The biggest asset of any business is its staff and I have been lucky enough to work with some really GREAT people.
From Day 1, to get the right people on the bus, sitting in the right seats, has been a challenge. The firm now boats over 200 years of experience with an average staff retention of over 7 1/2 years.
There are staff members that have been with the firm for nearly 20 years and this in itself is worthy of recognition. The team work displayed, the sharing of knowledge, the mentoring, is a daily occurrence that presents a great environment to get the job done. No two days are the same in a law firm and the challenges are continuous. A little bit of humour can go a long way!
Some people have used the firm to go onto other pursuits. Hopefully their experience at the firm has stood them in good stead and their contribution to the firm has not gone forgotten. With a current staff of 20 people over 3 offices, the service clients from Babinda to Port Douglas is paramount to all members of the firm. Home visits are almost a daily occurrence in the smaller centres and is something enjoyed.
The new age of artificial intelligence is upon us and I feel that the giving of legal advice to clients is still relying on empathy to each client's specific needs. No one size will fit all in law. Experienced staff will still be the best method to obtain advice to find a solution.
The celebration of 30 years practice in the firm has been a great time to reflect on community support, client outcomes and recognising staff. It would be remiss of me not to recognise my family. Especially my wife, who has kept the home fires burning while I have dealt with 30 years of practice.
After 30 years I still look forward to new challenges.