Building Quality Relationships with Clients

Proudly providing quality legal advice for over 150 years. As one of the longest continually operating law firms in Victoria, we have built a reputation of providing exceptional professional service based on a personalised, client-focused and efficient approach. Our passion for our clients has always remained central to what we do, with every solution being tailored specifically to the needs of our clients. We are a full service law firm, providing legal advice for all aspects of life.

We look forward to assisting you, every step of the way.



In 1854, Thomas Randall founded a law firm on the Ballarat goldfields. He partnered with Alfred Mitchell and Mr Doward to form Randall Mitchell and Doward. In 1868, Horatio Arthur Nevett arrived in Ballarat from London and his name was added to the firm, resulting in Randall Mitchell and Nevett. Nevett’s name survives to this day, nearly 150 years later. The firm found success in dealing with gold mining law during the height of the goldrush in Ballarat.

In 1899, the business became Mitchell, Nevett and Robinson. When the original Mr Nevett’s son, Arthur Horatio Nevett, became a partner in the firm in 1907, the firm became Nevett and Nevett.

By 1949, the firm had added a further named partner, and was Nevett, Nevett and Glenn, and soon after in 1956 was trading as Nevett, Glenn and Tinney. The Nevett name persisted as the firm added partners and grew in the 1970s, becoming Nevett Glenn and Coutts, then Nevett Coutts and Wilson.

In 1983, the firm purchased a Melbourne practice, ALC Flint & Marrie, and Mr Marrie took up a position as Deputy Registrar of the Family Court. Under the guidance of David Stratton, the firm’s Melbourne practice grew and merged with the Melbourne law firm, Ford & Co in 1989.


Ford & Co was result of a merger in 1978 between two firms in Melbourne. Cohen, Thompson, Bolger and Co had its origins in 1938 and Ford, Aspinwall and Degruchy had been established in 1886. Through growth and acquisition of talent, the firm Ford & Co continued through to its merger with Nevett Coutts and Wilson in 1989.


Today we provide a range of professional services. Our company’s philosophy is based on providing personalised, friendly and prompt delivery of high quality professional services at reasonable fees by its directors and staff.

Nevett Ford’s particular expertise is in the areas of corporate and business law, migration, litigation and dispute resolution, family law, mediation, property and conveyancing, wills, estate planning & probate, and employment & workplace relations.

Nevett Ford provides a quality service at a reasonable cost delivered on time.

Nevett Ford has Law Institute of Victoria accredited specialists in a number of areas including immigration law and workplace relations law. The firm is also a member of Law Australasia, a coalition of 19 law firms with affiliated offices throughout Australia.


David Stratton

is the Managing Director of the firm. In addition, David is an Accredited Specialist in Migration Law, an Associate Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia and a registered Migration Agent.

Philip Brewin

leads the Litigation and Workplace Relations Law Practice Group for the firm and is an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations.

Ryan Curtis-Griffiths

has expertise in all areas of Australian Immigration Law and policy and provides advice to our corporate clients and individual private clients on all matters related to Australian migration.

Stuart Wilson

has gained broad experience in property, business, corporate and finance matters under the tutelage of several accredited specialists in private practice for over 10 years.


At Nevett Ford our guiding principles are centred around our clients and we pride ourselves on providing friendly, personalised and efficient services. From this core purpose of providing excellence for our clients, grows all initiatives at the firm. We encourage all staff to participate to in our various committees and initiatives designed to create, grow and support a team that exudes excellence. Our Client Experience team, Health and Wellbeing and Operational Excellence committee are examples of ways in which we hold ourselves to, and continue to cultivate, excellence at all levels of the Nevett Ford experience.


If you are interested in a career at Nevett Ford that is both professionally and personally rewarding, please contact us here.


Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

"Friendly, professional service. Subject matter promptly dealt with. Will recommend them."

Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

"Ryan Curtis-Griffiths and Jacqui Azouz provided excellent legal work.  I am a lawyer in the United States so I expect a lot.  And I got it from Ryan and Jacqui.  They are knowledgeable, efficient and very easy to work with. I will use them whenever I have an opportunity. "

Professionalism, Quality

"My wife and I were very pleased with the rapid and professional service we received.  We had Jacqui Azouz handle our case and couldn't be happier with her knowledge and very diligent responses.  This was the second time we have used Nevett Ford and we will certainly be using this firm again if the need arises."

Professionalism, Responsiveness, Value

"I cannot find any words to describe the professionalism of thos firm. Everyone from the reception to financial services and not to say Mae who helped out was absolutely amazing. I had Richard Hamilton who was definitely someone I will always have to represent me if I need any further help. Keep up the fantastic work 👏  "

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    Nevett Ford Melbourne Pty Ltd

    ABN: 144 697 790

    Level 16, South Tower, Rialto Building, 525 Collins Street
    Melbourne, VIC 3000