Gerald Santucci leads the Business Law team at Snedden Hall & Gallop and has over 34 years’ experience in commercial law, property and disputes.

Widely respected for his ability to resolve complex commercial issues, Gerald advises clients on business acquisitions, transactions, structures, property, tax and insolvency matters. His experience spans the construction, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, technology and education industries.

Gerald leads the firm’s migration practice, where he assists employers and individuals to secure permanent and temporary business, skilled, residential and student visas. He is also a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA).

He joined the firm in August 1990, prior to which he was a partner at another Canberra law firm. Before his legal career, Gerald served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Australian Army under the national service scheme and worked in the Department of Overseas Trade. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, a diploma from the University of Lyon II and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University.

Gerald sits on the ACT Law Society’s Legal Profession and Ethics Committee and Calvary Hospital’s Human Research Ethics Committee. Previously he was a councillor of the ACT Law Society, a board member of Villaggio Sant’ Antonio aged care, and chairman of Marist College Advisory Board. He is fluent in French and Spanish.

Areas of Expertise

  • Contract drafting and advice
  • Sale and acquisition of businesses
  • Business structures
  • Migration: Temporary and permanent visas
  • Australian citizenship


In this video you can see Gerald talking with Emily Shoemark about business law at Snedden Hall & Gallop.

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Dear Gerald,

If I had to nominate a handful of people in my life who had been important, you would be up there!

Thanks to you and your professionalism and knowledge we have been given the greatest gift, a life in the best country in the world, and for that I will be forever grateful to you.

I therefore wish you every success in all you do for the rest of your career and once again a million thanks from all our family!

Bob (Migration)

20 August 2019

I had a very complex permanent residency application and after researching for hours, I felt completely stumped.

I asked around some colleagues and was referred to Gerald Santucci at SHG. I made contact with him and from the outset, he put me at ease, was very receptive and happy to assist. I sent through all the paperwork and he made an initial recommendation and gave advice on which avenues we could take.

Although the outcome was very uncertain due to the very rare situation, the team took the case and Dominic Cookman was my point of contact. Dominic was a delight to deal with, very patient and responsive. He put together the full submission and walked me through the process. He was upfront about what would happen next and kept in regular contact.

Ultimately, he made the good news call that permanent residency had been granted and it was like a huge weight was lifted in an instant.

I could not have been happier with the advice, service and outcome and I have no hesitation in recommending Gerald, Dominic and the team at SHG as Canberra’s immigration specialists.

Alex Ah Key (Migration)

22 May 2018

Thanks so much, Gerald Santucci and Caitlin Meers, for all your valuable assistance with the sale of our business. We found the whole process quite stressful – but it was made much easier and more manageable because we had our trusty SHG lawyers supporting us.

Christmas this year will be much more relaxed and happy than it was last year – I can tell you!

AC (Business Sale)

19 December 2017

Dear Gerald and the migration team

Thank you for your efforts in obtaining a Resident Return Visa (RRV). I appreciate that this visa is for a one year period.

Thank you for a great job well done!

We will contact you next October to renew the visa.

Jane (Migration)

4 December 2017

After unsuccessfully trying to renew my resident return visa on my own, I turned to SHG. I knew it was a long shot and it took a couple more tries, but the firm shared my persistence and we prevailed.

Two things impressed me the most about the firm’s approach. Firstly, Nicholas and Gerald took me through the policy advice manual that the Department analyst would use as guidance – essentially exactly how to satisfy the general points available online. This enabled us to come up with a plan on how to “tick all of the boxes,” leaving no stone unturned.

Secondly, they welcomed my first draft for the submission, which was an amateur attempt to put forth my case. Then they recrafted it into a much more polished document with professional arguments and many points I would never have thought of.

Although I could have turned everything over to the firm, since they recognized I knew my case best and was able to craft at least some of the arguments, they respectfully treated me as a partner in the project and accepted my input. They even sent me drafts of the application for my review.

SHG helped make our dreams come true.

Anon (Migration 1)

17 March 2016

Gerald, I have no words to express our gratitude for the tremendous effort in obtaining a visa for our child. We’re very happy for being able to go back to our lovely Australia. Thank you for all the hours you invested in making our dreams to come true.


R and Family (Migration)

27 April 2015