When law firm Slater and Gordon first opened its doors in Bunbury more than three years ago, it had just one lawyer. Since then it has expanded to a team of five. They include four lawyers with expertise in commercial, personal injury, and family law and a licensed settlement agent.
Practice Manager Jamie Blair believes Bunbury is one of the fastest growing and important commercial centres in regional WA, with enormous opportunities for local business and families.
“My wife and I moved from Perth to live and work in Bunbury. My wife was a school teacher but is now a stay at home Mum. Our first child was born at Bunbury Regional Hospital and we have another soon to arrive,” Mr Blair said.
“As a senior lawyer I feel that Bunbury offers me and professional colleagues as much opportunity as any other major commercial centre in Australia.”
Mr Blair leads a talented team of staff – Workers compensation Lawyer Robert McCabe, Family Law expert Selva Stenross, a Commercial Law consultant and licensed settlement agent Rachel Campbell.
Mr Blair's expertise is in commercial law – advising small and large businesses, sole traders and individuals on contracts, leases, settlements and estate planning.
Mr Blair said being part of a national law firm and having access to all its resources allows his team in Bunbury to provide the best legal services to local families and businesses.
“Slater and Gordon has been helping people with their legal needs for over 75 years and when it is necessary specialist lawyers from Perth will come to the South-west to assist our clients”.
A strong commitment to justice has made Slater and Gordon one of Australia's most successful and well known plaintiff law firms. As part of that, the firm is a sponsor of the Western Australian branch of the Heal for Life charity which is based in Bunbury – the organisation helps survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
Mr Blair is also a board member of the Heal for Life Charity and a member of the Bunbury Business club.
With more than 1,000 staff located in over 40 offices throughout Australia, Slater and Gordon has one of the largest and widest networks of law offices in the country.
Slater and Gordon has handled some of the most complex and widely publicised cases ever undertaken in Australia. These include representing hundreds of asbestos miners who were dying as a result of exposure to the deadly dust at the Wittenoom mine the WA's Pilbara region; victims of medically acquired HIV from contaminated blood supplies; and women suffering health problems due to faulty IUDs and breast implants.
In May 2007 Slater and Gordon Limited became the first Australian law firm to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.