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Proximity’s advisors are strategic, commercial, pragmatic, innovative and approachable. We’re not just lawyers—we are a team of highly professional and skilful advisors that above all else, just want to help you achieve your goals.

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Len Withers
Consultant
Len Withers
Consultant

Len holds Bachelor degrees in both Engineering and Law and is a Barrister and Solicitor. He has worked as a professional Engineer in Australia and the UK and spent many years in the Australian health industry, most recently as CEO of a large, metropolitan teaching hospital. Following a 25-year career in the Commonwealth and ACT Administrations (14 years at the level of Senior or Chief Executive), Len moved into consultancy.  For the past 20 years, Len has been predominantly engaged by Commonwealth and NSW Government agencies in various roles of probity advising and tender management.

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Michael Chilcott
Senior Advisor
Michael Chilcott
Senior Advisor

Michael is an experienced lawyer with a broad background in government work, primarily for the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth.

Michael has significant experience in administrative law, employment law, investigations, the criminal law, regulatory law, governance and management.

Michael is based in Canberra and has a current NV1 security clearance.

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Peter DeGraaff
Senior Advisor
Peter DeGraaff
Senior Advisor

Peter is a very well regarded procurement and contracting advisor with significant experience in government and the private sector.

He has significant experience as a commercial, procurement and contracting advisor on strategic and operational information and communication technology procurement projects, covering business systems, IT professional services, hardware procurement, software licensing (including for SaaS and AaaS) and fixed and mobile communications.

He also has considerable experience as an advisor and practitioner in general goods and services procurement projects and whole-of-government procurement and performance-based contract development and management. This experience includes establishing, implementing and managing whole-of-government professional services’ panels and similar arrangements.

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Tom Underwood
Graduate
Tom Underwood
Graduate

Tom is a hard-working and driven paralegal with strong skills in legal research and analysis, as well as demonstrated success working both as part of a team and individually. Tom completed degrees in Law and Arts at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2016 and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. With a positive work ethic and a talent for identifying and addressing complex problems, Tom has achieved strong results across both degrees. He received first class honours in Law as well as academic prizes from the German and Swiss Embassies as a component of his German Studies major.

In addition to his degrees, Tom has undertaken intensive foreign language courses in both Belgium and Germany, developing his ability to communicate and work effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. He has also successfully trained, lead and navigated teams in the ANU’s ‘Inward Bound’ distance-running competition.

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Jason Riley
Paralegal
Jason Riley
Paralegal

Jason is a hard-working and motivated paralegal with demonstrated excellence in problem solving, research and analytical tasks. He has undertaken secondments at the Department of Human Services and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, performing contract and data analysis in relation to software asset management.

These roles required Jason to maintain a strong attention to detail while approaching high volume, complex work. His duties involved identifying value-relevant assets, provisions and data, extracting and advising on efficient capture methods and presentation. These roles have been an excellent opportunity for him to demonstrate administrative and accounting capabilities while working in a legal environment.

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Declan Norrie
Paralegal
Declan Norrie
Paralegal

Declan is a hard-working and driven paralegal with demonstrated excellence in problem solving and analytical tasks as well as highly developed organisation skills. Whilst undertaking a double degree in Law (Honours) and Science (Resource and Environmental Management) at the Australian National University (ANU), Declan has explored the depth and breadth of environmental management and associated law as an informal specialisation in his generalist degrees.

Declan pro-actively sought out professional experience through internships at both the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, where his work culminated in Declan being awarded co-authorship of two publications in relation to legal frameworks which agricultural industries work and constraints on individual farming enterprises, and Geoscience Australia, where his work on the cleaning and streamlining of data management of flood studies undertaken at a council-level across Australia led to a self-formulated, independently developed application utilising computer programming to explore emergency services response in flood-prone landscapes that is highly valued by the agency.

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Melissa Black
Finance & Office Manager
Melissa Black
Finance & Office Manager

Melissa looks after all of our financials from ensuring our clients are correctly invoiced to making sure our staff get paid. She also manages the higher level budgeting and monthly reporting and liases with our Accountants to ensure compliance. Recently Mel has also taken on the role of Office Manager. She assists Proximity with marketing, event coordination, staff onboarding, administration and general assistance to our Directors & Business Manager. Mel has quickly become a key member in the Proximity team.

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Lorin Joyce
Advisory Board
Lorin Joyce
Advisory Board

Lorin is a chartered accountant and the Founding Partner of MGI Joyce Dickson. He commenced the practice in 2003 and the business has grown to 45 staff and offers a full range of accounting and financial services. Lorin is a Board Member of MGI Australasia (one of the largest alliances of independent audit, tax, accounting and consulting firms in the world), President of the Eastlake Football Club, a former Chairman of the ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce and a former Board member for ClubsACT and Canberra PCYC.

Mike Watson
Advisory Board
Mike Watson
Advisory Board

Mike advises boards and business leaders on achieving strategic and cultural alignment to create competitive advantage and to build sustainable organisations. Mike was previously a global Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers based in London acting as principal for their mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances. As a PwC consultant he advised government and large corporations in the UK and USA on governance and strategy, revenue generation, cost management, and operational outsourcing. In Australia Mike has held senior executive positions with listed corporations in financial and operational roles. Mike has led a number of prominent national legal firms as their CEO during periods of significant growth and fundamental change of strategic direction.

Angus Conolly
Advisory Board
Angus Conolly
Advisory Board

Angus runs Rawson House, a legal industry executive search and selection firm based in Melbourne. Angus’s experience covers establishing new law firm offices across Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart; the facilitation of law firm mergers and acquisitions; and the hiring of key partners for clients. Angus’s expertise covers several aspects of the legal market including government and regulation, procurement, infrastructure and construction and corporate and commercial law. Angus regularly provides counsel for clients on a range of matters from firm growth opportunities, to firm strategy and people management. He has developed a reputation for his lateral thinking and his honest and candid approach to his work.