The Team

Vanessa Bleyer

Bleyer Lawyers is led by Vanessa Bleyer.

Ms Bleyer holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (politics).  She practised for many years in well-established Victorian firms undertaking both transactional and litigation work prior to starting Bleyer Lawyers in 2007.  She developed an interest in commercial and intellectual property law during a period from 1998 to 2001 successfully running Internet companies.  She specialises in resolving disputes, negotiating and settling commercial transactions and drafting all types of commercial contracts.

Ms Bleyer has also had a deep interest in conservation issues since the earliest years of her legal practice.  She has made a consistent effort to acquire and develop particular expertise in conservation law, including as it applies in a commercial context.  She continues to develop that combination of commercial and conservation law at a time when economic and environmental issues are of increasing interest and importance in commercial activities.  She works at every level of government, from local issues affecting municipal bodies to national issues affecting state and federal government, and further to advising international conservation bodies.

Ms Bleyer was the Chairperson of Environment Tasmania Inc from 2012 to 2015.  From 2003 to 2007 she was the President of Lawyers for Forests Inc.  From 2006 to 2012 she was a board member of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria.  In 2006 and 2012, she was awarded the Law Institute of Victoria’s President’s Award for providing Access to Justice for the environment.  She has been a member of the Greens Beach Advisory Committee to the West Tamar Council since its inception in 2015.  In 2017 she became a board member of Community Care Tasmania and a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1797686).

Samuel Woolley

Samuel has over 15 years experience in business management in Hospitality, Agriculture and Law.

Samuel became venue manager at the Campbelltown Hotel at the age of 20 while still studying.  He has worked in the Agricultural industry in Tasmania with Roles with Webster Limited, T.P. Jones and Co. and finally as Territory Sales Manager at Elders Limited.

Since commencing at Bleyer Lawyers in 2014 Samuel’s objective has been to grow the client base of Bleyer lawyers, particularly the conveyancing services.  As the business grew it became necessary to open a third Bleyer Lawyers office in Launceston in 2015.

Samuel’s role at Bleyer Lawyers includes Conveyancing, Debt Collection, Intellectual Property, Wills and Estates and assists Ms Bleyer with Migration Law.

Samuel along with Alec Smith provide a highly organised personal service to their clients.

Samuel was Captain and Secretary of the Beaconsfield Cricket club for the past 4 years as well as a committee member.  Samuel joined the committee of the South Launceston Cricket Club for season 2017/18 and is also a senior Cricketer with the club this season.

When not working he enjoys property investment, cricket, gardening, motorcycle riding and is a keen Musician.

Alec Smith

Alec Smith predominantly assists Samuel Woolley with all conveyancing matters across Tasmania and Victoria.  Whilst working casually at Bleyer Lawyers over summer, he now works 3 days a week in the Launceston office.

He has completed one and a half years of a Bachelor of Business (Finance), and intends to study a double degree in Business and Law (Finance) next year.

When not working, Alec is a keen cricketer, and is Captain of the South Launceston first grade side, which won the Cricket North competition in season 2016/17.  He also enjoys travelling and has travelled Europe, and played cricket for 6 months in Cambridge, England, and has toured the United Arab Emirates with the Australian 16s side.

Alec also assists Vanessa and Samuel in a wide range of matters, including debt collection and commercial and intellectual property law.

He enjoys learning about different areas of the law and how a business is run and maintained to a high standard.

Natalie Szabo

Natalie Szabo is the receptionist at Bleyer Lawyers.  She assists the team in areas including Conveyancing, Estate matters and Migration.  She is responsible for front of house duties, and is the first point of contact for most clients.  She loves meeting people, so expect a friendly face when you come into our office.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and a Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology.  She has taught English as a second language in Japan for a year, and has intermediate skill in Japanese language.

She has a keen interest in both helping people, and understanding them.  She hopes to broaden people’s understanding of the diversity of perspectives by bringing an unbiased and factual approach to discussion in every area.

Out of work she likes to spend time with her dogs and family, watch Japanese animation, and research into neuropsychology and languages.

She loves assisting in all matters at Bleyer Lawyers, and is highly interested in the different systems and laws that are applied in the various cases that Bleyer Lawyers handles.