Sam Pandya

Portrait of Sam PandyaSam Pandya is the Managing Principal and founder of OpusRed Lawyers and the current President of the Law Institute of Victoria for 2020.

Sam is a dual qualified solicitor in Australia and in the UK, having practised in London, Sydney and Melbourne before establishing OpusRed. Sam has practiced in Government, as well as in regional, suburban and city law firms in Australia.

Sam is an experienced senior lawyer with over 18 years’ experience in general practice including family and criminal law but with a focus on commercial, civil litigation, employment and insolvency law. Sam holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and an Accounting Finance and Economics degree (with Honours) as well as being a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a qualified mediator giving Sam a distinct advantage when advising clients and resolving their disputes. Sam appears regularly in the Magistrates’ Court, VCAT, the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Court for his clients.

Sam has practised in London, Melbourne and Sydney and, prior to that, worked for the Insolvency Service (the UK’s equivalent to ASIC) in London. Sam’s experience working for a regulator has given him a unique insight into the regulatory issues facing both businesses and individuals in distress.

Sam is currently taking a sabbatical year in 2020 due to his role as President of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV). The LIV represents over 19,000 lawyers and advocates on behalf of the legal profession and the community on legislative changes and reforms and is recognised and respected by business, government and the community as the leader of the legal profession in Victoria. Sam has been a member of the Board since January 2015 and is  proud to be able to give back to the legal profession and the community.

Sam was also a Board Director of the Western Region Health Centre, now Co Health which brought valuable expertise and experience in community, health, education, and governance.

Sam is also a Qualified Mediator with the Resolution Institute and undertakes mediations to resolve disputes. Sam is committed to supporting the community with access to justice and ensuring they are supported with their legal matters whether they be our vulnerable members of society, small businesses, not for profit organisations individuals.

Education

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of London

Bachelor of Accounting Finance and Economic (Hons), University of Essex

Gradute Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors  (GAICD)

Nationally Accredited Mediator, Resolution Institute

President Law Institute of Victoria 2020

Julie White

Portrait of Sam Pandya

Julie White is a partner of OpusRed.

Julie was admitted as a solicitor in 1999 and has made her career as an employment lawyer and workplace investigator.  She has a wealth of experience advising private and public sector clients on workplace matters across a range of industries, including banking, manufacturing, education, health, professional services and government.

 

Prior to joining OpusRed Lawyers, Julie has worked in specialist employment law teams at respected large and medium sized law firms in Melbourne and Sydney.

Julie has also practised in-house for the UK’s Government Legal Service, acting on behalf of government departments and agencies in employment litigation, which has given her deep insights into clients’ organisational and operational needs.  Julie is a dual qualified lawyer in Australia and the UK.

Julie is a highly skilled and experienced workplace investigator.  She has conducted investigations for private and public clients into complex complaints of workplace bullying, harassment, fraud and other allegations of misconduct and breaches of internal policies and procedures.

Julie’s approach is to work actively with her clients to understand their organisations and to build their internal capability to meet the challenges of managing employees in contemporary, diverse workplaces.  She has a genuine passion for helping businesses and organisations to implement practical workplace solutions.

 

Education

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

Master of International Studies, University of Sydney