An exciting partnership has taken place in the Murraylands, with local conveyancing firm Marshall Conveyancing Group welcoming Johnston Withers Lawyers to their team.
Gemma Wallace, Registered Conveyancer for Johnston Withers, will take over the position of Practice Manager from Jess Caire, who will become an integral part of the Johnston Withers team. Jess felt that joining with a firm that held the same values as the team at Marshalls was the only option moving forward, and that Johnston Withers fit the bill perfectly.
“Both the firm and Gemma represent the things that are important to me – excellent service, community, integrity and giving back to the conveyancing profession by leading and advocating for conveyancers,” Jess said.
Since purchasing Marshalls in 2009, Jess has been focused on giving back to the local community. Marshalls has contributed to many community initiatives; including donating over $11,000 to the Murray Bridge Hospital, sponsorship of local sporting teams and donating to many worthy organisations.
Professionally, working through unique and complex conveyancing transactions while maintaining outstanding customer service has always been Marshalls’ specialty and, with the experience and dynamic nature of Gemma and the team at Johnston Withers, this expert service will continue.
“It has been a privilege to serve the community of the Murraylands and assist thousands of people’s property dreams come true, from first home buyers to experienced developers,” Jess said.
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Jess continues her involvement in the conveyancing industry. She serves as vice president on the AICSA council delivers specialised training to its members. Jess is looking forward to continuing these duties in 2018. Jess said the Murraylands can only benefit from the expertise of Gemma Wallace who, with a rural background, understands the unique needs of regional clients.
Due to her vast industry experience and knowledge, Gemma is often sought-after to facilitate large-scale local government easement projects, commercial and residential community title projects and more obscure applications under the Real Property Act.
In 2016, Gemma became a recognised PEXA workspace trainer, leading the state with her practical knowledge of the e-conveyancing platform and technical ability to deliver PEXA training in SA. This expertise saw Gemma instigate the first online electronic transaction within a law firm in SA, a focus which aligns perfectly with Marshalls, who consistently rank in the top ten e-conveyancing transactors for the state.
Passionate about the conveyancing industry, Gemma is also TAFE lecturer for the Conveyancing Diploma, lecturing in Conveyancing and Property Law - with a strong focus on providing both practical knowledge and expert instruction on regulatory requirements.
With Gemma at the helm, Johnston Withers will continue to deliver the same fee structure, a commitment to community and social justice, regional expertise and a client-centered approach. Unlike many law firms, Johnston Withers have always had a flat fee, ensuring clients know exactly what they are getting. In addition to conveyancing, they will also provide expert legal services.
Johnston Withers can assist with legal matters relating to wine and agricultural law, trust structures, family farming succession planning, commercial and family law, and wills and estates. They will provide the community with access to top legal minds and are proud to become part of the region.