Johnston Withers Lawyers Murray Bridge

Lawyer & Conveyancing Services in Murray Bridge

Johnston Withers Lawyers has been serving South Australia since 1946. We have a proud history of ensuring everyone has fair access to the power of the law. Our difference is our approach: we are lateral thinkers. Whilst we know the law we don’t just give you the obvious legal pathway. We pride ourselves at looking at the big picture and giving you the options and tools to reach your own solution.

Whether you are involved in a dispute, defamation matter, need a conveyancer or property law specialist, have family law issues or thinking about estate planning, we can work with you and your other advisers – be they accountants, financial planners, doctors or bankers – to guide you through the legal processes.

Our Murray Bridge Location

Why choose Johnston Withers Lawyers Murray Bridge?
  • Our lawyers are experts in their chosen fields of practice
  • We provide fee information upfront to avoid any billing surprises
  • We provide clear, practical advice so you can make decisions with confidence
  • Local knowledge and expertise with 5 regional offices
  • Our country-town origins shape our approachable personality
  • We maintain a highly personal, client-focused service standard
  • Specialists in electronic conveyancing and document registration
  • No win, no fee on personal injury claims*

Read what our Murray Bridge Clients have to say

“I had a fantastic experience with Johnston Withers and have used them twice for conveyancing. I was interstate for the first transaction and the staff made the conveyancing stress free and smooth. They communicate regularly, notice issues of concerns and have a fantastic conveyance rate. I would use them again and recommend them. They have also provided a discount to me on legal services, which I will use as I need legal documents updated. I cannot fault their customer service – it is second to none. Thanks JWL for making this process easy to understand, for communicating regularly, and providing a streamlined and stress free experience. Five stars without a doubt.”

– Hossn

“Fantastic conveyancing. They’ve made purchasing and selling so easy for me. They know their stuff such wonderful group to deal with. Gemma a local to Murray Bridge, I think knows everything! I’m so lucky i found them!!”

– Robyn

“I highly recommend the services of Gemma Wallace who assisted my elderly mother with her the sale of her family home and transition into a retirement village. Johnston Withers is a law firm with experienced lawyers who understand retirement village contracts and a large conveyancing team providing exceptional property services. The team at Johnston Withers Lawyers and Conveyancers is a one stop shop for any retiree considering selling their home and moving into a lifestyle or retirement village.”

– Kris

Our Murray Bridge Team

Gemma Wallace

Gemma Wallace has been a registered conveyancing practitioner in South Australia since 2003.

Beginning her career with Nicholls Gervasi Lawyers and Johnston Withers Lawyers, Gemma went on to open her own successful practice in 2009. Gemma extended her practice into the Property Law Industry in her more recent roles as South Australian Business Development Manager for Stewart Title and as a Consultant on projects for organisations within the sector including ID Secure, Australian Institute of Conveyancers and TAFE SA. In 2016 Gemma became a recognised PEXA work space trainer leading the state with her practical knowledge of the e-conveyancing platform and technical ability to deliver the PEXA training in South Australia. In 2018 Gemma was invited to take part in the state government Water Register Reform Round table and continues to be involved in industry discussions on education and reformation within the conveyancing industry.

Due to her vast industry experience and knowledge Gemma is sought after to facilitate large scale local government easement projects, commercial & business settlements, family farming transfers, Department of Environment & Water and Crown licence transfers,  commercial and residential community title projects and more obscure applications under the Real Property Act.

Gemma moved to Murray Bridge to take on the role as Johnston Withers Murray Bridge Practice Manager in 2016.  She oversees the Conveyancing practice as a senior member of the commercial team.

Gemma’s favourite thing about Murray Bridge is that the town has a country feel with the beautiful Murray River at the doorstep yet it is a very easy commute to Adelaide.  She also enjoys the people – Murraylands people are the salt of the earth; clever, resilient and progressive.  She thoroughly enjoys being part of the vibrant community.

