find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
New firm: it’s all about family

New firm: it’s all about family

ACCREDITED FAMILY law specialists, Barry Berger and Bill Kordos, have decided to step out on their own and form a new firm — and they have taken the entire family law department from Home…

ACCREDITED FAMILY law specialists, Barry Berger and Bill Kordos, have decided to step out on their own and form a new firm — and they have taken the entire family law department from Home Wilkinson Lowry with them.

Both were partners with the Melbourne firm, but will now head up Berger Kordos Lawyers, which will provide clients, including other legal practitioners, with advice exclusively on family law matters. Berger said the move of Home Wilkinson Lowry’s entire family law team proved that “dignity could prevail in even the most complicated of divorces”.

Both he and Kordos believe family law is about finding a solution rather than winning a battle. “[It] is not about winning or losing but helping people reach a just and manageable solution to the complex issues that arise when family relationships break down,” Berger said.

Kordos said the decision to establish the firm had been an “evolutionary” one. The partners believed a boutique firm would enable them to serve their “vision” and meet their clients’ demands better than they could as part of a national commercial firm. “We believe [the boutique firm] will be the most effective form of service delivery for people undergoing relationship issues,” Kordos said.

“You can be partially successful in a national commercial law firm, but I don’t believe you can attain the ultimate vision within a structure that doesn’t necessarily have the same values and goals.”

Former Family Court Chief Justice Alastair Nicholson launched the new firm, which boasts 10 staff including five legal professionals, last Saturday, 22 October, at the Melbourne Immigration Museum. Nicholson congratulated the partners on their approach to the venture, saying that he knew both men and was sure they would always put the integrity of the law before the interests of business.

Berger said he was “moved and humbled” that the former Chief Justice “would publicly endorse the vision we have for Berger Kordos Lawyers”.

Opening the boutique firm had already opened up new opportunities, Kordos said, and the partners had been approached to examine issues such as the value family lawyers add to succession planning and estate planning issues.

He said the firm’s “dedicated team ofproven legal and administrative professionals” shared the partners’ commitment to providing a level of support that “enables people to move forward with confidence at a critical stage in their lives”.

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

New firm: it’s all about family
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
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'...
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...
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 & ...