Most of the directors and staff of Hale Legal have worked together for many years both at Hale Legal and a previous law firm. Indeed many have worked together for in excess of ten years.
Alan Skinner and Matthew Gent offer a practical approach to legal advice, representation and dispute resolution. Having worked together for over a decade at a multi-disciplinary law firm, their collective knowledge offers clients the benefit of extensive experience across a range of areas. Alan and Matthew call on their breadth of experience to advise and represent clients based on their needs and with their best interests in mind.
As a testament to the firm’s experience and client-focused approach, Hale Legal’s current standing is built on recommendations and referrals. Hale Legal has developed a solid reputation for advocating the most practical steps towards the resolution of matters.
The careful and appropriate use of resources remains a focus, ensuring value for both larger and smaller clientele seeking guidance on how best to progress their matter. These factors have helped position Hale Legal as a preferred resource for many businesses.
Conveniently located in Perth’s CBD, Hale Legal’s services are available to those seeking the highest standard of legal advice and representation.
Representing your best interests
Understanding that a commercial problem requires a commercial solution makes sense. What makes even more sense is relying on the advice and counsel of a lawyer with 15 years of experience specific to the commercial environment.
Experienced in and across a broad spectrum of contractual, negligence and trade practices disputes, Alan has represented and appeared as counsel for clients before both State and Federal Courts.
Even while heading up the litigation function in a multi-disciplinary firm prior to becoming a Director at Hale Legal, a client-focused approach has always been at the top of Alan’s agenda. Preferring a sensible and conciliatory approach where practical, Alan’s success at Hale Legal is driven by his focus on solving commercial problems efficiently. There are occasions when it is in the client's best interests to proceed down the path of litigation and matters may go to trial. Under these circumstances, Alan leans on his experience to vigorously pursue a favourable outcome for his clients.
Alan is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia. When not engaged in solving legal problems, Alan passionately supports and dotes on his beloved West Coast Eagles footy team … and his wife and two children.
Matthew’s chief aim is to achieve fair and reasonable outcomes for his clients. He relies on a measured, strategic approach to matters based on over 15 years’ experience and extensive knowledge of commercial and property law and estate planning.
Matthew’s clients benefit from his experience preparing documentation across commercial, property and estate planning matters including joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, buy/sell agreements, trusts, share and asset sale agreements, leases and land development documentation, wills (both simple and complex wills involving testamentary trusts) and other estate planning documentation (including powers of attorney, powers of guardianship and advance health directives).
Matthew has spent years growing and establishing a client base. His willingness to commit time to understanding each client's circumstances underscores his commitment to building long-term relationships. This approach allows Matthew to move quickly and efficiently with sensible actions, contracts and/or documentation when required.
Matthew is a member of both the Urban Development Institute of Western Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia.
There are, however, matters about which Matthew refuses to negotiate, like his firm and abiding love for the West Coast Eagles.
Gabriel brings his interest and experience in handling property, commercial and estate planning matters to Hale Legal. Regarded as both reliable and relatable, Gabriel’s honesty and forthrightness is valued by the many clients he has worked with since being admitted in early 2001. During this time Gabriel has worked with individuals through to larger organisations. He revels in the breadth and diversity of new and interesting matters, citing the application of the constantly evolving law as a compelling challenge.
Gabriel’s professional memberships include the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Property Law Committee and the Law Society of Western Australia. He has Bachelor degrees in both Law and Commerce. When the opportunity presented itself to take up a position at Hale Legal, Gabriel enthusiastically took up the challenge and now contributes to the firm’s wealth of experience.
Gabriel gravitates towards non-litigious solutions and so it comes as no surprise that he is yet to officially nominate an AFL team to support. Peer pressure may yet see him don the blue and gold.
Blair brings a wealth of experience in all areas of litigation to Hale Legal. With over 14 years’ legal experience Blair has appeared in every court in the State on a wide range of matters including local government, contract, misleading and deceptive conduct, building disputes, negligence, insolvency and Corporations Act actions. Blair has also been involved in several Federal Court and High Court applications.
Blair worked for a large bank and for the State Government before pursuing his childhood goal of studying law and, as a result, he knows that resorting to legal action is often a last resort – but when you take that step you want it done right, you want to be kept informed, you want to know what the costs will be, and you want the right result.
Blair is also active in his local community, having served as Vice-President of his suburb’s Residents and Ratepayers Association and has sat as a local government member on the Metro Central JDAP where he has considered large development applications.
When he is not busy with work or his community commitments his wife and four children keep him fully occupied.
While Blair is a keen West Coast supporter so far only Nic Nat has managed to break into his Supercoach team.
Travis is known for his sensible, commercially astute view of legal issues and achieving the best possible results for clients. With qualifications in both accounting and business to accompany his Bachelor of Laws he is well positioned to progress matters of a commercial nature. This comes as little surprise given his association with Messrs Skinner and Gent after completing his studies in 2009 and taking up an articled clerkship.
Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2010 and the High Court of Australia less than 18 months later, Travis now has over seven years' post–admission experience. Initially working in the commercial litigation department Travis is now building a reputation at Hale Legal as a hardworking lawyer looking out for the clients’ best interests.
Travis now turns his leisure time sights on movies, dining, travel, AFL and will not be bullied into supporting the Eagles. (What happened to sensible?)
Lateral thinking and a keen eye for detail characterise Matthew’s approach to solving problems for his clients and he believes in the importance of having their best interests at heart. In keeping with the Hale Legal philosophy, Matthew understands that commercial solutions promote favourable outcomes for clients.
Matthew held a number of internships and clerkships, one with the District Court in 2012 and another Clerkship with the Supreme Court that same year. Matthew attained his Bachelor of Legal Studies in 2010 and a Juris Doctor in 2013 before completing studies at the College of Law in 2014. Matthew was admitted as a lawyer in 2014.
As a movie buff, Matthew’s enthusiasm for the comedy genre may see him choosing to support an AFL team other than the West Coast Eagles. We’ll see.