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

Lachlan is the Principal Solicitor of Borthwick & Butler. 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 and Borthwick & Butler.

His 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 ensures the firm is up to date with current legal requirements, together with the most efficient technological advancements available in the industry.

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.

Brodie Verri

Brodie joined Borthwick and Butler Solicitors 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.

With a passion for justice combined with modern technological skills and a practical approach to the law, Brodie is an asset to Borthwick and Butler and to your legal matter.”

Gabrielle Robinson

Gabrielle is the most recent addition to our team of solicitors. She grew up in Inverell and commenced practice with Borthwick & Butler after gaining experience with a legal firm in Brisbane.

Gabrielle pays close attention to detail and is enthusiastic about her role with the firm, which currently focuses on wills, powers of attorney and enduring guardianships, residential and business conveyancing, deeds and agreements.