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Stacey Dowson

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Stacey Dowson


Stacey was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1996. She has since worked across many areas of law and through various positions in private and community practice. Stacey has worked in numerous community legal centres and has also held the position of director as Women’s Legal Resources. Stacey is also a proud member of one of the board appointed committee of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras board and has been for the past four years. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music Radio and a Bachelor of Laws. Immediately prior to starting her sole legal practice, Dowson Solicitors, in 2003, Stacey was the Principal Solicitor at the University of Technology, Sydney's Law Centre. In 2008, Stacey joined forces with Mary Turco to create Dowson Turco Lawyers. Stacey is the Managing Partner at Dowson Turco.

At Dowson Turco, Stacey's work is diverse. She acts for various clients in:

  • Family law and de facto matters for complex gay, lesbian, heterosexual and alternative relationships;
  • Various employment disputes including restraint of trade enforcement and contract drafting
  • Marketing, trade practices, trade mark infringement and commercial risk advice
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including conciliation through the Financial Ombudsman Services
  • Strata law advice, by-law drafting and strata dispute resolution
  • Estate litigation and planning including drafting simple and complex Wills and acting in family provision claims
  • Criminal law, including both summary and indictable drug and traffic offences.

Stacey is a first class lawyer who is never afraid to fight for her clients' rights. Red is her lipstick, fiery is her passion.

Mary Turco

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Mary Turco


Mary was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1984. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW. After several years working in private and non-government legal practices, Mary started her own firm in 1991, Mary Turco Solicitor. She developed her high-level skill set in the areas of generalist property and family law. Mary maintains a thoroughly comprehensive network of peers in the community and is well-regarded as a professional, down-to-earth lawyer who advocates for her clients passionately and productively.

At Dowson Turco, Mary specialises in:

  • All kinds of general and complex property matters including conveyancing (purchase and sale), leasing and subdivision, in all Australian states and territories
  • Complex Off the Plan purchases and sales
  • Family law, including binding financial agreements, parenting plans, family provision claims, gay and lesbian relationships, asset protection and dispute resolution
  • Estate work, probate, letters of administration and general estate planning including the drafting of solid, comprehensive Wills.

Mary is a sensitive, straight-shooting, deep-thinking and intelligent professional.

Nicholas Stewart

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Nicholas Stewart


Nicholas heads up the criminal and commercial law teams at Dowson Turco. He joined the firm in January 2012 after working for a top-tier Australian firm.

As manager of the DTL crime team, Nicholas takes carriage of serious crime matters including fraud, deception, drug (possession, supply and production offences), sexual assault, domestic violence, personal assault and affray matters, robbery, theft matters and cybercrime matters. He has appeared in the Australian Crime Commission, the Supreme Court of NSW, the District Court of NSW and the Local Court of NSW.

As manager of the DTL commercial team Nicholas acts for start-ups, medium-sized businesses and sole traders in commercial transactions and disputes including intellectual property disputes over copyright and trade marks, contract disputes including breach of contract and damages claims, company incorporation and not-for-profit governance, shareholder and director disputes, employment / industrial disputes including discrimination and adverse action, and debt recovery matters.

Nicholas's career includes working in the legal team at Mi9 (ninemsn), working as Corporate Counsel at Singtel Optus, volunteering as a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor at Lifeline Sydney, holding the position of President, Caretakers Cottage Bondi, and now holding the positions of Vice President of The New Theatre in Newtown, Director (Legal and Governance) at Rainbow Families, LGBTI National Co-Chair and National Executive Management Committee member at Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Director (Legal) at the MultiVerse Foundation and working as a casual pro-bono lawyer for the Inner City Legal Centre.

Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from TAFE NSW. In 2009 Nicholas was awarded the Elizabeth Hastings Memorial Human Rights Award and the UTS:LAW Alumni Association Award for student community contribution.

Sally Cooper

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Sally Cooper

Special Counsel

Sally is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, having practiced exclusively in family law since 2005. Sally is a highly skilled and well regarded practitioner and has extensive experience in all aspects of family law. Sally comes to DTL as Special Counsel – Family Law and heads up DTL's family law team.

Sally's down to earth approach allows her to identify realistic and practical long term solutions that suit her client’s needs. While Sally has a firm commitment to avoid court where it is in the client's best interests, she is also an experienced and spirited litigator, when the need arises.

Sally has an interest and reputation for advising in matters such as:

  • family law disputes arising from the breakdown of gay, lesbian, heterosexual and alternative relationships
  • Property settlement matters involving complex company and trust structures
  • Drafting and negotiating both simple and more complex financial agreements
  • Child support matters, including child support agreements and adult child maintenance agreements
  • Parenting matters, including international relocation and surrogacy
  • Transgender issues, including special medical procedure applications.

Sally holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Justice Studies from the Queensland University of Technology. She has gained admission to practice as a lawyer in New South Wales and Queensland. Prior to joining Dowson Turco Lawyers in 2017, Sally held a senior role in one of Australia’s leading family law firms and regularly represented high net worth clients.

Sally is a no-nonsense experienced advocate and is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for her clients, she is also an avid lover of all things Crossfit, dogs and red wine.

Sonja Freeman

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Sonja Freeman

Senior Lawyer

Sonja was born and raised in Sydney. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2014 after a career change from industrial relations where she worked for trade unions for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Western Sydney University, a Juris Doctor from UTS and a Masters of Labour Law and Relations from Sydney University.

