Founded in 1852, Palmer Stevens & Rennick is one of Victoria's oldest law firms. Providing legal advice to clients in Central Victoria and Beyond for over 150 years.

The firm acts for clients in the areas of Wills & Estates, Property Law & Conveyancing, Commercial Law, Criminal law, Family Law, Environmental Law and Immigration Law.

The firm has built up a significant interstate practice in Environmental Law, Native Title Law, Mining, Oil and Gas Exploration, Compensation matters and Agribusiness law.

Modern communications mean that PS&R has been able to expand practice from traditional local country practice matters to advising clients interstate. Many of the firm’s clients have interstate interests and PS&R is able to assist in the management of those interests and seek new opportunities for clients.


Professional Staff


Phillip Sheridan

Phillip is the Principal of PS&R. He grew up in country NSW and studied agricultural science and agribusiness before being admitted to the Bar in Queensland. His practice areas are property law, wills and estates, natural resources law,  environmental law and criminal law. He negotiates on behalf of landholders in respect of land access compensation matters, including oil and gas, telecommunications and finance matters.

He appears in a number of jurisdictions in Australia on behalf of rural clients. He conducts due diligence on behalf of agribusiness investors in all jurisdictions.


Meredith Shumack

Following admission, Meredith practiced in Commercial Litigation in a prestigious Melbourne Law Firm. Since moving from the city with her husband and young family to a local farm, Meredith has practiced in the areas of Family Law, Commercial Litigation and Employment Law.

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Lizzie Matthews

Lizzie grew up in Hay, country NSW, gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree and then travelled the world before deciding to embark on her law studies. Lizzie joined the firm in 2013 after moving to Kyneton from Melbourne.

Practicing predominantly in the areas of administration of deceased estates, challenges to wills and inheritance disputes, Lizzie takes an effective and common sense approach to Estate law to ensure the administration of an estate is carried out compassionately, but within the boundaries of the law. This often involves advising clients on the various practical options to resolve disputes that may occur with a focus on avoiding unnecessary court costs and using methods of alternative dispute resolution.


Administrative Staff

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Moira Hourgian

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