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Our Values

Paul Alvaro Lawyers has been a trusted advisor to their clients since 2003.

As a ‘boutique’ law firm, we focus on our recognised core areas of expertise: Personal Injury, Family Law and Wills & Estates.

We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver the highest quality legal advice to your personal matter, tailored to your individual circumstances.

Our commitment is to represent you with integrity, honesty, efficiency and respect while also being your strongest advocate.

We listen to your needs and ensure we provide knowledgeable, insightful legal advice in an understanding, empathetic and professional manner.

Our impeccable and uncompromising professional conduct has led to us becoming the well-respected law firm we are today.

What Our Clients Say

Thanks to everyone that helped me at Paul Alvaro Lawyers while going through Cancer twice the team under strict guidelines by Paul were able to claim my Superannuation with minimal pressure put on my health THANK YOU TEAM. In remission now

Nick Blain

Thank you for all you have done for me and my family over the past 2 years.  It means a lot to us.  You have been such a huge help in be getting better after my horrific accident and can’t thank you enough.

Vicki T

Excellent personalised service from professionals that care about their clients.

Kevin Banks

What can I say but thank you for walking me through this long journey, for your care and compassion along the way and for always doing your best for me and my family

Dee H

Very helpful and understanding.

Donna Haskell

Just a little thank you to let you know how appreciative my family and I are for all your kind, caring support and hard work throughout my claim.

I look forward to moving on with this next chapter of my life and providing my family with some comfort which wouldn’t have been possible at all without your help.  We wish you all the success and joy and know you’ll be there for us in the future if need be.

Michael F

I really and honestly want to actually thank you from the depth of my heart for the very way you helped me with all your legal experience and expertise.

Theo F

Highly recommended to me with results and genuine caring support throughout.

Rachelle Zdrazil

Just a small token of my appreciation for the tireless effort you put in for settling my claim.  You made the whole experience seamless and stress less and for I am grateful.  Once again, thank you.  You are someone who will always be in my heart.

Mary A

Vanessa, I just wanted to thank you and everyone that worked on my case. I think it’s safe to say my expectations were well and truly exceeded. I was fortunate enough to have your firm recommended to me by a friend who had used Paul Alvaro Lawyers before, and I’ll be doing the same if someone requires assistance (which there seems to be a steady stream of unfortunate souls these days). Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

Darren B

Thank you all once again for everything you did for me. I was overwhelmed with the kindness and professionalism I was shown when not only acting on my behalf but being represented by Paul Alvaro Lawyers. The fees were if not free, when charged, were very low and comparable. No questions I asked were too stupid and I felt as a lay person that I could understand all of the information I was being given at all times. Thank you for the great outcome too! Best Wishes, Christeen.

Christeen T

Paul Alvaro Lawyers is an outstanding Law firm, without their help, I know that I would not have had the successful outcomes I have had. Vanessa Piniotti took on my extremely difficult case and encountered issues which would seem to be unfavourable considering my previous circumstances. She and her team worked tirelessly to make sure that the truth was told and presented it perfectly. She has stood by all of my requests and guided me through the entire lengthy process. Though we faced challenges, Vanessa did not falter. Her dedication and hard work provided us the pathway we needed to rise to victory. I will only recommend Vanessa Piniotti and Paul Alvaro Lawyers as I have never been nor have I ever seen anyone treated better. I am proud to be a client and will continue to retain them for all relevant legal matters that may arise as I know I am in the best hands. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work!

Anna V

To Vanessa and all at Paul Alvaro’s. Janet and I can not thank you enough for all the time and effort you all put into our case. Thank you so much.

Trevor and Janet O

Vanessa, Rebecca and I would like to sincerely thank you for your service and dedication over the past few years. You gave us confidence and determination to see our case through to the end. We especially enjoyed your at times robust and funny explanations of the law process! Thank you to David, a force in his field and an amazingly easy Barrister to understand and take guidance from. Thank you to Bethany for following through at the last minute. Also, to Paul Alvaro thank you for believing in us, it was a pleasure to meet you. Last but not least a huge shout out to the Alvaro front of house staff who always had a happy voice and were understanding.

Rick and Rebecca H

To Vanessa and all your staff, many thanks for your assistance and guidance in reaching a satisfactory settlement with the insurer; This will certainly ease the financial pressure on us. We are sure the outcome would have been much less without your assistance. This experience since the accident has been a huge learning and emotional rollercoaster for our whole family which we are relieved to finally be at the end of. We will certainly be in touch if we need any future legal assistance. Wishing you all the very best in the future.

Peter, Bridget and Jake W

For almost 3 years we dealt patiently with the insurance company then heard an ad for Paul Alvaro Lawyers and made the phone call. Best decision we have ever made! We met with Sarah Colvin and she guided us through the process in an extremely professional and approachable manner to an outcome we were more than pleased with. We would absolutely recommend her services. From the initial phone call to completion of our case we found all staff friendly, professional and caring.

