November 17, 2016

Coffs Harbour law firm celebrating 65 years!

One of Coffs Harbour’s first law firms, Mbt Lawyers will be celebrating our 65th birthday on 19 November 2016, in honour of founding Partner, George Murray.

With the experience and continuity of 65 years in practice in a vast array of legal fields, Mbt Lawyers is still going strong, currently employing the next generation of 5 lawyers in addition to its second generation Partners, Simon Caldwell, Bill Langler and Geoff Smede, with Consultant Peter Wardman, very well supported by local personnel, with special mention of retired Partners, Tony Lennon and Bruce Woolnough.

Mbt Lawyers was born on a typical Coffs Harbour late spring day on 19 November 1951 when our founder, George Murray, formally took over the well-established law practice of Harry Gale who operated at Moonee Street, Coffs Harbour – the same street as we operate from today, though in a very different building.

The first days saw George Murray start “lawyering” complete with cigarette stands, typewriters, ink wells and blotting paper (and what we now suspect may be the same wall paint colours as our inner office walls!) – a copy of the actual inventory of sale is attached below. We admit we may be slightly grateful for now having the use of modern computers with spell checking and formatting abilities (as well as Google and Facebook 😉 )!

George Murray, and subsequent Partners of Mbt Lawyers, have employed many locals from the Coffs community over the years, acted on behalf of thousands more, and been involved in countless local initiatives. When current Partner, Geoff Smede, was asked what the main achievement of Mbt Lawyers is – 65 years of being able to practice on our beautiful Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley!  Hard to argue with that, even for us lawyers 😉

Now in its third generation (and with a more up to date social media and web presence), all of us at Mbt Lawyers want to express our enormous gratitude to the local community in the Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley Region for your support and loyalty in helping us accomplish what we feel is a momentous achievement.

A huge thank you to the Coffs Coast Advocate for taking a photo of our Mbt members in the attached photo!



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