MQ Health - Macquarie University

Capacity and Capability Clinic

Conducting interviews with clients to produce Capability Medico-legal Evaluation Reports that serve a wide spectrum of needs.

Our team

Michael Perkins

Lawyer, author and educator

Michael is a lawyer, author and educator with over 30 years' experience in trusts, estates and private client practice.

As complexities increase for clients, their families and business interests, Michael is shaking up the status quo. Most professionals manage and deliver transactions for clients. Michael additionally helps resolve broader complexities in the lives of clients, where possible without resort to litigation or other dispute resolution processes. This capability is born from Michael’s decades of knowledge of the law and deep understanding of families as well as the practical and operational needs of their businesses, assets and community and philanthropic interests.

For that breadth of service, in private client practice Michael and Nexus Law Group focus on a client’s wealth conservation and transfer intentions.

Where business or commercial interests are also involved Michael applies a multidisciplinary approach in dealing with the challenges of corporate growth, asset protection, estate administration and succession. Methodologies finessed with experience are applied suiting globalising businesses as well as families making plans to manage their wealth for the benefit of subsequent generations and their valued broader communities and connections.

With consultant clinical neuropsychologist Dr Jane Lonie, Michael provides autonomy assessment and uses supported decision making methodologies to help clients, their families and business interests with ageing well.

The team at the Capacity and Capability Clinic has substantial experience across legal and commercial issues in various types of cases and in many sectors. The experience includes expertise in business structuring and reorganisation, construction, family disputes, building services, agribusiness, hospitality, professional services, film and media production, and digital media production, publishing, distribution and marketing.

Michael is a:

  • Trust and Estates Practitioner (TEP) member of the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
  • Founder and member of Academic Community of STEP and its Diminished Capacity and Vulnerable Client working group.
  • Co-author of the book Estate Planning: A Practical Guide for Estate and Financial Services Professionals, published by LexisNexis, first published in 2005 and currently being updated for its fifth edition.
  • Author and co-author of numerous publications and presentations in the field of trust and estates law and practice as well as commercial law.

Dr Jane Lonie

Clinical neuropsychologist

Jane is a consultant clinical neuropsychologist, author and educator with 20 years of experience in the assessment, management and research of cognitive dysfunction in adults and older adults.

Working closely with Michael Perkins (a lawyer, author and educator) of the Autonomy First group, Jane provides autonomy assessments and supported decision making methodologies helping clients, their family and business interests age well.

Jane has provided assessments and reports for over 3,500 patients. She has provided clinical and medico-legal consultancy for patients from Royal North Shore Hospital, Macquarie University Hospital Clinic and rooms in North Sydney and Mosman.

Her cases have ranged from early and differential dementia diagnosis, cognitive impairment, testamentary capacity, guardianship disputes, and financial management orders through to assessment of a person’s capacity to instruct, give evidence or appoint or revoke a power of attorney. Associated with this clinical and consultancy work, Jane has substantial experience in courts providing expert medico-legal opinion on legal capacity.

In her research and educator role she is the author of over 20 peer reviewed articles in the areas of dementia and capacity. Recent papers are published in the Elder Law Review and the Australian Bar Review.

Jane’s affiliations, qualifications and speaking engagements include:

  • Member of the Australian and British Psychological Societies and their respective specialist neuropsychology practice divisions.
  • Honors, clinical masters and PhD qualifications in the field of neuropsychology.
  • Being one of five SIRA appointed dispute resolution service providers in the field of clinical neuropsychology and an expert reviewer for the Health Care Complaints Commission.
  • Honorary Associate Member of the Macquarie University Psychology Department.
  • Presenter at legal and medical symposia and continuing professional education for The College of Law, NSW Law Society, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Australian Guardianship and Administration Council, BenchTV, BBC Radio 4, University of NSW Continuing Legal Education and Legalwise.