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Justin Betar

Principal & Notary Public

Justin Betar is a Solicitor with over two decades of experience, helping people with significant real estate decisions, having acted on over 5000 residential transactions and over 8000 commercial property transactions, translating to over $2billion in asset movements.

As a Notary Public, Justin assists clients with international transaction ranging from, authentication of identity documents, signing loan agreements for property transactions world-wide and other commercial dealings. Justin is relied upon as an expert in this field even presenting to other Notaries and is the Secretary of the Society of Notaries of New South Wales Inc. 

As the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Ghana, Justin represents the Government of Ghana and its citizens on the Australian platform and assists clients gain entry and access to resources in Ghana. 

Having a passion for problem solving and assisting clients through their different stages in life, Justin's expertise for problem solving extends into Property Law, Family Law, Insurance Law, Estate & Elder Law and Litigation. 

Appearing in all Courts in NSW and QLD, the High Court of Australia and the New Zealand High Court for clients, Justin is equally in his element drafting complex contractual documentation, at the negotiating table, and in the court room – deserving of a reputation as a "fixer" of legal problems and heads the litigation team at the firm.

Justin is qualified to appear in the following:

  • All NSW Courts (Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal)
  • Family Court/ Federal Magistrates Court
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
  • All QLD Courts (Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal)
  • High Court of New Zealand. 

Justin is a member of:

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Law Society of Queensland
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • City of Sydney Law Society
  • Fellow of The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries 
  • Society of Notaries of New South Wales Inc. (Honorary Secretary & Treasurer)
  • International Union of Notaries

 Also, Justin is on the board of Thredbo Farm Ski Lodge Limited in the position of Director and Company Secretary.  

 Representing his fellow Notaries, Justin is the Honorary Secretary & Treasurer of The Society of Notaries of New South Wales Inc.

 Justin is an avid triathlon and marathon runner and cycler.

 As a qualified Notary Public he provides services to individuals, small family businesses, business listed on the ASX, all major and boutique banks, and the Shipping industry, specially passenger cruise lines. 

Justin received a Commission as the Honorary Consul from the President of the Republic of Ghana in 2013 and is the head of the Consulate-General of the Republic of Ghana in Sydney, with jurisdiction over Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands and all Australian territories.

Law Society of New South Wales  Queensland Law Society      Union Internationale du Notariat


Richard Trayer

Consultant Lawyer

Richard has had a long and extensive career in Leasing and Real Estate Law, having been a partner in a large law firm and subsequently running his own firm. Richard was admitted to practice in 1969 and consults to Betar Lawyers. 

Richard is known for his detailed knowledge of real estate law, particularly commercial leasing. Richard has also acted in Conveyancing and Commercial Conveyancing, representing large shopping centres and small businesses and Wills and Estate Administration. 

Richard is qualified to appear in the following:

  • All NSW Courts (Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal)
  • Family Court/ Federal Magistrates Court
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia

Richard is a member of:

  • Law Society of NSW 

Richard is passionate about travelling. 

Law Society of New South Wales


Erin Yang

Licenced Conveyancer 

Erin Yang enjoys property practice so much that she qualified and became admitted to practice as a Licenced Conveyancer in 2016 and has gained experience in different areas of law.  She also speaks Mandarin.

Erin has experience in residential conveyancing, off-the-plan conveyancing, Commercial property conveyancing and leasing, retail leasing . She collaborates with her clients to provide strategic and practical advice, and this is particularly helpful as a native Mandarin speaker. Her experience is brought forward into commercial transactions such as purchase of commercial real estate and business, including franchises.

Erin is a member of: 

  • Australian Institute of Conveyancers (NSW Division)
  • Justice of the Peace 

Vicki Shield

Secretary to Justin Betar & Richard Trayer

Vicki Shield has a long history of working in the legal industry, having commenced in 1997. Vicki worked in London and New Zealand prior to moving to Australia and therefore provides a wealth of experience to her job. Vicki has experience in commercial litigation support, property (Conveyancing and Leasing), Insurance and Wills & Estates. Vicki is an experienced violinist and is on the Committee of the 'Southern Districts Exhibit' and loves Snow Skiing. 


Claudia McEwen

Legal Clerk 

Claudia McEwen works as a legal clerk. She is currently completing her Law degree. Claudia brings her enthusiasm and customer service skills to her work. Claudia established the "Wake Up Foundation"  which is a not-for-profit organisation that educates young people about the importance of staying safe and empowers them to make positive decisions.


Sara Pacey

Legal Clerk

Sara works as a law clerk with the firm. She is currently completing her Law degree. Sara is committed enthusiastic about law. Sara enjoys snow skiing.


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