Over the past few years, Gemma has found the work in Murray Bridge rewarding. She’s been involved in many interesting historical water rights issues and complex rural and farming acquisitions which have been interesting to facilitate. Commercial transactions that would rival any large Adelaide deal are a regular occurrence and she finds being part of a team that provides a down to earth, all encompassing, legal service to a diverse range of Murraylands clients rewarding on a daily basis.

Nic Kernahan

Nic heads up the firm’s criminal law practice and is widely regarded as one of the state’s best criminal defence solicitors – with a focus on serious crime and white collar offences. Nic’s other areas of practice are family law, litigation and employment law.

Prior to practicing law, Nic worked for 5 years in the finance industry, giving him a strong grasp of financial issues. He also has a specialist expertise in the law as it affects rural families – including issues as diverse as planning for farm succession, asset protection during farming family breakdowns, and litigation involving defective machinery. Nic represents clients in workplace disputes involving internal investigations and in court. He appears for client before professional disciplinary tribunals. He also has significant experience in inquests and enquiries.

Darcy Collett

Darcy has a degree in Law and International Studies together with a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. He commenced with Johnston Withers as a law clerk in 2016 and then commenced practicing as a lawyer after his admission in 2017.

Darcy is interested in a broad range of practice areas including assisting employees and employers in relation to any employment or workplace matters (including workers compensation); native title and aboriginal legal rights and criminal law.

Darcy has been working in the Murray Bridge office of Johnston Withers Lawyers since it’s inception.  His favourite spot in Murray Bridge is Acre & Ash Grazing Studio conveniently located next to the office.

Caitlin Walkington

Caitlin is a long-time member of Johnston Withers Lawyers, commencing work as a law clerk in 2011 and then continuing on as a solicitor after her admission in 2016.

Caitlin is a member of the commercial law team and wills and estates team, assisting clients with a broad range of transactional and commercial litigation matters. Caitlin has a particular interest in Estate planning and disputes, Defamation (social media claims) and regularly appears in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

Caitlin prides herself in being able to simplify complex legal ideas and effectively manage and reduce client’s stress.

Like many of Johnston Withers Lawyers staff, Caitlin hails from the country and loves regularly goes back to visit family in Jamestown. Outside of work Caitlin has a strong passion for gardening (spending hours in her veggie patch) and visiting friends and family in the country or at the beach.

Anthony Mauriello

Anthony has degrees in both Law and Commerce, together with a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Anthony has transitioned through Johnston Withers Lawyers, firstly as a PLT student, then as a clerk and has now commenced practicing as a junior lawyer in 2019.

Anthony has primarily worked in the personal injury team, gaining experience in Workers Compensation claims, Compulsory Third Party Motor Vehicle Accident claims and Public Liability claims. In 2019 Anthony will experience our Murray Bridge office, handling a variety of criminal law and family law matters.

Anthony values his relationships with his clients as a paramount. He aims to build a relationship of trust and confidence while being committed to getting the best result for his clients.

Fiona Woolfitt

Fiona Woolfitt,  Registered Conveyancer joined our team in August 2016.  Fiona is bright, friendly and warm, and ready to assist you in all your Conveyancing needs.

Growing up in the Murray Mallee region, Fiona and her young family returned from Quorn to the family farm near Peake.

Fiona loves the sense of community and everything country life has to offer, including a first-hand understanding of the farming industry and the complexity of farming property transactions.

In addition to being an experienced Registered Conveyancer, Fiona is skilled in many other fields related to the property industry. Fiona has worked as a Para-Legal and, more recently, as a Valuer for the state government. Fiona utilises her knowledge to work closely with her clients and provides an exceptional level of service.

Erin Guerin

Erin has worked for Johnston Withers Lawyers Murray Bridge office since 2014.

She enjoys the fast pace of the Conveyancing environment and has embraced and consistently delivered on the firms philosophy of delivering exceptional customer service.

Based on the Murray River, Erin loves that there are so many great spots to take a walk or have a picnic in Murray Bridge. While expanding, Erin enjoys the country town vibe and being only 45 minutes from Adelaide.

Get in touch with our Murray Bridge lawyers and Conveyancers

If you’re based in the Murray Bridge region, get in touch with the Johnston Withers Lawyers and Conveyancers team today.

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