LAWYER WITH A HEART IS VERY BUSY

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CHARGED UP

GLENN “Lawyer with a

Heart” Vas­sallo (il­lus­trated) has been a busy boy lately. Not only is the boss of Queen St-based GRT Lawyers train­ing for next month’s Noosa Triathlon, but he’s been run­ning the le­gal ruler over a num­ber of top deals around the city.

The lat­est deal saw Vas­sallo act­ing for lo­cal elec­tric ve­hi­cle recharger com­pany Tri­tium, which has just at­tracted in­vest­ment from US-based Gil­barco Veeder-Root. The deal will al­low the

Trevor St Baker- backed com­pany to ac­cel­er­ate the roll out of elec­tric ve­hi­cle recharg­ers around the globe. Vas­sallo says he’s also work­ing on a few ini­tial pub­lic of­fer­ings in the min­ing and re­sources sec­tor.

Mean­while, in the lit­i­ga­tion space we hear Vas­sallo’s col­league Ash­ley

Hill is pre­par­ing to do bat­tle with Clive Palmer over a deal gone wrong in Western Aus­tralia. GRT is the only law firm in Aus­tralia set up solely to fund a char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion. You might re­call that Vas­sallo was the le­gal ea­gle who wanted to take a $150,000 pay cut at his previous law firm to set up a char­ity pro­vid­ing coun­selling ser­vices for chil­dren. When the part­ners said no, Vas­sallo set up his own firm that now funds the GRT Foun­da­tion. The foun­da­tion runs Child’s Play, a child psy­chol­ogy prac­tice run by Vas­sallo’s wife El­iza, and Give­abil­ity, which helps spe­cial needs chil­dren with equip­ment, ther­apy and health ser­vices.

IN THE STU

BRIS­BANE stock whis­perer

Stu Smith was right on the money about Oc­to­ber be­ing a risky time for the stock mar­ket. On Mon­day, the vet­eran Bell Pot­ter stock bro­ker quoted the clas­sic Mark Twain novel

Pudd’nhead Wil­son about Oc­to­ber be­ing a par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous time to spec­u­late in stocks.

To be fair, July, Jan­uary, Septem­ber, April, Novem­ber, May, March, June, De­cem­ber, Fe­bru­ary and Au­gust also were men­tioned. Stu has been around long enough to know that what­ever goes down must go up. “This (cor­rec­tion) too shall pass,” Stu tells your di­arist. Yes­ter­day, the ASX 200 rose al­most 12 points af­ter its 166-point sell off on Thurs­day.

CAUGHT SHORT

LO­CAL en­trepreneurs Dan Allen and Ed Ross have just spent 24 hours in a loo, but it wasn’t any­thing to do with an up­set tummy. The for­mer car­pen­ters who now run TradeMutt, a so­cial en­ter­prise sell­ing a line of colour­ful work shirts for tradies, were locked down in port-a-loos in the mid­dle of the Queen Street Mall on Thurs­day night to high­light the im­por­tance of men’s men­tal health and sui­cide preven­tion. The event was livestreamed on Face­book with peo­ple around Aus­tralia tun­ing in to see how the ex-chip­pies were far­ing. “I man­aged to get a few hours of sleep on the floor, but Dan was up all night up­dat­ing Face­book,” says Ed. Six men die each day by sui­cide, a shock­ing statis­tic TradeMutt wants to change. The busi­ness do­nates a pro­por­tion of prof­its from the sale of its work­wear to sup­port men­tal health and sui­cide preven­tion pro­grams through­out Aus­tralia.

BUSI­NESS TRIP

ICON Group co-founder

Cathie Reid has been in touch to tell us that her whirl­wind tour through Europe, which in­cluded the Paris fash­ion shows, had a more se­ri­ous side.

Reid says the trip also in­cluded a round of busi­ness meet­ings about AUCloud, the cy­ber­se­cu­rity busi­ness that Reid and hus­band

Stu­art Giles have in­vested in. Reid, who also chairs AUCloud, says the com­pany is now seek­ing to raise $15 mil­lion through a place­ment of 25 mil­lion shares at 60¢ each.

WELL COOKED

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to med­i­cal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer Cook Med­i­cal Aus­tralia for pick­ing up a gong at the Premier of Queens­land’s Ex­port Awards. The Eight Miles Plains com­pany, which ex­ports en­dovas­cu­lar stent-grafts as well as prod­ucts used in the IVF process, won the top health and biotech­nol­ogy award. Ear­lier this year, the com­pany an­nounced it was ex­pand­ing with the es­tab­lish­ment of a sec­ond man­u­fac­tur­ing shift and adding 94 jobs to meet ex­port de­mand.

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