The Gold Coast office of Hynes Lawyers yesterday told its staff that the Gold Coast office will be amalgamating with its Brisbane counterpart. Brisbane, which currently has five partners, will have nine after the move, the firm told The New Lawyer.
All Gold Coast Hynes Lawyers employees will be offered to transfer to the Brisbane office under the same conditions of employment from 23 December.
The firm has confirmed that virtually all senior Gold Coast staff will be physically relocating to Brisbane.
The firm rejects suggestions it's a cost cutting exercise, saying instead it places the firm in a position to head in the direction it wants to go.
“The amalgamation has come from the convergence of a number of factors, which were primarily led by the continued growth of the firm into a very specialised legal practice. Increased operational efficiencies through being run from the one office will only enhance the client experience and service,” a Frank Higginson, a partner at the firm, said today.
It is understood a much smaller office will operate at Southport. The New Lawyer understands that office will be serviced as required from 23 December.
Higginson said all clients affected by the move have been informed, and that all responses have been positive.
“We expect the practical effect of the amalgamation on our clients and referrers to be minimal. By and large, the same people will be providing the same legal services. We hope that the relationships we have built on the Gold Coast will continue.”