David & Alice H

Vanessa,  words cannot express the gratitude that I have for all your efforts in obtaining a successful outcome with my complex case.  Over the past 5 years, you guided me with professionalism, kindness, and sincerity, and always maintained integrity.  You communicated with honesty and  clarity, explaining details to me in such a manner that I felt confident and well-informed when making key decisions.  You, Maria, and Bethany have been able to close a chapter in my life, allowing me to move forward, and for this, I will be forever grateful.   Thank you for your tenacity and diligence whilst handling my case, and for the compassion and care you showed me.  You are a rare individual and I will recommend you  to others wholeheartedly.  May you continue to be blessed with success in the future.


I was referred to Paul Alvaro Lawyers by my niece after being involved in an accident. Vanessa and Doja helped me through this stressful process by showing me kindness and offering ongoing support. They are diligent in all that they to do and I cannot thank them enough for all their efforts. I would highly recommend Paul Alvaro Lawyers.

Mr V Chung 

Having been my first time needing assistance after an accident, I was recommended to give Paul Alvaro lawyers a call. I must say it was a pleasant experience dealing with both Vanessa and Belinda, they were understanding and helpful when explaining the process of moving forward. I can’t thank you both enough for all that you have done. 

Anthony H

My father was in Australia on a short term visitor visa when he was involved in a MVA. Claim was so complicated for everyone because my father went back to India after filing the claim. Finally after four and half years of hard work Paul Alvaro’s team comes to the outcome which was beyond my father and my expectations. On behalf of my family I just wanted to thank Vanessa and everyone that worked on my father’s case. I think it’s safe to say our expectations were well and truly exceeded. We were fortunate enough to have your firm recommended to us by a friend who had used Paul Alvaro Lawyers before, and we’ll be doing the same if someone requires assistance. Thanks again, we really appreciate it.

Balwan B

Thank you Sarah for all of your support and advice over the past few years. We have appreciated everything you have done for us. For those considering going through Paul Alvaro’s, please know you will not be disappointed – they are honest and will instruct you to do everything in your best interest.


I would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah & her team for the great outcome of my claim. Very professional from the beginning keeping me informed throughout the whole process & providing me with a very positive outcome.

Ross P

After not being familiar with the processes needed to follow up after my injury, I was guided by a friend to visit Paul Alvaro Lawyers. The minute I did, I felt relaxed and confident I was doing the right thing. My outcome was quick and streamlined and just how it was described in the beginning. I cannot recommend this firm enough, Thank you.

Julie W

I have found Paul Alvaro Lawyers very easy to deal with. My solicitor Vanessa and the staff were helpful, considerate, understanding and empathetic regarding my difficult situation. Vanessa provided advice which was clear and easy to understand and she assisted me to get the physio and treatment I needed to help me with my serious injury. All staff past and present involved worked as one until the end of my claim. I would advise anyone that wants the best outcome to use this firm. Paul Alvaro Lawyers are professional and operate as a family and the lawyers are there to do the best job they can.

Ken E

Really impressed with Paul Alvaro Lawyers. If it wasn’t for the team I’d have let my claim go. Special thanks to Doja El Banna who stuck with me and got me the result I deserved, thank you. 

Alex M

Thank you to Vanessa and Leanne who helped me to navigate a convoluted and confusing system.


Huge thankyou to Doja El Banna, Paul A and the team for sticking with me and seeing my claim to the result I wanted. 2023 is looking really positive. My super is settled. And it is all because of you guys. 

Alex M

I have had the pleasure of working with the team at Paul Alvaro Lawyers on multiple occasions and have always been extremely impressed with their professionalism, expertise, and dedication to their clients. The lawyers at Paul Alvaro’s are highly skilled in their areas of practice and have consistently provided top-notch legal representation for me and my family.
One of the things that sets Paul Alvaro Lawyers apart is their commitment to customer service. They always make themselves available to answer questions and provide guidance, and they take the time to fully understand the specific needs and goals of their clients. Their attention to detail and personalised approach to legal representation is truly unparalleled.
I highly recommend Paul Alvaro Lawyers to anyone in need of legal services. They are a trusted and reliable resource for all of your legal needs, and I am confident that you will be in good hands with their team on your side.

Toby B

Thank you to Paul Alvaro Lawyers particularly Doja El Banna for assisting me with regard to my workplace accident.

After solely managing my case for 20 months I found the time had come that I could not continue and needed professional assistance this decision thus resulting in a successful outcome.

I advise anyone finding themselves involved in a similar unfortunate position to seek professional advice much earlier than I did and you too will finally find a sense of peace of mind knowing a professional who is trained in this field is available to you.

Jane W

I was recommended Paul Alvaro Lawyers by a friend and I wasn’t disappointed. They dealt with my matter promptly and professionally.

Gary M

I was very happy with the service. I had a great team. I am excited about the achievement. Thank you Doja El Banna for your help with my superannuation claim.


Dear Doja, I’m writing to thank you and the entire law firm at Paul Alvaro Lawyers for all of your hard work, for your incredible determination and tenacity throughout my case. When I was first injured, I wasn’t sure where to turn.

