Dan Simmonds

Managing Principal at The Lantern Legal Group

“…there is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living…”   Nelson Mandela

FBCNMAK_3548I am Managing Principal of The Lantern Legal Group Pty Ltd comprising Harwood Andrews in Geelong and Ballarat and Sladen Legal in Melbourne. I am accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a specialist in Business Law and by Family Business Australia as an accredited advisor.

Our firm focusses on acting for family and other privately owned businesses with a speciality in providing innovative solutions for complex legal problems.  We also strive to achieve certainty of costs for our clients adopting a philosophy that in all matters where we are engaged we will try to negotiate an agreed fee for our services. I have assisted many families in establishing business and personal succession plans, combining my skills as a lawyer and accredited family business advisor.

The work I undertake extends to convening of family meetings, establishment of family councils, preparation of family constitutions and sitting on business advisory boards. In addition to my legal work, I am actively involved in many community organisations and for example currently sit on the Academic Advisory Board for the School of Law at Deakin University, am Chairman of the Judging Panel of the Geelong Business Excellence Awards, am Chair of a Salvation Army Advisory Committee and sit on the boards of Kardinia Health Limited and St Laurence Community Services. I have undertaken the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.