About Us.

Hitch Advisory offer a range of business and legal services delivered differently.

Uncomplicated, relevant, expert advice.

Hitch Advisory are the exclusive legal advisors to the Australian Retailers Association and its 4000+ retail members. Our firm prides itself on being the market leaders in the retail space.

 

For too long legal and business advisors have been reactive and failed to demonstrate value to clients. Our mission is to empower your business and add value in every engagement.

We are the experts.

We are the experts in Retail Law, Business Law and Mergers and Acquisitions – and we’re business people, too.

Our clients trust us and rely upon us to provide strategic and proactive advice.

We offer a range of flexible service models to provide you with the right advice when you need it.

The experts.

Nick Hitchens
Principal (02) 8123 0989

Nick Hitchens is a key advisor to a range of Australian and International businesses.

Nick Hitchens is a key advisor to a range of Australian and International businesses.

He has assisted hundreds of business owners seeking investment, divestment or acquisition with a transaction history totalling $500m+.

Nick Hitchens is an expert in advising on Shareholder and Partnership Arrangements and all other commercial contracts.

He brings a contemporary competitive approach to business and legal services. In his downtime, Nick Hitchens likes breathing the fresh air in Tassie, Crossfit and travelling the globe.

Olivia Hitchens advises Australia’s largest retailers, franchised networks, property owners and high-net-worth families. Olivia is a renowned expert in Retail Law and is the exclusive legal advisor to the Australian Retailers Association and its members.

Olivia Hitchens advises Australia’s largest retailers, franchised networks, property owners and high-net-worth families. Olivia is a renowned expert in Retail Law and is the exclusive legal advisor to the Australian Retailers Association and its members.

Olivia Hitchens can assist all businesses with a broad range of commercial legal needs and is relied upon as a trusted advisor, deal maker, problem solver and strategic thinker.

In her downtime, Olivia enjoys running, travel and spending time with her two daughters.

Paul Henry has more than 10 years’ worth of corporate and commercial experience advising clients across a variety of industries and deal sizes.  Paul also has an Executive MBA and experience working in-house so he prides himself on understanding each business he works with to ensure that advice is both legally sound and commercially pragmatic.  Away from work, Paul can usually be found near a sporting field, brewing his own beer or enjoying time with the family.

Paul Henry has more than 10 years’ worth of corporate and commercial experience advising clients across a variety of industries and deal sizes.  Paul also has an Executive MBA and experience working in-house so he prides himself on understanding each business he works with to ensure that advice is both legally sound and commercially pragmatic.  Away from work, Paul can usually be found near a sporting field, brewing his own beer or enjoying time with the family.

Joel Marshall comes from a commercial property investment background in New Zealand and has practiced the past 5 years in Australia with a focus on Property and Business Transactions and Disputes, Competition and Consumer Law and general commercial advisory.

Joel Marshall has a passion for business and with his balanced commercial approach to legal services is a perfect fit to Hitch Advisory’s expert team. In his downtime Joel Marshall likes surfing, fishing and exploring the great outdoors.

Joel Marshall comes from a commercial property investment background in New Zealand and has practiced the past 5 years in Australia with a focus on Property and Business Transactions and Disputes, Competition and Consumer Law and general commercial advisory.

Andrew Aitken is a Principal at Hitch Advisory.  He has over 30 years of practical experience and is a highly skilled practitioner in the areas of Estate and Succession Planning. Additionally, Andrew has experience in Renewable Energy and Commercial Law.

Andrew Aitken is a Principal at Hitch Advisory.  He has over 30 years of practical experience and is a highly skilled practitioner in the areas of Estate and Succession Planning. Additionally, Andrew has experience in Renewable Energy and Commercial Law.

Andrew has acted for multiple generations of families, guiding them safely through complex estate planning situations with a focus on not only the individual but also trying to preserve relationships among the wider family and protect assets for future generations.

Andrew is one of the early pioneers in Australia in advising numerous landowners of proposed Wind and Solar Farms.  In that regard, he is highly sought after to protect and educate landowners in this specialised area.

Outside of the office, Andrew is a keen hiker, photographer and always a keen sports follower.

