Elise Margow

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (University of Witwatersrand)

Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors

Professional Organisation

Principal of Legally Speaking

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Elise Margow on Twitter: @elisemargow

Elise Margow


Elise has broad legal and business expertise, having worked in the corporate sector for the past 13 years and in practice at various law firms.  She is an alumnus of Arnold Bloch Leibler and Telstra Corporation Limited and has headed up legal, risk and regulatory teams including the team at Liberty Financial Pty Limited. In addition to providing a wide range of legal advice to her clients and reducing the legal spend of clients substantially, she has contributed on credit and due diligence committees, is a director of two companies and has company secretarial experience.

While at Liberty Financial Pty Limited, Elise was responsible for the implementation of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 across the business. She and her team worked with both the commercial and operational teams from all areas of the business to ensure that the business complied with regulatory requirements while at the same time achieving commercial imperatives. Elise was a member of the Australian Finance Conference Legal and Risk Committee from 2009 to 2012 being actively involved in strategically analysing proposed new and amended regulations affecting the finance and banking industry.

Elise is a nationally accredited mediator having trained as a mediator with LEADR – Association of Dispute Resolvers. She has represented various clients at mediations and acted as mediator in a wide variety of matters.

Elise was named by The Age Melbourne Magazine as one of the top 100 most passionate, powerful and provocative personalities of 2012.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Sale of Goods and Guarantees and Indemnities - contact: Practical Content Publishing


Professional Contact

Email: emargow@legalspeak.com.au

Awards & Recognition

Named by The Age Melbourne Magazine as one of the top 100 most passionate, powerful and provocative personalities of 2012.

Speaking Engagements

Elise has presented at various forums across Australia on a wide variety of topics including:

  • the changing role of in house counsel and the value of the internal legal function;
  • the art of negotiating contracts;
  • how to adapt to an increased globalised working environment;
  • harassment and sexual harassment in the work force.


  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association