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Ex-judge starts law firm for the people

Ex-judge starts law firm for the people

FORMER NEW South Wales Attorney-General and Supreme Court judge Jeff Shaw has set his sights on helping “battlers” through a new law firm Shaw is a director at The People’s…

FORMER NEW South Wales Attorney-General and Supreme Court judge Jeff Shaw has set his sights on helping “battlers” through a new law firm

Shaw is a director at The People’s Solicitors, incorporated in September, based in Sydney’s Darlinghurst.

Fellow directors include Kingsley Liu, a former stock broker, and Janice Gounder, a migration specialist who has worked in diplomatic and government circles.

Liu said the firm is inexpensive and user-friendly and is run by people that “stand for certain things in their life”.

“We are helping that part of the market that is in between legal aid and the more conventional legal services. So we are just filling a part of the market that really needs legal support. We are still evolving as we work with that part of the market and we will develop what we think is appreciated and needed the most by our clients. It’s about getting good solutions but it’s much more than just good legal solutions,” he said.

The People’s Solicitors provides legal advice and advocacy services on a range of legal matters in the trade union and taxi industries, migration and commercial property transactions.

It is also developing an after hours and weekend law service to meet the needs of its clients.

The firm works closely with an external advisory team including Lewis Marks, a US licensed attorney operating from LA and Beijing, and barristers Bob Stanton and Geraldine Kinnane.

Jeff Shaw was the NSW Attorney-General from 1995 to 2000 and a former Minister of Industrial Relations. He was also a Supreme Court judge but stepped down after he crashed his car while drink driving in 2004.

The Police Integrity Commission handed a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery, last month, recommending Shaw be charged with perverting the course of justice over a missing blood sample that was taken after the drink driving incident.

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