A skilful mix of high level practical experience and academic qualifications sets SMR Legal Director Stephen Merrylees apart as someone who can provide a unique perspective to clients.
Stephen has extensive experience as a senior political adviser and as a government lawyer with the federal government (most recently Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and is renowned for finding practical solutions to clients’ complicated and seemingly gridlocked matters.
A five-term Mayor and nationally accredited mediator, Stephen applies this exclusive skillset to commercial and estate matters. His advice on governance issues impacting private and public sector organisations is highly sought after.
Clients appreciate Stephen’s life experience of operating a large family property, lecturing in law at Melbourne University Dookie Campus and as Executive Director of Goulburn Murray Community Leadership Program (Fairley Leadership).
Stephen has served on numerous local and state advisory boards and committees. He is currently Shepparton Villages’ president, a director of Goulburn Valley Health and a brigade member of the Shepparton District Headquarters Brigade.