Markham Geikie Farrugia

Do you need an experienced, reliable and trusted Lawyer or Tax Agent?
At MGF, we can help.

With many years experience practising in the local Liverpool area, we are dedicated to helping our clients get the right advice and assistance they need for all their legal and taxation matters.

Our fully-qualified team is friendly, compassionate, and highly experienced and will work towards ensuring your success, regardless of the size of the case.

Let us dedicate ourselves to meeting your legal and taxation needs. We welcome clients from all areas of our diverse community and are available 5 days a week to discuss your particular legal or taxation needs.

Call our friendly and helpful team on (02) 9602 8488 to make an appointment, or enquire online.

Meet Our Professional Team

Philip Farrugia LL.B. - Partner
A well-known lawyer who has practised in the Liverpool area since 1972, Philip specialises in real estate conveyancing, commercial leasing and disputes, small business, probate and estate planning, wills and power of attorney. Philip's loyal clients keep coming back because they appreciate his honesty and efficiency.

Philip has served the Liverpool community as the President of the Law Society of NSW's Liverpool/Fairfield branch. For three years, Philip was a legal adviser for the general managers of the Westfield Group's development, construction and leasing departments.

On 1 July 2013 Philip invited Hannah Smith to become a partner of the firm and consequently the firm was incorporated to MGF Law Pty Ltd trading as Markham Geikie Farrugia.

Hannah Smith LL.B. - Partner
Hannah joined our team in June 2010 and upon her admission to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in August 2010, became an employed Solicitor. Hannah has quickly built a reputation for providing our clients with efficient service and honest advice. Originally from South Wales UK, Hannah began her Law Degree at the University of Plymouth in the UK and after two successful years transferred to complete her degree at the University of Western Sydney.

Hannah has practised predominately in the area of Family Law since her admission, but also has experience in civil, criminal and conveyancing matters. Hannah's focus is to minimise the financial and emotional strain that court litigation can have on her clients and provide them with the right advice. Hannah is a member of the NSW Young Lawyers Society and regularly attends Family Law seminars which help to build her knowledge base.

On 1 July 2013 Hannah accepted Philip Farrugia's invitation to become partner and they have been developing the business together since then.

Paul Farrugia LL.B. - Senior Lawyer

Head of our taxation department, Paul has practised in most fields of law in the local area since 1977. Specialising in real estate conveyancing, small business and income tax, he has also lectured in contract and real estate law at TAFE colleges.

In 1993, Paul won the Law Society of NSW Pro Bono Solicitor of the Year, in recognition for his work as director of the Redfern Legal Centre, which provides free legal assistance for socially disadvantaged clients. He is also a Director of Aftercare, an accommodation and support service for sufferers of mental illness.

Noura Assafiri LL.B. - Junior Lawyer

Noura joined our team in February 2014 whilst carrying out her Professional Legal Training. Upon her admission in August 2014, she established herself as a member of our conveyancing team and quickly built her knowledge in criminal law. She currently assists the partners and our senior lawyer with a broad range of matters and is keen to develop experience in the criminal justice system and property law. 


    Sally Probert                                             Keston Cummings                           Barbara Roach

      Secretary                                                   Receptionist                               Paralegal/Office Manager

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.


 MGF Blog Keeping you informed:

27 July 2016

From 1 July 2016, there are new ID requirements for all Real Property transactions. Please do not be alarmed if we ask for ID documents as all of our files must contain the appropriate identification.

15 July 2016

We are now able to assist you in Home Building disputes and employment matters. Call us today and mention this post to receive 10% off your first matter with us (not limited to areas referred to in this post).

14 February 2016 - Driving Offences

Do you need help with a driving-related matter?

If so, call us today to make an appointment to see one of our experienced lawyers.

21 January 2015 - Family Law

Are you separated from your spouse and now considering a Divorce, property settlement or orders in relation to your children?

This can be a very strenuous time and it is important that you receive the right advice and guidance. Here at MGF we have many years experience in Family Law and are able to provide you with easy to understand advice and assist you throughout your matter in the most effective and efficient manner. We look forward to your call.

22 April 2014 - Business Transactions

Are you looking to buy or sell a business? If so call us now so we can advise you throughout your transaction and up date you the changes concering the PPSR and ASIC. 

30 January 2014 - New Retirement Advice Service

 Are you over 55 and thinking about retirement?

Have you considered who is qualified to advise you?

At MGF Law our lawyers have many years' experience advising on legal, tax and centrelink issues. Our clients have been very pleasantly suprised to discover that if they plan their future carefully, their annual income after age 65 could increase by many thousands of dollars.

But you should act before your 60th birthday to get the full benefit.

