Our company

Founded in 1979, Jessop & Komesaroff has established itself as one of Melbourne’s most reputable law firms. We provide a full range of legal services, with an emphasis on Small Business, Commercial & Property Law, Wills & Estates and Family Law. Our lawyers are highly skilled, accessible and experienced in servicing clients of all sizes. Our boutique size enables us to provide personal attention to every matter, a claim we are proud of as it enables us to service our clients holistically and achieve the best commercial outcome possible.

Our clients

Our client base consists of a mix of individuals, families, local residents, corporations and businesses. Our practice has been solely referral based since its establishment in 1979. Our reputation depends on providing a consistently valuable service to every one of our clients, many of whom are third generation. We are also proud to claim that we service a loyal client base consisting of a number of high net worth individuals and their families with whom we have worked with for many years.

We have been extremely happy with the service over the years and how J&K understood exactly what our issues were and how to resolve them quickly and efficiently. Howard and Bev are almost part of the family.

JT, client of 30 years.

J&K assisted me after the untimely death of my partner. They were sensitive to my needs. They lifted the burden off my shoulders at this very difficult and stressful time.

NM, client of 20 years.

Our Team

Howard Komesaroff LL.B, B. Ec

Principal

Howard began practising law in 1981 and joined founding partner Beverley Jessop in 1984. Taking an active and commercially pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to all matters, Howard has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial law. His expertise includes litigation, commercial leasing wills and probate and sale and purchase of businesses. He has acted for a wide variety of clients including individuals, businesses and recreational associations.

  • Commercial litigation and related negotiations
  • Sale of business agreements
  • Leases
  • Wills and probate
  • Contractual disputes
  • Trade practices

Howard’s membership of the Law Institute of Victoria keeps him fully informed of changes and developing issues in the law.

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Josh Martyn LL.B (Hons), B.A.

Principal

Josh has been part of the J&K team since 2010. Josh initially started as a law clerk and during his employment was admitted to legal practice by the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2013. Josh has a broad base practice which includes civil litigation, commercial transactions and criminal law.

Josh has advised on a diverse range of matters including:

  • Property disputes
  • Adverse possession
  • Employment disputes
  • Bankruptcy and winding up procedures
  • Serious criminal conduct including matters dealing with illicit drugs, driving offences and assault.

Josh’s approach is measured and he is driven to achieve for his clients commercially sensible outcomes. He stays informed of recent developments in the law through his membership and continuing participation at the Law Institute of Victoria (young lawyers and litigation lawyers section).

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Julie Sillato LL.B (Hons)

Principal

Julie joined the J&K team shortly after finishing university in 2016. She worked as a trainee lawyer while studying her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and was admitted to practice in 2017.

Since joining the firm, Julie has worked on a range of matters including civil litigation across the Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Supreme Court, commercial transactions including sale and purchase of business, leasing and shareholders agreements as well as estate matters including wills and probate.

Having studied International Alternative Dispute Resolution in New York City during her degree, Julie always seeks to achieve practical outcomes for her clients whilst ensuring that they are informed and at ease throughout whichever legal process she is assisting with.

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Beverley Jessop LL.B, B.A.

Consultant/Founding Partner

Prior to practicing law, Beverley worked as a trained nurse for 20 years and assisted as a theatre sister in intensive care. She studied her LL.B at the University of Melbourne and soon after completing her accreditation at Leo Cussen Institute, she founded the firm in 1979.

Beverley has been managing a diverse general practice including property, wills and estates and family law for over 35 years. She has built close relationships with her clients, providing her services to some families for over 3 generations. She has also vast experience in commercial and litigation work.

Beverley adopts a caring and understanding approach while putting her clients’ issues into perspective. She is proud to deliver pragmatic outcomes endowed with common sense.

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Alan Rochman B. Juris., LL.B

Consultant

Alan Rochman was admitted as a lawyer in 1976 and immediately took out a full practising certificate. He started his own firm in April 1976 and has continued as a sole practitioner up until March 2017.

Alan has extensive experience in conveyancing transactions, commercial leases, Wills and Probate and the sale and purchase of businesses. He has also conducted litigation through Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court and Federal Court during his years in practice on various commercial matters, as well as those relating to personal injuries.

He joins our firm in the role of Consultant, but continuing in full time practice focused on property transactions, leasing and management of estates.

Over 40 years Alan has established a solid and loyal group of clients who will continue to be serviced by his joining of our firm.

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Tibor Schwarcz LL.B, LL.M

Lawyer

Vicki Jackson

Office Manager/Law Clerk

Vicki joined the J&K team in 2007 as office manager/law clerk. Vicki works closely with solicitors in the firm, primarily in property and wills and estate matters. Her efficient and business like approach ensures that our clients are well looked after in a timely and highly competent manner.