General Information

Detailed Information

Principal

Since she was admitted as a solicitor in 1991, Forum Law’s principal solicitor Annette Fontana has advised many small, medium and large businesses in Australia and overseas. Her clients have included government departments, publicly listed companies, private companies, external administrators and individuals from a wide range of industries and backgrounds.

Annette has been at the helm of the Forum Law team since 2006 and has a strong background in commercial and property law, including commercial litigation. She also advises on building and construction matters, insolvency, conveyancing, commercial and retail leasing and wills and estates.

She has been a speaker for the Law Society’s Speaker’s Bureau, industry groups and business groups and is happy to speak to groups about any areas of practice conducted by Forum Law.

Since 2006, Annette has also been actively involved with the NSW Law Society Inner West branch – arranging speakers and presenting seminars. Annette has been a member of the Law Society’s Business Law Committee since 2011 and assisted in the drafting of submissions on new legislation and policy.

Annette has been a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2002.

In addition, Forum Law has been a member of Housing Industry Association of Australia since 2006 and is on the panel of lawyers for this group. Forum Law is also a member of the Australian Retailers Association and contributes regularly to their trade journals. Annette has also been an active member of Women on Boards, Australian Women Lawyers, BNI, is listed in World Wide Who’s Who and has participated in many other groups.

Education

BA Dip Law
LLM (majoring in Corporate and Trade Practices Law)
Graduate Member, Australia Institute of Company Directors
Harvard University, Negotiation for Lawyers, 2008 and Masterclass in Negotiation 2013
Harvard University – Mediating Disputes, 2016

Previous firms

Shailer Dawson & Hickey (now Atkinson & Vinden)
Gadens Lawyers
Leigh Adams Lawyers
Brown & Partners

Are business, property or personal problems keeping you up at night?

At Forum Law, our team of legal professionals can help you resolve these problems and help you sleep soundly.

With our extensive qualifications and depth of experience we know what your business needs to be compliant, reduce risk and resolve disputes. We can also guide you through complex or difficult personal or property issues.

Our clients are located throughout Australia and overseas. So wherever you are, we can help you resolve a diverse range of legal issues under Australian law, including:

Commercial law
Building and construction
Property law and conveyancing
Wills and estates
Personal matters
From everyday issues to complex challenges – such as formalising business relationships, planning for the future, resolving disputes, documenting strategies to develop your business and personal estate, wills, insolvency and conveyancing – we’ll support you at every stage.

Our promise to you

Real results: our high-calibre team puts you in the best position to get the best outcome.
Clear communication: we explain everything in plain English – and always answer your calls!
Reasonable rates: you’ll know up-front what our services cost – so there are no surprises.
Caring and friendly: we work hard to build an authentic, attentive relationship with you.
Accessible advice: you get direct access to your personal legal professional.
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