Moving day finally arrives for Bryant McKinnon Lawyers. Leaving the old Slater & Gordon building behind for new local premises they can make their own are Coffs Harbour’s Bryant McKinnon Lawyers.
It’s only a ‘hop, skip and a jump’ down to 35 Gordon Street but it is a significant milestone for this new partnership who took over from Slater & Gordon in April, buying the Coffs Harbour family law practice to operate under their new 100% local banner.
Now the builders have finished transforming number 35, Bryant McKinnon Lawyers will be the first business to occupy the two rear suites of the Toscan-designed building, which they share with Coffs Medical Specialists.
“Our new office is designed to reflect how the 21st century lawyer works,” says partner, Benjamin Bryant.
“It’s an open, more agile format with shared workspaces, break-out areas and meeting rooms. There’s a natural flow of communication between all of us and we can collaborate easily on cases. With the natural light flooding in to such a fresh, airy space, it’s an enjoyable place to be!”
Over more than three decades of practice, Ben’s partner, Heather McKinnon has seen the traditional idea of a lawyers office turned on it’s head.
“It’s a reversal of the traditional legal office with partners separated into their stuffy offices, away from the rest of the staff,” says Heather.
“A more flexible work space is something the new generation of lawyers has easily embraced and we see the benefits for our team in not only productivity but our own wellbeing.”
The new office will also take the firm into a new era of family law, one that looks brighter for families with the Attorney-General recently announcing changes to the strained family law system, including merging the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court next year, helping to reduce delays in resolving cases.
It’s another type of move for these local lawyers, as they finish settling into their new home.
Picture: ON THE MOVE: Bryant McKinnon Lawyers move into their new premises at 35 Gordon Street.
Gemma Rope, Heather McKinnon and Tracy Lee-Smith with Benjamin Bryant seated.
Media Release – 2 July 2018.