It takes a local to know how things work, to really understand the lay of the land. Now, four years on since Tindall Gask Bentley began its national expansion in Western Australia, we can proudly say we’re part of the West Perth furniture and WA legal fraternity.
But our busy, thriving office was borne from humble beginnings. On Friday, November 15, 2013 we had only a small, borrowed office inside the Western Australia Police Union headquarters, with two lawyers on secondment from Adelaide, where TGB was born more than 40 years ago.
While our WA operation started small, any concerns we were going to be quiet were allayed when the phone rung at 9.10am. It was someone who had been arrested that morning in Broome.
“Can you help me? ” asked the voice down the line.
“Of course we can.”
Fast forward four years: the phone hasn’t stopped and we’ve moved to a bigger office. We’ve had clients and cases in every corner of WA – from unfair dismissal claims in Kununurra and criminal matters in Port Hedland to restraining orders in Collie. We’ve had matters in most courts and tribunals and helped thousands of clients, growing from two lawyers to six in the process, as well as four support staff.
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Tindall Gask Bentley partner Richard Yates was there on Day 1 and has lost count of the amount of times he has flown between Adelaide and Perth. However, he sealed his status as a West Australian earlier this year when he decided to go west permanently.
Richard’s team – Renee O’Callaghan, Paul Sofield, Nakkie Le Roux, Stephanie Martin and Kate Major – are all dedicated, passionate lawyers who are either proud West Australians or adopted Sandgropers, fighting for their clients across criminal & disciplinary, family law and wills & estates matters.
“It’s been great to watch us evolve from being viewed as eastern out-of-towners to an integral part of the local WA legal scene,” Richard said.
“From humble beginnings 4 years ago, we’ve grown into a vibrant, busy WA practice.
“I think our success in Perth is down to us living and breathing the values we hold closely; always striving to get the best results for our clients as quickly and efficiently as possible. That approach has really resonated with the local West Australian community.”
Tindall Gask Bentley managing partner Morry Bailes said the firm’s initial delight at being in WA has only grown in the ensuing years and it looks forward to further strengthening its ties to the state.
“The growth of our Perth office, coupled with the calibre of our people here in WA, is reflective of this fine state and the opportunities it offers,” Mr Bailes said.
“We will continue to expand and cement our commitment to Western Australia, and we thank all of our clients for placing their trust in us. We will continue to work hard to protect your rights.”