Lawyers Growing Strong
Rapid growth around the Tweed region, combined with a rising demand for legal services in the New South Wales far north coast, has opened new doors for Attwood Marshall Lawyers in Kingscliff.
The legal firm, which has always drawn good business from both sides of the border, will add the Kingscliff office to its Coolangatta and Varsity Lakes premises.
It also marks a return to the far north coast – Attwood Marshall founders Richard Attwood and Bob Marshall established an office at Kingscliff which was closed in 1978.
Managing partner Jeff Garrett said demand from the Tweed and far north coast has grown substantially along with major residential development in recent years.
“Communities such as Casuarina Beach, Salt, Pottsville and Kingscliff have become more popular with people with high disposable incomes, and demand for legal services has grown with the more affluent population,” said Mr Garrett.
Mr Garrett said the financial crisis fuelled much of the demand for commercial litigation, family law, wills and estate planning, estate litigation, asset protection and structuring, and personal injury compensation.
Mr Garrett expects the practice to be well received by clients from Pottsville, Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Lismore, Ballina, Bangalow and the surrounding rural areas. However, with many people reluctant to travel too far for legal services, the Kingscliff office enables the firm to extend its reach.
With the Coolangatta move complete, Mr Garrett said the firm was looking to expand back into Robina and Southport where it operated before a restructure in 2005.
Senior family lawyer Janeen Smithson will head the family law department at the Coolangatta office.The firm has 50 permanent and casual staff but is looking to expand to recruit more commercial litigation, estate litigation and personal injury law professionals.
Resource: Gold Coast Bulletin March 2009