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Imagine if you had access to a
trusted adviser, someone who knew
everything about your personal
situation, who could advise you on
significant crossroads in your life -- from
entering into a marriage to starting a new
business venture -- and then advocate on
Leading Canberra family law firm,
Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson, has
responded to the growing need for lifelong
legal services by moving beyond the
traditional transactional role of lawyers to
provide advice and services in a range
of legal areas.
The move was a natural progression
according to directors Julie Dobinson,
Phil Davey, Lois Clifford and Di Simpson
who founded the firm in 2007.
"Our big point of difference has always
been that we genuinely understand and
care about our client's situations," Ms
"So when other things happen in our
clients' lives, we are the solicitors they
turn to when they need help."
Mr Davey said the company has expanded
to offer a broader range of advice.
"On seeing the growing need amongst
our clients for advice and expertise
beyond family law, we developed other
areas of our practice," he said.
Clients now turn to Dobinson Davey
Clifford Simpson for specialised advice
and negotiation skills in all areas that
affect their personal, business and
financial relationships including family
law, wills and estate planning, estate
litigation, mediation and alternate
dispute resolution, business law,
business succession, taxation, trusts and
superannuation. The firm even offers
specialised advice in the relatively new
area of assisted reproduction.
Located in the stylish precinct of
NewActon, the firm has grown to a
practice of 12 lawyers and 12 support
staff. But despite being one of the largest
family law firms in Canberra, attracting
clients throughout Australia and overseas,
the firm's point of difference remains
the same: a unique understanding of the
nuances and complexities of relationships
-- whether personal, financial
or business related.
"This understanding allows us to get to
the bottom of the family and business
dynamics at play, so that we can advise
clients on all areas of their lives," Ms
Ms Clifford said the firm's position as a
private client advisory service is a return
to the roots of the profession.
"We're essentially refreshing the concept
of what legal professionals were in the
past -- trusted advisers throughout major
turning points in life," she said.
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In a city dominated by public sector
employees it may surprise some to
know there is only one local lawyer
who practises exclusively in the area
of Comcare workers compensation.
Geoff Wilson, Special Counsel at
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, credits
growing up a Canberran with public
servant parents for his understanding
of the often complex occupational, legal
and interpersonal issues that arise
when dealing with injured ACT and
Commonwealth public sector
and other workers.
"There are not many lawyers who have
actively chosen to do this kind of work
nationally," Mr Wilson said.
"It helps that I have been practising in
this area of law for over 15 years, with
10 of those years spent representing the
other side of the fence. It is unique in
this jurisdiction for people to have
a solicitor with that specialist experience.
That helps me to achieve better results
for my clients."
As head of his firm's Comcare National
Practice Group, Geoff also assists workers
who come under the Comcare scheme,
but who are not public servants.
"The Comcare scheme is changing,
and there will likely soon be many more
private sector employees in our region
and nationally who will be covered by
the federal workers compensation
legislation. At the moment, the scheme
already covers many private sector
employees in the banking, transport,
postal and telecommunications sectors,"
Mr Wilson said.
"I genuinely enjoy my work as a lawyer
because each day my colleagues and I
fight to help injured people and their
families get their lives back after
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