Chamberlains Law Firm and Howes Kaye Halpin Solicitors (HKH) are pleased to announce that as of 1 October 2020, the two firms have successfully merged and integrated under Chamberlains’ flag. The merger will further strengthen the firms’ joint offering, particularly in Personal Injury, Property, Corporate Law and Wills & Estates, and turns Chamberlains into one of the largest law firms by headcount in the ACT.

A summary of key details surrounding the merger are as follows:

  • From 1 October 2020, HKH will proceed with all its business and services under the Chamberlains Law Firm flag.
  • From 1 October 2020, the staff at HKH’s office will relocate to Chamberlains’ premises located on 224 Bunda Street in Canberra CBD, taking Chamberlains’ total staff numbers to 69.

HKH is a long-standing firm in the Canberra region, having operated for the past 40 years, with extensive experience in a range of practice areas including Personal Injury, Property, Corporate Law and Wills & Estates. HKH is generally recognised as having ‘big firm expertise with a small firm genuine care factor’ and has been recognised multiple times in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide.

Chamberlains’ Managing Director, Stipe Vuleta, comments:

“Canberra is the cultural heart of Chamberlains Law Firm and it makes me particularly proud to welcome such an amazing group of people into the Chamberlains family. Widening our scope of expertise in the nation’s capital and deepening our roots within the community which has looked after us for so long as a firm and for whom we are invigorated every day to wake up and serve.”

Despite the challenging climate of 2020, Chamberlains has had a very successful year, continuing its growth in multiple markets, with some of the key achievements being:

  • The acquisition of Yeend & Associates, bringing on a team of family lawyers in Newcastle;
  • The opening of a satellite office in Perth;
  • The move and expansion to a larger office space in Sydney CBD as well as the opening of an additional office in Sydney Norwest;
  • Winning the esteemed “Law Firm of the year” (1-100 Lawyers) Award, at the 2020 Australasian Law Awards.
  • The merger with HKH solicitors; and
  • The appointment of four new Legal Directors.

Joining Chamberlains’ board from HKH are Ben Hatte and Alison McNamara.

Alison McNamara, Director – Compensation & Estate Litigation:

Alison brings a wealth of experience in the personal injury and litigation sectors to Chamberlains, having a background predominantly in the areas of civil, commercial and estate litigation. Alison has a history of achieving outstanding results for clients who have suffered physical and psychological injury from workplace accidents, medical negligence, motor vehicle accidents, public liability matters, and also regularly acts in wills and estate disputes.

Alison also comments the merger:

“We immediately saw great synergies in the culture of Chamberlains and HKH. Both firms are very much driven by an incredible team committed to achieving excellent results. Our clients will benefit by combining forces, with our expertise at HKH, particularly in the property and personal injury divisions, complementing the existing full-service offerings at Chamberlains. We are excited about the prospect of what we can achieve together for our clients under a joint Chamberlains flag”.

Ben Hatte, Director – Property Law:

Ben joins the Chamberlains’ board with over 10 years of experience, having headed the HKH Property and Commercial practice. Ben is an expert in all aspects of property law, having guided many first-time homebuyers, investors, and builders over the years and developed one of the strongest property practices in Canberra. Ben brings determination and enthusiasm to the firm as well as a heavy technical competence, attention to detail and commercial acumen

The merger further strengthens Chamberlains’ full-service offering, particularly in the Personal injury, Property, and Corporate Law sectors, turning Chamberlains into one of the largest law firms by headcount in the ACT.