Our Team

Tamara Tate

Office/Administration Manager

Tamara joined Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors in July 2015 as Office/Administration Manager and Marketing and is a valued member of a team of lawyers who go above and beyond in meeting the needs of each and every new and existing client.

With over 25 years experience in the customer service industry and 15 years in management Tamara understands the importance of customer service and meeting client needs and knows what it takes to manage a business.

Tamara completed a Bachelor of Business degree at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Marketing and Management beginning a career in the Banking and Finance industry while still at University. Having completed her degree Tamara secured the position as a Building Society branch manager for a highly customer-focussed organisation and continued in that role for over 7 years. Since then Tamara has managed her own family-owned contracting business, for almost 10 years and has also worked with a variety of software programs including XERO, MYOB and Microsoft Suite of programmes.

Tamara naturally enjoys helping people and enjoys the variety in her role whilst supporting the team and clients in a growing business. The skills and experience that Tamara brings to her role in the administration and the smooth running of the office provides a valuable contribution to the team at Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors.

Troy Martin

Troy Martin has over five years of background in contractual, commercial and litigation within the maritime industry. He has appeared in various courts such as NSW Court of Appeal, Federal Court, NSW Supreme Court, Family Court of Appeal, NSW District Court, Federal Circuit Court, NSW Local Court, and the ACT Magistrates Court in various matters including commercial litigation, civil litigation, negligence and equity. In 2017 Troy was instructing solicitor for a successful Supreme Court action under the Contracts Review Act and the National Consumer Credit Protection Act.

In 2019 he was successful in a claim in the Supreme Court on matters for Undue Influence and Unconscionable Conduct. In addition to litigation, Troy provides sound commercial and practical advice on contractual matters for maritime businesses (established and startups) and individuals on yacht purchases, imports and builds (ranging between $300,000-$120 million).

Troy has authored numerous legal articles in various publications with the aim to inform the public about current legal matters affecting the marine industry. He enjoys providing sound, effective and practical legal advice to all his clients to ensure not only successful outcomes but continued risk minimisation and future success.

Outside of work Troy enjoys cooking to some music with a wine in hand.

Marcel Vaarzon-Morel

Principal Solicitor & Consultant

Marcel has two passions in life – boating and marine lawyering. A qualified shipwright, he owned and managed a successful boat building business for eighteen years before returning to university in order to fulfil a lifelong desire to pursue a career in law.

As a solicitor, Marcel has worked at prominent commercial law firms, studied Admiralty, Yacht and Yachting Law and attended International Maritime conferences. He uses his endeavouring spirit, extensive marine and commercial knowledge to skipper the Maritime and Commercial Legal practice, Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors.
Marcel sits on the board of directors of the NSW Ship and Boatbuilding Association (SBA), and is a member of the Boating Industry Association (BIA), the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ), and Superyacht Australia. Marcel remains an active and enthusiastic yachtsman, and a passionate advocate for the maritime industry. He regularly publishes legal articles in the BIA Logbook, Marine Business and Ocean’s Magazine.

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