find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
East coast firm incorporates after near unanimous vote

East coast firm incorporates after near unanimous vote

dunstan-de-souza

More than 60 partners at Colin Biggers & Paisley have voted in favour of incorporation.

The firm has elected for an incorporated model to bring its Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne offices under the same roof. The move follows a merger with incorporated Brisbane firm Hemming + Hart in 2013.

“It was just one of the most overwhelming votes and there was a high level of enthusiasm across the partnership,” said managing partner Dunstan de Souza (pictured).

Only one partner at the firm voted against incorporation and two partners abstained.

Mr De Souza said there were several reasons for incorporating. The move will allow the firm to trade as one entity, which will consolidate and simplify internal management.

The firm recently rebranded as CBP Lawyers and incorporation will provide an opportunity for the firm to return to a common name, Colin Biggers & Paisley.

“The other thing is the operational efficiency,” Mr De Souza said. “There is less complication with one entity, one trading name. So it is easier in terms of branding and easier in terms of accounting.”

“It’s a good way to manage our firm. It is a natural progression.”

Mr De Souza said incorporation would give the firm the flexibility to change its business model at a later date, but said there were no planned changes to remuneration or partnership structures: “It is just an openness to things in the future.” 

Growth through recruitment is on the horizon, however. “Our intention with this model is probably to grow [our partner] number to well over 70 before the end of this financial year,” Mr De Souza said.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

East coast firm incorporates after near unanimous vote
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...