About us

Our History

Paul Sarvaas & Charles Ciappara established the firm as a specialist litigation and corporate regulatory practice, supported by a strong commercial and property practice.

Paul has been in practice for over 27 years, including at Minter Ellison in Adelaide and as a partner of Watson Mangioni in Sydney. Charles has been in practice for over 21 years, including at Dibbs Barker Gosling and Watson Mangioni in Sydney.

Paul and Charles bring both large firm and boutique firm experience to Sarvaas Ciappara, along with their own approach to modern commercial practice.

Our Approach

Sarvaas Ciappara provides the same quality of service that is expected from a large firm, combined with the close senior lawyer involvement and competitive rates of a smaller specialist firm.

All of our matters are supervised by a partner or senior associate, who remains involved and accessible. We resource matters as necessary with solicitors and paralegals, but we do not duplicate services.

Our lawyers are commonly opposed to solicitors from the largest firms in Sydney, and we conduct these disputes efficiently and without difficulty. We now receive regular referrals from major law firms.

We believe in close communication with our clients, and ensure that our clients are fully involved in all major decisions. Our lawyers also appreciate that litigation is an adversarial and stressful process, and we endeavour to manage matters so that our clients’ businesses are not unnecessarily disrupted.

Our Clients

Sarvaas Ciappara acts for corporations and individuals in every state in Australia. Our clients range from multi-national companies, Owners Corporations, through newly established businesses, to private individuals.

We strive to exceed expectations and develop long-term commercial relationships with every one of our clients. We are proud of the loyalty of our clients.

Our focus is directed to the commercial needs of our clients, and to the provision of rapid and innovative solutions to problems.

Our lawyers are always open to exploring alternatives to litigation. However, if it is necessary to fight we are fearless advocates for our clients. Actions speak louder than words, and the career success of all of our senior lawyers is enviable.

Our People

The greatest asset of our firm is our staff, both our professional staff and our support staff.

Our firm maintains a committed and responsive work environment, and most of our staff have worked together for many years. We respect the diversity and talent of all of our people.

Unlike many other law firms, we do not encourage internal competition and we promote collaboration and new ideas.

We uphold a high level of ethical behaviour, and treat both our legal colleagues and commercial associates with professional courtesy and respect.

Our Charges

Our professional charges are competitive, and we provide detailed cost estimates and regular updates for all matters. We welcome comparison with the rates of other firms and are happy to provide quotations.

Our billing practices are completely transparent, and all of our accounts are fully itemised.