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There is a new face at the helm of Slater and Gordon’s Wangaratta office, with the appointment of legal expert Pieter Kruger, but residents can expect the same local service and style that they are accustomed to.

Pieter, who was one of the founding members of South African law firm Van Rensburg Kruger Rakwena, joined Slater and Gordon’s Wangaratta office in March this year, just after it had merged with longstanding firm Stewart and Noble. Pieter began his career in criminal law, but now practices extensively in commercial litigation. He is currently registered with the College of Law in NSW and is studying towards a Masters in applied law, commercial litigation. He has now called Wangaratta home for more than a year.

The leadership move for Pieter comes with the retirement of Alisdair Stewart, who has worked at the office for 40 years since joining in 1970. Alisdair’s father, Neil Stewart, was a founding member of the firm when it was Stewart and Noble, a name that dates back in Wangaratta to 1935.

Pieter, who began his career at the South African Department of Justice, said he looked forward to working with the people of Wangaratta.

“We have a committed team of Wangaratta lawyers who will continue to provide the type of high-quality legal advice our clients have become accustomed to.”

“Our job is to help achieve the best legal outcomes for my clients, when they need it most,” he said.

Pieter has acted as a prosecutor in the district court and the regional court. He also sat on the bench as a relief acting magistrate.

Former principal lawyer, Mike Noble, also recently finished work at the Wangaratta office to pursue other business interests. Mike joined the firm as an articled clerk in 2001, became a partner in 2003, and then a principal lawyer in 2005. He left the practice in October 2010, but continues to have close ties with Slater and Gordon.

“It has been a difficult and emotional decision to leave this office, however I am happy that my clients will continue to be in very capable hands. I look forward to a continuing close association with the office,” Mike said.

Slater and Gordon Victorian state manager Cath Evans said Mike had given nearly 10 years of service to the office, and it was pleasing to see him pursue some of his other dreams.

“We look forward to having a continued strong relationship with Mike in Wangaratta, and wish him the best in his endeavours,” she said.

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