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Justice of the Peace @ Coutts

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Have you ever needed a Justice of the Peace? Have you ever found it difficult to find a Justice of the Peace?

 

Believe it or not there are over 95,000 Justices of the Peace across the state of New South Wales. It’s surprising to hear considering how difficult it can be to find one in an urgent situation.

 

A Justice of the Peace is a volunteer who can:

  • witness documents, like statutory declarations or affidavits; and

  • certify copies of original documents, like drivers licences

 

A Justice of the Peace helps a variety of people at important times in their lives. They help people like those that are purchasing a home and those who are going to court.

 

The NSW Government has announced an upgrade to the current Justice of the Peace website. The upgrade will:

  • Make it easier for you to find a Justice of the Peace

  • Make it easier for you to find details on when and where a Justice of the Peace will be available. The website will contain dates and times a Justice of the Peace is available, as well as provide you with their contact details

  • Contain information about what languages the Justice of the Peace speaks. This is aimed to assist a range of people and communities by enabling people to search for a local Justice of the Peace who speaks their language

 

The upgraded website will launch early 2019 and is set to save you a lot of time. No more calling around or dropping into various businesses, only to discover they aren’t in or aren’t available.

 

At Coutts we offer Justice of the Peace services at each of our office locations. Please refer to our website or give us a call to confirm what times our Justice of the Peace services are available.

 

For further information please don’t hesitate to contact:

Melina Costantino
Licensed Conveyancer
melina@couttslegal.com.au
02 4607 2104

 

This blog is merely general and non specific information on the subject matter and is not and should not be considered or relied on as legal advice. Coutts is not responsible for any cost, expense, loss or liability whatsoever in relation to this blog, including all or any reliance on this blog or use or application of this blog by you.

Belinda McLean welcomed as General Manager

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At Coutts, we are pleased to announce that Belinda McLean has joined the team as General Manager effective Monday 5 February 2018. 

Belinda has an extensive background in human resources management and strategy having held previous senior HR management positions throughout a career spanning over 20 years.

The past 10 years saw Belinda successfully run her own HR consulting business where she worked with both large and small businesses in a wide variety of industries including legal, financial, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and construction. 

Being recognised for her skills, Belinda has also worked on several boards and currently sits as a board member on the Greater Narellan Chamber of Commerce Executive and has recently been appointed to the Camden Region Economic Taskforce.

Belinda's business success, commitment to the community and to seeing the businesses around her excel in respect to people management and optimal performance makes her a great asset to the Coutts team.

Belinda will work alongside Adriana Care and Alexandra Johnstone, partners of the firm, and see to the successful running and continual growth of Coutts.

From everyone at Coutts, we congratulate Belinda on her appointment.

Alexandra Johnstone named as Partner

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At Coutts, we are pleased to announce that Alexandra Johnstone has been named as a Partner of the firm effective 1 January 2018. 

Alex brings a wealth of over twenty years experience working in the commercial space having worked as an in house lawyer for various state government agencies, a major university and one of Australia's largest infrastructure service companies. 

In addition to the roles held as a direct result of her legal skill set, Alex has also held positions such as senior university lecturer and mentor in the commercial law space.

Alex joined Coutts in May 2017 as a senior associate and in her time the Coutts team have witnessed the commercial, creative and practical approach Alex takes to providing advice and acting on commercial law and business matters. 

With Alex's comprehensive experience and as seen in her daily interactions with clients, her true commitment to both the legal profession and to her area of practice shines through. This is further amplified by her commitment to Coutts in seeing to the vision for the firm evolve and exceed expectations. 

From everyone at Coutts, we congratulate Alex on her appointment.

Law Society Council Election 2017

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The Law Society of New South Wales is an organisation that seeks to provide leadership in the legal profession, serve its more than 27,000 members and ensure a just legal system. Voting in the Law Society Council Election opens at the end of the business day on Tuesday 3rd October 2017.

In 2017, Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers principal solicitor Adriana Care is running as a Country Member candidate alongside Your Law Society Team 2017 candidates Antonella Sanderson Suburban Member candidate, Mary Macken Corporate Member candidate and Jennifer Wong Government Member candidate.

Adriana was admitted as a solicitor in 2001 and in 2007 became the principal solicitor of Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers and Coutts Mallik Rees. Prior to that she had worked at Clayton Utz, Ernst & Young Law and Dibbs Barker Gosling in Sydney.

She became the first female President of the Greater Narellan Chamber of Commerce. She was the 2015 winner of the Regional New South Wales Business Community award for excellence in small business. In 2016 she received the Local Government Business Woman of the Year award.  Adriana is a member of Women on Boards, the Women Lawyers Association and Women in Finance.

Adriana helped organise the Ingham Research Institute’s Womens’ International Day luncheon.  The Institute performs medical research into cancer and various community health issues.

Adriana is committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession and would like to see the Law Society provide greater resources to the development of business skills for women managing law practices.

Learn more about the Your Law Society Team 2017 candidates here. You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Content first appeared online at Your Law Society Team.

