Law firm buys into heart of the city

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL char­lie. peel@ news. com. au

THE vi­brancy of the Townsville cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict’s shop­ping precinct was a de­cid­ing fac­tor in Mackey Wales Law firm’s pur­chase of an of­fice on Flin­ders Street.

The new own­ers bought the for­mer Com­mon­wealth Bank of­fice in Jan­uary and moved into their new set­ting last Tues­day.

Mackey Wales prin­ci­pal Ross Greatrex said the de­sign and fitout of of­fices, car­ried out by i4 Ar­chi­tec­ture and Mur­phy’s Con­struc­tions, took six months to com­plete.

“We were happy to stay on Walker Street, where we had been leas­ing for 12 years, but de­cided to look for an al­ter­na­tive premises to see what was avail­able,” Mr Greatrex said.

Knight Frank agent Michael Quin­lan told the Mackey Wales team that the prop­erty at 369 Flin­ders Street was avail­able for lease or sale from lo­cal busi­ness­man Greg Rains.

“We signed the con­tract for the sale within a week,” Mr Greatrex said.

“While there were plenty of op­tions, none were overly ap­peal­ing to us and, as mar­ket con­di­tions were favourable, it made fi­nan­cial sense to con- sider buy­ing our own build­ing and leas­ing it to our prac­tice.

“With the de­vel­op­ment be­ing em­barked upon by Lau­rence Lancini with City Lane and City Ar­cade as well as the ex­pan­sion of the Cowboys’ Leagues Club, Flin­ders Street is where we wanted to im­merse our­selves.

“It’s great that our staff can walk out of the of­fice to find a va­ri­ety of eat­ing op­tions and gen­er­ally a vi­brant CBD at­mos­phere.”

Mr Greatrex and fel­low prin­ci­pals Pa­trick Sut­ton and Terry Fan­ning said the size of the build­ing and ex­ist­ing in­te­rior were ap­peal­ing.

The 450sq m of­fice space and 50sq m court­yard of­fer a 200sq m in­crease on the firm’s for­mer premises.

With 10 of­fices, rooms, work­sta­tions, meet­ing kitchen and toi­lets, the new cen­tre has enough space for Mackey Wales’ 18 staff.

It even has the bank’s old safe, which of­fers a very se­cure stor­age space for wills, ti­tle deeds and trustee and lease doc­u­ments.

The new lo­ca­tion will also home the firm’s new Townsville Fam­ily Law busi­ness.

“Mackey Wales Law has steadily grown over the past five years,” Mr Greatrex said.

“We were a firm that fo­cused pre­dom­i­nantly on residential con­veyanc­ing and, while that is still an im­por­tant facet of our busi­ness, we now have a strong pres­ence in pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to small and medium sized busi­nesses in most ar­eas of law and we do a lot of suc­ces­sion plan­ning for busi­nesses, in­di­vid­u­als and ru­ral clients.”

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

CBD OF­FICE: Mackey Wales prin­ci­pals Ross Greatrex, Pa­trick Sut­ton and Terry Fan­ning out­side their new premises.

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