a couple attain their first home or easing the burden of paperwork after losing a loved one. Lynn is compassionate and attentive to clients’ needs. A baseball player and fan; Lynn has played a game in Los Angeles on the same baseball diamond as famous baseballer Babe Ruth.

Diligent. Passionate. Outcome-focused.

Experience:
Conveyancing and accounting across residential and commercial property. Experienced in SMSFs and commercial property acquisitions and dispositions. Lynn has worked at several small, medium and large law firms on diverse matters ranging from wills and probate, to all aspects of property including broad acre development and project finance.

What clients say:
Personable. Attentive. Makes clients feel well cared for. Detailed. Efficient.

Credentials:
Over 30 years experience in conveyancing and probates.

Kate Flahavin

Conveyancing Executive

Kate’s refreshing approach:
Friendly and positive. Viewing her work as challenging and rewarding, Kate mostly enjoys seeing the results of helping clients to realise their dreams whether it be buying their first home or moving on to bigger and better things while selling a home. Kate is mother to a cheeky three-year-old son.

Impeccable. Diligent. Team-player.

Experience: Conveyancing and accounting across residential and commercial property. Experienced in SMSF and property. With over 10 years experience in conveyancing, Kate has worked at several notable law firms before dedicating the last five years to Dangerfield Exley. Kate has wide experience across both residential and commercial property.

What clients say:
Professional. Personable. Attentive. Makes clients feel reassured and valued.

Credentials:
Diploma in Financial Services (Conveyancing) RMIT.

 

Megan Clegg

Receptionist

Megan’s refreshing approach: 
With a positive attitude and warm presence, Megan is the first point of contact at the Dangerfield Exley office. Megan doubles as the office’s resident paramedic and this fact gives the rest of the team general peace of mind knowing a train CPR expert is on hand. With a kind and caring manner, Megan enjoys taking on new challenges and expanding her skills and experience. Megan values kindness, diligence and a strong work ethic, and aims to demonstrate these values in her role with Dangerfield Exley Lawyers.

Confident. Tenacious. Enthusiastic.

Experience:
Megan joined the Dangerfield Exley team in 2019 to broaden her work experience and explore an industry she has not previously been involved in. With a diverse background spanning from hospitality to a support worker for people with disabilities; Megan brings a different approach to the front desk role of receptionist and is a valued member of the Dangerfield Exley team.

What clients say: 
Helpful. Friendly. Personable.

Credentials:
Bachelor of Paramedicine, Cert IV of Applied Fashion Design and Technology and complete First Aid Qualifications.