Stephanie Patterson
Special Counsel
Kath Booth
Jackie Lazar
Andrew Vincent
Laura Driscoll
Special Counsel
Miriam Asar
Lucy Masters
Melissa Doran
Special Counsel

Janelle Watts

Head Office

Following eight years as an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, Janelle decided to break tradition and carve a new path. She joined Hamilton Locke to build a firm that is evolving the legal industry and puts its people first.

With her in-depth knowledge of the legal market and trends, Janelle oversees everything from operations, people, IT, innovation, corporate development and strategic planning activities for the firm.

Janelle loves the challenge of nurturing a project from start to a successful finish. She is focused on improving process, identifying new opportunities and creating collaborative solutions that go beyond the law – ultimately deepening relationships with clients.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Janelle was a Senior Associate at a global law firm, and worked in-house at Telstra, advising Telstra Ventures and muru-D (Telstra’s start up accelerator).


Strategy; Execution; Continuous Improvement. Previously M&A; Private Equity; Venture Capital; Corporate Advisory

  • Australasian Lawyers list of ’50 Rising Stars’, 2014

  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) – University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Management) – University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship – University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance – Kaplan Professional