Who We Are
Leon graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003 with a Bachelor of Economics and in 2005 with a Bachelor of Laws. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law in 2005 and was admitted as a solicitor in March 2006. He was awarded a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney in 2014.
Throughout his time at the University of Sydney, Leon worked at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters), a leading national and international law firm. Leon worked at Allens for over four years in total, both as a paralegal and as a law graduate, before pursuing other entrepreneurial opportunities through a group of family businesses.
For the following two years, Leon became the General Manager of these business operations, overseeing, with his father, some twenty staff members across a number of family business ventures.
In 2008, Leon decided to return to legal practice and took a position at Atkinson Vinden Lawyers, one of the largest law firms on the north shore of Sydney. During his four and a half years at that firm, he developed a successful practice spanning across the areas of retirement village and aged care law, estate planning and elder law, conveyancing and property law, leasing, commercial and small business law.
Most notably, he developed a niche specialty in the area of retirement village and aged care law. Leon continues to be recognized by his peers and the industry alike as being an expert on legal matters pertaining to the retirement village and aged care sector, regularly speaking at national and regional conferences and training seminars on issues relating to the industry.
Leon has acted for retirement village operators and providers of aged care services in both the profit and not for profit areas, regularly advising them on compliance issues under the relevant legislation and transactional issues relating to their residence contracts.
Recently, Leon has been called upon to provide advice to the industry on the implementation of the new standard contract for retirement villages, which will become mandatory for all village transactions from 1 October 2013.
In January 2013, Leon established Shohmelian Legal – a niche firm aimed at providing high quality legal services to individuals, families and small to medium enterprises in the areas of retirement village and aged care law, estate planning and elder law, conveyancing and property law, leasing, commercial and small business law.
Since establishing Shohmelian Legal, Leon’s retirement village and aged care practice has focused primarily on services to residents rather than operators. He has developed a strong relationship with the NSW Retirement Villages Residents Association and is a published co-author of the retirement village and aged care component of the Thomson Reuters strata title looseleaf and online service.
In addition, Leon served for some time as a member of the Retirement Villages Association's NSW Regional Committee, immediately prior to the RVA’s amalgamation with the Property Council of Australia in January 2013 and he continues to serve on the Retirement Village Advisory Council to the Minister for Fair Trading in NSW on matters relating to the industry.
Leon has also been recognized as an authority in the area of elder law and estate planning, speaking to legal practitioners at a variety continuing legal education seminars, both on the internet and face-to-face.
One of the strengths of Shohmelian Legal is the broad scope of Leon's practice. In addition to the specific expertise which he possesses in the areas of retirement village and aged care law, and elder law and estate planning, Leon regularly advises clients on complex property matters, including leasing, property development, mortgages and day to day conveyances.
In the commercial and small business space, Leon regularly advises clients on all aspects of contractual arrangements, intellectual property, corporate and shareholder matters, sale and purchase of business and liquor licensing.
One of Leon’s greatest skills is his ability to balance the need for legal compliance with the successful achievement of his clients’ personal and commercial goals. He is able to understand clients’ goals and then present the law to them in easy to understand language, giving clients a strong sense of security when dealing with him.
Leon has a strong sense of community service and always keeps himself involved in a variety of volunteer activities. He has served as a Director and Vice-President of the Chatswood Chamber of Commerce and also as a Director and President of the Old Sydneians’ Union. Leon passionately serves in his local church, C3 Silverwater.
2010 - present
2010 - present