Martin Galea – Director – Licensed Conveyancer
Tick Box Conveyancing Director Martin Galea brings over 30 years of conveyancing and property law experience to the firm.
Having founded several conveyancing firms in various locations across Melbourne, Martin acts in a consultancy role for Tick Box Conveyancing.
Martin has established himself as the conveyancer of choice for a number of Melbourne real estate agencies over many years, while his professional and thorough conveyancing methodology also makes him a favourite amongst many reputable property and financial service related professionals.
His conveyancing journey started in 1984 when he began working as a legal clerk in a sole practice law firm in Ascot Vale.
From there, Martin would start his first conveyancing practice, MG Conveyancing in 1986.
Martin eventually sold the practice, taking up a valuable opportunity to work with Swersky & Velos Lawyers, a reputable law firm in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
As the firm’s senior conveyancer, Martin oversaw the development and exponential growth of the firm’s property arm.
Martin spent eight years in the firm, where he made a number of key legal connections.
In 2006, Martin founded his second conveyancing practice in Flemington.
During this time, Martin was at the forefront of a number of exciting changes in the conveyancing industry.
He served as the Vice President of the Australian Institute of Conveyancing Victoria branch, sat on the advisory committee which played a vital role in the development of the Conveyancing diploma run by RMIT and was the first and – to date – only ever appointed Statutory Manager by Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Martin has also served as a key consultant to PEXA and sat on the State Revenue Office consultative council, representing Victorian conveyancers.
Martin’s in-depth knowledge and experience will greatly benefit Tick Box’s growing conveyancing team and services.
Martin is a full member of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers (Vic), an accredited Certified Practicing Conveyancer, holds a Diploma of Financial Services (Conveyancing) from RMIT and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (Vic) which qualifies him to witness Statutory Declarations and affidavits.
Tegan Distel – Practice Manager – Licensed Conveyancer
Tegan Distel is a Licensed Conveyancer and Tick Box Conveyancing Practice Manager.
Holding a Diploma of Financial Services (Conveyancing) and a Diploma of Business, Tegan has built an in-depth knowledge of all things conveyancing in her seven years of practice.
Since breaking out into the industry, Tegan quickly established herself as a conveyancing expert in Melbourne.
A current Australian Institute of Conveyancing member, Tegan relishes the challenge of keeping pace with an ever-changing industry.
She is particularly interested in the new frontier of PEXA and the transition to online settlements, while her passion for conveyancing is born from her delight in helping her clients through such an exciting time in their lives.
Away from conveyancing, Tegan is a bit of a foodie who loves spending time with her friends (and pets).
Nancy Costabile – Business Development Manager – Conveyancer
With over 20 years of experience in suburban and city law practices, Nancy Costabile brings a wealth of experience in her role as Business Development Manager and Conveyancer at Tick Box.
Nancy’s recent experiences, working as branch manager for a well-established conveyancing practice are a particular asset to Tick Box and its growing client base.
Nancy has a long-held passion for working with off-the-plan developments.
“My passion has always been with off the plan developments. It is rewarding to be involved from the very beginning when the site is merely a piece of dirt and then to see the finished product,” she said.
“In the past most of my developer clients would take us through the property and it was fantastic to see the end result – that’s when you have a real sense of pride for the job and all the hard work and hours put in to it.”
When she isn’t sealing her latest deal or helping her client’s get through their latest conveyance, Nancy can be found in her local Pilates class or keeping up with her young family and friends.
Andrea Walton – Business Development Manager – Conveyancer
Andrea Walton is one of Tick Box Conveyancing’s relationship specialists.
Joining the firm as a Business Development Manager in January 2020, Andrea brings an array of experience across various banking roles to the team at Tick Box.
Andrea built a successful career at ANZ, starting in mortgage solutions and culminating in senior roles across the major bank’s high net worth and commercial banking sectors where she was charged with managing a portfolio of clients, helping to steer them to their financial goals, whether personal or commercial in nature.
At the Bank of Queensland, Andrea served as a Business Development Manager where she worked to help developers finance major projects.
Andrea said her experience on both sides of property over the course of her career gave her a unique insight into the needs of both retail buyers and sellers and commercial developers.
“At Bank of Queensland I got a different insight into the process from a developer’s point of view which really complemented what I saw over the years at ANZ where I was working more with consumers,” she said.
“Of course, I also understand the role of bankers, brokers and all the other stakeholders involved in the development and purchase and sale of property.”
Andrea is looking forward to combining her wealth of experience in a more focused environment with Tick Box Conveyancing, where she hopes to leverage the firms well-established brand as one of Melbourne’s most experienced and trusted conveyancers within her ever-expanding network.
“I’ve worked hard to build a really strong network across the banking and finance sectors and I’m looking forward to working with such a well-established and trusted brand,” Andrea said.
“The opportunity to bring something to the business, add value to my existing network and to learn more in an exciting field makes me so excited to be a part of the Tick Box team.”
Rebecca Sant – Conveyancer
Rebecca Sant arrived at TickBox Conveyancing in 2018, bringing 17 years of conveyancing experience with her.
As a former conveyancing practice owner and partner, Rebecca has been a key contributor to the conveyancing industry since joining the workforce fresh out of high school.
