Stephen Merrylees


A skilful mix of high level practical experience and academic qualifications sets SMR Legal Director Stephen Merrylees apart as someone who can provide a unique perspective to clients. Stephen has extensive experience working in government and is renowned for finding practical solutions to clients’ complicated and seemingly gridlocked matters, especially when it comes to commercial law.

A five-term Mayor and nationally accredited mediator, Stephen applies this exclusive skillset to commercial, property, employment and estate matters. His advice on governance issues impacting private and public sector organisations is highly sought after.
Clients appreciate Stephen’s broad life experience of having operated a large family property, as a law lecturer at Melbourne University (Dookie Campus) and as Executive Director of the Fairley Leadership Program.

Stephen has served on numerous local and state advisory boards and committees and takes a keen interest in the not for profit sector. He is currently a Director of Shepparton Villages and Chair of SAM Ltd. He is also a Shepparton CFA District Headquarters Brigade member.


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