Mary StuddertMary Studdert is the principal of Studdert Legal & Advisory. She qualified to practise as a lawyer in 1995 and has strong Mandarin language skills.

Mary commenced her career working with McGrath Colman Stewart, a Melbourne-based law firm specialising in property and commercial litigation.  In 1999, Mary was recognised in the Legal Profiles publication as having expertise in the area of dispute resolution.

In 1998, Mary received a scholarship to undertake graduate studies in Chinese at the John Hopkins University, Centre for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.

After graduating, Mary joined the Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) office in Shanghai as a senior associate, where she gained considerable experience working with foreign investors wishing to establish a presence in China and Chinese clients seeking to adopt global best practice in their dealings with multinationals.  This included acting on behalf of the Beijing Municipal Government in the tender of the Beijing No 10 Water Plant A Project to foreign consortiums.

From 2000 – 2002, Mary was an executive member of the Australia China Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, working to strengthen business, government and community relationships between Australia and China.

In 2004, Mary returned to Melbourne and spent 6 years in both legal and commercial roles for the Coles Group, including contracts manager and senior lawyer.  During this time, she was a member of the Coles Supply Chain Leadership Team and Legal Leadership Team.

Since establishing Studdert Legal & Advisory, Mary has assisted a vast array of clients ranging from ASX 200 to start up, public to private, and operating in a variety of industries.

Mary is a current member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australia China Business Council.

Mary is also a devoted wife and mother.  She continues to keep up-to-date on political, economic and security issues in Asia.  When Mary has some spare time, she enjoys food, wine, cooking and travel.