We are effective.

We are accessible.

We are meticulous about
protecting your legal rights.

When founding partners Searle Batten and Wayne Sacks first met in Melbourne 20 years ago, not only did they share a similar journey as professionals from South Africa but they also wanted to commence their own practice after working in large law firms in both South Africa and Melbourne. Within months, Batten Sacks Lawyers opened its doors on St Kilda Road, South Melbourne.

Their mission was simple and continues today – to provide quality, practical and effective legal services that deliver the best possible outcomes. No complicated legal jargon. Just timely, precise and easy to understand explanations to enable each client to make well-informed decisions.

It is about listening to your needs.

Understanding where you are coming from.

Getting the big picture.

Working expeditiously.

Giving our best and delivering excellent outcomes in the most cost-effective ways.

Since 2003, Batten Sacks has grown to include two more partners – Trevor Rosenthal and Colin Adno – and five lawyers and consultants, providing legal advice across 10 specialist areas. We are proud to act for large multi-national corporations and are panel solicitors for the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd.

Despite our growth, our core values remain the same. No matter how small or large you are, whether an individual or a small or large enterprise or corporation, Batten Sacks is meticulous about protecting your legal rights.

You can count on our integrity, our diligence and our extensive experience to help you attain the best possible result.


Wayne Sacks, Founding Partner

Bachelor of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and University of Melbourne

After more than 37 years as a solicitor, the satisfaction of helping his clients achieve successful outcomes continues to drive Wayne in what he does best – providing timely and effective legal solutions to assist companies and business owners reach their goals.

“I take a practical approach in helping people make informed decisions. I explain things precisely and concisely, so there is clarity around all the information that needs to be considered – both the upside and the downside.”

Clients appreciate Wayne’s reassuring and quietly-spoken manner as well as his absolute commitment to the client and the client’s best interests.

In his leisure time, Wayne follows all forms of sport, plays golf, walks his dog, appreciates wine (he started his own wine club almost 20 years ago) and enjoys good books.

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Wills and Estates

Searle Batten, Founding Partner

Bachelor of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and University of Melbourne

Searle practiced in commercial litigation prior to forming Batten Sacks and has more than 20 years of experience representing a broad range of companies, family businesses and individuals. He has particular expertise in purchasing and selling businesses and commercial transactions. He also has specialist knowledge in Alpine Law.

Searle has an engaging personality and excellent administration and management skills to equip him for the position of Managing Partner at Batten Sacks. He is a keen golfer, skier and bike rider and enjoys all the football codes, especially rugby union.

Areas of practice:

  • Commercial agreements
  • Hospitality – including liquor and gaming licenses
  • Childcare acquisitions, sales and leasing
  • Franchising
  • Buying and selling businesses and company shares for medical, veterinary, accounting & real estate practices
  • Alpine Purchases and Sales
  • Business start ups
  • Leasing and Property
  • Commercial Litigation

Trevor Rosenthal, Partner

Bachelor of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and University of New South Wales

The litigation process is often a stressful time for clients. For Trevor who has practised law for more than 30 years, it all comes down to understanding his clients’ businesses and what they want to achieve, then supporting them every step of the way.

“The best solution for one person may not be the best for another. I always take a commercial approach and focus on achieving the best outcome for the particular client having regard to their commercial requirements.”

“I enjoy building the trust and confidence that my clients have in me: communicating regularly; keeping them updated on developments; and explaining legal issues comprehensively.”

When not in court, Trevor is a keen runner and golfer as well as a qualified cricket umpire and coach. He is married with two adult children.

Areas of practice:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency (Corporate and Personal)
  • Family Law

Colin Adno, Partner

Bachelor of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Registered Migration Agent No: 9801110

Colin enjoys simplifying the legal process for his clients. “I make it clear there’s no such thing as a stupid question so they feel free to clarify or discuss any issues – it’s the best form of engagement.”