Answer and send us your anonymous questionaire for our free assessment to see whether you should spend money on a consultation or written advice. Click on our enquire online link above and type RETIREMENT ADVICE in subject line and we will send you the questionaire to complete, we will then contact you to discuss your individual case.


10 September 2013 - Personal Properties Securties Register (PPSR)

The PPSR commenced operating on 30 January 2013. It is a national register for consumers, businesses and the finance industry which allows them to search the register when they need to know whether certain personal property has a security interest registered against it.

If you operate a business and supply goods on credit, hire, lease or on a retention of title arrangement you should become very familar with the PPSR. Call us now to find out how you can register your interest in your property on the PPSR. Alternatively for more information visit


28 March 2013 - National Families Week 2013

National Families Week will be held between 15 and 21 May 2013. The aim is to celebrate the vital role that families play. This years theme is "Getting the balance right". For more information visit:


6 March 2013 - Welcome back Hannah Smith

After 4 months maternity leave Hannah is back on board and ready to assist you with your Family Law matter. Call us now or send us an email if you would like to speak to her regarding your personal circumstances.


9 November 2012 - WARNING SCAM

Merck Alliance appears to be a scam business. They are using our address as their own to recruit employees. We suggest that you do not give them any personal details.

We are receiving applications by mail and personal deliveries at our office of signed Employment Agreements. Some persons advise us that they have been asked for their bank account and passport details.


24 October 2012 - Real Estate Purchases and Government Grants

Starting from 1 October 2012, new Government Grants with different rules have been introduced to REPLACE previous concessions.

The most important change is that benefits will ONLY be available when you buy a NEW HOME for less than $650,000.  How much you receive will depend on the price and whether or not you qualify as a FIRST HOME BUYER.

FIRST HOME BUYERS who qualify receive a grant of $15,000 (down to $10,000 from 1 January 2016).  They may also receive a substantial stamp duty concession when purchasing vacant land for under $450,000 or a new house for under $650,000.  Total exemptions apply if prices are below $350,000 and $550,000 respectively.

Example: a qualified first home buyer for $550,000 receives the maximum benefit, being a grant of $15,000 plus a stamp duty saving of $20,240.

OTHER BUYERS paying less than $650,000 for a new house or $450,000 for vacant land for a new home may receive a grant of $5,000.

For more details click on the OSR link    


27 September 2012 - Stamp duty grant

Commencing 1 July 2012, a $5000 grant will be available to buyers of new homes, whether off the plan or newly built, with a value up to $650,000 and to buyers of vacant land that is intended to be the site of a new home valued up to $450,000.

Applications for the grant must be made within three months of the date of execution of the agreement for sale or of the transfer (where there is no agreement).

A purchaser under the scheme can be any entity, including a natural person, a company or a trustee of a trust and is available to investors as well as owner occupiers.

The payment of the grant will be administered by way of applying the amount of the new home grant as a credit against liability for duty on the agreement for sale or transfer. However, if the total amount of duty is paid, or there is a balance of grant owing, a payment will be issued by cheque upon completion of the purchase (i.e. the registration of the change of title).

For more information call us or see


25 June 2012: Auctions - BEWARE!

Did you know that when you are purchasing residential real estate at auction you do not have a cooling off period. That means that when the hammer comes down you are locked in and there is no turning back regardless of your financial situation.


7 June 2012: What is the difference between a lawyer, a barrister and a solicitor?

We are often asked this question. The simple answer is barristers and solicitors are both lawyers, but they have different functions. In most court cases, the solicitor would normally have most contact with the client and would prepare a 'brief' for the barrister, who would be the client's spokesman, or advocate, in court with the solicitor by his side to assist him.

14 February 2012: Do you have an up-to-date Will?

If you have no children and you and your partner are involved in a fatal accident if it is determined you passed away first, your in-laws may inherit your estate. Come and see us so you can decide who inherits your estate.


21 November 2011: First Home - New Home Scheme

From 1 January 2012, First Home Plus exemptions and concessions offered by the NSW Government will be replaced by the First Home - New Home Scheme. An agreement or transfer will only be eligible for the concession or exemption if the acquisition of the first home is a new home or vacant land intended to be used as the site for a new home. First Home Plus exemptions and concessions will continue to apply in relation to agreements to purchase an existing home entered into before 1 January 2012. See the Office of State Revenue website for further information, phone 1300 130 624 or email


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Philip Farrugia
Partner / Lawyer


Hannah Smith
Partner / Lawyer

Paul Farrugia
Senior Lawyer / Tax Agent

Noura Assafiri



58 Moore Street
Liverpool NSW 2170
P: 02 9602 8488
F: 02 9602 4095