Led by Michael Pagsanjan, our team has the expertise to help you get to where you want to go.
Listed as a Federal Court approved native title mediator, Michael Pagsanjan is the Principal at MPS Law.
Michael’s extensive experience includes in-house roles in the not-for-profit sector, acting for various Aboriginal people and corporations in relation to native title and cultural heritage. Michael also has experience in an international commercial law firm, working in their administrative law and judicial review team.
Michael is a nationally accredited mediator with extensive mediation experience. Michael is also a trained strategic partnership expert and a governance specialist.
Michael has a proven track record of delivering exceptional results. This includes the negotiation of complex agreements between traditional owners and various stakeholders, the resolution of several native title claims, and the finalisation of Australia’s first successful native title compensation determination. These achievements resulted in Michael being listed in the 2016 Doyles Guide to leading native title lawyers and recognition as the 2018 Young Lawyer of the Year by the Law Society of South Australia. In 2019, Michael was recognised as one of South Australia top business leaders and entrepreneurs in the InDaily 40 under 40 awards.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours), Bachelor of International Studies, Certificate in Cross Sector Partnering and is an Australian Institute of Company Directors Graduate.
Contact Michael at email@example.com or on 0456 111 944.
You can view Michael's CV here.
Anna Nelligan is an administrative assistant at MPS Law.
Anna has over fifteen years of experience working with Aboriginal people in South Australia at South Australian Native Title Services and Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement. Anna manages the MPS Law office in Adelaide and currently assists the lawyers in all areas of the practice. Anna provides high level executive assistance to Aboriginal Corporations in South Australia, helping to facilitate board meetings and manage corporation correspondence.
Anna has completed certificates in Community Services and Business and Office Administration. Anna is currently completing a paralegal diploma.
Matt Hansen is a consultant lawyer, based in Western Australia.
Matt is a Noongar man, with a comprehensive understanding of native title and Aboriginal heritage matters, whilst also experienced in commercial and corporate matters. Matt has gained extensive experience working for both indigenous and resource sector clients, including working at the South West Land & Sea Council as well as the manager of a legal and Indigenous affairs departments at an onshore petroleum explorer and producer, gaining a broad generalist experience in project related advice work. Matt is currently engaged to provide legal advice to both indigenous corporations and resource clients.
Matt prides himself on working closely with clients to develop an effective relationship and an improved understanding of the client’s needs to deliver innovative solutions to complex land access problems.
Ross Mackay is a legal consultant, based in New South Wales.
With almost a decade of experience as a legal practitioner, Ross is experienced in conducting negotiations between traditional owners and resource companies, collecting evidence for native title claims, conducting litigation to protect sites of cultural significance and advising communities seeking to protect their local environment. Ross has worked in the native title representative body system, for commercial law firms and in the not-for-profit sector. Ross is a former Chair and Secretary of the NSW Young Lawyers Environment and Planning Law Committee, and was the Young Lawyers representative to the NSW Law Society Indigenous Issues Committee.
Ross holds a Master of Laws (Mineral Law and Policy) awarded with Distinction, a Master of Philosophy (Law), a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry).
Kai Sinor is a Senior Lawyer at MPS Law.
Kai is a legal practitioner specialising in compliance and corporations law, with over nine years’ experience working across a variety of social justice and regulatory issues, within and outside of Australia.
Kai has a unique understanding of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 which combines insights developed as a legal advisor to Registered Native Title Body Corporates as a lawyer at South Australian Native Title Services, with experience as a Legal Officer at the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.
Kai has also managed enforcement activities for the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority, and supported cross-border enforcement activities between regulators in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. During his time in the UK, Kai also led the investigation of deaths in custody at prisons in England in Wales. Before moving to the UK, Kai worked with the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Australian Agency for International Development, managing projects to strengthen the capacity of public sector governance agencies in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga.
Kai was most recently the Assistant Director at the NDIS Commission.
Alice Haskett is a legal assistant at MPS Law.
Alice is a legal graduate, completing her Bachelor of Laws (University of Adelaide) and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2018. She was also admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2018.
Alice completed her placement at Johnston Withers and has previously been a volunteer at the Roma Mitchell Legal Centre and a volunteer with the inaugural South Australian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young people. During her studies, Alice participated in the Witness Examination (Trial Advocacy) and KPMG Foundations programs.
Alice has also achieved project and risk management accreditation through the University of Adelaide and is currently studying children’s psychology.