She opened her first practice at the age of 21, which she owned and operated for five years before partnering with another practice at the age of 26.
Rebecca holds a Diploma of Financial Service (Conveyancing) and completed the Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing and there is nothing she loves more than delivering quality outcomes for her clients.
“Achieving that settlement and what that brings to the client, whether it’s their first home, their first investment or a big sale, I know it’s one of the biggest transactions of their life,” she said.
“I love getting to that settlement and the interaction with clients and getting that good feedback when it’s all done.”
Rebecca will be working out of TickBox’s Moonee Ponds office.
Sylvia Attard – Conveyancer
Bringing 25 years of industry experience, Sylvia Attard arrived at Tick Box Conveyancing in early 2018.
Sylvia has worked at a number of conveyancing firms and her experience has been warmly received by the rest of the Tick Box team and all of our clients.
With a Diploma Financial Services (Conveyancing) behind her, Sylvia passion for conveyancing comes through in every file she works on.
“I love all aspects of the conveyancing,” Sylvia said.
“Whether it be the normal sale and purchases, or off the plan developments, I love that no two conveyancing transactions are the same.
“I enjoy the challenge that conveyancing provides.”
Sylvia relishes the challenge of keeping up with the ever-changing environment, be it legislative or technological, and always strives to deliver the best outcomes for her clients.
Outside of conveyancing, Sylvia is a keen reader and a passionate family woman.
Teresa Ferreira – Conveyancer
Teresa Ferreira has been making conveyancing simple for her clients since joining Tickbox Conveyancing in 2018.
Having achieved her Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing, Teresa originally owned and operated her own conveyancing practice after a long and successful career in insurance, before setting off to travel Australia.
Upon her return, she took on a limited role with Tickbox Conveyancing in 2018, which quickly reignited her passion for conveyancing.
“I love getting people into and out of property,” she said.
“I have a natural gift for seeing complex information and patterns and distilling them into easy to understand language. My clients appreciate this skill as they know I have fully understood their transaction whilst also explaining to them in a way that they can understand.
“They can trust that while they are going about their everyday lives, I have their transaction well in hand and will keep them completely updated on how it is tracking.
“The best part about conveyancing is making that telephone call to say, ‘Congratulations you have settled’ and making genuine connections with my clients through the course of their transaction.”
Teresa said she loves working at Tickbox Conveyancing because of the company’s razor-sharp focus on customer service and thoroughness.
“Tickbox does not cut any corners and neither do I,” she said.
When she’s not settling her latest matter, you can find Teresa playing a social game of Roller Derby for her local team, where she goes by the name of ‘A’Reesa Franklin’, or planning her next big trip…a lap of Australia with her dog.
Michelle Halford – Conveyancer
Michelle Halford arrived at Tick Box Conveyancing with over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, having worked in sales, property management, holiday rentals and marketing.
Currently nearing the completion of her Advanced Diploma in Conveyancing with RMIT, Michelle has been working in the conveyancing field for two years.
For many, purchasing property is one of the most important and expensive
transactions a person might complete in their life and Michelle thrives on being able to assist her clients in this special moment of their lives.
Based at Tick Box Conveyancing’s Mornington practice, Michelle said the prospect of joining such an experienced and qualified team at Tick Box, alongside the opportunity to contribute to the growth of a new office in one of Victoria’s real estate hot-spots was too good an opportunity to ignore.
“I love working at Tickbox! We have a great team who all have a very strong work ethic,” she said.
“To be able to come into the brand new Mornington office offered a fantastic challenge that is enjoyable, and it is nice to be involved in the growth of such a great practice.”
Outside of work, Michelle is a mother to twin girls and likes spending her time dining out on the fabulous Mornington Peninsula.
You can find Michelle at Tick Box Conveyancing’s Mornington office.
Stephen Henderson – Conveyancer
Stephen Henderson has been helping his happy conveyancing clients for over five years since becoming a licensed conveyancer in 2014.
Arriving at Tick Box Conveyancing in early 2020, Stephen became the sixth licensed conveyancer to join the firm’s ranks.
With experience in law firms and as a self-employed conveyancer, Stephen arrived at Tick Box with a solid body of work behind him, working mainly in the Thornbury and Northcote areas.
Stephen said he was excited to be joining Tick Box Conveyancing because of its reputation within the industry as a specialist conveyancing firm.
“I just think that working with a conveyancing practice is a much more transparent way to act for the client when it comes to conveyancing,” he said.
“It’s a very specialised area, so I think it’s good to work in an organisation that specialises in that field.”
Chris Galea – Assistant Conveyancer
Chris Galea joined the Tick Box team in early 2018.
Chris comes with a wealth of knowledge from prior experience as an Owners Corporation manager for one of Melbourne’s biggest Strata managers.
With several years of experience managing a portfolio of over 60 buildings, Chris brings an appreciation to the various intricacies of property ownership and an understanding of the importance of building good relationships within in the industry.
Chris is currently studying for his Diploma of Financial Services (Conveyancing) with the aim of becoming a Licensed Conveyancer.
At Tick Box, Chris can be found supporting his team-mates in a variety of roles, just like he does every Sunday on the soccer pitch.
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