Cetrola Legal is a Melbourne based commercial legal practice. Our focus is on individualised service between our founding principal Frank Cetrola, and our clients.

These relationships have been an enduring feature in the practice, and Cetrola Legal is proud to continue to work with clients who have consulted with Frank throughout his legal career, including his time as a founding director at Clarendon Lawyers and as a lawyer at Freehills, and Hall & Wilcox.

The basic tenets of our practice involves the daily commitment to those relationships, achieved through:

Our Alignment With Your Interests

While we advise clients on their black-letter legal rights and obligations, we impart the advice with the total business matrix in mind, including highlighting the consequences on a personal level (with opportunity cost and stress of litigation being the most common considerations). Focus exclusively on the legal rights and obligations does not always produce the best overall result.

Knowing Our Clients’ Business World

Our most fulfilling aspect is gaining a sound understanding of clients’ businesses.

Cetrola Legal is privileged to have gained insights not just into its clients’ businesses, but also the industries in which they operate and the broader economy. This exposure has enabled Cetrola Legal to gain expertise in areas as diverse as the petroleum, food service, food production, property and pharmaceutical industries.

Providing Solutions

Cetrola Legal is driven by outcomes – if we are to succeed, we need our clients to succeed. Client contact is paramount. Often the first contact is on a no-obligation basis so that we can assess your legal needs and the likely legal budget for our involvement. If there is no practical requirement for us to act, we will tell you.

Cetrola Legal values repeat business based on a job well done. It recognises the importance of timely, effective attention to clients’ needs.


Our Frank Cetrola prides himself in being accessible. Frank has always provided clients with his direct telephone line. If you receive Frank’s or our voice mail, our commitment is to call you within half an hour of Frank being free from his obligation at the time of the call.