Alya Barnes has been practising law since 1998 and has worked for Gibson & Gibson, McDonald Pynt Lawyers, IRDI Legal, and Integra Legal in the areas of commercial law with a particular field of interest in pharmacy law.


Alya commenced her legal career with Gibson & Gibson in 1998 and left in 2001 to work in Hong Kong for 6 years as legal counsel and manager for a publicly listed satellite service provider. Alya returned to Perth in 2007 to work with David McDonald and Steve Pynt at McDonald Pynt Lawyers in commercial law, then with Irdi legal in 2011 until 2015 when she was recruited to work with Integra Legal to help transition Graham Quartermaine’s commercial practice to Integra Legal. During this time, Alya worked principally in leasing but carried out other commercial work including advising on and completing the sale of a multimillion-dollar commercial building.

In 2016 Alya established Barnes & Gatti Legal with Integra Legal as its first client and continued that practice until it merged with MP Commercial Lawyers in 2023.

Alya’s integrity, knowledge, and general business acumen has guided many business owners, including pharmacists, to successfully navigate the law and realise their business ownership dreams.

Areas of Expertise 

  • Pharmacy Law
  • Business Relationship Agreements, including:
    • Partnership Deeds
    • Shareholder Agreements
    • Unitholder Agreement
    • Joint Venture Agreements
    • Business Succession Agreements
  • Sale/Purchase Agreements (Business, Shares, Units, Partnership Interests)
  • Business Settlements
  • Leasing
  • Loan and security documentation
  • Service Agreements


Alya was awarded a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Western Australia in 1999  and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia as a Barrister and Solicitor that same year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English having graduated in 2005 from Murdoch University whilst overseas.

For the last two years, Alya has sat as a member of the Liquor Commission that determines complaints and disciplinary matters in accordance with the Liquor Control Act 1988.