About Us

Meet our award winning Brisbane team

MJT Law specialises in employment law and advice, serving businesses and employees across Brisbane, Australia and Worldwide. Founded in 2014, our mission was to provide top-tier expertise alongside the personal service of  a boutique practice, for all areas of employment and labour law.

We are a tight-knit team of highly motivated professionals, working hard to deliver “advice that’s right for you”. Our culture embodies that mission through our core values, which filter through our work.

The Australian commercial landscape is diverse with multinationals, SME’s and owner operators. Our clients are in businesses, or employed in businesses, in all of these sectors. Our work and values have been recognised through accolades such as the Doyles Guide awards and various client testimonials.

Melanie Thorley – Director

After graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) I then completed my Masters of Law (LLM) with Queensland University of Technology.  In 2014 I opened MJT Law that is thriving today.  I have a number of interests including bike riding and beekeeping.  I have two cats and four native Australian beehives.

My cats and dog, Chewy, Schrodinger and Ebay come to the office each day with me and their favourite activity is paying fetch and riding in the pet trailer I use to bring my cats to work most days.  Like most New Zealander’s I love being outdoors and when my husband I go canoeing we bring our cats along for the ride.

I have lived in 11 countries and visited many more, I believe in the right to have proper legal representation and have incorporated this view into MJT Law through our pro bono work.  Our pro bono practice saw hundreds of clients and gave away over $100,000 of free legal advice in 2018/2019.

My LinkedIn here. 

Chris De Santana – Associate

After graduating from the Queensland University of Technology, I was admitted as a legal practitioner in April 2019. Following my admission, I practiced in the area of family law and gained extensive experience in working closely with clients to resolve their issues. I pride myself on my ability to empathise with clients or their businesses and my determination to achieve the best outcome possible. In 2020 I joined MJT Law and am excited to work within a team that is committed and dedicated to providing outstanding legal services.

I was born in South Africa but my background is Portuguese with much of my family being born there. I still visit my family in Madeira, Portugal and hope to continue to visit this beautiful slice of paradise.

Outside of the office, I enjoy spending my time enjoying the great outdoors. My weekends are spent either in my boat fishing with friends or on the back of my motorbike.

Have a look at my LinkedIn. 

Phoebe Lee – Marketing Coordinator

Originally from Malaysia, I was given an opportunity to assist MJT Law as a Legal Secretary while studying at QUT.  I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media) and am happy to be dedicating my efforts to improving communication between clients and our team as a marketing coordinator and legal secretary.

I have worked in three countries thus far, and I pride my ability to be adaptable and capable.

Happy to connect with people through my LinkedIn here!

Chewy & Schrodinger – Morale Managers

We have been tasked to maintain peace at MJT Law since February 2019. Our hobbies are to cause mischief and take cat naps.

We understand that there is a stereotype of cats being independent, but since Meowlanie adopted us, we can’t be without her!

(Schrodinger is the warmed-toned cat on the right and Chewy is the greyscale cat on the left.)

Ebay – Security Officer

Woof! Woof! Bark!  I love cuddles, playing with my toys, Melanie, eating and chasing my brothers, Chewy and Schrodinger.

I am very excited to be given this opportunity to serve MJT Law as a security officer!  I will do my best to protect and attack!  Woof!

(Ebay is a Border Terrier for those wondering.)

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