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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.

Richard Hamilton

Richard leads the Family Law practice group. Richard appears in trials, mediations and procedural hearings regularly in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia to represent clients in respect of their family law matters on both financial and child related issues.


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

is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Law with broad experience in complex property, business, corporate and finance matters and previously worked as a Property Development Manager and Company Secretary.


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, 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 ?  "

Reliable Lawyer and Good Expertise

"Richard Hamilton is a very genuine lawyer with very good expertise, good values and ethics of responsibility. He is not one of the lawyers in the market who would deceive you with false hopes. I found him very reliable which is something you need when you are going through a difficult family court case. Richard is also very good in returning to calls and emails. I definitely recommend him."

Excellent services and advice

"Ryan has been my migration lawyer of a number of years now and has been successful in obtaining PR and Australian Citizenship for me. His advice is clear, straight forward and tailored to an individual's needs. He puts in the effort and time and always cares for his clients. Overall, I received a first-class service from him, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for migration advice."

The best immigration service provider in Mel

"In all respect to achieve your PR and the pathway for citizenship was done very professionally ! Special thanks to Rayan ( MD) who helped me in all the way throughout to achieve goal."

Best choice

"Ryan Curtis-Griffiths knowledge of immigration law, a skills in preparing all documents, excellent communication skills, rapid response to my inquiries, thoughtful and good listener."

Professional Service with Attention to Detail

"We engaged Nevett Ford Lawyers to prepare our 186 Business Nomination and Visa Application. Ryan provided outstanding service by assisting us with all his experience in the industry. It was the best decision to work with Ryan as he always listened to our instructions and assisted with timely advise. I would definitely recommend Ryan and his team to anyone looking for a Immigration lawyer."

Professional Service and Prompt Response

"Ryan and his team made sure the process of 186 Business Nomination and Visa application were as seamless as possible. We always received prompt response and correct advise regarding the matter. I would happily recommend Ryan and Nevett Ford to anyone who wants assistance with 186 visas."

Best Lawyers in the business

"Looked after me. Always made sure I knew what was going on and why, but also made sure my mental health was top priority."

Very professional team

"Great professional team, best communicating with the customer."

Legal expertise, Client focused service, Courtesy

"Nevett Ford Lawyers, including paralegals and administrative staff, displayed professional and reliable services. All staff with whom I interacted responded promptly to my queries and requests. Their polite and friendly manner was appreciated and reassuring."

Professional, Efficient & Supportive

"A Positive outcome of Permanent Residency from a Ministerial Intervention is what we achieved through Nevett Ford Lawyers. David Stratton and his Team have been highly efficient and professional along the entire journey through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and Ministerial Intervention. The Team managed our file with great care and patience while supporting us through the entire process during the past four years. We would highly recommend Nevett Ford Lawyers for their Professionalism and Task Accomplishments."

Ryan and Shalini worked extremely hard for us

"Ryan and Shalini's communication skills were what really stood out to us. They replied to emails most of the time within minutes and did a good job on helping us stay realistic about expectations as our case was extremely difficult and had a high chance of failure, they did a brilliant job of getting the visa through for my partner."

Service provided was professional & prompt

"Great communication, friendly interaction with all staff (including reception), prompt and did what they said they would do."

Navigating a tricky workplace case

"Generous with their time. Fair and pragmatic advice from which I was able to make an informed decision."

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    Nevett Ford Melbourne Pty Ltd

    ABN: 80 144 697 790

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