BSM Law Firm in Sutherland Shire

Brander Smith McKnight Lawyers is a law firm in Sutherland proudly servicing and supporting the Sutherland Shire.  Our lawyers have over 50 years of combined legal experience assisting businesses and individuals.  We provide excellence in a full range of legal services including business and commercial law, building and construction law, civil litigation, debt recovery, family law, criminal law, conveyancing and wills and estates.

We are a highly respected law firm and will provide you with honest, expert legal advice, outstanding court advocacy and personalised services to deal with your legal matter. Brander Smith McKnight is the law firm of choice in the Sutherland Shire.  We are conveniently located within walking distance to Sutherland Court and beside Sutherland Railway Station.


Why Clients choose BSM

Brander Smith McKnight has a team of professional, ethical and highly experienced lawyers.

  • We have a clear and proven process.  We provide a precise written description of each stage and all costs.
  • We pride ourselves on communication.  We listen to you and keep you informed.  We guarantee to return your calls and emails within 1 working day. We keep you informed every step of the way.
  • We are renowned for providing personalised, premium and professional legal advice
  • We vigorously advocate and fight tirelessly for you, guiding you through the complexities of the legal system to achieve outstanding results.

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Costs Involved

We provide a 20 minute free consultation which includes an assessment of your legal matter including options and a cost estimate.  Prior to any work being undertaken clients receive a written cost agreement.  We provide weekly invoices with full transparency and are always available to discuss costs. We provide premium legal services, achieving outstanding results without the cost premium of a big Sydney law firm.

Call us to arrange a free 20 minute no obligation consultation that includes case evaluation and cost estimate.

Legal Services provided by BSM

  • Family and Divorce Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Business Law
  • Debt Recovery
  • Building and Construction Law
  • Property Law and Conveyancing
  • Traffic Law
  • Wills and Estates Law
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution

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Criminal Law

Our lawyers get better results for you.  Our team of experienced criminal lawyers appear in court every day of the week.  They regularly appear in all courts, including the Local Court, the District Court, Children’s Court, Criminal Court of Appeal, Coroner’s Court and the Bail Court.  Our criminal defence lawyers have represented and advocated for clients in all criminal cases from serious matters such as sexual offences and drug importation to less serious matters such as drink or drug driving, drug possession and assault.  Our criminal defence team is extremely experienced and able to run most court matters without the added expense of a barrister.  However, for serious criminal matters we have a panel of expert barristers who we can engage.  Rest assured that we will fight tirelessly in your corner and your rights will be vigorously defended.

  • Assault and Affray Offences
  • Drug and Alcohol Offences
  • Robbery and Larceny Offences
  • Domestic Violence Offences
  • Sexual Offences
  • Firearms Offences
  • Property Offences
  • Bail Applications and Criminal Appeals

Business Law

Industry experts with world renown clients.  Our team of experienced business lawyers provide professional legal advice to all businesses ranging from start ups and small business through to large corporations.  We have experience with some of the world’s leading companies and brands.  Our clients have remained loyal to the firm and we are proud to have developed long term relationships based on trust, professionalism and excellent commercial results.  We provide the full range of services to businesses in a very cost effective manner and at a considerable saving to large city firms.  We have over 40 combined years of experience and can assist your with:

  • Business Startup
  • Pre-Contract Negotiations and Business Contract Drafting
  • Business Contract Review and Enforcement
  • Director’s Duties and Disputes
  • Shareholder Agreements and Disputes
  • Commercial and Retail Leases

Call us to arrange a free 20 minute no obligation consultation that includes case evaluation and cost estimate.

Debt Recovery Law

75% of debts recovered without the need for court.  We are proud to say that we recover over 75% of debts with a simple letter of demand from our firm, without the need to go to court for mediation.  Would you like us to collect the money that is owed to you?  If court proceedings are required we have extensive experience and run all debt recovery matters without the need for the additional expense of a barrister.  Once judgement is obtained we understand the legal mechanisms of enforcement, such as writs, garnishee orders, bankruptcies and insolvency.

  • Letters of Demand
  • Statement of Claim
  • Litigation
  • Garnishee Orders
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Writ for Levy of Property

We also act for Defended Matters where a debt is not legally payable.  This is usually resolved by negotiation by our lawyers

Building and Construction Law

Renowned as industry experts.  Our building and construction lawyers are industry experts with years of experience handling residential, commercial and industrial, construction legal advice and building disputes.  Our clients include builders, home owners, property developers, contractors, engineers and body corporates.  We have extensive experience in every stage of the building process including pre-contract negotiations, drafting and review of construction contracts, negotiations and review of finance contracts, legal advice regarding construction claims and debt recovery and dispute resolution including adjudications and litigation in courts and tribunals.

  • Pre Contract Negotiations
  • Construction Contract Drafting and Review
  • General Building and Construction Legal Advice.
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Construction Claims
  • Finance Contract Drafting and Review
  • Home Building Disputes
  • Debt Recovery
  • Environment, Planning and Council issues.

Family and Divorce Law

95% of our cases settle without going to court.  We understand that when a relationship ends it is a very stressful situation and you will face many difficult decisions.  You can be confident that we will guide you through the challenging process, advocate for you and ensure that no-one takes advantage of you.  You can rest assured that we are here for you.  The end of a marriage or relationship may involve children, property and domestic violence.  We have the expertise to guide you, advise you and advocate for you.  The lawyers at Brander Smith McKnight will confidently represent you in the Family Court, Children’s Court and the Federal Circuit Court.  Our lawyers are also proficient in drafting binding financial agreements and pre-nuptials.

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Child Support and Parenting Agreements
  • Property Settlement
  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • Family Dispute Resolution and Mediation
  • Domestic Violence (ADVO) and (AVO)
  • Same-Sex Couples Matters
  • De Facto Relationship Matters
  • Binding Financial Agreements and Pre-Nuptials
  • Court Consent Orders

Dispute Resolution Law

The lawyers at Brander Smith McKnight resolve at least 75% of commercial disputes without the need for costly litigation.  We recognise that there are many different ways of resolving disputes and we work hard to find practical, creative and commercially advantageous solutions.  Our lawyers carefully listen to you and utilise alternative dispute resolution strategies best suited to your particular situation.  In most cases, our highly experienced  lawyers are able to settle your dispute through negotiation with the other side.  If the matter proceeds to litigation, our lawyers have the experience to advocate for you in court to save you the additional expense of a barrister.  The dispute resolution strategies we use include

  • Negotiation
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation
  • Arbitration and Adjudication
  • Expert Determination
  • Litigation
  • Interlocutory Applications

Call us to arrange a free 20 minute no obligation consultation that includes case evaluation and cost estimate.

Property Law and Conveyancing

We offer a fixed fee for conveyancing with all work performed by lawyers not conveyancers.  As a result of this we can handle the rare occasion where a dispute may arise.  You can rest assured that we will keep you informed during each stage of what can be a stressful process.  We can also advise on easements for construction and forced sale of jointly owned property.

  • Conveyancing
  • Commercial and Real Estate Leases
  • Property Disputes
  • Strata
  • Easements
  • Off the Plan

Traffic Law

We understand how important a successful result is.  A traffic matter can be a criminal offence and result in the loss of your licence and a criminal record.  Brander Smith McKnight lawyers understand that this can have a devastating effect on you, your family and your employment.  For this reason we treat each traffic case, no matter how small with the utmost care and thoroughness.  We will work relentlessly to get you the best possible results.

  • Drink or Drug Driving
  • Dangerous or Negligent Driving
  • Mobile Phone Use while Driving
  • Appeal against Loss of Licence

Civil and Commercial Litigation

The term litigation refers to the legal resolution of disputes in court.  However, in reality many of these disputes are resolved without going to court using alternative dispute resolution and tactics such as interlocutory applications.  The civil and commercial litigation lawyers at BSM have extensive experience resolving disputes both in and outside of court.  We are proud of our ability to resolve 90% of our civil litigation disputes prior to a formal hearing saving you legal expense and time.  If your matter proceeds to court, our lawyers have experience in Federal, Supreme, District and Local courts as well as in tribunals and arbitrations.  They are experienced legal advocates able to navigate the complexities of the judicial system and fight for your rights.

Wills and Estate Law

Low fixed fee for wills, compare our prices.  Our lawyers take the time to listen carefully to your needs and wishes, and then advise on the most appropriate documents and structure. This ensures that your assets and interests following your death are in keeping with your intentions and that your legal wishes and affairs are as you desire when you are alive.  Our lawyers meticulously draft your documents, providing you with the opportunity to review these prior to finalisation.  Individualised and well constructed legal documents will minimise future disputes and ensure that your wishes are carried out. Brander Smith McKnight lawyers also provide professional legal advice and advocacy for executors and claimants in any estate including granting of probate, letters of administration, distribution and contested estates.  We are experts in:

  • Will Drafting
  • Will Disputes
  • Probate and Letters of Administration
  • Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Trust and Asset Protection

Chinese-Speaking Lawyers

We offer the services of a native Mandarin speaker who has an Australian Law degree and has worked in the Australian legal system.


chevronWhat legal services do you offer at BSM Lawyers?

BSM Lawyers is one of the top-rated law firms in the Sutherland Shire providing expertise in: Business and Commercial Law, Building and Construction Law, Family Law, Criminal and Traffic Law, Wills and Estates, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Property and Conveyancing, Dispute Resolution and Debt Recovery.

chevronDoes BSM Lawyers have Chinese-speaking lawyers?

Yes, BSM has a native Mandarin speaking lawyer who has an Australian Law degree and experience in the Australian legal system.

chevronWhy is BSM Lawyers one of the top-rated law firms in Sutherland Shire?

We have over 50 combined years of legal experience and over 5,000 satisfied clients.  We have a dedicated team of lawyers who each excel in their respective area of law and have experience dealing with complex legal matters.  We pride ourselves on our ethical and diligent approach to all matters and strive hard to achieve the best possible outcome for all of our clients.

chevronDoes BSM have Arabic speaking lawyers?

Yes, We have an Arabic speaking lawyer who has an Australian Law degree.


BSM Law firm has offices in Sydney, Wollongong, Parramatta, and Sutherland.

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Sutherland Shire’s law firm of choice.

Our team of highly experienced lawyers will achieve outstanding results for you.

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  • William was very professional to deal with. He is very efficient and on time in all appointments. He really assisted in my matter and did everything he could for the best outcome. I wouldnt hesitate to use william in the future again. professional lawyer and easy to communicate with.Google Logo- Renee Browne

  • William Onishi was handling my case I found him professional and quick to respond if I had any concerns. I would highly recommend William. After my husbands passing , William handled the Will, Probate, disputes. He showed compassion when needed. I was very pleased with his service. Thankyou very much William. I now know where to come for future legal advise and will let my family and friends know to.Google Logo- LINDSAY mcmorrow

  • To date William Onishi, solicitor, has been successful on all of our building and construction debt recoveries in the Local Court. We are satisfied with his legal services and we continue to come back using his legal services. William has always been upfront with their fees and charges which are reasonable and we are always kept informed as to the progress of our claims. We are highly recommending William to assist you with the collections of any outstanding debts.Google Logo- Decade Waterproofing and Products Pty Ltd

  • Mark Smith has been very highly professional and very thorough in his review. He understood our business needs very quickly and provided solid and informative advice. He is knowledgeable, provides clear advice and explains both sides for better understanding. Highly satisfied with our experience. I would recommend to anyone needing a contract/commercial lawyer.Google Logo- Maureen Lim

Our clients include thousands of individuals, small and large business and some of the worlds best known companies and brands.







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