Sam Grindal
Accredited Specialist – Property Law

Property can present many complicated and sensitive legal issues, and Sam Grindal has extensive experience navigating clients through the challenges unique to this area of law.

Sam's clients range from large scale property developers to first-time home buyers and experienced investors. While their needs vary, he appreciates that each client's matter represents something significant to each of them, be it their home or a major investment. 

From leasing and conveyancing transactions to development agreements and joint venture arrangements, Sam prides himself on providing prompt, thorough and accurate advice. He is one of a small group of Victorian lawyers accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as property law specialists.

Away from the office, Sam enjoys spending time with his family and riding his bike; in no particular order. Sam actively supports the Chain Reaction Foundation, which works to raise funds for children’s charities.

+61 3 8547 1050

Ben Patrick

Ben is a specialist litigator and problem solver. His hallmark has become giving clients the ability to run litigation with certainty of price and knowledge of the risks. This approach maximizes the chance of a successful outcome, as well as building lasting relationships in difficult circumstances.

Ben runs matters across all Victorian and federal jurisdictions relating to commercial, property and personal disputes. He also advises clients in relation to regulatory, disciplinary or parliamentary inquiries and investigations. Working as an advocate, strategist and adviser, Ben weaves the strands of psychology and law to achieve outstanding results for clients.

Whenever possible, he is off with his family embracing an adventure. Ben has also coached Robin Bell to an Olympic bronze medal in canoe slalom, and Stuart Tripp, a Paralympic hand cyclist.

+61 3 8547 1055


Craig Phillips

Craig Phillips is one of Australia’s leading commercial dispute resolution lawyers and a Consultant to Grindal & Patrick. Since the 1980s he has acted in some of the most significant and complex litigation in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

He has conducted litigation in courts in most Australian States, the Federal and High Courts of Australia, and has been involved in litigation in courts in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the United States.

+61 3 8547 1053

Ian Pyman AM

Ian has over 40 years’ experience as a commercial transactions lawyer, including nearly 20 years as a partner of Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens).

Most of his work is in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, shareholder arrangements and investor agreements, governance and preparing and advising on a range of commercial agreements.

He was also a member of the Council, and a Deputy Chancellor, of Monash University and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University.

+61 3 8547 1048

Senior Associates

Christine Crupi

Extensive experience in property, planning and business transactions has provided Christine with the necessary know-how to provide practical and sound advice to her clients.

Her practice includes property sales and purchases, subdivisions and general property law. Christine can also provide thorough advice about amending wills and estate planning and guide executors and administrators through the estate administration process.

Christine is determined to provide prompt and accessible service and to achieve the desired result for her clients. 

Outside of the office, Christine enjoys activities with her two young children, pilates and tennis.

+61 3 8547 1049

Ben Hartley

Ben has considerable experience in the areas of commercial litigation and dispute resolution.  He acts for clients in a wide variety of disputes arising in the courts of Victoria and the Federal Court of Australia.

Ben has a general practice, but has experience in the areas of insurance litigation, competition and consumer law, contractual disputes and matters arising from the Corporations Act.  Working as a trusted adviser, Ben assists clients in resolving their disputes in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

Outside the office, Ben enjoys riding his bike, travel and spending time with his young family.  As a transplanted South Australian, Ben supports the team for all sensible South Australians; Port Adelaide!

+61 3 8547 1043


Sophie Uhlhorn

Having practiced as a litigator in both Queensland and Victoria, Sophie is an experienced litigator and advocate across a range of areas. This includes contractual disputes, insolvency and debt recovery, parliamentary inquiries, estate litigation and general commercial litigation.

Outside of work Sophie enjoys exploring Melbourne’s wonderful cafés and restaurants. Sophie has a love for travel, having lived and worked in Central and South America, and South-East Asia. Most recently, Sophie spent 12 months in Bangkok, where she represented individuals claiming international protection at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

+61 3 8547 1056


Fiona Brophy

Fiona was admitted to practice in 2014. Before qualifying to practice, she worked as a paralegal and managed a busy general practice in Byron Bay for many years. She then held management positions in government contracting and procurement within Transport for NSW and, in the later part of her time working for the NSW Government, worked as a senior project manager involved in the delivery of major reform programs.

Fiona primarily focuses on the areas of property and wills & estates, assisting partner Sam Grindal, an accredited property law specialist.

Interests outside of work include contemporary art, concerts, and iyengar yoga.

+61 3 8547 1042

Charlotte Sinclair

Charlotte was admitted to practice in November 2015. She has a general practice, with specific experience in building and construction disputes, debt recovery, and commercial contract reviews.  Charlotte enjoys working with clients to resolve their legal issues as efficiently and amicably as possible. She takes a personable approach and always seeks to meet and exceed client expectations.

Outside of the office, you will find Charlotte practising on her yoga mat, enjoying the outdoors with family and friends, or at a St Kilda football game during the AFL season.

+61 3 8547 1063