Highly qualified and experienced.

Our small internal team is comprised of highly qualified and experienced lawyers and accountants. Our lawyers all hold (or are working toward) post-graduate qualifications, and have previously worked at top-tier law firms or in-house with major corporations. Our accounting Adviser is a CPA and full IPA member, with post-graduate qualifications in marketing and quality control systems. From time to time, we have more junior professional staff working with us and we are very proud that, since 2011, we have trained and admitted to the profession two talented lawyers who have gone on to work with other firms, including large international firms.

The Avenue Solutions team is supported by a range of other professional advisers with whom we closely work on a routine basis, including a marketing specialist, insurance broker, financial adviser and a business development consultant.

Richard Stewart

LLM, LLB(Hons), Grad Dip Leg Prac, Dip Bus FIPA FFA


Richard is currently the principal lawyer at Avenue Solutions and has been with the firm since 2011. He was admitted as a lawyer in 2005 and, prior to that, achieved registration as a public accountant.

Richard’s legal experience spans employment with a large international commercial firm, regional and city based firms, and as the principal solicitor of an inner-city community legal centre. Additionally, he has written for, and taught law at, Southern Cross University and RMIT University.

Richard has extensive commercial law experience, including taxation law, with a particular interest in the law as it applies to micro and small businesses. In the course of his work with Avenue Solutions, Richard has worked with micro and small businesses of many kinds, and has undertaken a vast array of commercial law work, as well as work as a registered public account and tax agent. Richard has also accepted acting in-house counsel roles for fast-growing start-ups and established larger corporations.

Richard holds qualifications in law and business and is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and a fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and Institute of Financial Accountants (UK). He has previously held designation as a Chartered Tax Adviser and was a registered tax agent.

Contact Richard on 0419 494 849 or view his LinkedIn profile here

Arpana Patel

BCom (Acc, Tax), Grad.Dip (Marketing) CPA MIPA AFA


Arpana is the principal accountant at Avenue Solutions.

After starting her career as a graduate accountant with a multi-national publishing company, Arpana moved into an in-house accounting role with the Bob Jane Corporation in 2003. Whilst at Bob Jane, Arpana was responsible for the implementation of a new accounting system and also worked on the company’s financial reporting procedures. In 2005, Arpana accepted a role with John Crane Australia as a Finance Manager, and led a team of accountants. In this role, Arpana was also responsible for implementing full accounting internal controls, stock management controls, and the design of a new financial reporting pack for the employer’s parent company. Whilst at John Crane, Arpana undertook a Leadership & Management course for 3 months to support her in her managerial position and further develop her skills.

Arpana holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a full member of both CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants. Arpana is also a certified internal quality auditor for ISO 9001.

At Avenue Solutions, Arpana assists clients with general accounting and bookkeeping, taxation, and will also be available to assist clients with business development and the implementation of systems and quality controls. Arpana is currently undertaking legal studies with a view to becoming a licensed conveyancer.