Throughout the time we worked together, everyone at your law firm was kind, patient, and supportive. My injuries made my life difficult and very challenging that some days, I wasn’t sure if I could keep fighting, as life as I knew it would never be the same since becoming injured.

You and your team were so understanding. You answered my endless phone calls and constantly reassured me that we would get through that difficult time together. I can not thank you enough for the amazing treatment you gave me. I hope that our paths should never have to cross again (no more injuries for me).

I will never forget how much your services meant to me. With gratitude,

Irene T

I would like to thank Vanessa and Belinda for their efforts and commitment over the last 5 years. I really felt as though they fought for me and got me the outcome I hoped for.

Kyle P

Vanessa, thank you for everything that you have done for us over the past 5 years. It has been so reassuring to  know that we have had you  in our corner! This will bring some closure, particularly for Andrew  and hopefully he can then start to focus on what he wants his life to look like moving forward. We have always had fantastic professional service from your firm and would highly recommend you to anyone else. We will both be forever grateful!

Andrew and Michelle K

I write this to encourage people to consider Paul Alvaro Lawyers as their choice of firm for their representative requirements. My experience with this firm was over the term of 6 years.

Although the length of time within itself seems daunting, the reason for such a long relationship is due to my case being fought to trial. A nerve destroying experience for myself, which this firm handled seamlessly.

Through my motor vehicle accident case my circumstances shifted, my required assistance increased and my need for support was at my life’s highest point. The people within this firm gave me complete explanations of impact to the decisions I made through my claim, to ensure they were considered and right for me. I was encouraged (not pushed) to continue to fight for what I deserved when I was unsure how much fight I had within me. And when I was at my lowest, I was supported through their team by shielding me as much as they could as they fought on my behalf.

It’s hard in most circumstances to stand up for ourselves, let alone to stand up for yourself in a way that would need a lawyer to represent you. It’s in these moments that the people who are fighting for you need to be people you trust, and in my 6 year fight I trusted this firm and it’s people completely. I appreciated the professionalism this firm brought to interacting with me, but also, when I needed it, the real talk we as people require to get to the crux of issues at hand.

I dealt mainly with Vanessa Piniotti who is a Special Counsel within the firm. Passionate is a fitting word to describe Vanessa, who, throughout our years of relationship, never ceased in showing a passion for life, for my life, and getting support for my life moving forward. Although their services are paid for, I still feel in debt to Vanessa in particular for the genuine care she showed me.

At the end of the day, we are real people who need help well outside our scope if lawyers are needed to be involved, and based on my experience with this firm, I recommend them as a firm you should consider with this need.

Angela P

I was happy with Paul Alvaro Lawyers excellent service. I would recommend others to go with Paul Alvaro Lawyers if they really need any sort of legal advice.

Matiur R

I would like to make a special thank you to David Tan and the rest of Paul Alvaro Lawyers for all their effort in my motor vehicle claim. It was a hard period in my life but they made everything no fuss and stress free. Will highly recommend your services in the future.

Brandon S

I would like to thank Doja for your expertise in assistance with my claim. Excellent service and very professional with her knowledge and communication, keeping me informed every step of the way. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Doja and team from Paul Alvaro Lawyers. Once again, thank you. 


Just a little thank you to let you know how appreciative my family and I are for all your kind, caring support and hard work throughout my claim. I would highly recommend Vanessa and the team to my family and friends. She went over and beyond for us. Highly recommend!


Myself and my partner engaged Paul Alvaro lawyers to assist in a personal injury claim and we had Vanessa and her team assist us with our dealings with a difficult and at times unreasonable insurance provider and ultimately we received a positive outcome in our claim.
Many thanks to the team.


Thankyou to the team at Paul Alvaro Lawyers. My battle went for several years. Everyone at the firm was very easy to work with and had my best interests at mind. Without them I’d hate to think what my outcome could have been. We really appreciate everything that you did for us over such a long a tedious battle.

Adrian B.

To Vanessa and the team at Paul Alvaro Lawyers, words can not begin to describe how grateful I am to have been referred to your firm for my motor vehicle accident claim. Vanessa continuously went above and beyond with all of my expectations but also with my entire claim. Vanessa did everything in her power to look after me. She returned all my phone calls in a timely manner and helped with any and all questions, queries and issues I had, however minor or large. I can not recommend Vanessa or Paul Alvaro Lawyers enough to anyone needing a professional and amazing law firm, which puts their clients and their needs before their own. I know I have received the best possible outcome I could have, and I look forward to moving on with my life thanks to the PA team.


Thank you Paul Alvaro Lawyers for helping me with my claim. Vanessa and Jordie were extremely helpful and thorough throughout the whole claims process. They are very professional and they get the job done with no false hope. I highly recommend Paul Alvaro Lawyers.

Dion P.

David, just a little thank you to let you know how appreciative my family and I are for all your kind, caring support and hard work throughout my claim.