Purpose-led,
results driven

Purpose-led, results driven

About us

About us

Our story

We’re passionate in social justice and making the law as simple as possible.

In its mission to get you where you need to go, MPS Law has become a driver of change for purpose-led and commercial clients across Australia.

Michael Pagsanjan founded MPS Law in 2016 with goal of providing no nonsense, high quality advice and fighting for what’s right, with clear and cost-effective pricing. 

As the firm has continued to rapidly grow, Michael and his team’s focus and commitment to core values of respect, excellence and simplicity has remained the same. This is true whether working with the leaders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations, company CEOs or small business owners. 

MPS Law celebrates the success of its clients, developing and maintaining a strong track record and credibility both in the legal industry and wider community. Among the many achievements large and small so far, MPS Law advised and negotiated the landmark Yamatji Nation settlement, worth over $400 million, and made public at a consent determination on 7 February 2020.

We specialise in our practice areas because we are committed to standing up for what is just.

“MPS Law has shown us patience and respect as we work towards our ambitions to improve community living standards and services, and create opportunity for our young people.”
Maureen Williams
Former Director, Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
July 2020
"MPS Law is an innovative legal service, knowledgeable and understanding of Aboriginal cultural protocol…and is committed to achieving AMYAC’s goals and future endeavours."
Ian Crombie
Former Director, Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
June 2020
"…it is safe to say that we are impressed with the law firms [sic] effort so far in getting the desired outcome for all Mualgal… you have gained the trust of myself and the greater Mualgal nation."
Iona Manas
Mualgal RNTBC Chairperson
May 2019
"Michael has demonstrated a rare blend of ethical integrity, high competency across the full native title spectrum, commitment to quality outcomes for clients."
Kevin Smith
Former Chief Executive Officer, Queensland South Native Title Services
December 2017
"Widi Mob at all times found Michael knowledgeable and professional in his interaction with claimant members through his compassion and strong respect for our culture and connection to our country."
Shirley McPherson
Native Title Applicant, Widi Mob native title proceedings
August 2017
"For a number of years now, as the native title service provider for Victoria, we have briefed MPS law to assist with complex native title matters. Michael and his team always deliver high quality, value for money services. They build strong relationships with their Traditional Owner clients and work collaboratively with other parties to find innovative solutions and deliver hard won benefits."
Tony Kelly
CEO, First Nations Legal & Research Services
February 2023
"MPS Law offer a wealth of experience and professionalism in Native Title, which is always delivered in a culturally safe and respectful manner. Michael Pagsanjan’s expert advice and proactive approach to assisting Traditional Owners involved in complex negotiations has been invaluable, and reflects the firm’s commitment to providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients with the highest quality representation."
Nicole Casley
Chief Executive Officer, Native Title Services Goldfields
February 2023

Our team

Industry leading problem solvers

Industry leading problem solvers

Led by Michael Pagsanjan, our team has the expertise to help you get to where you want to go. 

Michael Pagsanjan

Principal

Michael Pagsanjan is recognised as one of Australia’s leaders in native title law. 

Michael is listed as a Federal Court approved native title mediator and is a nationally accredited mediator with extensive mediation experience. He is also a trained strategic partnering expert, a skilled negotiator and a governance and risk specialist.

Michael has a proven track record of delivering exceptional results, in both the corporate sector and when acting for various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and corporations in relation to native title and cultural heritage. This has included the negotiation of complex agreements between traditional owners and various stakeholders, the resolution of several native title claims.

Prior to founding MPS Law, Michael held in-house roles in the not-for-profit sector and also worked at an international commercial law firm, playing an important role in its administrative law and judicial review team.

Michael is highly regarded in the Australian legal industry. Michael is a winner  in the Partner of the Year Awards and a finalist in the Australian Law Awards. Michael is also ranked among the top lawyers in the Doyle’s Guide and Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific Guide.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours) and a Bachelor of International Studies. He also has certificates in leadership (RMIT University), cross-sector partnering (CQ University) and management (Harvard Business School). In addition, Michael is a graduate and member of the Australian Mediation Association, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Scotwork Negotiation.

Georgina Reid

Special Counsel

Georgina has over 25 years of native title experience, with unique insights in native title policy and practice, having worked in private practice, a Native Title Representative Body and for the State Government. Georgina was the Executive Solicitor for Native Title in the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office, leading the native title resolutions and negotiations in South Australia since 2013. Prior to being the Executive Solicitor, Georgina was the Senior Solicitor and Senior Negotiator with the Crown Solicitor’s Office. Between 2001 and 2005, Georgina worked at Torres Strait Regional Authority, including as the Principal Legal Officer. Between 1997 and 2001, Georgina was part of the Commercial Team at Johnston Withers.

Georgina was admitted to practice in 1998 and has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Adelaide University. She has a strong track record of continual professional development, including competing courses and accreditations in mediation, management, advocacy, and leadership.

Georgina has extensive negotiation and agreement making skills as well as exceptional leadership skills.

