No one expects to need a lawyer to resolve a dispute, and I realise that taking that step is an important and stressful period in my clients’ lives. I value my clients’ trust in me to achieve an outcome to any dispute which satisfies their need for a favourable outcome, while being aware of emotional and financial realities.
I have been in private legal practice for over 30 years, primarily in litigation. Clients want to know that their lawyer knows the technical side of litigation, the personal impact on the client and the importance of a viable result. I have acted for clients in compensation claims involving assault, sexual assault, psychiatric injuries arising from trauma, and severe brain damage. I have also represented clients in defamation claims, including cross-border where material is published in one jurisdiction with distribution in Australia.
Legal practice has changed over the years. Clients now expect an holistic approach, and that matters be considered in a broader perspective. I understand that modern e-connections means that no matter can be dealt with in isolation, and that all avenues need to be explored in resolving conflict. The days of “set and forget” litigation and dispute resolution, are in the past.