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Family Lawyers for South Yarra and the Surrounding Region, advising on Parenting Arrangements, Property Settlements, Divorce, Internatonal Family Law Issues and Intervention Orders.
Key Staff


In addition to the staff below, James McConvill & Associates engages consultants and barristers to assist our clients with expert legal advice to suit their needs.


James McConvill is the founder and Principal of James McConvill & Associates. James has over 15 years post-admission experience in the law. James holds an honours degree in Law and a PhD from Deakin University in Melbourne. He has published several articles in Australia and overseas in leading family law journals, including the International Journal of Law, Policy & the Family published by Oxford University Press in the UK.

James has particular expertise with mediation of disputes, and preparation of Binding Financial Agreements to settle the distribution of property (especially where businesses are involved) in family law matters.

Jonah Town
Sean McNally

Sean has been going to court successfully for literally thousands of his clients since the early 1980’s, both throughout Australia and Overseas. Sean has prepared for and appeared in all sorts of matters – including Family, Crime, Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation & Industrial relations/workplace law matters – in most of Australia’s lower and higher Courts and has worked closely with many of Australia’s most respected Senior Counsel - many of whom have now gone on to become Judges - over decades in matters in almost all of Australia’s Courts, including success in the criminal jurisdiction of the High Court of Australia in Canberra.

Sean’s skills include: Factual Investigation; Drafting letters and Court documents; Negotiation and Dispute Resolution; Appearing to advocate for and with clients in Court in Family, Criminal, Civil and Industrial Relations matters; Assembling forensically powerful briefs of evidence to Senior Counsel in the more serious and weighty matters where needs be.Sean brings a compassionate, mature and experienced approach to client’s legal hurdles and a strong drive to punch through and win success for his clients no matter the challenge.

Simone McMahon
Simone McMahon

Simone McMahon is a Senior Associate with the firm.
Simone grew up in Perth and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Notre Dame. After relocating to Brisbane, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2017 and was admitted as an Senior Associate with the Supreme Court of Brisbane QLD. In addition to her legal qualifications, Simone also holds an Advanced Diploma of Management, Diploma of Event Management and is a Winston Churchill Fellow. Simone also holds a certificate in speech and communication from the Australian Music Examinations Board, having had over 20 years’ experience as a professional presenter and lecturer at state, national and international levels. Simone is a highly motivated, ambitious, and professional individual who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task she undertakes. She demonstrates strong leadership qualities, management skills and highly developed negotiation competencies with significant experience in stakeholder relationships and team management successfully achieving objectives on time and with excellence.

As a qualified lawyer, Simone has extensive experience in the personal injury and more specifically workers compensation sector, however it is her long-standing commitment to community service as a health advocate and her extensive commitment to volunteer work with multiple charities that shows her true character. Through Simone’s outstanding experience within the professional sector, it is clear helping and working with people in the community is where her true passion lies.

Simone’s genuine commitment to community service has been recognised by a notable list of awards including, Order of Australia 2013

Lions Club Exemplary Service Award 2008
Winston Churchill Fellowship 2007
Browns WA Woman of the Year 2007
WA Young Australian of the Year -2006/08
Prime Ministers Centenary Medal

Simone is a vibrant and friendly person,genuinely committed to making a positive difference. She is passionate about helping clients reach their desired outcome and will make sure your case is handled thoroughly and professionally.


Rebecca Cann is the Manager of James McConvill & Associates.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting Major) from the University of Sydney, and an Advanced Diploma of Accounting (with Honours) from Kingscliff TAFE on the Gold Coast.

Rebecca has an immense amount of accounting and book-keeping experience, with both professional services firms and retail/wholesale enterprises. She also has a number of years of practical experience as a paralegal, with particular expertise in family law paralegal work.

Olivia Pepper

Olivia Pepper is a Law Clerk with the firm; she holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) from Swinburne Institute of Technology and was awarded Top Graduate for her course, and she recently completed her Juris Doctor (with Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland. Prior to coming to James McConvill & Associates, Olivia worked for a generalist firm under a solo practitioner; this allowed her to work on diverse files in a variety of legal fields, such as civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy, probate and conveyancing. Olivia has a keen interest in advocacy and has volunteered her time in human rights law with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.