Autonomy First Lawyers

Helping you, your family and your business age well

About Autonomy First Lawyers

Planning family futures

We start by first understanding your situation, resources and objectives. This leads us to identifying options for action and the talent needed to implement the options identified. This is normally the first phase of a resolution pathway. Our price guide for estate planning and administration services summarises the journey.

One Shot Letter Solution

Resolving legal matters with just one letter remains our track record in hundreds of legal matters. Tell us what happened and your circumstances. We’ll take over from there to prepare a letter for a fixed fee.

Workflow documents for productivity

Drafting a suite of employment contracts and related documents for a growing mortgage finance broker, including job descriptions and a policy manual.

Harvesting your intellectual property

Developing the intellectual property management system for a health sector consultancy and international training institute offering a safe and effective headache and migraine solution.

STEP Employer Partner AustraliaWe advise individuals, families, organisations, entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses in many industries and sectors.

Autonomy First Pty Ltd, our law firm’s parent company, is an employer Partner of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). STEP has over 100 branches worldwide.

STEP’s primary focus is on professional development and standards for practitioners advising on care and support for vulnerable clients, family businesses, family offices, wills, estates, wealth administration and conservation and succession planning. We work closely with STEP’s Employer Partner members who are part of the Autonomy First multidisciplinary Community of Practice.

Latest Blog Posts

Is your client competent to work with you?

Is your client competent to work with you?

In Trusts and Estates practice, accountants, financial planners and lawyers all have to respond to the conduct and instructions of their clients.
But it is only solicitors who are held to a standard to understand the competence of their client in any given matter in which they are involved…

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Professionalism and differentiation – 7 reasons

Our assurance to you is to provide services which are tailored, innovative, strategic and practical. We’ll support you with excellence, entrepreneurship and integrity. You’ll lead in your document design, plain language communication and technology utilisation.


We’ll understand your personal needs and business before we treat it in legal terms. In addition to advice and drafting documents, we provide training and support for your entrepreneurship, and extensive business decision support tools – checklists, guides, questionnaires, spreadsheets, slide decks and visualisations.

2. Private Client Services

Wealth Conservation, Administration and Succession. All Australians have the right to make decisions and be involved in the management of their affairs to the greatest extent possible having regard to their actual abilities.

We are here to help Australians age well. Ageing is the constant in our lives that inevitably brings change.


Your results will benefit from our market-leading expertise in integrating law with know-how from IT, human resources management, marketing, publishing and management consultancy. Ongoing and substantial investment in research keeps our advice, methodologies and documents up-to-date in form, content and methods for delivery.


To serve clients our team applies over 70 years experience in business law and strategic thinking for technology, business modelling, intellectual property and commercialisation. Our team have successfully completed thousands of transactions and reviewed, prepared or advised on no less than 5,000 contracts for organisations of all sizes.


Integrating your legal, business and innovation strategy is our forte. We’ll provide guidance to make your offerings and intellectual assets distinctive, novel or original. These are pre-requisites for you to successfully contract, manage and commercialise your intellectual property, technology and knowledge assets.


What market are you in, and what is its price structure, business models, technologies, risks, trends and customer expectations? What can be learned from competitors? We’ll share our market knowledge to answer these types of questions, to advise you and determine the format, layout, terms and conditions to achieve targeted outcomes.


Our people are pioneers in Australia in using information technology to reduce legal costs and turnaround time and in online legal publishing. This has guided many clients to apply cloud computing, ecommerce and online workflows into their businesses.

Upcoming Events



Client Communication: Taking Instructions in a Digital World

The importance of clear and concise instructions from a client cannot be underestimated. Taking instructions remotely adds complexity and risk. Drawing on personal experience and court cases, Noric Dilanchian presents solutions for teleconferencing, electronic communications and remote working to improve effectiveness and minimise risk.



SMSF Association Technical Summit 2021

The Self Managed Super Fund Association Technical Summit 2021 includes a session by Michael Perkins and Dr Jane Lonie entitled How Clients Deceive You About Their Decision Making Ability. Professionals can only assume the decision-making capacity of a client while it is reasonable to do so. Capacity is a relative, not binary concept. Once you are faced with a capacity evaluation trigger, what comes next? 



Step Australia Conference 2021

This STEP Conference, bringing together leading minds in trusts and estates from across STEP Australia and beyond, is not to be missed. The programme is designed to enable practitioners to update their knowledge of recent developments, and to hear about cutting edge industry trends. Autonomy First Lawyers are delighted to be Silver Sponsors of this prestigious event.

“Michael is an experts expert – extremely knowledgable in estate planning and all of the legal issues that surround such a complex area – Michael is also able to explain that area of the law in a practical and commercial manner to clients and advisers alike. Michael has helped me with numerous clients to design strategic and practical solutions that add real practical value.”

— Craig West, CEO & Founder at Succession Plus

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