First members of Camden’s economic taskforce board selected

Camden Council Media Release

Council has initiated a business taskforce to drive the economic development and commercial
appeal of the area.

The Camden Region Economic Taskforce is being set up as an independent company run by a
board of directors designed to include up to two Councillors, professional experts and business
leaders.

The Camden area is one of the fastest growing in the country, with the population forecast to
increase from the current 88,000 to almost 230,000 by 2036.

Within this timeframe, the area will attract significant government investment for major transport networks and road infrastructure to service the growing community.

“The transformation anticipated for our area within the next 20 years places us in a unique position to develop business opportunities and attract commercial investment,” said Mayor Lara Symkowiak.

“It’s important that we apply a strategic approach to economic development to maintain the
character of each town centre and offer a diversity of products, services and experiences across the area,” Cr Symkowiak said.

“It is the intention of Council that this taskforce will bring together key local business leaders and experts to drive and facilitate the economic growth of the area through leadership, advocacy and coordination,” she said.

“The taskforce will focus on helping Council to deliver the right conditions to create jobs, attract investment and to support the growth of business and industry, now and into the future.”

Council has appointed accomplished local business owner and legal specialist, Adriana Care as
the Independent Chairperson of the taskforce and nominated Cr Symkowiak and Cr Peter
Sidgreaves as its representatives and Directors on the board.

“We are very fortunate to have Ms Care as chairperson of the taskforce. Ms Care is a successful
business owner with the proven skills and experience needed to be a passionate advocate for the economic development of our area,” she said.

Ms Care says she is excited about the appointment of Chair of the taskforce.

“I feel the area is in need of a strong business leadership group that is solely dedicated to actively lobbying businesses into the Camden LGA and formalise a plan for the economic growth of the area. To lead this taskforce is nothing short of an honour,” Ms Care said.
“It is my preliminary view that the objective of the taskforce is to progress the economic
development goals, policies and strategies by creating a comprehensive plan as well as any other goals for the Camden LGA,” she said.

“The taskforce will develop into a lead agency as an advisor on the implementation of economic development projects in the area, collaborate to develop an economic masterplan and any other pertinent documents and economic development initiatives and projects for the Camden LGA to roll out with key stakeholders in the area.”

The taskforce will soon be incorporated and the process of appointing further directors will then begin. When the entire board is formed, Council will work with the taskforce to create key
performance indicators that support the aims of the taskforce and Council.

This article first appeared online at the Camden Council website.

Moss Vale Local Court comes to Picton Court House

Moss Vale Local Court come to Picton Court House

During the first two weeks of March, Moss Vale local court will sit in Picton.

We are really pleased to hear that the Picton Court House is now repaired and open after a severe storm last June damaged the court house. The court house is a historically important landmark in Picton and we are lucky enough to have our office opposite it.

While the Picton Court House was closed for repair work, the local court was temporarily sitting in Moss Vale. In early March this year, Moss Vale local court will sit in Picton Court House while Moss Vale gets some TLC of its own.

At Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers we offer a full range of agency services for criminal law including defended AVO, traffic offences and assault as well as for any civil listings.

Advancement of women in the legal profession

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Adriana Care, Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers principal solicitor and Your Law Society Team Country Member candidate in the Law Society of NSW council election, has signed the Law Society Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

The Law Society of New South Wales promotes diversity, equality and inclusion in the legal profession, in particular by developing and progressing initiatives to ensure the equality of opportunity for all members of the profession, regardless of race, ethnicity, heritage, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

Women make up about 50 per cent of the legal profession, and have made significant advances in all areas of practice. However impediments still remain to the retention and career progression of women in the profession.

The Law Society’s Charter for the Advancement of Women is designed to promote and support strategies to retain women in the profession over the course of their careers and encourage and promote their career progression into senior executive and management positions.

The Charter aims to achieve this by assisting legal practices to develop cultures which promote diversity and inclusion and impact positively on all practitioners in their workplaces, resulting in better business outcomes for legal practices, the legal profession and the community as a whole.

In support of this initiative, the signatories to this Charter commit to:

  • demonstrating leadership by implementing diversity and inclusion principles in the legal profession and removing gender bias and discrimination in the legal workplace;
  • driving change in the legal profession by developing a culture that supports the retention of women legal practitioners and recognises their value in senior roles;
  • implementing recruitment and promotion strategies that include gender diversity as an important consideration, including ensuring equal pay for legal graduates within the same organisation regardless of gender;
  • promoting and supporting mentoring and sponsorship of women in the legal profession;
  • encouraging and supporting flexible work practices in the legal profession to assist men and women to better balance professional and other commitments.

Signatories agree to implement these strategies within two years of signing the Charter, with the exception of equal pay for graduates, which will be implemented within 12 months.

Charter content first appeared on the Law Society website. For more information visit the Law Society of NSW.

