About

Meet the team

Ian Aldridge

Ian Aldridge

Founder & Principal Lawyer

After 12 years practising as a litigation lawyer for small, medium and large firms in Australia and the UK, Ian returned to Australia disillusioned with the way Law was being practiced at all levels, especially for small business.

While mixing with a bunch of entrepreneurs and small business owners, he found out very quickly that the advice they were receiving was either wrong or too expensive, but mainly both!

The feedback he got was that people would rather go to a dentist than see a Lawyer.

Progressive Legal was born (2014), and changed the way legal services are provided in Australia, by building Legal Shield™, a legal subscription to obtain tailored legal documents immediately and pay over time.

Gabriela Pesantez Laharnar

Gabriela Pesantez Laharnar

Lawyer

After 2 years of experience In-House, Gaby joined the team as a Commercial lawyer in January 2020.

From Terms and Conditions to Privacy Policies, Gaby also assists with protecting our clients’ Intellectual Property (Confidentiality Agreements, NDA, Cease & Desist letters, etc.).

Gaby is a bubbly and enthusiastic person, always happy to help our clients in the best manner and provide a fast turnaround.

Jacqueline Purcell

Jacqueline Purcell

Lawyer & Trade Mark Attorney

Jacqui was admitted as a Solicitor on 26 August 2011 and became a Registered Trade Mark Attorney in 2015.

She is passionate about helping business owners protect their brands. She cares about our clients and takes time to build a strong relationship with them, to become their trusted advisor.

Tonya Symons

Tonya Symons

Lawyer

Tonya has been working in Law since 2010 and became a practising Solicitor in 2016. She is particularly interested in Trade Mark Law, however her legal experience extends to Corporate and Commercial Law.

Tonya prides herself in her ability to develop strategies and negotiations to achieve the best outcome for our clients in a dire situation.

Roxanne Hart

Roxanne Hart

Senior Consulting Lawyer

Roxy joined the team in 2019. Her areas of expertise are Corporate, Commercial and Workplace law. Roxy has worked on a range of matters with us, from drafting Shareholders agreements to providing workplace advice, she’s meticulous and a great addition to the team.

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Christine Kelly

Trade Mark Paralegal

Christine is the owner of Virtually Connected. She provides paralegal support to lawyers and trade mark attorneys. Having worked in the IP industry for over 28 years, she is a great asset to our team.

Christine has filed hundreds of trade marks both here in Australia and New-Zealand (where she’s from).

After having dealt with so many trade marks, Christine can assist with getting your trade marks over the line and obtain protection over your business name, logo, tag-line and more.

Sophie Vorburger

Sophie Vorburger

Practice Manager

Sophie is our Practice Manager. She helps with everything but law in the business.

After starting with the management of our social media pages over 2 years ago, she expanded her skills to digital marketing generally and finances as a bookkeeper.

With practice management and administration, she’s a great support to the team and ready to assist clients with any query they may have.

Charlotte Mohan

Charlotte Mohan

Executive Assistant

Charlotte is an experienced Executive Assistant who started her career in the UK, where she’s from. She has outstanding customer service skills and is a great support to our team.

Ray Corcoran

Ray Corcoran

Digital Marketing Consultant

Ray is a Business Advisor and digital marketing speaker. He has helped 1000+ small businesses across 100+ industries over the last 11 years and has also worked with top tier corporates including Optus, McDonald’s Australia, Leighton and Woolworths Group to name a few. He has been seen in the Australian Financial Review, The Sun Herald, Startup Daily and many more publications.

Marshall Thurlow

Marshall Thurlow

SEO Consultant

Marshall is the founder and small business developer at Orion Marketing.

Orion Marketing has been working in the SEO space since 2016 and offers a proven and reliable SEO service – honest, transparent and high quality.