LAWYAL Solicitors is an incorporated legal practice that offers quality and affordable legal advice online for Australian financial institutions, companies and small-to-medium enterprises. We provide an alternative to hiring permanent in-house counsel at high fixed costs, or engaging external law firms with large overheads and billable hours.
After spending 10 years as a lawyer in the banking and financial services industry, Leonie Chapman, co-founder and Legal Practitioner Director of LAWYAL Solicitors, identified that there was a real need for simple and affordable legal advice. The idea for LAWYAL was born to provide expert legal advice that is quicker, easier to understand and cheaper than traditional law firms, with the familiarity of loyal in-house counsel.
LAWYAL offers legal services in the following areas: banking and finance, consumer credit and mortgage lending, privacy and AML, trade practices and unfair contract terms, intellectual property and trade marks, business and commercial, regulatory reform and compliance, contract, aspects of the Corporations Act and outsourced-in-house legal support.
By creating a virtual law firm, LAWYAL is able to reduce unnecessary process and overheads, while still maintaining the highest standard of personalised, dependable and friendly legal advice.
Principal Lawyer & Director (LLM / LLB / BCom)
Leonie's experience extends to banking and finance, consumer credit and mortgage lending, contract negotiation, trade practices and fair trading legislation, intellectual property and trade marks, and financial services.
After completing her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce in 2002, Leonie went on to work both in private practice and as senior in-house lawyer supporting specialist lenders and large financial institutions. Having achieved a Master of Laws in 2009 specialising in banking and finance law, Leonie’s main focus has been on regulation and compliance for banking and financial institutions, including drafting agreements, procedures and policy documents, negotiating distribution arrangements, mortgages and loan servicing and advices covering compliance with NCCP Act, Privacy Act, AML/CTF Act6, SPAM Act, Competition and Consumer Act and aspects of the Corporations Act.
Leonie's previous experience as an in-house lawyer for Bluestone Group Pty Ltd and Macquarie Bank Limited has ensured her legal advice is delivered with a highest degree of quality and commerciality.