Law Society Council Election 2016

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The Law Society of New South Wales is an organisation that seeks to provide leadership in the legal profession, serve its more than 27,000 members and ensure a just legal system. Voting in the Law Society Council Election opens at the end of the business day on Tuesday 27th September 2016.

In 2016, Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers principal solicitor Adriana Care is running as a Country Member candidate alongside Your Law Society Team 2016 candidates Jacqueline Dawson Suburban Member candidate, Mary Macken Corporate Member candidate and Phillip Roberts City Member candidate.

Adriana was admitted as a solicitor in 2001 and in 2007 became the principal solicitor of Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers and Coutts Mallik Rees. Prior to that she had worked at Clayton Utz, Ernst & Young Law and Dibbs Barker Gosling in Sydney.

She became the first female President of the Greater Narellan Chamber of Commerce. She was the 2015 winner of the Regional New South Wales Business Community award for excellence in small business. In 2016 she received the Local Government Business Woman of the Year award.  Adriana is a member of Women on Boards, the Women Lawyers Association and Women in Finance.

Adriana helped organise the Ingham Research Institute’s Womens’ International Day luncheon.  The Institute performs medical research into cancer and various community health issues.

Adriana is committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession and would like to see the Law Society provide greater resources to the development of business skills for women managing law practices.

Learn more about the Your Law Society Team 2016 candidates here. You can also connect on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Content first appeared online at Your Law Society Team 2016.

Coutts win the Regional Business Award!

Coutts win the Regional Business Award! Coutts Solicitors and Conveyancers are proud to announce our selection as the winner of the Regional NSW Business Chamber award for excellence in small business. The team were over the moon! This award recognises the dedication from all of the employees at Coutts,  who have worked together to drive the business to succeed. The awards criteria assessed the performance of each business over the last 3 years. The contributing factors to winning first place were due to increasing staff numbers, opening an additional location in 2014, increasing revenue and proactive and forward thinking in marketing and client services.  Coutts is now a finalist in the State NSW Business Chamber awards, for the same category "Excellence in small business", which will be announced at the awards ceremony in Darling Harbour on Friday November 27th.

Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers would like to thank our clients for recommending us to others and trusting us with their own legal and conveyancing matters. Also, we would like to thank our loyal referral partners who recommend us to their clients and the staff who continually strive for excellence in their own roles, earning the business an excellent reputation for legal services and conveyancing.

If you would like to talk to one of our friendly staff, please call 1300 268 887 your initial consultation is free for up to 1 hour.

Coutts is a finalist for the 2015 Business Chamber Awards!

We are pleased to announce Coutts is a finalist for the 2015 Business Chamber Awards in the regional section. The awards program is held annually across the state by the NSW Business chamber to celebrate the success at a local, regional and state level. Coutts was chosen by the NSW Chamber of commerce as a finalist for Excellence in Business in our region. "We feel so proud of how far we have come as a business, particularly in the last 12 months", said Adriana Care - Principal Director and Solicitor of Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers. In the last 12 months staff numbers have increased by 30%, Coutts has opened an additional office location at Picton and has implemented improved business practices to serve the increasing number of clients at both locations.

This award provides fantastic recognition and encouragement to the business.  The winner of each category will be announced at the awards night at the Harrington Grove Country club in September, where the staff are attending and eagerly awaiting the final results.

News on Leppington Station

Located just 1.5km from Willowdale, the new Leppington station is part of the new South West Rail Link. These works include a major upgrade of Glenfield Station and bus/rail interchange and a new passenger rail line from Glenfield to Leppington via Edmondson Park. The Government recently announced that Leppington train station is expected to be operational in 2015, one year ahead of schedule. The South West Rail Link includes two new train stations – Leppington and Edmondson Park – and will be the first heavy rail line to open in Sydney since services started on the Epping to Chatswood link in 2009.

Trains will initially run every half an hour. At first they will run only in a shuttle to Liverpool. Ms Berejiklian said they would eventually connect to other parts of the network, but would not say how or where.

"We know that many customers from this part of the community want to go to western Sydney, they want to go to the Airport Line, they want to go to the Sydney CBD [central business district]," Ms Berejiklian said.

As reported by the SMH reporter Jacob Saulwick on 6 November 2014 and Stockland Website.

Coutts Solicitors and Conveyancers Picton Grand Opening

Having operated successfully in Narellan for seven years, Coutts Solicitors and Conveyancers have now expanded and opened a new office in Picton. Marketing Manager Hayley Pieplenbosch said that the timing seemed right to expand, following steady growth in the business. "We chose Picton becuase of the huge growth in the area with many new land estates and developments happening recently - and even more to come, Coutts will be really convenient for the new population and existing residents." On Friday 14th November 2014, the Coutts team celebrated the grand opening with a breakfast for the community, businesses and friends of Coutts Solicitors and Conveyancers. Over 100 people turned up to enjoy the campagne breakfast and many walked away with lucky door prizes supplied by local Picton businesses. "We would like to thank the community, our loyal referral partners and our VIP guests mayor of Camden Lara Symkowiak, Camden MP Chris Patterson and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell"