BSM Law Firm in Wollongong

Brander Smith McKnight is a Wollongong law firm with over 50 combined years of legal experience assisting businesses, the local community and individuals. We are the law firm of choice and have expertise in business and commercial law, building and construction law, debt recovery, criminal and family law.  We are conveniently located within walking distance to Wollongong Courts and Wollongong Railway Station.

Why clients choose us

Brander Smith McKnight is a highly regarded law firm in Wollongong with a team of professional, honest 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 premium legal advice tailored to your situation.  We listen to you, develop an effective strategy and professionally represent you.
  • 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

At Brander Smith McKnight our Wollongong lawyers provide a 20 minute free consultation which includes an assessment of your legal matter including your legal 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 are a Wollongong law firm that provides legal expertise at a fraction of the cost of a big Sydney law firm.

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Legal Services Provided by BSM in Wollongong

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

Criminal Law

Our Wollongong 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 murder, sexual offences and drug importation to less serious matters such as drink 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 frequently engage.  You can 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 Offices
  • Domestic Violence Offences
  • Sexual Offences
  • Firearms Offences
  • Property Offences
  • Bail Applications and Criminal Appeals

Traffic Law

We understand how important a successful result is.  A traffic matter can be a criminal offence and result in the loss of a licence or 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
  • Speeding Offences
  • Dangerous or Negligent Driving
  • Mobile Phone Use while Driving
  • Appeal against Loss of Licence
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Call us to arrange a free 20 minute no obligation consultation that includes case evaluation and cost estimate.

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

Business Law

Industry experts with world renown clients.  Our team of experienced business and commercial lawyers provide professional legal advice to all business 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 and professionalism.  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 you 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

Wills and Estates

Fixed fee, compare our prices.  We always take the time to listen carefully and thoroughly to your needs, we then advise on the most appropriate documents and structure for you.  Our Wollongong lawyers meticulously draft your documents and then provide you with the opportunity to review these prior to finalisation.  We pride ourselves on creating water tight documents to minimise future risks in an extremely cost effective manner with a fixed fee.  Compare our prices.  Brander Smith McKnight lawyers also provide professional legal advice and advocacy for executors and claimants .in any estate including distribution and contested estates.

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

Debt Recovery

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 or 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 judgment is obtained, we understand the legal mechanisms of enforcement, such as writs, garnishee orders, bankruptcies and insolvency.

  • Letters of Demand
  • Statement of Claim
  • Litigation
  • Enforcement of Judgement including
  • 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 Wollongong lawyers.

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 Wollongong 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.

Property Law and Conveyancing

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 sales of jointly owned property.  The lawyers at Brander Smith McKnight can assist you with:

  • Conveyancing
  • Commercial & Real Estate Leases
  • Property Disputes
  • Off The Plan
  • Strata
  • Easements

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 in relation to all of these aspects of what can be a very difficult time.  Our Wollongong lawyers are also proficient in drafting court orders, binding financial agreements and pre-nuptials.

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

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 Wollongong 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 negotiations with the other side.  If the matter proceeds to litigation our Wollongong 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

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chevronWhat legal services do you offer at BSM Lawyers?

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

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

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.  We provide large Sydney firm experience and quality of legal services at a fraction of the price.


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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9-15 East Parade
Sutherland 2232

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Parramatta, NSW 2150.

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90 Market Street
Wollongong NSW 2500
Sydney CBD

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Level 57, 19-29 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000

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BSM Lawyers Legal Team in Wollongong NSW

Wollongong’s law firm of choice.

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

Mark Smith


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William Onishi

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Sam Bailey

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Belinda Doyle

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Sarah De Szell

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Rania Kassir

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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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