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CLIVE W. WHITE B. Juris., L.L.B
Member of Law Institute of Victoria
65 Main Street, Foster, 3960
Telephone: 5682 2211
Facsimile: 5682 2814
Serving the community
• Conveyancing and property transactions
• Small business and commercial matters
• Wills, powers of attorney & succession planning
• Probate and estate administration
• Family law & relationships
JOAN Spencer is a regular at the Korum-
burra Magistrates’ Court each week but not for
any nefarious behaviour. Quite the contrary.
Since 2003 she has volunteered her time as
a Salvation Army Chaplain at the Korumburra
Court-house on a Thursday, simply to help
those in need.
“Coming to court can be a pretty daunting
experience especially for those who may be ap-
plying for a personal protection order or family
violence intervention order.
“Generally it’s difficult family matters (that I
help with), where people are upset about apply-
ing for family violence intervention orders.
“I don’t give advice, I’m just there to lend an
“It can be pretty upsetting if, for example, a
mother is having to apply for an order to be put
on her own child,” said Joan.
But it happens, all too often now, regularly as
part of the fallout from ice addiction.
“They might be anxious about coming to
court, nervous if they’ve never been here before.
It can be very confronting.
“They know I’m not going to judge them in
any way, no matter what they’ve done. If by talk-
ing I can help, that’s good.”
Of course, while Joan has mostly learned
about the legal process on the job, she can talk
to applicants, the accused or their family about
what might happen when they are in court and
where to go to seek advice.
A member of the Salvation Army church at
Leongatha, and a good Christian woman, Joan
also takes the Salvo’s mission statement of “be-
ing there when people need us most” to heart
and was looking for a way to serve the com-
“We’re asked to use our talents for the good
of the community, and while I’m not necessarily
saying I’m talented in this area, it’s something I
feel I can do,” said Joan.
“I’ve pretty much learned as I’ve gone along
but we do get good support from the chaplaincy
service. We go to courts across Gippsland and
also do prison visits and I think we have chap-
lains in schools too.
“Sometimes a solicitor will ask me to see
someone, sometimes the magistrate of court
staff might ask me or I’ll see someone needs
help. Sometimes they’ll just see me and ap-
proach me because they know I’m a neutral
“Over the years I’ve got pretty used to the situ-
ation here and if I can be of some help, that’s
The Salvation Army takes on other roles to
support the justice system, offering positive
lifestyle and men’s options programs, among
“I can help refer them to those programs,
whether it’s one offered by us or St Vinnies.”
Getting caught up in the justice system is
something you want to avoid at all costs but for
those who do fall afoul of the law or who are vic-
tims of crime, the presence of a Salvation Army
representative in the court might be their only
bright light on a difficult day.
AS OF January 1 this year, Birch Ross & Barlow
became BRB Law, Lawyers and Conveyancers.
BRB Law is the successor firm to Birch Ross
“The change of name more truly reflects us as
not only general and specialist lawyers, but also
experienced conveyancers for all types of real es-
tate transactions,” the firm’s Helen Maclean said.
January 1 2017 also saw the retirement of
long-time partner Murray Maclean.
Tameaka Butler joined Nicole Tyson to form
the current partnership team.
Nicole and Tameaka are general practitioners
with vast experience between them and Murray
continues his role as a consultant, specialising
in Wills and Probate.
“Although our activities are now centred in our
Leongatha office, we continue the tradition of
Birch Ross & Barlow by servicing clients all over
South Gippsland and Melbourne,” Helen said.
“Employing over 16 locals including seven
lawyers, our lawyers regularly attend out of town
clients at their own homes if requested. Murray
continues to regularly see clients in Melbourne.
“Gwen Scheffer remains as our family law
specialist with over 30 years’ experience.
“We have also this year expanded our special-
ist services. Our new consultant lawyer, Ian Ful-
lagar has very broad corporate and commercial
legal experience and is also recognised as one
of Australia’s leading sports and public lawyers.
“We are committed to providing the very best
legal and conveyancing advice and assistance
using the latest technologies.
“We also take pride in building a very per-
sonal relationship with each and every client.”
BRB Law expands
The team at BRB Law, Lawyers and Conveyancers provides service to clients throughout
South Gippsland and Melbourne.
Law Week tribute to the Salvos
Everyone in the justice system at Korumburra knows Salvation Army Chaplain Joan Spen-
cer, and they appreciate what she does on a volunteer basis to provide some humanity to
what is often a very difficult process, especially for family members seeking help with dif-
ficult relationships. Joan chats with police prosecutor Acting Sergeant Louise Gerard and
local lawyer Deb Leonard of Leonard and Associates last week. m012017
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