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Tony Hatzis - Solicitor Director

Tony is a leading senior lawyer who has practised continuously for more than 25 years.

Until Tony and Grant formed  Hatzis Cusack in 2012, Tony enjoyed an outstanding career as the leading specialist barrister in the field of liquor licensing and gaming law. Tony has delivered many seminars on liquor and gaming law to other members of the legal profession.

Tony has appeared in many test cases involving liquor, gaming and security industry laws. For example, Tony appeared for the successful tenants in the “Jabetin” litigation, which settled the ownership of gaming machine entitlement rights. Tony also acted for Blacktown Workers Club, in their successful test case against the Department of Health, over that Club’s smoking/gaming room. Tony has acted for hotels, clubs, liquor stores and security industry operatives in defending scores of prosecutions under the liquor, gaming and security industry legislation.

Tony is the current national liquor law contributor to the Concise Australian Legal Dictionary and is the liquor law editor of Thomson Reuters’ Building Law Service (NSW).

Tony has a passion for staying close to political and legislative developments in his field of specialty. As an advisor to the Australian Hotels Association (NSW), he has forcefully represented the interests of the industry in consultations with Government.

Before being called to the Bar in 1999, Tony was the chief in-house lawyer for the Liquorland chain. In that role, Tony acted in a number of medium-to-large scale commercial property transactions involving the development, sale, purchase and  leasing of licensed premises.

Tony was trained in a major Sydney commercial law firm. At a young age he became  a partner in a medium-sized commercial law firm.


Grant Cusack – Solicitor Director

Grant is one of the most experienced and highly regarded Liquor and Gaming lawyers in NSW.

From 1984-1989 Grant was employed in various positions with the former Liquor Licensing Court/Liquor Administration Board.  Grant then worked as a consultant from 1990 – 1997 providing specialist liquor licensing and gaming advice and assistance to members of the industry.  On his admission as a solicitor in 1998, Grant was employed by one of the leading legal firms practising in the jurisdiction.

In 2007 Grant set up his own firm, Grant Cusack & Associates, which quickly became one of the leading liquor and gaming firm in the State.  In the first 3 years of the new Liquor Act, the firm lodged more applications for new liquor licences than any other firm.

Grant acts for a variety of clients, including large retailers, public companies, hotel groups, liquor store operators, nightclubs, wineries, restaurants & cafes, caterers, karaoke venues, ten pin bowling centres, sporting venues, and resorts and accommodation premises.

Grant can assist in respect of all licensing and gaming matters no matter how large or small and is also experienced in dealing with various Council applications and Section 96 modification applications and Land & Environment Court appeals.

In 2012, Grant and Tony formed Hatzis Cusack with a view to providing an expanded range of legal services, including commercial matters, to better meet the needs of clients in the liquor, gaming and hospitality industries.   


Brett Tobin – Senior Associate

Brett is a senior lawyer specialising in the areas of liquor licensing and gaming law.

Brett has practised exclusively in those areas since his admission as a Legal Practitioner in 1996.

Prior to that, Brett was employed as a police officer with the New South Wales Police Service from 1983 to 1996, the last nine years of which were spent working as a specialist licensing and legalised gaming officer.

Brett has extensive experience in all licensing and gaming matters, including relating to on-premises licences, hotels, clubs, packaged liquor licences, producer/wholesale licences and limited licences.

Brett is highly regarded in the legal profession as an expert in proceedings involving liquor licensing and gaming practice and procedure.


Darcy Plowman – Solicitor

Darcy Plowman completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney at the end of 2017.

Darcy successfully completed his practical legal training with Hatzis Cusack Lawyers in 2018. He now practices as a Solicitor with the firm.

Darcy also has an honours degree and an MA, focused mainly on history and international politics, and a wide range of interests outside the law as well as within it. He strives to use his broad education and analytical skill in dealing with the complexities that the licensing legislation can throw up in a way that retains a pragmatic sense for the real interests of clients.

Darcy assists in most areas that the firm handles, including licensing applications, gaming machine entitlement transfers, sales of businesses and conveyancing. He has also assisted with the firm’s work in judicial review applications and merits review applications before NCAT.



Andrew Tougher - Senior Licensing Consultant

Andrew originally joined Grant Cusack & Associates in 2008 and brings with him more than 20 years experience.  
Andrew is highly skilled in the preparation of licensing and gaming applications and has an Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) from the Southern Cross University.

Andrew was employed in various positions with the Licensing Court, Liquor Administration Board and Department of Gaming and Racing from 1988 – 1999.

From 1999 until May 2008 Andrew was employed by one of the leading legal firms practising in the area.

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