Staff and Contact Details

Contact Information

Telephone:+61 2 9685 9895 or Ext. 9895 +61 2 9685 9753 or Ext. 9753
Facsimile:+61 2 9685 9333 or Ext. 9333

Mailing Address:

Office of General Counsel
Western Sydney University
Locked Bag 1797 Penrith   
NSW 2751


Office of General Counsel 
Western Sydney University
Building EQ, Ground Floor - Cnr Victoria Rd and James Ruse Drive (entrance via Victoria Rd)
Parramatta South campus (opens in a new window)
Rydalmere NSW 2166

Helen Fleming (opens in a new window)

Helen Fleming

Helen Fleming is the University Secretary and General Counsel.

For more information on Helen's experience, please see the University Secretary and General Counsel (opens in a new window) page.

Fabian Flintoff (opens in a new window)

Fabian Flintoff is the University’s Senior Employment Lawyer.

Fabian was previously employed as a Senior Advisor with the Australian Medical Association and, prior to that, as HR Legal Counsel with Covenant Health in Canada.  He has also worked in private practice and as Legal Manager with the Fair Work Ombudsman in Sydney.

Fabian has 15 years’ experience in workplace relations law with an emphasis on work in the health, education and government sectors. He is also an accredited mediator. Fabian holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Sydney. He is a member of the Law Society of NSW.

Theresa Kelly (opens in a new window)

Theresa Kelly

Theresa Kelly  is the University's Senior Commercial Lawyer.

Theresa re-joined the University in 2018, having worked for the University previously between in 2014-2015.

Theresa has worked as a senior commercial lawyer for over 20 years. This includes four years’ experience gained at two other universities in NSW (including as Head of Legal and Compliance and Company Secretary at a controlled entity of another NSW university), as well as in various other in-house roles in the IT and Energy, Procurement and Construction (EPC) sectors.  Theresa also practised as a commercial litigation lawyer in private practice in major law firms in the UK for over 15 years, where she is admitted as a solicitor.

Theresa holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sheffield, UK, and a Masters of Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of New South Wales.

Theresa advises the University on a broad range of legal matters, including  commercial transactions and contracts; intellectual property and IP commercialisation; international relationships; IT; confidentiality, privacy and data protection; student issues and ESOS compliance; research contracts;  commercial disputes and litigation; and policy compliance and governance.

Theresa is a member of the Law Society of NSW, the Law Society of England and Wales, and  the Society of University Lawyers (SOUL).

Violeta Kikirekova (opens in a new window)

Violeta Kikirekova

Violeta  is the University's Senior Property Lawyer.

Violeta joined the University in 2018, having worked as a senior lawyer for over 25 years. This includes seven years’ experience gained at another NSW university, where she acted on a broad range of commercial matters and was the primary contact for property matters.  Outside the University sector, Violeta has held senior commercial and property roles in-house with a publicly listed company and with a couple of major law firms.

Violeta holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of New South Wales and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Violeta advises the University on a broad range of property matters, including acquisitions, disposals, co-ownership agreements and arrangements with relevant public authorities.  She will be working extensively on the Western Growth project.

Violeta is a member of the Law Society of NSW and the Society of University Lawyers (SOUL).

Lachlan Carr (opens in a new window)

Lachlan Carr

Lachlan has experience in the areas of civil and commercial dispute resolution, policy development, cyber/data breach response, privacy and data protection, directors & officers liability, financial and professional services regulation, employment practices liability, professional indemnity, defamation and Australian consumer law.

Lachlan provides useful and relevant advice to the University and its staff to make it easier for them to remain compliant, mitigate risks, and address disputes. Lachlan is responsible for the litigation & dispute resolution portfolio at the University, and also provides advice on policy development and application, regulatory compliance, and the prevention and investigation of misconduct.

He can also provide general advice on the application of law to operations and activities within the University. Lachlan regularly consults with academic and professional staff to workshop ways in which they can conduct their business ethically and in compliance with the law, whilst contributing to the University’s achievement of its mission, goals and strategic plan.

Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Lachlan is completing a Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Sydney.

Johan Haaring (opens in a new window)

Johan Haaring is the University’s Commercial and Property Lawyer and advises the University on a broad range of commercial and property matters. He joined the University in 2019, having previously worked as a Commercial Litigation and Property Lawyer in private practice.

Johan holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Western Sydney University and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He is also a member of the Law Society of NSW.

Dominique Wilson (opens in a new window)

Dominique Wilson

Dominique is the Executive Officer in the Office of General Counsel.

Dominique joined the University in 2017 and moved to the Office of General Counsel in 2018. She has worked in the university sector for over 13 years in various administrative, academic, and research support roles. This includes experience working for the legal office at another university in NSW.

Liz Chan (opens in a new window)

Liz Chan

Liz Chan is an Administrative Officer in the Office of General Counsel.

Prior to joining the University, Liz worked as a consultant within a big-4 consulting firm specialising in team and project coordination as well as project management, delivery and risk assessment within both the private and public sectors. Liz also has previous experience working in the accessibility area within University sector.

Martha Ban (opens in a new window)

Martha Ban is an Administrative Officer in the Office of General Counsel.

Prior to joining the University, Martha worked as a secretary at Ashurst, in their Digital Economy Transactions team and has previously worked in Motor Vehicle Accidents and CTP Insurance law.  She has also worked in medical administration, including working with a cardiologist at Medicheck.

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