In 2013 Butler McDermott Lawyers marked one hundred years of continuous service to the Nambour and wider Sunshine Coast area of Queensland. Making Butler McDermott Lawyers one of the oldest (if not the oldest) legal firms on the Sunshine Coast.
Although there have been changes to the firm's name over the years as new partners have come and gone, the firm can trace the progression from partner to partner since 1913.
The Early Years
In the early 1900's Nambour residents were required to use the services of Brisbane legal firms even if they were requiring simple legal services such as conveyancing, will or estate matters. Brisbane legal firms advertised their services in the Nambour Chronicle, the local newspaper for the Sunshine Coast District.
Brisbane Legal firm McGowan and Lightoller would visit Nambour once a week and sometime in 1913 established a permanent office in Nambour with resident law clerk Arthur Bushnell.
Nambour was the commercial and business centre of the region in the first six decades of the twentieth century before the developers really put the beach areas on the tourist map, so district farmers and small business owners from the wider Sunshine Coast district would travel to Nambour to collect supplies and transact business, thereby providing the local legal firms with business.
- Commercial and business law
- Property law
- Resumption of land
- Planning & environment
- Personal injury and compensation
- Family law
- Wills & estate planning
- Power of attorney
- Trust law
- Criminal law
- Traffic offences
- Peace and good behaviour orders
- Consumer law
- Sports law
- Employment law
- Intellectual property
- Coronial inquests
- Retirement villages
- Alternative dispute resolution
- Bankruptcy (by creditor’s petition)
- Debt recovery