Tim McGrath advises and acts on a range of dispute and litigation matters. Tim has particular expertise in insolvency and bankruptcy,

Tim McGrath advises and acts on a range of dispute and litigation matters. Tim has particular expertise in insolvency and bankruptcy, complex corporate disputes, shareholder/partnership conflicts, taxation and revenue matters. Tim also regularly advises high-net-worth individuals and families on disputed matters relating to estate and trust arrangements and trust administration.

Whilst Tim’s practice often sees him act for clients in large scale litigation, his focus is on seeking to achieve early commercial resolution of matters where possible.

Outside of work, Tim enjoys running, cycling and ocean swimming.

Hayley Hewitt acts for a diverse client base in a range of industries, including advising Australia’s largest travel retailers, childcare operators, and property developers.

Hayley Hewitt acts for a diverse client base in a range of industries, including advising Australia’s largest travel retailers, childcare operators, and property developers.

Hayley is an expert in property related transactions including the sale and purchase of both residential and commercial properties, development projects, and commercial and retail leasing. 

Hayley also has extensive experience advising clients in a range of commercial transactions, with a particular focus on the childcare industry.  As a result of her strong understanding of the childcare industry, Hayley regularly advises on the sale and purchase of childcare centres, together with the sale, purchase and/or leasing of land which is used or intended to be used for a childcare business.

Taking a practical approach to her work, Hayley is committed to developing and maintaining strong relationships with her clients to achieve their legal needs.

Outside of work, Hayley Hewitt enjoys relaxing at the beach, socialising, and learning Portuguese.

Lazar Krstic acts for individuals and organisations of all sizes, assisting with their start-up, transactional and dispute resolution requirements. Lazar oversees both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular interest in mergers & acquisitions, Competition and Consumer Law and general business and transactional matters.

Lazar Krstic acts for individuals and organisations of all sizes, assisting with their start-up, transactional and dispute resolution requirements. Lazar oversees both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular interest in mergers & acquisitions, Competition and Consumer Law and general business and transactional matters.

Lazar has extensive litigation experience, having appeared in various jurisdictions throughout Australia. In 2020, Lazar was listed as a finalist in the Australian Lawyers Weekly – 30 Under 30 Awards (Commercial Law).

Outside of the office, he attends the gym regularly, passionately supports Chelsea Football Club and recharges his batteries by travelling the world.

Maryanne Pollifrone is a Senior Associate in Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Team.

Maryanne Pollifrone is a Senior Associate in Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Team. Maryanne adopts a pragmatic approach to assisting clients with their estate and succession planning needs by breaking down legal concepts into plain English and implementing an empathetic approach to providing solutions. Maryanne also has experience dealing with deceased estate matters and contested estates.

Outside of work Maryanne enjoys socialising, travel and coastal walks.

Camille Broadhurst is a Senior Associate in our Wills and Estates team with a core focus on providing Wills and Estate planning advice for medium to high-net-worth clients.

Camille Broadhurst is a Senior Associate in our Wills and Estates team with a core focus on providing Wills and Estate planning advice for medium to high-net-worth clients. Driven to provide holistic and tailored estate plans, Camille understands the importance of navigating the technical interplay of trust and taxation laws and fostering a warm and comfortable rapport with her clients to gain the best understanding of their estate planning wishes.

Outside of work, Camille is an avid reader and netball player.

Benjamin Tran
Associate +61 2 7226 1246

Benjamin Tran acts for an extensive range of individuals and corporations across different industries. In addition to general commercial law, Benjamin is particularly skilled in facilitating complex commercial and property transactions and takes a pragmatic approach when managing client needs. In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys traversing around Australia and the rest of the world in search of excellent restaurants and bars and is particularly fond of Japan

Benjamin Tran acts for an extensive range of individuals and corporations across different industries. In addition to general commercial law, Benjamin is particularly skilled in facilitating complex commercial and property transactions and takes a pragmatic approach when managing client needs.

In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys traversing around Australia and the rest of the world in search of excellent restaurants and bars and is particularly fond of Japan

Matthew is a commercial litigation lawyer with a focus on corporate and personal insolvency. He regularly acts for creditors seeking recovery of a disputed debt and its enforcement, including security interests. Matthew regularly acts for and advises trustees and liquidators in the conduct of their duties, gaining extensive experience in all Courts and Tribunals in New South Wales, Victoria and Federal jurisdictions and as a Trial advocate in the New South Wales Supreme Court. Outside of the office Matthew is the proud father of two children, a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys watching European football.

