Legal Team

We are located in the suburb of Niddrie approximately 20 minutes from Melbourne CBD. We have been providing legal services to clients for more than a decade.

Sidney Mendis

Principal Barrister & Solicitor

Bachelor of Laws

Sidney is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Sidney has over 35 years of experience as an advocate in commercial, civil, family law and criminal litigation. He has studied at Melbourne University. He continues to provide advice on a wide range of legal matters, mainly in his speciality area in commercial law and commercial litigation.

On October 2017, Law Institute of Victoria Lawyers Journal featured Sidney Mendis, the principle lawyer of Mendis & Gibson Lawyers in their article. The article shared how in 35 years of practice he has grown as a legal practitioner. Throughout his career he has developed his legal skills and knowledge as an advocate for the vulnerable who are not familiar with the legal system.

Sidney has developed exceptional people skills which has enabled him to excel in all areas of law. His strength stems from his ability to read people; this attribute is a credit to his ability to build an amazing team that focuses and cares about clients and their needs. “LIV Journal Link’’

Sidney has supervised and trained many legal practitioners and mentored lawyers throughout his legal career who are currently in different levels of the legal profession. He has contributed to the legal profession and the community with his continued mentorship and to give voice to the vulnerable amongst his other efforts.

Michael Wong

Michael Wong


Juris Doctor (Monash University)

Michael is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.
Michael is an integral part of Mendis & Gibson Lawyers. He is experienced in advising individuals, small and medium businesses, corporations, and multinational businesses in broad range of matters. His practice areas include Business, Commercial Dispute, Contracts, Migration, Intellectual Property, Family, Asset Protection and Dispute Resolutions.

He constantly represents clients before the government bodies, ombudsman, tribunals, and courts at both state and federal levels. He is passionate about the work he does for his clients and believes in being a strong voice.

He is well versed in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Belgin Nalbantlar

Belgin Nalbantlar


Bachelor of Laws & Business (Commercial Law)

Belgin is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Belgin is exceptional at Commercial Law and business-related legal issues. She has significant experience in handling complex litigation matters. Belgin always strives hard to achieve optimal outcomes for her clients. She has advised clients in a broad range of matters including, but not limited to, disputes involving defective goods, property disputes, parenting orders, property and financial orders, domestic building insurance, estate disputes, and professional negligence.

Belgin aims to deliver practical results for her clients and openly communicates to ensure that they are always kept informed and have understood the legal process pertaining to their matter.

She also has a strong understanding of commercial aspects of legal issues given her background in Business degree in addition to her legal qualifications.

Shawn Mendis


Juris Doctor (Monash University) & Bachelor of Accounting

Shawn Mendis is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Shawn comes from a Legal and Accounting background and he focuses primarily on Business Advisory, Tax Law Matters, Contracts and Commercial Disputes. He has sound knowledge of the Commercial and Business Environment. He has completed his Law School in Monash University.

He advices individuals, small and medium business clients. He specialises in Sales of Business/Purchase of Business. He deals with individuals setting up business from scratch to business-to-business clients with complex business structures, franchise involvement, Intellectual property, and employee transfers. Shawn is well equipped to advice on any complex business transfer/sales matters given his skill set and background in accounting. He is also great at advising on various business matters such as director’s duties, shareholder disputes and partners disputes.

Shawn is currently the driving force of the business, as the practice manager he overlooks and steers the strategic growth and continued improvement of the firm. He has introduced latest technology and methods so that the firm can deliver consistently and uphold their quality standards on legal services with enhanced customer relationship and satisfaction.

Nicole Salemme

Nicole Salemme


Juris Doctor (Monash University)

Nicole is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Nicole provides advice on a wide range of legal matters. Her key practice areas include Family Law, Employment Law, Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Traffic Law, IVO and WILLS.

Nicole is an excellent communicator. She ensures that her clients are comfortable and gives them a listening ear to ensure that their matter is heard from their perspectives so that she can best deliver a suitable remedy and advise them accordingly.

Rajiv Dalal

Solicitor & Migration Agent

Bachelor of Laws / Graduate Diploma of Australian Migration Law and Practice & Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Rajiv is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

He is experienced in Migration, Contract Law matters and Family and Property related matters. He is people’s person and is very dedicated to the work he undertakes. He has his client’s best interest and is transparent and works closely with clients to achieve best possible outcome.

Dr Joane Jonathan

Dr Joane Jonathan

Business Development Manager

PHD in Accounting & CPA

She is an highly enthusiastic business manager with vast experience in the areas of Management Consulting, Accounting and in Corporate Governance. She started her early career in Auditing and later moved into Academia. She has sound knowledge in Business Advisory and Accounting. Joane holds a Phd in Accounting and specialises but not limited to Public and Corporate Governance, Performance and Management Accounting. Joane is a people savvy person who understands and caters to the personalised business needs of clients and the firm. She is also a Certified Practising Accounting (CPA).