Hello & welcome!

As one of the longest running Legal practices on the Northern Beaches, we’ve built a solid reputation based on our honesty, integrity, and successful outcomes for our valued clients.

With Williams Woolf & Zuur, you’ll receive the highest standard of legal  representation including:



Estates & Wills


Commercial Law

Whether you have a personal legal issue, are running a business, need representation or assistance in resolving a dispute, we draw on the skills and experience of our team to work towards a positive outcome.

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Meet Our Team

Our team of dedicated lawyers are committed to achieving the best outcome for you.
We offer empathetic support and clear advice so you feel informed, confident and secure. 

Alex Zuur, Partner

Commercial, Property, Litigation

Alex became a solicitor in 1976. From that time, he has worked in both government and private sectors.

Alex has worked in Insurance, Fair Trading, Employment Law and Media Law over the last 30+ years. He has undertaken work in the property sector, Probate and Succession Law (including contested Estates), as well as general litigation and advisory work in the commercial field, concentrating on small to medium businesses.

Andrea Lawson, Partner

Probate, Property

Andrea was admitted as a solicitor and joined the firm in 2012. She holds a Diploma in Business (Human Resources), Bachelor of Education and Juris Doctor Degree.

Prior to her career as a solicitor Andrea was a Senior Manager in the securities industry, a Human Resources Manager and Teacher.

Andrea specialises in probate and Wills as well as property law, including commercial leasing, sale of business, and conveyancing.

Melody Plesman-Mackaness 


Melody was admitted as a solicitor in 2010 and joined the firm in 2023. 

Melody worked as a solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions in Victoria for a number of years. More recently, she has practiced in the areas of conveyancing and looks forward to expanding her expertise to include Wills and estate administration.  

Melody is community minded, client focused and brings a wealth of experience with her.  


Gabrielle Thomas

Legal Secretary/Assistant

Gabrielle has had over 40 years experience working in the legal profession covering a wide range of areas including conveyancing, leasing, Wills, estates, litigation and family law.

Gabrielle has worked with Williams Woolf & Zuur since 1993.

Rula Grant

Legal Secretary/Assistant

Legal support, Rula has worked for various legal practices and has over 30 years of legal experience covering the areas of conveyancing, Wills and estates.

Rula has been employed by Williams Woolf & Zuur since March 2016 as support to Alex Zuur and Andrea Lawson.

Tania Papandrea  

Legal Secretary/Assistant 

Legal support, Tania has over 30 years of legal experience on the Northern Beaches. Her experience includes the areas of property/conveyancing, Wills and estates. Tania, with her cheerful disposition is the first point of contact for most of our clients.  

Sue Crossman

Office Manager

Sue has an extensive background in merchant banking and finance and has been part of the team at Williams Woolf & Zuur for over 30 years.

Her valuable experience ensures the smooth operation of our accounts department and administration of the practice.

We pride ourselves on being an informal and relaxed team – unlike the solemn stereotyped image usually associated with the legal profession.

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Why Choose Us?


We’re a friendly, local law firm with an excellent reputation.


Our lawyers & support staff are good communicators, friendly, empathetic, and highly experienced.


We provide our clients with exceptional service, advice and value for money.


We have your best interests at heart and will go above and beyond to ensure the best outcome for you.

Getting the right representation is easy

Know where you stand

We make complex law straighforward. Get in touch today and know where you stand. We’ll assess your needs and provide an estimation of service fees.

Fast & effective solutions

We’ll partner with you to resolve your legal problems, fast. From Property and Commercial Law to Estates and Wills, we have your best interests at heart.

Gain peace of mind

Relax with confidence knowing your legal work is completed to the highest possible standard. Trust our team to deliver the best possible outcome.