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borthwick & butler


EST. 1867

First class Legal Services for Inverell & Surrounding areas.

Borthwick and Butler Solicitors & Conveyancers have been providing Inverell and the surrounding areas with first-class legal services since 1867. We understand the need for prompt service and thorough advice at competitive rates.

We pride ourselves on listening to our clients, understanding their specific needs and responding with practical, timely and cost-effective solutions.

We provide expert legal advice in Property Law, Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Family Law and Commercial Law.

Our Conveyancing team instils confidence.

Purchasing your first home? Retiring and ready to move on? Transferring your farm to family members? Building a residential or commercial property portfolio? We can assist. From simple conveyances to complex multi-level transactions, our friendly conveyancing team have the experience and knowledge to ensure your matter proceeds as smoothly as possible.

• Purchasing or selling residential property
• Rural property transactions, including WALs
• Commercial property investment
• Transactions involving strata property

It’s not all about conveyancing…

Confused about the legalities of subdividing, entering into a building contract, or leasing property? We can assist. Our team of Solicitors can provide advice and legal support for all areas of property law including:

• Leasing of residential, retail, commercial and rural property
• Tenancy issues
• Crown Leases and Licences
• Building Contracts and ‘off the plan’ purchases

• Easements, covenants and restrictions
• Subdivisions and Development Applications
• Mortgages and loans
• Government grants and duty exemptions

150 years of successful client representation.

Unsure of your rights? Need a solicitor to represent you in relation to a civil or criminal law matter? We can assist. Our team of experienced Lawyers can implement strategies to ensure the best outcome in matters requiring negotiation, trial or litigation. We also liaise with Barristers for those matters requiring more specialist representation. Our services include:

• Local Court appearances and hearings
• District and Supreme Court appearances and trials
• Apprehended Violence Order applications and defences

• Appeals
• Bail applications
• State and Federal Offences

Providing for the people you love.

Ready to prepare for the future? Want to ensure your affairs are in order so that your loved ones are provided with clear instructions for your intentions and wishes when you are no longer around? Looking for guidance in your role as Executor of a deceased Estate? We can assist. Our firm is experienced in all facets of Estate planning and administration, including:

• Wills
• Powers of Attorney
• Enduring Guardianship
• Binding Death Benefit Nominations

• Testamentary Trusts
• Estate administration
• Contesting Wills

Protecting your rights in the family court.

Made a decision to end a relationship? Need to negotiate custody of children? Unsure of your rights in relation to property and finances? We can assist. Our experienced Lawyers have the knowledge and skills to ensure resolution of your matter in a cost-effective manner. We can advise and represent you in a diverse range of family law matters including:

• Divorces
• Property settlements
• Binding financial agreements
• Child maintenance and support

• Child custody
• Family mediation
• Annulment
• Cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements

Your trusted commercial law advisor.

Setting up or purchasing a business? Need to collect outstanding debts? Unsure of your responsibilities regarding employee’s rights? We can assist. Our Solicitors offer a range of tailored commercial law services to provide confidence, protection and risk mitigation for your business activities, including:

• Setting up a new business
• Purchasing an existing business
• Partnerships and joint ventures
• Guarantees and warranties
• Disclaimers
• Bankruptcy

• Debt collection
• Employment
• Administration
• Small claims
• Constitutions and advice for corporations
• Workplace Health and Safety

Dedicated legal support for Agribusiness.

Looking at a rural enterprise? Or perhaps your family has farmed the land for many years and you need advice on succession planning? We can assist. Farming is more than a business: it’s a lifestyle with significant financial and emotional investment.

At Borthwick & Butler we believe that Australia’s primary producers deserve the best possible legal support. We offer this by liaising with your financial adviser and providing legal advice designed to protect your interests and ensure a sustainable future for your rural business and the generations to follow.

• Rural Leases
• Put and Call Options
• Succession planning
• Risk management

• Share farming agreements
• Planning and environmental issues
• Water management, rights and access
• Compulsory acquisition by government departments

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Our Solicitors.

Lachlan White


Principal solicitor & Director

Lachlan is the Principal Solicitor of Borthwick & Butler and the director of B & B Legal Pty Ltd. Lachlan grew up in the Riverina (specifically, the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area). He worked with a long-established law firm in Griffith New South Wales for a number of years, before making the transition to the Northern Tablelands. 

Lachlan’s role is very broad and includes business and trusts law, leases, commercial law, general litigation, wills, including testamentary trusts, powers of attorney and enduring guardianships, estates, complex rural transfers, and all types of conveyancing.

Lachlan has an interest in agriculture and farming. Lachlan keeps himself busy outside of work being a new Dad. 

Stephen Collins



Stephen has been working as a solicitor with Borthwick & Butler in excess of 40 years and was a principal of the firm for thirty-five years.