Before coming to Dowson Turco, Sonja worked for a private practice in Five Dock focusing mainly in the areas of property law, wills and estates, discrimination, general commercial law and criminal matters.

At Dowson Turco, Sonja manages:

  • property law and conveyancing across the spectrum for vendors and purchasers relating to existing and off-the plan properties, right across Australia;
  • both simple and complex land title issues and advice;
  • commercial, retail and residential leases, licences, commercial and retail business sales, purchases and mergers;
  • probate and estates law and letters of administration; and
  • employment and safety law.

Until recently Sonja was the Wellbeing Coordinator of the Young Lawyers Workplace and Safety Law committee. She is a regular pro bono lawyer at the Inner City Legal Centre, an active member of Dykes on Bikes and is also a Girl Guide leader at 1st Daceyville Guides.

Sonja has deaf family members and is passionate about Auslan, social inclusion and education for everyone.

When she is not at work or engaging with her other interests, Sonja can be found out bush walking or riding her bike. Most weekends she is also out supporting the Redfern All Blacks women's rugby league team.

Samir Banga

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Samir Banga


Samir is a recent addition to the criminal practice of Dowson and Turco Lawyers. He joined the firm in early 2017, having already worked in a large regional firm followed by positions in more specialised CBD criminal firms. Samir holds both a Bachelor of International business (Asian Studies Major) and a Bachelor of Law.

Samir is a fierce advocate and litigator, who works primarily in crime but comes with experience in family law and civil law as well.

Samir believes in smart criminal law advice, including both application of an intellectual rigour of the law coupled with the practicalities of the different jurisdictions. In doing so, he assists the client to make the right decision for their own particular circumstances. Samir is also well-versed in engaging in complex negotiations on charges for his clients and in defending the truth when push comes to shove.

Appearing in courts in many different areas within New South Wales, including, Sydney, Bathurst, Goulburn, Campbelltown, Wollongong and many other regional areas, Samir has gained a wide experience that affords him an in-depth knowledge of criminal law across New South Wales.

Samir experience includes negotiating, mitigating and settling matters across the following areas:

  • Traffic matters
  • Drug possession, supply, production and trafficking
  • Drink driving and drug driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Assault including ABH and GBH
  • Sexual assault including aggravated matters
  • Larceny and criminal enterprises
  • Malicious damage

and much more.

Samir believes in the rights of minorities and the disadvantaged and is on the Legal Aid panel.

Minh Huynh

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Minh Huynh


Minh was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in May 2016 and is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.

Prior to joining Dowson Turco Lawyers, Minh worked with the local south western community in Sydney, assisting them with their criminal, immigration, property and commercial matters. During this time, he worked with various counsels and senior lawyers while honing his analytical, drafting and research skills in resolving difficult legal matters in various courts and tribunals.

Minh has an in-depth understanding of the complexity of property and business transactions, including property conveyances, assignment of franchises or sale and purchase of businesses. Minh provides accurate and supportive assistance while ensuring solid contractual protection for his clients.

At Dowson Turco Lawyers, Minh is part of the Property and Probate Team. He specialises in helping prospective vendors and purchasers in general and complex commercial and conveyance matters, from residential and commercial contracts to credit agreements between individuals. Incidental to this role, he drafts, reviews and attends to the execution of leases, agreements to transfer shares in a company, deeds of mortgage and loan agreements.

Minh is also part of the immigration team at Dowson Turco Lawyers. As a registered migration agent and immigration lawyer, he assists with businesses and individuals to overcome various difficult problems in applying for their visas, appealing unfavourable decisions or in protecting their legal status as Australian temporary or permanent residents. He is interested in promoting the rights to peace and safety of asylum seekers and refugees from all backgrounds.

Minh has a strong sense of justice and a strong interest in assisting under-represented communities.

Grace Wilkie

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Grace Wilkie


Grace came on board in early 2017. She has recently completed her undergraduate degrees at University of NSW, studying Bachelor Arts majoring in Philosophy and Bachelor of Laws. Prior to joining Dowson Turco, Grace worked initially as a Criminal Law Clerk followed by a year as a barrister's Research Assistant. During her time as a Research Assistant, she had the opportunity to work on high-level appellate matters, including in the High Court.

Grace is ambitious, motivated and dedicated. She aspires to be a high-quality lawyer who simultaneously delivers results and impacts lives in a meaningful way.

True to her Arts major, Grace enjoys a spirited philosophical discussion, especially if whiskey or wine are involved. She also enjoys tennis and boxing to keep the blood flowing and her mind sharp.

Bryan Do

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Bryan Do


Bryan is a paralegal working across commercial law and criminal law. Bryan is studying a combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at the University of Technology, Sydney. Bryan also undertook an exchange semester in Stockholm University in Sweden.

Bryan has been part of the Dowson Turco team for the past three years and prior to this, Bryan volunteered and worked in India with a social business, the 40K Foundation, to help provide a technology-based education to children in the rural villages north of Bangalore. He got his hands dirty and used this opportunity to lead a team to make a difference in supplementing children's education.

In the summer of 2015 Bryan was a vacationer at Deloitte Private and experienced top-tier corporate advisory work. Now, while working at DTL, Bryan is also leading the gay hate justice project at ACON NSW, assisting the organisation with their investigation into the 88 possible gay hate deaths in New South Wales from the late 1970s.

Bryan aspires to specialise in criminal law after graduating from law school.