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Stacey Dowson

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Stacey Dowson


Stacey was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1996. She has since worked across many areas of law and through various positions in private and community practice. Stacey has worked in numerous community legal centres and has also held the position of director as Women’s Legal Resources. Stacey is also a proud member of one of the board appointed committee of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras board and has been for the past four years. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music Radio and a Bachelor of Laws. Immediately prior to starting her sole legal practice, Dowson Solicitors, in 2003, Stacey was the Principal Solicitor at the University of Technology, Sydney's Law Centre. In 2008, Stacey joined forces with Mary Turco to create Dowson Turco Lawyers. Stacey is the Managing Partner at Dowson Turco.

At Dowson Turco, Stacey's work is diverse. She acts for various clients in:

  • Family law and de facto matters for complex gay, lesbian, heterosexual and alternative relationships;
  • Various employment disputes including restraint of trade enforcement and contract drafting
  • Marketing, trade practices, trade mark infringement and commercial risk advice
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including conciliation through the Financial Ombudsman Services
  • Strata law advice, by-law drafting and strata dispute resolution
  • Estate litigation and planning including drafting simple and complex Wills and acting in family provision claims
  • Criminal law, including both summary and indictable drug and traffic offences.

Stacey is a first class lawyer who is never afraid to fight for her clients' rights. Red is her lipstick, fiery is her passion.

Mary Turco

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Mary Turco

Special Counsel

Mary was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1984. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW. After several years working in private and non-government legal practices, Mary started her own firm in 1991, Mary Turco Solicitor. She developed her high-level skill set in the areas of generalist property and family law. Mary maintains a thoroughly comprehensive network of peers in the community and is well-regarded as a professional, down-to-earth lawyer who advocates for her clients passionately and productively.

At Dowson Turco, Mary specialises in:

  • All kinds of general and complex property matters including conveyancing (purchase and sale), leasing and subdivision, in all Australian states and territories
  • Complex Off the Plan purchases and sales
  • Family law, including binding financial agreements, parenting plans, family provision claims, gay and lesbian relationships, asset protection and dispute resolution
  • Estate work, probate, letters of administration and general estate planning including the drafting of solid, comprehensive Wills.

Mary is a sensitive, straight-shooting, deep-thinking and intelligent professional.

Nicholas Stewart

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Nicholas Stewart


Nicholas heads up the criminal and commercial law teams at Dowson Turco. He joined the firm in January 2012 after working for Minter Ellison for several years.

As leader of the DTL crime team, Nicholas takes carriage of serious matters including fraud, deception, drugs (possession, supply and production offences), sexual assault, domestic violence, personal assault and affray matters, robbery, theft and cybercrime matters. He has appeared in the Australian Crime Commission, the Supreme Court of NSW, the District Court of NSW and the Local Court of NSW.

As leader of the DTL commercial team Nicholas acts for start-ups, small businesses, medium-sized businesses and larger corporates with respect to transactions and disputes. Those matters include intellectual property, copyright and trademark disputes, contract drafting, company setup, not-for-profit governance, shareholder and partnership transactions, and commercial / employment / industrial / discrimination disputes.

Nicholas's career includes working at the Aboriginal Legal Centre during his final year of studies, working in the legal team at Mi9 (ninemsn) in between his clerkship at Minter Ellison and his graduate role at Minter Ellison, working as Corporate Counsel at Singtel Optus and holding the position of President, Caretakers Cottage Bondi.

Nicholas is the Vice President of New Theatre Properties, Director (Legal and Governance) at Rainbow Families NSW, LGBTI National Co-Chair and an executive at Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, a casual keynote speaker, a pro-bono lawyer at the Inner City Legal Centre, Kings Cross and a student in the Business and Human Rights Program (2018) of the International Bar Association and National Law Council of Australia.

Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from TAFE NSW. In 2009 Nicholas was awarded the Elizabeth Hastings Memorial Human Rights Award and the UTS:LAW Alumni Association Award for student community contribution.

Nicholas is currently working to bring about a parliamentary inquiry into agency responses to LGBTI hate crimes in the 80s, 90s and 00s. In this capacity he is the pro bono lawyer for Alan Rosendale, a 1989 gay bashing victim.

Sonja Freeman

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Sonja Freeman

Senior Associate

Sonja was born and raised in Sydney. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2014 after a career change from industrial relations where she worked for trade unions for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Western Sydney University, a Juris Doctor from UTS and a Masters of Labour Law and Relations from Sydney University.

Before coming to Dowson Turco, Sonja worked for a private practice in Five Dock focusing mainly in the areas of property law, wills and estates, discrimination, general commercial law and criminal matters.

At Dowson Turco, Sonja manages:

  • property law and conveyancing across the spectrum for vendors and purchasers relating to existing and off-the plan properties, right across Australia;
  • both simple and complex land title issues and advice;
  • commercial, retail and residential leases, licences, commercial and retail business sales, purchases and mergers;
  • probate and estates law and letters of administration; and
  • employment and safety law.

