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Trusted Advisers



Steven O’Brien


Qualifications: LLM (Melbourne), B. Bus (QUT)

Admissions: Papua New Guinea, High Court of Australia, Queensland

Steven founded the firm in 2002.  With nearly thirty years practise experience, his practice is mainly in the corporate finance, resources and petroleum fields.  Recognised in Chambers guide to the World’s leading lawyers, Steven leads the practice in big ticket transactions and in leading edge developments where his considerable expertise is called on from first principles.




Anthony Roden-Paru

Senior Associate

Qualifications: LLB (UPNG)

Admissions: Papua New Guinea 

Anthony is carving out a niche as a strong advocate. He primarily practises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and regularly appears as Counsel in the National & Supreme Courts.

He has a background in banking law and has experience providing advice and representation to parties in litigation concerning corporations, financial institutions and private individuals. He is also an avid contributor to and continues to provide updates for the Women, Business and the Law reports published annually by the World Bank Group.

Daniel Ward


Qualifications: LLB (Griffith), B.Int Bus (Griffith)

Admissions: Queensland, Papua New Guinea

Daniel has ten years experience having worked in the Australian and PNG offices to two large multi-national legal firms. He is also a published author with CCH (a Wolters Kluwer business) and continues to provide written commentary on PNG law.

Having spent his childhood in Papua New Guinea, Daniel speaks Tok Pisin fluently. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, advice in relation to mining and energy resources, preparing certifications for foreign-owned companies and commercial negotiations.

Anna Narokobi


Qualifications: BA (James Cook University, Australia),  LLB  (James Cook University, Australia)

Admissions: Papua New Guinea

With ten years experience, Anna practices in the commercial litigation section, and regularly appears as Counsel in Court. Her main practice areas include judicial review of administrative actions and commercial and property litigation.  Anna has a deep understanding of the administrative structures and the political system of Papua New Guinea.



Amira Ward


Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BA (Monash)

Admissions: Queensland, Papua New Guinea

Amira practices in our commercial team. She has extensive experience in commercial and intellectual property law, including drafting and advising clients on contracts, settlement deeds, loan agreements, shareholder’s agreements and advising and acting in relation to domain name infringements.

As a commercial property lawyer, Amira has experience in management rights, commercial leases, retail shop leases, put and call option agreements, off the plan contracts, vacant land sales and subdivisions.

Alu Konena


Qualification: LLB (UPNG)

Admission: Papua New Guinea

Alu practices in the commercial litigation section of the firm. He received a broad training and now practices in the insurance and banking fields.  He also is an expert in the arcane art of recovery of legal costs following litigation.

Benjamin Yalehen


Qualification: LLB (UPNG)

Admission: Papua New Guinea

Benjamin practices in the general and commercial litigation sections. He originally trained at a large Australian international firm before joining O’Briens.


Flora Genia

Flora has spent over 19 years in a variety of commercial litigation roles with several firms. Her meticulous attention to detail in claims preparation and discovery ensures that client interests are advanced in the best possible manner.


Maika Polana

Maika has spent over 15 years dealing with property and banking transactions. Previously he worked in the securities preparation department of Papua New Guinea’s largest bank, Bank of South Pacific.

Josephine Mee

Josephine is the Chief Operating Officer.  She originally trained and entered the British Civil Service before being transferred to Papua New Guinea with her husband 40 years ago.  She has become fluent in many local languages and has a unique understanding of the environment in which the firm operates.

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