Elise Margow


Elise Margow is the founder and principal of Legally Speaking (www.legallyspeaking.net.au) a boutique law firm that prides itself on providing practical and cost effective legal services tailored to its clients’ needs and based on each client’s long term strategic imperatives.

Elise has broad legal and business expertise, having worked in the corporate sector for 13 years and in practice at various law firms. She is an alumnus of Arnold Bloch Leibler and Telstra Corporation Limited and has headed up legal, risk and regulatory teams including the team at Liberty Financial Pty Limited. Elise is an experienced litigator and nationally accredited mediator. She has represented various clients at mediations and acted as mediator in a wide variety of matters. She is also an adjunct lecturer at the College of Law.

In addition to providing a wide range of legal advice to her clients and reducing the legal spend of clients substantially, she has contributed on credit and due diligence committees.

While at Liberty Financial Pty Limited, Elise was responsible for the implementation of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 across the business. She and her team worked with both the commercial and operational teams from all areas of the business to ensure that the business complied with regulatory requirements while at the same time achieving commercial imperatives. Elise was a member of the Australian Finance Conference Legal and Risk Committee from 2009 to 2012 being actively involved in strategically analysing proposed new and amended regulations affecting the finance and banking industry.

She is the Chair of one company, a director of another and has company secretarial experience.

Elise was named by The Age Melbourne Magazine as one of the top 100 most passionate, powerful and provocative personalities of 2012.

Elise authors the following chapters in Business Law of Australia: Part 1 Business Structures, Part 5 Civil Wrongs and Remedies, Part 6 Credit and Securities Law and Part 10 Business Succession.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Awards & Recognition

Named by The Age Melbourne Magazine as one of the top 100 most passionate, powerful and provocative personalities of 2012

Speaking Engagements

Elise has presented at various forums across Australia on a wide variety of topics including:

  • the changing role of in house counsel and the value of the internal legal function;
  • the art of negotiating contracts;
  • how to adapt to an increased globalised working environment;
  • the Fair Work approach to mediation in bullying complaints;
  • ‘If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun’
  • Unpacking the Too Hard Basket
  • Assessing Negligence in Damages Claims
  • The wonders together with trips and traps of using social media in business
  • Guide to avoiding sexual harassment in the workplace


  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Women on Boards
  • Resolution Institute
  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
Areas of expertise
Commercial law
Corporate law
Banking and Finance law
Industrial Relations and Human Resources Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Academic Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (University of Witwatersrand)
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
Professional Organisation
Principal of Legally Speaking
Professional Contact
Email: emargow@legalspeak.com.au