4 November 2019

John Nagel & Co Joins Bennett & Philp in Brisbane Law Firm Merger

Lance Pollard
Lance Pollard Commercial Lawyer

Prominent Brisbane law firm Bennett & Philp Lawyers is expanding with Mt Gravatt law firm John Nagel & Co joining the Bennett & Philp team.

John Nagel and Keith Schrauf bring with them a combined experience of more than 90 years expertise in law to Bennett & Philp.

Their move is part of a two-fold November expansion for Bennett & Philp with Spring Hill firm Chilli Law also merging with the firm.

John and Keith will have senior roles in the Business Advisory team. Their firm’s conveyancing paralegal, Susan Starr, (formerly Susan Juarez), also joins Bennett & Philp’s Property and Real Estate team.

Bennett & Philp’s managing director Lance Pollard says the merger of John Nagel & Co is a major step forward in ensuring that the enlarged firm remains  a leading provider of commercial legal services.

The merger with John Nagel & Co and Chilli Law is a logical expansion for our firm, with all firms sharing similar values and a commitment to client service excellence,”

John Nagel was admitted as a solicitor in 1967 and his half century of legal experience has included a partnership in a rural law firm and with a large commercial firm in the city’s CBD. He established the legal practice John Nagel & Co at Mount Gravatt in 1970.

He is a former Senior Counsellor for and member of the Queensland Law Society.

John provides legal services to a range of clients including a boutique group of successful businesses. He has served on various committees of the Queensland Law Society, was for a number of years a convenor for Amnesty International on the Brisbane Southside and has served as honorary solicitor to a number of not-for-profit organisations including the YMCA of which he has also been a director.

Keith Schrauf was admitted as a solicitor in 1979, after completing 5 years’ service as an articled clerk at a general practice in the Brisbane CBD.

After his admission, Keith was employed for 6 years at a midsized city CBD law firm as a general practitioner but with an emphasis on commercial law. He then joined John Nagel & Co and became a partner of the firm in 1986. He brings more than 40 years of legal experience to the Bennett & Philp team.

Keith is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.



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