This year Aitken Lawyers defined who we are and what we want to be. We came up with one core vision and value – to provide exceptional client service. We have been determined to provide you with smarter, better, faster service and this can only get better in 2019 with our merger with Russell Kennedy. Russell Kennedy offers a wealth of resources, a wealth of experience and a portfolio of legal services that complements our own. Together, we will continue to put you first.
Another vision and value of ours is getting involved in the community. Many of our lawyers volunteer at local legal centres, providing legal services to demographics who would otherwise have very limited access to the legal system. This year we would like to congratulate Amy Jenkins and Corey Gauci, of our Family Law Team, who both clocked well over 100 hours of pro bono time at Marrickville Legal Centre, Redfern Legal Centre and Inner-City Legal Centre. Amy also donated her time to speak at four women’s refuges and advise sex workers against violence. By way of comparison, the National Pro Bono Target is 35 hours a year, so Amy and Corey have made a tremendous effort!
We are also proud to have been able to support the farmers this year. Many of our clients work lands in rural New South Wales and we are extremely grateful for the donations we received from clients, staff and other businesses in our building. We raised $2200 that was put towards fuel vouchers for farmers in the Glen Innes, Inverell, Guyra, Gunnedah and Griffith communities. The fuel vouchers were also raffled off at the Guyra Men’s Health Night, which supported mental health in the Guyra, Inverell and Glen Innes communities.
We have also supported the Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre in Dee Why, which provides shelter and assistance to women and families fleeing domestic violence. Throughout the year, the staff have collected essential items and new toys for the children. We recently dropped off a trolley of toys for Christmas to give Santa a little bit of help!
We are really looking forward to working with you in 2019! It is going to be a year of change, but change for the better. We are excited about our merger with Russell Kennedy and what it will offer you, our clients.
We wish you and your family a happy New Year!