He is experienced in a range of diverse legal issues including criminal law, family law, wills, powers of attorney and enduring guardianships, estates, commercial law, general litigation and conveyancing of all types.

Stephen has acted for multiple generations of families throughout the local area, where his advice is regularly sought for a variety of legal issues.

Stephen enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with his wife Sue, as well as having a swing at golf on the weekend.

Luke Pedlow



Introducing Luke Pedlow, Having worked as a solicitor with the Director of Public Prosecutions, and for several years as an Associate to a District Court Judge, Luke brings a deep understanding of the legal system and to the team at Borthwick & Butler.
A proud local of Glen Innes, Luke's roots in the community run deep. Luke ventured away temporarily to pursue his degree in Law but has returned to his hometown of Glen Innes eager to serve the people of the New England and beyond. With a primary focus on Crime and Family Law, Luke is committed to providing exceptional legal services across a wide range of areas.
Beyond the Court room, Lukes has a passion for Drone Photography and cherishes quality time with friends and family. He confesses to having an addiction to cheese and crackers, believing that Saturdays should be renamed Platter Days and enjoyed surrounded by family, friends, and some cabanossi.

Kate McIntyre



Kate is our vibrant addition to the team! Passionate about the law, Kate has been busy assisting clients in the areas of Commercial, Agrilaw, Property and Estates – Kate really is an all rounder!
Kate is excited to settle into the Inverell area & can't wait to indulge in her love for rugby, watching local games on the weekend! Kate looks forward to becoming part of a the community and embracing the lively social life that accompanies it. Kate hails from the Darling Downs Farming Region, bringing a touch of the Queenslander charm to our team.
For the last 4 years, Kate has immersed herself in agriculture, trading seed, pulse, and grain, showcasing her passion for Australian Agriculture. Additionally, she has taken on impressive roles as a Director on the Board for Soy Australia and as a member of Queensland Ag Merchants.
With Kate's diverse background and zest for life, she brings a delightful energy to our office.

Ian Dun


Principal Solicitor

Ian is a second-generation solicitor who has practiced in and around the local area for in excess of 50 years. Prior to becoming a principal at Borthwick & Butler (along with Avern McIntyre & co Inverell and Liston Legal Glen Innes) he was a partner of the Inverell firm known as Wiltshire Britton & Dun and then practiced as a sole practitioner as Ian G Dun. In 2019, the two long standing local firms merged. 

Ian is one of the most experienced solicitors in the New England region. His clients are mostly long established multi-generational farming families. Ian is now acting for the fourth generation of farmers in some families, having acted for the first generation early on in his career.

Ian’s focus areas mainly consist of complex estate and property law issues.
Ian enjoys traveling the countryside with his wife Julie. Ian is a long-standing member of Scouts Australia and a member of Inverell Rotary Club.  

Brodie Verri



Brodie was born and raised in Inverell. She graduated with an Honours in law and a Distinction in Arts from Queensland University of Technology in 2009. She joined Borthwick and Butler in 2014 after practicing in Brisbane and Tenterfield and brings to the firm her experience in Queensland conveyancing and cross-border issues. In addition to her general rural practice including wills, powers of attorney and enduring guardianships along with residential and business conveyancing for both New South Wales and Queensland, Brodie has a special interest in Family & Criminal Law.

As a member of the Australian Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia as well as a panel solicitor for Legal Aid, Brodie has a strong litigation background and has represented clients in many courts across the state.

Brodie says she most enjoys helping people when they are working through hard times, being able to provide guidance and reassurance in a time that is emotional and confusing.

Outside of work, Brodie is a busy mother and wife running a beef cattle farm with husband Matt. Brodie is actively involved with local woman’s and mothers’ networks.

Gabrielle Robinson



Gabi is a dedicated solicitor with a strong sense of community and a passion for serving Inverell. After completing her education at Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Media & Communications, Gabrielle returned home to practice law.
With over 5 years of experience at Borthwick & Butler and a background in civil litigation, she now excels in a diverse range of legal areas; Wills, Estates & Property law. Admitted to practice in 2017, Gabrielle's commitment to her community is evident in the quality service she provides.
Beyond her legal expertise, you'll often find her cheering on local rugby matches and cherishing precious moments with her beautiful family, friends, and beloved pets.

Ian MacDonald



Ian was born and raised in Sydney before relocating to Glen Innes in 1980. Previous to studying law, Ian obtained an honours degree in Surveying at the University of New South Wales and worked for the department of main roads. In 1999 he graduated with a degree in law from the University of New England, with honours.
Ian has practices predominately in property and conveyancing, deceased estates and family provision, family law and some criminal law. Ian is an elder at Crossroads Christian Church, Glen Innes and a member of the Glen Innes Lions club. Ian has been involved with Celtic and German festivities for many years through positions in the Caledonian Society and has sung in the Arts Council Choir.

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