We are a business
focused law firm which
solves clients’ problems.

01  The Mast Story

Mast was born from a conversation between colleagues who wanted to
create a law firm that provided a unique and personal experience for its clients.

We achieve this by striving to provide the highest quality legal services – and to exceed expectations of service and outcomes.

We measure our success by the impact we have, the quality of our work, and the quality of our relationships with our clients, each other, our families and friends – and the wider community.


We are problem solvers.

02  What we do


We are not afraid to do things differently, ask big questions and challenge thinking.

We are a business focused law firm and strive for simplicity. This requires us to work closely with our clients and their advisers – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We have extensive experience in the following areas across a wide range of industries:

  • Asset protection and wealth preservation
  • Business and investment structuring
  • Business and personal succession planning
  • Commercial contracts and transactions
  • Family business specialist services
  • Governance and Corporations Law issues
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Not-for-profit
  • Superannuation
  • Taxation
  • Trusts

We are made by our families, friends and the community who support us to do what we love.

03  Who we are

On the ground we are an eclectic group.

Our talents, skills and passions vary but we all share the common passion to provide quality legal services, enjoy what we do and have a positive impact on our community.


Dan Simmonds, Lawyer
Dan Simmonds

Dan has over 40 years’ experience in advising private businesses including family businesses and farming families on their growth and succession issues, providing innovative but practical solutions. This includes being involved in strategic and business planning processes either as an adviser or member of a governing board.

He is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Business Law Specialist, and by Family Business Australia as a Family Business Advisor. He has also undertaken the Family Business Institute course in family business advising.

He has been awarded the Law Institute of Victoria President’s General Award in recognition of excellence and outstanding contribution within the legal profession.

Dan is the Chairperson of the Committee for Geelong and, amongst a range of other appointments, is a member of the Deakin University School of Law’s Academic Advisory Board, Chair of the Barwon Health Foundation Future Fund, a Director of each of Kardinia Health Limited and ACE Radio Broadcasters, and a member of the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust board.

We don’t know how he fits it all in but he does – being one of the most efficient and passionate people we know helps. Away from his professional commitments, Dan is a lover of sport – especially AFL and cricket – and enjoys walking, English crime novels and spoiling his three grandsons.

Melanie Twomey, Lawyer
Melanie Twomey

Mel has extensive experience in the areas of superannuation, trust advice, taxation, duties and state taxes, business structuring and commercial contracts and transactions. Mel works with private business owners, accountants, financial planners, and individuals.

Mel is a member of Museum Australia’s Museum Accreditation Program committee.

Away from the office, Mel is a mother to two beautiful girls, and loves animals – especially her dog Tex. She also enjoys music, the Arts, and running with her eldest daughter.

Ashleigh Wall, Lawyer
Ashleigh Wall

Ash is an experienced lawyer and has a great ability to think innovatively. She practises in the areas of asset protection, business and investment structuring, trusts, business and personal succession planning, commercial contracts and transactions, and family business specialist services.

Ash is a passionate advocate for creating positive change through business — for people, the environment and our communities.

Ash is the Chairperson of Surfing Victoria, and is currently completing an MBA at Melbourne Business School. Ash has also undertaken advanced tax courses with the Tax Institute of Australia, and the Family Business Institute course in family business advising.

Ash is also Mast’s resident adventurer – she enjoys surfing, all things outdoors and travelling (anywhere and everywhere).

Haley Santilli Assistant
Haley Santilli Assistant

Haley is our assistant, office manager and problem solver. The Mast team would not be complete without her. When she is not running around and keeping the office in order, Haley is mum to two gorgeous children – and is very handy behind a camera and with a guitar.

Lucy Simmonds
Lucy Simmonds Assistant

Lucy is one of our assistants helping us to help you. When Lucy is not at work she is a mother to three boys and in her spare time enjoys dining out, going on day trips and visiting art galleries.

Pam Smith
Pam Smith Assistant

Pam is one of our assistants. Pam enjoys spending time with her granddaughters and is a seeker of adventure. You might see her out stand up paddle boarding or practising karate.

“The real goal of what we’re doing is to have a positive impact on the world.”

– Ed Catmull, Pixar

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05  Get in touch

We would love to hear from you.
Please contact us if we can help.

Suite 1, Federal Mills Park
33 Mackey Street
North Geelong Victoria 3215

03 5210 8012