Bachelor of Legal Studies,
Murdoch University (1998)
Bachelor of Laws,
Murdoch University (2003)
Practical Legal Course,
NSW College of Law (2003)
Master of Law,
University of NSW (2005)
Law Society of WA
Women Lawyers of WA
Law Council of Australia
Migration Institute of Australia
Law Society’s Access to Law
Mock Trial Judge (Law Society and Murdoch University)
Involved with the Francis Burt Law Education Programme
Involved with the Law Society’s Mentoring Programme for junior practitioners
Sam Hemachandra, Principal Legal Director
Sam commenced the firm FourLion Legal in December 2013 which has quickly become a busy legal practice.
Sam has worked in the Legal Industry since 1999 and was admitted to practice in February 2004. Since admission, Sam has worked in NSW (2004 to 2010) and in WA (2011 to date) for both large and small law firms. Sam has a real passion for justice and practising law. Sam enjoys the sense of satisfaction that comes with being part of a just and equitable outcome for her clients.
Prior to her admission Sam worked in WA as a para-legal. After admission she practised in NSW (Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal, Local, District and Supreme Courts and Federal Courts) and in 2011 moved back to Perth. Since moving back she has dealt with matters in the State Administrative Tribunal, the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts (including the Court of Appeal) and Federal jurisdictions (Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Courts).
Sam specialises in dispute resolution and litigation. She also specialises in the areas of secured and unsecured recovery, insolvency and bankruptcy, property disputes including disputes relating to caveats, leasing and tenancy matters, priorities with respect to security enforcement, advocacy and general litigation, criminal law, family law (property & children), migration law and administrative law including judicial review.
Sam has acted for all the big four banks (NAB, Westpac, ANZ and Commonwealth Bank), credit unions and other financial institutions, government organisations, corporations of all sizes, partnerships, small businesses and individuals.
Sam was the instructing solicitor in relation to the following successful decisions:
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia v FA Duckworth  WASC 476
- Perpetual Company Limited v Burniston [No 2]  WASC 383
Additionally, Sam is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1460546).
Sam is committed to being consistently outstanding at all times and providing her clients with cost effective, commercial legal advice that focuses on achieving the best available result.
Lezaan Strydom, Paralegal
Lezaan has previously worked as a candidate attorney in South Africa focusing on debt collection, family law and general litigation. She relocated to Perth with her partner in 2017 and FourLion Legal was fortunate to snap Lezaan up once she was ready to enter the Australian workforce.
Lezaan is our full time paralegal and first point of contact for many of our clients. Lezaan has worked on many matters during her time with FourLion Legal including family, estate, criminal, property and administration law/judicial review with respect to migration matters.
Grace Ritter, Paralegal (part-time)
Grace has worked part-time at FourLion Legal since early 2017 whilst completing a Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia and is a valued member of the team.
Grace’s paralegal work with FourLion Legal has spanned criminal law, family law, wills and probate, conveyancing, debt recovery, migration law, administrative law and general commercial litigation.
Grace is responsible for the day-to-day conduct of files, legal research, brief compilation, preparation of letters of advice, drafting court documents, costs disclosure, meeting with clients, telephone attendance, new client enquiries, and general administrative duties.
Peta Griffiths, Office Manager (part time)
Peta joined FourLion Legal in 2015 as our Office Manager. Peta has over 20 years’ experience in administration, having worked in a number of industries in addition to law including real estate, conveyancing, fashion, finance,
mining and engineering.
Peta is a great organiser and helps keep the FourLion Legal team and offices running smoothly.
Theja Hemachandra, Finance Office (part-time)
Theja is part of FourLion Legal’s foundation having worked for the firm since its conception. Theja looks after the firms Trust and General accounts and ensures all our books are maintained in accordance with all legislative requirements.