Shane McCarthy – Principal Lawyer & Notary
Shane McCarthy founded McCarthy Partners in 1976. He was admitted in 1975 as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Shane is a Notary Public, a qualified mediator, and holds a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Shane is experienced, honest and very professional. He is committed to providing a high level of personal service for the firm’s clients and is an integral member of the local business community.
Matthew McCarthy – Principal Lawyer
Shane’s son Matt joined the firm in 2015.
Matt was admitted to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer in 2009.
He has worked in private practice at Baker & McKenzie in Melbourne and Linklaters in London, and in-house at Paddy Power in Dublin and Sportsbet in Melbourne.
He has a broad commercial background and provides technically-sound and practical advice.
Josh Oppy – Lawyer
Josh joined McCarthy Partners in 2020 after completing his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
Josh was admitted to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer in 2020.
He undertook work experience at McCarthy Partners in 2017 and has also worked at other firms as a Law Clerk in the areas of: Franchise Law, Employment Law and Wills and Estates.
He is currently working with our conveyancing team and looks forward to expanding his areas of practice.
Karen Clarke – Conveyancing Manager
Karen joined McCarthy Partners in 2017 and has over 25 years’ experience in property law and mortgages and has previously worked in major city law firms.
Karen is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of conveyancing including subdivisions, strata title and “off-the-plan” sales. She personally handles all files from instructions through to completion and is the first point of contact for all conveyancing requirements.
Karen works under the supervision of our principals, Matt and Shane McCarthy.
Michelle Larsen – Probate & Estates Manager
Michelle has been working in the legal profession for approximately 20 years and has wide general experience in handling Mortgage & Finance, Conveyancing and Probate.
Michelle handles all probate/ deceased estate matters and is the first point of contact on such matters.
Michelle works under the supervision of our principals Matt and Shane McCarthy.
Shontelle Davenport – Legal Assistant
Shontelle joined McCarthy Partners in 2014. Prior to joining us, she worked in banking, finance and mortgage broking. Shontelle is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable member of our staff, who has lived on the Mornington Peninsula for most of her life.
Shontelle is assistant to principal Matt McCarthy, and is experienced in property conveyancing (residential and commercial), business conveyancing, and commercial leasing.
Joanne Lowerson – Office Manager
Jo joined McCarthy Partners in 2018. Prior to joining us, she worked in banking and insurance broking.
Jo is a dedicated member of our staff, who has lived and worked on the Mornington Peninsula for most of her life.
Debbie Patterson – Conveyancing Clerk/Receptionist
Debbie joined McCarthy Partners as a conveyancing clerk in 2013. Prior to joining us Debbie worked at various local law firms on the Mornington Peninsula. In 2019, after 20 years’ experience in conveyancing, Debbie opted for a sea-change and took on the role as our receptionist. Away from the office, Debbie loves spending time with her family, taking her dog on long walks and caravanning at any opportunity.
Jodi Nettlefold – Law Clerk
Jodi first joined us in 1979. She has performed various roles over the years, but has primarily worked as a personal assistant to Shane McCarthy. Jodi is very experienced, particularly in relation to Wills and Powers of Attorney.
Outside of work, Jodi enjoys gardening, reading and cooking for family and friends.