Our People

 


 

John Voitin, Partner

 

John’s extensive legal and business skills have been finely honed in over 30 years of experience in legal practice.

 

In 1983, John became a partner of Henty Jepson & Kelley, a six-partner legal practice employing in excess of 50 staff at its head office in William Street, Melbourne.

 

In 1995, John founded Voitin Walker Davis with partners Allan Walker and Rohan Davis; John remained as a partner until 2000. This firm practised predominantly in commercial and property law. During this period, John also served as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Vanuatu to the State of Victoria.

 

In 2000, John and Allan divested their interest in Voitin Walker Davis Australia and established Voitin Walker Davis Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This firm acted exclusively in the areas of international trade law and Australian migration law. Between 2000 and 2004, John was based in Dubai and worked in the firm’s offices in Bahrain, Muscat, Qatar, Mumbai and Chennai. At the end of 2004, John returned permanently to Melbourne and founded the firm of Voitin Lawyers, located in the Melbourne CBD.

 

John’s areas of expertise include commercial structuring and international trade law. John is also a registered migration agent (MARN 0005118) with a particular interest in business migration.

 

In addition to his legal practice, John has varied business interests in real estate and agriculture.

 

John obtained his law degree at Monash University and holds a postgraduate diploma in commercial law from Monash University.

 

 


 

Bronwyn Goddard, Partner

 

Bronwyn has a wealth of legal experience as both litigator and commercial adviser. She is a second-generation lawyer who followed her father into legal practice, initially at the firm of Goddard Elliott based in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

 

In 1999, Bronwyn joined Voitin Walker Davis in the Melbourne CBD where she became a partner in 2002. In 2005, Bronwyn joined Voitin Lawyers.

 

Bronwyn appears regularly as an advocate for her clients in various Courts and Tribunals across Victoria. She is equally at home in boardrooms negotiating the finer points of a deal or drafting complex commercial agreements. Bronwyn is a practical thinker who always keeps her clients’ best commercial and legal interests in mind.

 

Bronwyn’s main areas of practice are commercial litigation, general commercial and property advice including structuring and asset protection. Bronwyn has also developed an expertise in relation to estate planning and the administration of deceased estates.

 

Bronwyn has a law degree with honours and an arts degree obtained from Monash University.

 

 


 

Andrew Goddard, Consultant

 

Andrew has been a lawyer for well over 40 years, having obtained his law degree from the University of Melbourne. He is very highly regarded in the area of Family Law and de facto relationships.

 

In 1976, Andrew founded the firm of Goddard Elliott in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, where he practised law until 2010. Andrew joined Voitin Lawyers in 2010.

 

Over the years, Andrew has acted in many complex and high-profile cases. He brings a common-sense commercial approach to potentially fraught cases. He is able to deftly untangle complex financial structures where necessary to achieve the best possible result for his clients.

 

Andrew has acted for parents and grandparents in many contested parenting cases. He has been an accredited specialist in family law for over 20 years. In addition, for approximately 15 years he was a member of the Panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers.

 

Andrew is the founding president of the Eastern Suburbs Law Association. He served as a member of the Council of the Law Institute of Victoria and is Former Member of the Panel of Conciliators of the Legal Profession Tribunal. In 2008, Andrew received the Law Institute of Victoria’s President’s Award for Achievement in the Law.

 

Andrew is actively involved in his local community and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Glen Waverley.