Busi­ness win­ners go­ing for a song

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

MEDIA per­son­al­ity James Valen­tine reck­ons Perth lawyers Ju­dith Ford­ham and Steve Roash could take their suc­cess­ful firm to tele­vi­sion.

Mr Roast has a back­ground as a de­tec­tive su­per­in­ten­dent and Ms Ford­ham is a trial lawyer and foren­sic sci­en­tist, which makes Ford­ham & Roast a one-stop shop for clients with crim­i­nal law prob­lems.

It also sounds like great fod­der for an Aus­tralian crime drama se­ries, as Valen­tine pointed out while he was MC at last week’s WA Tel­stra Busi­ness Awards.

Such a show could have en­ter­tain­ment value, if Ms Ford­ham’s speech while on stage ac­cept­ing the mi­cro busi­ness cat­e­gory award is any­thing to go by.

Bor­row­ing a stage clas­sic from An­nie Get Your Gun and call­ing out the prac­tises of other old-school le­gal firms, she broke into this tune:

“Any­thing you can do we can do cheaper, we can do any­thing bet­ter than you. Yes we can, yes we can, yes we can…”

Awards judges de­scribed Ms Ford­ham and Mr Roach as dy­namic, pas­sion­ate and en­gag­ing lead­ers and said their firm was a great niche busi­ness with strong fi­nan­cials, good lead­er­ship and mo­rals, and one that was mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives.

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