Helen Orr

Senior Lawyer

Helen was previously a Senior Solicitor at NTSCORP Limited, the Native Title Service Provider for NSW and the ACT. She worked for several years at NTSCORP, acting for native title claimants and RNTBCs. This broad practice included multiple future act negotiations, discreet compensation claims, ILUA negotiations, corporate governance advice, court work including interlocutory proceedings, and general native title advice. Recent experience includes the consent determination of Bandjalang People No 3 v Attorney-General of New South Wales [2021] FCA 386, conciliation in Bandjalang People v Transport for NSW [2020] NSWLEC 1008 and public interest litigation in Santos NSW Pty Ltd and Another v Gomeroi People and Another [2022] NNTTA 74 in relation to the Narrabri Gas Project.

Prior to NTSCORP, Helen worked as a Law Clerk for over three years at Kelso Lawyers, a law firm specialising in compensation claims for survivors of institutional childhood abuse.

Helen has a Bachelor of International and Global Studies and a Juris Doctor, both with the University of Sydney. In 2023, Helen was listed in Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Native Title Lawyer – Government & Traditional Owner Bodies.

Reade Allison

Senior Lawyer

Reade brings a broad range of skills, international experience and insight to MPS Law clients.

Reade has completed accreditation as a mediator. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and has a triple degree in Bachelor of Law (LLB), Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Language, at the University of Adelaide. Reade has a particular specialty in commercial law relevant to Aboriginal Corporations and has presented on native title compensation. 

Reade completed an exchange at Peking University in Beijing and has completed internships through the Aurora Program with the Northern Land Council and with MPS Law.

Reade has also volunteered at the Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre. Reade is fluent in Mandarin and German and is the recipient of several university awards for his study. 

In 2022 and 2024, Reade was shortlisted as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 awards. In 2023, Reade  was recognised as a native title Rising Star in Doyle’s Guide. 

Ross Mackay

Legal Consultant

Ross has a decade of experience advocating for the interests of a broad range of clients in native title matters.  

Over this time, Ross has had success 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).

Brianna Neumann

Administration Team Leader

Brianna is a highly experienced paralegal and legal assistant focused on maintaining the highest quality of work.

In over seventeen years, Brianna has spent significant time focused on Federal and High Court immigration and administrative work.

She previously worked with international law firms including DLA Piper and Sparke Helmore, where responsibilities included coordinating administrative teams and managing a high volume of work. 

Brianna previously managed her own successful business partnership providing outsourced Federal Law cost negotiations and interpretations for the Government sector of DLA Piper Australia.  

Deanna Najjar

Office and Accounts Assistant

Deanna has over 17 years legal secretarial and administrative support experience with law firms in Adelaide. This includes roles at KC Lawyers, Minter Ellison and in Native Title law at Mellor Olsson lawyers.

Deanna has extensive experience in preparing and filing legal documents within different jurisdictions in South Australia. She has excellent time management skills and is a multi-tasker. Deanna has high attention to detail in all work she does.

Deanna brings a positive attitude and pleasant disposition to MPS Law. In her spare time, Deanna has her hands full with her four children!

Zoe Bolton

Paralegal

Zoe was most recently a legal secretary at South Australian Native Title Services. Prior to joining SANTS, Zoe was an Executive Assistant within the South Australian State Government. Zoe has also volunteered with the Women’s Legal Service. Zoe is now completing her Graduate Diploma in Practical Legal Studies after completing a Bachelor of Laws in March 2023. Zoe has also completed an International Master of Business Administration (2020) and Bachelor of Public Relations (2016) with the University of South Australia.

In addition, Zoe is a Lieutenant with the Australian Army Reserves in the 144 Signals Squadron.

Alissa Bishop-Thorpe

Paralegal

Alissa has extensive legal and native title experience. Her most recent role was as a Paralegal at Arma Legal performing a range of duties in native title such as coordinating solicitor attendances, document review, attendance at tribunal hearings, preparation of financial reports, drafting and reviewing legal documents, minute taking and legal research. Alissa was previously employed as a Legal Officer at South Australian Native title Services, working on native title claims and with Aboriginal corporations.

Alissa has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours, University of Adelaide), Bachelor of Laws (Honours, University of Adelaide) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Law Society of South Australia). She is currently studying a Master of Laws (Adelaide University). During her studies. Alissa was awarded with a Dean’s Certificate (2019) and the Adelaide Graduate Award (2018) from the University of Adelaide.

Alysha Latham

Legal Secretary

Alysha has experience in a variety of administrative roles, including as a legal secretary for the past seven years. Her most recent role was a legal secretary at Maleys Barristers and Solicitors in Darwin. Prior to that, Alysha worked as Legal Secretary at CPAdjusting/QCH Legal in London. She has also worked as a receptionist and legal secretary with ASW Lawyers and Mahoney’s Lawyers in Mount Gambier.

Alysha holds a Certificate III in Business.

How do we charge?

We deliver real value for money,
with no hidden surprises

We deliver real value for money, with no hidden surprises

As a law firm, we pride ourselves on delivering value for money with no costly surprises. 

This starts with clear communication, so you know exactly what to expect.

Our usual process is to:

  • Have an initial discussion about your needs, at no cost to you
  • If you decide to engage our services, provide a formal letter outlining the terms of our work and expectations
  • Provide fixed fee services, particularly for corporations with a specific project, where we provide flexible fixed fee packages tailored to the specific needs of the matter
  • Reduced rates for native title claimants, native title service providers or representative bodies
  • Provide pro bono services in special circumstances.

If you have questions or would like more detail, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us to discuss.