New testimonial: Mums Who Wine

Excerpts from posts featured on Instagram – Mums Who Wine (@mumswhowine_au) & Lauren Oliver (@lauren_mumswhowine)

When David defeated Goliath

Over the past 12 months we have been involved in a “fight” that came within inches of destroying Mums Who Wine. I am sharing this very personal and raw insight with the hope of helping others who might be going through a fight too.

Whilst I can’t share all details – all I can say is our small little business (David) took on a global corporation (Goliath).

As many of you know, I am an ex-litigation lawyer, I spent most of my days in court, in the fight. Heck my nickname was “The General”. But the moment I realised that promises had been broken and we had to issue legal proceedings, I crumbled. I said to Mark (@dadswhowine) that I couldn’t fight. I had been fighting to keep a business alive for over 12 months during a global pandemic, I just couldn’t do it. And that is me who is “trained” to fight, who has 10 years litigation experience so I hate to think of my fellow small business friends who are placed in same situation without that background.

I am thankful for Mark who looked at me and said “we can do this. YOU can do this”. I also knew that if we didn’t, it would be the end of Mums Who Wine and there is still good work to be done.

So we faced Goliath, we held our ground and even though we are a business of just two people, we stood up to the fight. Honestly this was the most stressful and emotional experience for us (Mark still has the ongoing stomach ulcer to prove it).

But we did it, and absolutely could not have achieved the result we did if not for Danielle Snell and the legal team at Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell.

Danielle and I have known each other since Articles. To be able to go to her during one of the most emotional and stressful periods of our life and say “can you help me?” and to hear “of course I can Lozza” was the most comforting thing ever. To have someone I trusted in my corner when I couldn’t see clearly, is something I will never forget.

Danni – there are not many people who would start their own law firm at 30 weeks pregnant. But this just shows the brave woman that you are. There is a reason why you won most influential lawyer of 2021.

Thank you for helping Mark and I save Mums Who Wine. We can now continue doing the good work – empowering mothers, building community and changing lives. I am forever grateful.

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"This was a “David v Goliath” fight as our dispute was with a large global corporation. The attention, compassion and guidance that Danielle and the team showed us was absolutely incredible."

CEO & Founder

National mental-health support organisation

We recently instructed Danielle from Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell to help with a legal dispute. As a small purpose led business, this was a “David v Goliath” fight as our dispute was with a large global corporation. This dispute was during a very emotional time as we were in the middle of a global pandemic, Melbourne’s sixth lockdown, homeschooling and no childcare – all while trying to keep our small business alive.

The attention, compassion and guidance that Danielle and the team showed us was absolutely incredible. I have 10 years legal experience myself and even with that, I was reluctant to litigate, especially during such a difficult time. However Danielle always gave us confidence in knowing that she was in our corner and always working for our best interests, so my reluctance was quickly appeased.

Today I am pleased to share that David defeated Goliath and we could not be more thrilled with the result we received thanks to Danielle and the team from Elit Lawyers. Danielle not only saved our company, but ensured that we could continue doing the good work we were previously and helping improve the lives and mental health of mothers across Australia.

I could not recommend Danielle and the team from Elit Lawyers more highly. I am *hoping* that I will never need their services again, but feel very reassured knowing they are there and always in my corner.

Thank you Danielle and team.

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"Danielle is a well-known and respected lawyer who knows how to handle difficult and intensive litigation."

Queens Counsel, Devers List

Victorian Bar

Danielle Snell is a very intelligent and impressive lawyer whom I have worked with in my role as senior counsel on various litigation matters.  She is a well-known and respected lawyer who knows how to handle difficult and intensive litigation.  Danielle combines a deep knowledge of the law across many practice areas with a practical approach to litigation, and is authentic and charismatic in her dealings with others.

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"Danielle and Robert demonstrate outstanding expertise and approach all matters methodically with a clear and practical focus..."

Chief Operations Officer

Peak industry body for fire protection

As Chief Operating Officer it is extremely important to work with lawyers who are easily accessible, honest and trustworthy.  We have briefed Elit Lawyers by McGirr and Snell across various legal disciplines and now use them as our “go to” solicitors.  Danielle and Robert demonstrate outstanding expertise and approach all matters methodically with a clear and practical focus on achieving the best possible result.

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"Danielle demonstrated a refreshing and unique ability to narrow the issues, and succinctly explain complex matters."

General Counsel

Leading home building company

Having worked alongside Danielle in litigation matters I have found her approach to be thorough and strategic.  In particular, Danielle demonstrated a refreshing and unique ability to narrow the issues, and succinctly explain complex matters.

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