Johnston Withers Lawyers was founded in Adelaide in 1946 by Elliott Johnston QC, who passionately pursued justice for all under the law, and acted with empathy and compassion for those in difficult circumstances.
Today, our team of lawyers and property conveyancers remain committed to the vision of our founder, and take pride in our reputation for fighting for the underdog and the disadvantaged.
We connect specialist lawyers and conveyancers in Adelaide with the people who need them most: workers fighting for a fair go, families looking for compassionate advice, people seeking compensation for injury, business owners protecting their commercial and property interests, and homeowners looking for a property conveyancer to help secure their future.
Our legal and conveyancing teams are at the top of their field, and our clients know they can rely on us for honest, practical and comprehensive advice. We’re here to listen, advise, and support you during the good, the bad, and the challenging times.
Family matters can be stressful at the best of times, let alone when the law is involved. If you’re experiencing divorce, child custody issues or family disputes, we’re here to listen and help.
If you’ve been hurt or suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s actions or negligence, talk to us about seeking damages from the people or organisation responsible.
Whether you need help making a will, managing a deceased estate or guidance challenging a will, we’ll make sure your assets and estate are properly looked after when you die.
We act for companies and individuals with respect to general commercial matters and assist with financial issues including mortgage and loan origination, property advice and asset structuring, including for farmers.
From first homes and family farms to commercial leases and business contracts, our experienced team is here to help with comprehensive conveyancing services.
What others say about you matters. If you’ve experienced reputational damage as a result of defamatory comments or if you need to defend a defamation claim, our solicitors can help.
We understand that being charged with an offence of any kind can be distressing, regardless of the seriousness of the allegation. Our expert criminal law team is here to advocate for you.
Our litigation lawyers are here to help with all kinds of dispute resolution matters, from contested estates and trust litigation to intellectual property disputes and debt recovery.
At Johnston Withers, we’re not afraid to do things differently. We seize initiative, take ownership of opportunities and act upon them. We bring fresh, meaningful ideas and perspectives. We actively collaborate to find better solutions, and encourage each other to challenge and question. We’re inventive, bold and forward-thinking – and we never settle for second best.
Our team helps solve problems for people so that they can get on with the things that matter most. We pride ourselves on looking at problems from new angles and thinking outside the box, giving our clients the opportunity to decide their strategy with the best information possible.
We have a deep sense of integrity and this shines through in everything we do. We’re open and transparent about what we’re doing and why, and we pride ourselves on setting clear expectations, and giving clear and independent advice.
We have a sincere desire to help people, do our best to understand the views and expectations of others, and treat everyone fairly and with respect. We connect with people in a human way, and strive to make everyone feel welcome, safe and listened to.
Johnston Withers was founded on union principles of social justice and support for working people. We care about what happens here in South Australia; not just as lawyers, but also as members of the community.
We’re proud of how we help the disadvantaged and those who work on their behalf:
Andrew Mitchard has been a committed volunteer for the Roma Mitchell Community Legal Service for over 20 years.
We’re proud to be the South Australian legal profession member of MSI Global Alliance, an association of independent law and accounting firms with over 250 member firms in 100 countries.
All of our practitioners who hold a current practising certificate are financial members of the Law Society of South Australia, which makes us a Gold Alliance Firm.
Johnston Withers are proud to have represented the Adnyamathanha People of the Flinders Ranges for over 20 years in relation to their Native Title Claim.
Manobendro Chakravarti had been a senior executive of Beneficial Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of the State Bank of South Australia.
The 2015 Supreme Court of South Australia case of Duffy v Google Inc. and the 2017 Full Court Appeal are well known amongst defamation lawyers throughout Australia as highly significant decisions.