National law firm Slater and Gordon today announced a merger between Slater and Gordon Lawyers Hobart office and well-known Tasmanian personal injury firm Hilliard & Associates.
Brian Hilliard, who will manage the new office, said the merger would offer locals the benefits of a home-grown legal service with the resources of Australia’s leading personal injury law firm.
“Slater and Gordon is a well-known Australian brand but we’ve always found that Tasmanians want to deal with local people with local expertise so that is certainly what Hilliards brings to the table,” Mr Hilliard said.
From today, Slater and Gordon’s office in Macquarie St will be closed and the firms will consolidate their operations at Hilliard’s existing office in Murray St under the trading name Slater and Gordon in Association with Hilliard & Associates.
Mr Hilliard, who is the immediate past president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, founded Hilliard & Associates after buying out Watling Roche Lawyers in 2002.
Since then the business has been servicing clients in all areas of personal injury law, specialising in motor vehicle accidents, workers compensation, medical negligence and public liability on a No Win No Fee basis.
Mr Hilliard said Slater and Gordon, which pioneered No Win No Fee in the 1990s, was recognised as a leader in its field and he was proud the firm he started was now part of the network of 69 Slater and Gordon offices throughout Australia.
“Slater and Gordon is at the forefront of innovation in the legal services industry in Australia so it is great to now be a part of that,” Mr Hilliard said.
Slater and Gordon chief executive officer Andrew Grech said the merger of the two offices was a great opportunity to expand the firm’s footprint in Tasmania.
“Like Slater and Gordon, Hilliard & Associates has built up an excellent reputation for fighting hard on behalf of its clients so we’re thrilled to welcome the firm into our fold,” Mr Grech said.
“Slater and Gordon is committed to increasing its presence in Tasmania and this arrangement is a logical step in that direction.”