Until recently Sonja was the Wellbeing Coordinator of the Young Lawyers Workplace and Safety Law committee. She is a regular pro bono lawyer at the Inner City Legal Centre, an active member of Dykes on Bikes and is also a Girl Guide leader at 1st Daceyville Guides.

Sonja has deaf family members and is passionate about Auslan, social inclusion and education for everyone.

When she is not at work or engaging with her other interests, Sonja can be found out bush walking or riding her bike. Most weekends she is also out supporting the Redfern All Blacks women's rugby league team.

Timothy Nicholls

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Timothy Nicholls

Senior Associate

Tim is our Senior Associate in Family Law. He joined DTL in November 2017 having previously worked in specialist family law firms in both Sydney and Canberra. Tim is client-focused and has built a reputation as a smart, approachable and outgoing lawyer.

Tim has a particular interest in complex property matters with issues relating to bankruptcy and insolvency, self-managed super funds and maintenance. He also has broad experience in appeals of interim and final parenting orders from both the Federal Circuit of Australia and the Family Court of Australia. Tim also has experience in complex parenting matters including international surrogacy arrangements, donor agreements, surrogacy agreements, international relocation and family violence.

Tim has a very hands-on approach in his work and has extensive experience in both litigated and negotiated matters. Tim regularly appears as Solicitor-Advocate in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in both the Parramatta and Sydney Registries.

Tim is qualified with a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Tim also holds a Masters of Law in Applied Family Law.

In 2017, Tim was appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the New South Wales Law Society.

Tim is also incredibly passionate about fitness and health. Formerly, he represented Australia in Triathlons. He regularly teaches Les Mills Bodypump, Les Mills RPM, Les Mills Sprint, Les Mills Grit Strength, Les Mills Grit Cardio and Fitness First Pro Cycling classes exclusively at Fitness First.

Samir Banga

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Samir Banga


Samir is a recent addition to the criminal practice of Dowson and Turco Lawyers. He joined the firm in early 2017, having already worked in a large regional firm followed by positions in more specialised CBD criminal firms. Samir holds both a Bachelor of International business (Asian Studies Major) and a Bachelor of Law.

Samir is a fierce advocate and litigator, who works primarily in crime but comes with experience in family law and civil law as well.

Samir believes in smart criminal law advice, including both application of an intellectual rigour of the law coupled with the practicalities of the different jurisdictions. In doing so, he assists the client to make the right decision for their own particular circumstances. Samir is also well-versed in engaging in complex negotiations on charges for his clients and in defending the truth when push comes to shove.

Appearing in courts in many different areas within New South Wales, including, Sydney, Bathurst, Goulburn, Campbelltown, Wollongong and many other regional areas, Samir has gained a wide experience that affords him an in-depth knowledge of criminal law across New South Wales.

Samir experience includes negotiating, mitigating and settling matters across the following areas:

  • Traffic matters
  • Drug possession, supply, production and trafficking
  • Drink driving and drug driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Assault including ABH and GBH
  • Sexual assault including aggravated matters
  • Larceny and criminal enterprises
  • Malicious damage

and much more.

Samir believes in the rights of minorities and the disadvantaged and is on the Legal Aid panel.

Grace Wilkie

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Grace Wilkie


Grace is a commercial and estates lawyer who joined the DTL team in early 2017. She is passionate about law and demystifying it for clients who want solutions, support and practical advice.

Grace’s day-to-day work includes drafting commercial contracts, engaging in commercial litigation, drafting basic and complex Wills, acting in estate matters in probate and letters of administration, as well as acting in complex and emotional estate disputes. Grace works closely with the DTL property team to ensure her clients have holistic legal advice and, having majored in philosophy in her undergraduate degree, Grace applies lateral thinking and practical problem solving to benefit her clients.

But don’t let descriptions of Grace’s professional attributes fool you. On a personal level, Grace is empathetic and socially conscious. She is passionate about animals, the environment and justice for minorities. When she is not being a lawyer, Grace enjoys a spirited philosophical discussion, especially over whiskey or wine. She also enjoys tennis and boxing to keep the blood flowing and the mind sharp.

Rowena Morgan-Brett

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Rowena Morgan-Brett


Rowena is a lawyer working predominantly in family law. She has completed a Bachelor of Laws, Majoring in Environmental Law and Management at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Rowena has been a part of the Dowson Turco team since October 2017 and prior to this, she was a volunteer at the Aboriginal Legal Service Parramatta, Criminal Division.

In 2016 Rowena was a mentor for AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience), a university mentoring program which builds a bridge back to local high schools, and focuses on ending educational inequality for indigenous kids.

Rowena is also passionate about sport and fitness. She formerly represented Australia in Indoor Volleyball, and played Volleyball professionally in Holland.

Rowena aspires to specialise in family and environmental law.