CONSULTANTS

BRYAN STUART PRIESTLEY

Graduated with an Honours Degree in Law from Queensland Institute of Technology in 1984 and is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland (1987) as a Solicitor and to the National Court of Papua New Guinea as a Solicitor and a Barrister (1987);

Spent six years in Papua New Guinea (1987-1992) as a 50% Owner and Managing Partner of Papua New Guinea Law Firm with offices in Port Moresby , Lae and Mount Hagen with 14 solicitors and 40 support staff;

Up until 2010 was the owner of Law Firms in Australia and the Principal of a corporate consultancy business advising legal and accounting firms, financial institutions, major property developers, high net worth individuals and private and public companies.

Significant Commercial, Corporate and Property Law experience and business experience at a senior level resulted in Bryan returning to Papua New Guinea in early 2010 to assist Young & Williams in providing first class Commercial, Corporate and Property legal services to its clients;

Possesses a great understanding of a wide range of commercial and contractual matters affecting businesses. Works closely with his clients to achieve his client's objectives and offers practical commercial advice and solutions;

Operates in a cost and time effective manner and drives the multi-disciplinary team of professionals, project stakeholders and the client's internal management, in handling a project's diverse and challenging range of responsibilities;

Legal Assistant : Bong Masangkay

SPECIAL COUNSEL

NERRIE ELIAKIM

Nerrie Eliakim was admitted to practice law in Papua New Guinea in 1999. She commenced employment as a lawyer thereafter and first joined Young & Williams in 2003 where she was made, shortly after joining, Associate at the firm. She has extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation as well as commercial law. Nerrie was the Defence Counsel representing various but different accused persons charged in relation to the NPF and also National Gaming Board saga in early 2000. In criminal matters, she takes charge of the cases from the initial Police interrogation stage, bail negotiations & applications, all the way through to the Committal process and to the higher courts, in the event that the accused is committed to stand trial and any appeals therefrom.

Nerrie is a litigator and has a great deal of experience with different jurisdictions in the District, National and Supreme Courts. She also has experience in dealing with Probate matters, motor vehicle insurance and personal injuries matters, adoption & custody matters, land dispute matters at both the Local and Provincial Land Court, etc.

Nerrie has excellent negotiations and mediation skills and has established an extensively wide professional net- work, particularly in the law & justice sector as well as with key stake holder partners of the government.

She ceased employment with Young & Williams in December 2007 when she was appointed to the bench as a Magistrate of the District Courts of Papua New Guinea. She has experience sitting in all 17 jurisdictions of the District Court including Family & Juvenile Court, Land Courts, Interim Protection Matters, Summary Court, Grade 5 court (civil and criminal), etc. She was the senior Magistrate in charge of Boroko Summary Court when she was appointed as Acting Chief Magistrate in mid-2012 and later confirmed as Chief Magistrate of Papua New Guinea for a 6 year term in February 2013. As Chief Magistrate, she was the chief accountable officer responsible for all District Court operations and District Court Magistrates throughout PNG. Upon expiry of her term in April 2019, she rejoined Young & Williams and is Special Counsel at the firm.

She has just recently been appointed as council member to the PNG Law Society.

Legal Assistant : Monty Mathew

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