Since 2006, we have been serving businesses, families and individuals across the globe. At Johannessen Legal, we believe Legal Practice is all about providing prompt, accurate and reliable advice and assistance.

With over a decade of legal practice experience, we cover a broad range of legal fields, with specialists in Civil and Criminal Litigation, Business and Commercial Law, and Business and Investment Migration.

Our solicitors also provide specialised services in Human Rights and International Law, backed by 40+ years in the development industry. Our commitment to international justice and development continues with our NGO Support Program, as well as through ongoing legal support of community-based charitable organisations.

Our staff have been recognised not only for their professional expertise, but also for their ongoing commitment to their communities. We care passionately about our clients.

At Johannessen Legal, we Earn your Trust.

Our History

Founded in 2006, our firm has been providing effective, affordable and often non-traditional legal solutions to thousands of clients over the years. We've represented clients across jurisdictions and across the globe, in matters of all shapes and sizes, led by our Principal, Jaleh Johannessen.  With Partners and lawyers in 3 offices, our firm now continues our founder's tradition of excellence in service, attention to detail, and genuine care for our clients.

Our Mission

We're passionate about our partnerships with people; as your legal advisors, we seek to earn your trust with every interaction. Whether you need our shield or our axe, we fight for you at every turn.  We strive to make the complicated more understandable, to make your path towards success and happiness as clear of obstacles as possible.  We are diligent in our attention to our clients, and aggressive in the defence of their interests.  Above all, we strive for justice through compassion.

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Jaleh Johannessen

An international citizen, lived and worked in London, Geneva, and New York as a journalist, humanitarian development professional, and spent the last 2 decades in law. Jaleh has degrees in Accounting, Journalism, and has graduated in law from the Australian National University with Honours. She currently sits on the Legal Aid Review Panel of the Australian Capital Territory, and has previously also lectured at the Australian National University School of Law, in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice program. As the founder of Johannessen Legal, Jaleh has an enviable return rate of clients, earning trust for her relentless pursuit of the very best outcome in every matter she oversees. Jaleh has undertaken countless number of successful litigation matters at all jurisdictions in a spectrum of areas of law including commercial, migration, employment, and civil disputes.

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Pierre Johannessen

Litigator, Human Rights activist, game-changer. Never been in a courtroom he doesn't love. A former Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, a Young Australian of the Year, and a University of Canberra Chancellor's Distinguished Young Alumni award winner. Pierre has distinguished himself in the community for both his passion and his exemplary conduct.

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Thorny is more than a plant. She stays up for the late night pre-trial sessions, she's up early for the pre-client meeting briefs, she's always there when it's time to make file notes and case summaries.