MST Lawyers   Australia

John Sier - Principal
Law Firm
+61 3 8540 0200
+61 3 8540 0202
315 Ferntree Gully Road
Mount Waverley, Victoria 3149 Australia
Philip Colman

About MST Lawyers

MST Lawyers is a progressive law firm comprising some 60 dedicated Lawyers and support staff. MST has grown from a small firm originally founded in the 1950s, into a dynamic mid-tier commercial and private client legal practice.

Our clients include individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses, small to medium sized enterprises, national and international corporations, including publicly listed corporations, national retail groups and national franchise groups, many of whom are household names throughout Australia and the world.

MST Lawyer’s motto is great service, sensible solutions.

Our lawyers understand the requirement to provide clients with outstanding service and practical/commercial solutions. We consider people skills are paramount to the delivery of these services.

MST Lawyers is divided into 6 main teams, each headed by a Principal experienced in a specific discipline of legal practice. The teams are as follows:

  1. Corporate Advisory and Franchising
  2. Property and Leasing
  3. Dispute Resolution and Litigation
  4. Workplace Relations
  5. Wills & Estates
  6. Family Law

We invest time in our clients to understand their needs. Our structure is designed to ensure that clients’ legal needs are handled at all times by the most appropriate lawyers who have experience in their given areas. Our lawyers have a special interest in their area of expertise. This ensures that our lawyers approach each matter not only with technical expertise but with compassion.


John Sier

is a founding Principal of MST Lawyers. In addition to his law degree, John completed an economics degree, majoring in accounting. After graduation, John worked as a taxation accountant with Peat Marwick (now KPMG). He subsequently joined the firm in 1983.

John has played a lead role in developing MST Lawyers’ legal alliances internationally. He has considerable experience in domestic and international distribution and licensing law. He has been involved in the establishment of distribution networks of large American and Asian corporations. He has assisted with advice on corporate structuring and growth strategies for Hong Kong, China, the USA, Canada, the Middle East, the UK and New Zealand, and has strong associations and networks in these countries particularly with law firms specialising in franchising. These international links are becoming increasingly important as more of MST Lawyers’ corporate and franchise clients are now transacting business abroad.

John is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.


Philip Colman

is the Principal who heads our Dispute Resolution & Litigation Team. He has over 30 years experience as a Lawyer.

His approach to any matter is to gain a full understanding of all relevant facts then provide both a legal and commercial strategy aimed at and maximising the return for the client. This may range from an aggressive litigation strategy to a more passive negotiating strategy.

Philip has successfully handled a number of landmark cases involving some of Australia’s leading corporations relating to franchising and trade practices issues.