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A long-time country practice

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Cite as: (2007) 81(12) LIJ, p. 15


Country practices have their attractions as Robert Hunter, formerly of Hunter Newns, Hamilton, can attest.

While many country and suburban firms look for ways to attract and retain staff [see “Bush and ’burbs lawyers unite”, page 31] Mr Hunter retired after a legal career in Hamilton spanning just on 50 years.

Mr Hunter said being a long-time solicitor, his clients had included several generations of some of the most significant Western district families.

“When I retired I was working with a third generation of some families. That was the most intriguing aspect of the work of a country practice – to follow the generations.”

He said you got to know your clients very well and meet them socially and they became part of the fabric of your life.

“Family attracted me back in the first place but once I was married it was a wonderful place to rear our four children.”

Born and educated in the western Victorian regional town, Mr Hunter finished the articled clerks course at the firm of Cameron & Lowenstern where he had worked part-time while a school student.

“I began the clerks course with Lynch & McDonald in Melbourne but Rod Lowenstern asked me to come back for the last year [1958] and complete the course by correspondence.”

He became a partner in the firm in 1960. The firm underwent some name changes and in the late 1970s he formed a successful partnership with Brian Newns to form Hunter Newns.

“The firm has two partners and it is a very well-established practice,” he said.

Throughout his time in practice, Mr Hunter developed skills in many fields of law, but particularly in the area of general conveyancing.

He retired as a partner in 2000 but remained as a consultant with the firm until the middle of this year.

Once retired, he and his wife Barbara went on a three-month road trip of Australia “to enjoy a complete break”.

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