With more than 30 years of legal experience spanning Johannesburg, Auckland and Melbourne, Colin has built a reputation for achieving excellent results through a high quality and personalised service. Extremely fastidious and conscientious, no document leaves the office without the “i’s” dotted and the “t’s” crossed.

Colin has been married for a very, very long time to a wonderful woman. He has a step daughter, two grandchildren and two sons, a neurotic Staffie and a senile cat. Colin is extremely loyal – he still supports the Melbourne Demons after 20 years of dismal performances.

Areas of practice:

  • Property Law
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Commercial Conveyancing
  • Immigration Law
  • Wills and Estates

Harvey Bruce

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Monash University

Fellow, Society of Notaries of Victoria

Fellow, Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries

With more than four decades of experience, Harvey endeavours to resolve his clients’ issues on the spot. His knowledge and experience allow him to advise his clients on a broad range of legal matters and issues.

“I like helping people. My greatest strength is in caring strongly for each of my clients, and being able to convey that to them, throughout the course of acting for them.”

Well-known for his community and volunteer work, Harvey also enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, watching sports programs, crosswords, reading and walking.

Areas of Practice:

  • Notary work
  • Commercial litigation
  • Personal injury litigation
  • Purchase and sale of businesses
  • Intellectual property (trademarks)
  • Testator Family Maintenance (TFM) claims
  • Probate, Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Quasi criminal matters (including motor vehicle offences)

Raymond Jonathan Abrahams

Bachelor of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa & Deakin University

Registered National Accredited Mediator

Following a successful 20-year law career in Johannesburg culminating as a senior partner and head of litigation, Raymond migrated with his family to Melbourne where he became a partner of a South Yarra law firm before joining Batten Sacks.

Raymond represents clients across a wide range of commercial litigation areas such as leases, property disputes, partnership and contractual disputes and bankruptcy and Liquidations. He has also worked on numerous Domestic Building disputes.

“I enjoy the practice of law and the challenges that come with it each day. It is particularly satisfying when I am able to provide the reassurance and confidence for each client to resolve a dispute.”

Raymond is married with three sons. He is active within his local community and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He is also a weekend golfer and has a keen love for the arts and classical music.

Areas of practice:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Liquidations
  • Defamation
  • Retail Tenancies
  • Property Law
  • Mediation

Daniel Meyrowitz

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland

Positive client interactions motivate Daniel. He believes good communication hinges on good listening skills.

“My greatest strength is in my ability to listen, then formulate a considered and pragmatic strategy to put my clients in the best possible position.”

He joined Batten Sacks in 2013 and works predominantly in matters relating to commercial law and leasing, sale and purchase of businesses, probates and deceased estates.

Daniel is married with a young daughter. His interests include poetry, bush walking, going to the beach and British comedy. He also enjoys singing; his last performance was in his primary school musical where he was asked to mime.

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial and Retail leasing
  • Estate planning

Rebecca Pugh

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Monash University

Rebecca joined Batten Sacks in 2017 and has previsouly practiced in firms with a focus on Property Law, Commercial Law and Wills & Estates. She has assisted individual clients and small to medium sized business clients in a wide range of areas in both their business and personal endeavours.

Rebecca prides herself on being able to assist her clients with an holistic approach to any given situation and works diligently to find practical solutions for her clients keeping in mind the “bigger picture”.

Rebecca is on the Law Institute of Victoria Regional and Suburban Young Lawyers Committee as a representative for the Southern Solicitors Law Association. She is also a committee member and soprano of BottledSnail’s Habeas Chorus, the choir for Melbourne’s legal community.

Outside of the law, Rebecca enjoys travelling, skiing, playing social netball and trying out new restaurants and cafes in  and around Melbourne.

Areas of practice:

  • Property Law
  • Residential and Commercial Conveyancing
  • Alpine Sales and Purchases
  • Commercial & Business Law
  • Retirement Village Advice
  • Wills & Estates & Powers of Attorney

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