Matthew is a commercial litigation lawyer with a focus on corporate and personal insolvency. He regularly acts for creditors seeking recovery of a disputed debt and its enforcement, including security interests.

Matthew regularly acts for and advises trustees and liquidators in the conduct of their duties, gaining extensive experience in all Courts and Tribunals in New South Wales, Victoria and Federal jurisdictions and as a Trial advocate in the New South Wales Supreme Court.

Outside of the office Matthew is the proud father of two children, a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys watching European football.

Jack acts for a range of corporate and retail clients, working with them to understand and manage their ongoing legal needs.

Jack acts for a range of corporate and retail clients, working with them to understand and manage their ongoing legal needs.

With extensive experience advising on business transactions and general commercial law, Jack’s advice reflects a strong understanding of the commercial needs of his clients.

Jack is experienced acting for clients within the pharmacy industry, advising on the setup of new pharmacies, the purchase and sale of existing pharmacies, as well as general compliance and structuring matters.

Out of the office you will often find Jack scuba diving, camping, and spending time with his family.

Joss McCay is a commercial property lawyer focused on acquisitions and disposals, leasing, and property-related disputes.

Joss McCay is a commercial property lawyer focused on acquisitions and disposals, leasing, and property-related disputes.

Whether you are a large corporate landholder or a first home buyer, Joss understands the importance of delivering clear, concise and timely advice.

Outside of the office, Joss enjoys travelling, learning new languages (Joss speaks Mandarin), and participating in ocean swims.

Chloe is a lawyer in our litigation and disputes resolution team.

Chloe is a lawyer in our litigation and disputes resolution team.

Chloe regularly acts and advises clients in relation to commercial disputes including shareholder and director disputes. However, she has particular interest and experience in trusts and estate litigation (including family provision proceedings) having acted in and advised on litigation involving trust and/or estates worth in excess of $50 million.

Whilst Chloe’s practice involves litigation, she is often called on to advise clients on the options available to prevent litigation and assists clients in reaching commercial outcomes where possible.

Outside of the office, Chloe enjoys travelling, hiking, snowboarding and tennis.

Nikola is a lawyer in the General Commercial team and assists in the provision of advice on mergers & acquisitions, commercial disputes and general contractual matters.

Nikola is a lawyer in the General Commercial team and assists in the provision of advice on mergers & acquisitions, commercial disputes and general contractual matters.

Having previously worked in-house advising leading Australian and international corporations, Nik has a strong understanding of how business works and implements a practical approach to everyday advice.

Outside of the office, Nik enjoys weightlifting, boxing, and playing guitar.

Fallon Clements supports the firm’s principals and has experience with property law documentation.

Fallon Clements supports the firm’s principals and has experience with property law documentation.

Outside of work, Fallon enjoys spending time with her son, going to the gym, relaxing at the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Cecilia Vega has extensive legal administration experience, having worked in the industry for over 20 years and she now primarily assists our estate planning team.

Cecilia Vega has extensive legal administration experience, having worked in the industry for over 20 years and she now primarily assists our estate planning team.

In her spare time, Cecilia enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

Tayla has extensive administration experience and primarily supports our litigation team. Tayla is currently undertaking a Diploma of Paralegal Studies.

Tayla has extensive administration experience and primarily supports our litigation team. Tayla is currently undertaking a Diploma of Paralegal Studies.

Outside of work, Tayla enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Annelyse Chaboisseau is a Probate Paralegal with a wealth of experience working with both simple and complex estates.

Annelyse Chaboisseau is a Probate Paralegal with a wealth of experience working with both simple and complex estates.

Outside of work, Annelyse enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends, doing jigsaw puzzles and reading.

In every engagement we commit to deliver

Strategic Insights

Strategic insights to ensure that the position of your business is optimised.

Proactive Advice

Proactive advice for tomorrow - not waiting until you need a lifeline.

Responsive Communication

Open lines of communication whenever you need them. You won’t be left waiting for return phone calls.

Technical Accuracy

Technically accurate advice. You can rely on our knowledge and expertise.

Collaborative Approach

Collaborating with your existing stakeholders to understand all aspects of your business and achieve your desired outcome.

Business Partner

We’re in it for the long haul. We want to work with you throughout the life cycle of your business.