Firm’s Canberra office to split for new alliance

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DibbsBarker has announced the Canberra office will leave the firm to team up with McInnes Wilson, effective 1 May.

Working with private clients in insurance litigation, insolvency, estate planning and elder law and Government work, Canberra co-managing partner John Buxton said the move to McInnes Wilson is a good fit for the strategic direction of the Canberra office partnership.

“The move to an association with McInnes Wilson has been driven by common values and close alignment of market strategies,” Buxton said.

“McInnes Wilson operates as a full service firm, as we do, and this will produce synergies not only for our firm but most importantly for our clients.
McInnes Wilson is represented across Australia in five sites with plans for further expansion.

“We are excited by the opportunities this association will bring for our staff and clients.”

Chairman Andrew Saxton said the split is a mutual agreement and that the Canberra office has a different focus to the rest of the firm’s Sydney and Brisbane offices which merged back in 2010.

“Whilst we have had a long relationship, it has become evident over time that the Canberra partners have a different client focus and we very much support this move by them,” he said.

The office has operated in Canberra for over 60 years, trading under various names in that time.

“Throughout this period the firm has been locally owned and fully independent and will remain so,” Buxton said.

“The Canberra partnership is proud of our long association with the DibbsBarker group and of our even longer association with the Canberra community.”

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