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Amazing determination: from workplace injury victim to world ranked triathlete

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The grit and determination shown by my client Clint Pickin is one example of the extraordinary resilience people can show after suffering injury.

Clint was injured in March 2014 on a dairy farm which led to his right leg being amputated below the knee. Clint was 25 years of age at the time. Keen to get ahead in life, the dairy position was one he did on top of his full-time position in the timber industry. The loss of his leg ...

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SLM Law welcomes Tracie Lawrence

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The directors of SLM Law are pleased to welcome legal executive and conveyancer Tracie Lawrence to the team.

Tracie has been a Colac local all her life and is active in the local community. Tracie brings almost 20 years of conveyancing experience to SLM Law.

“I am excited by the opportunity to continue my career with SLM Law,” Tracie said.

Tracie enjoys working with the broad client base that conveyancing provides, from first home buyers to retirees and everyone in between.

“I appreciate that ...

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Is my heart attack or stroke work related?

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Whether or not you can obtain workers compensation for a heart attack or stroke depends on whether work is a significant contributing factor to the injury. This is the test regardless of whether you suffer the heart attack or stroke at work or in your leisure time.

In determining whether a worker’s employment was a significant contributing factor to an injury, the following must be taken into account —

  1. the duration of the worker’s current employment
  2. the nature of the work performed
  3. the particular tasks ...
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Vacancies | Receptionist & Law Clerk/Conveyancing

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SLM Law is one of the leading law firms in the area, with a diverse and growing client base. We are currently seeking applications for the following positions:

Receptionist

As front of house, you will be responsible for the management of the reception area including switchboard operation, greeting clients for appointments, counter enquires, diary management, marketing activities and general administration work.

Law Clerk/Conveyancing

As part of our Conveyancing Team you will have a hands-on role in preparing legal documents and correspondence, liaising with clients ...

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Vacancy | Probate Clerk / Estate Administration (Full-Time)

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SLM Law is one of the leading law firms in the area, with a diverse and growing client base. We are currently seeking applications for the following position:

Probate Clerk / Estate Administration (Full-Time)

As a probate clerk, you will have a hands-on role in preparing legal documents, typing correspondence and liaising with clients and other external agencies and general administration work.

To be successful for this position you must:

  • Be self-confident and assertive
  • Have excellent communication and time management skills
  • Have experience ...
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Young Farmers Stamp Duty Exemption

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Young farmers in the Western District may now be a step closer to being able to afford their first block of farm land, with a full stamp duty exemption now available on purchases by farmers aged 35 or under of land worth up to $600,000.

There is also a concession of stamp duty available for young farmers for their first block of farm land valued between $600,000 and $750,000.

The new changes have taken effect from 1 July 2018 and could provide ...

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Blazeaid volunteers work through the winter and work up an appetite

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WHILE the paddocks around our region are far greener than only a few months ago, the job to repair the damage inflicted by the St Patrick’s Day bushfires lingers.

Blazeaid volunteers have been kicking goals for more than three months with the job set to take up the rest of the calendar year.

That hard work fuels many an appetite, so the staff at SLM Law ensured they would do their bit to thank the Blazeaid volunteers for their tireless efforts.

Ann ...

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Lessons from Road Trauma Heartbreak

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By Ann Cunningham

It was a privilege to attend John Maher’s road safety presentation in Camperdown yesterday and see firsthand the way he captured the attention of students from Camperdown College, Cobden Technical College, Mercy Regional College, Terang College, Derrinallum College and Mortlake College.

John detailed how he suffered serious injuries in a transport accident when an 18-year girl lost control of her vehicle which rolled, landed on top of and flattened John’s vehicle. Tragically, the 18-year-old girl lost her life which ...

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SLM Law welcomes Ann Cunningham

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LONG-STANDING South West law firm SLM Law will expand its services with the addition of experienced local lawyer Ann Cunningham.

Ms Cunningham has worked as a solicitor in south-west Victoria for more than 15 years and joined the team at SLM Law this month.

The locally-based solicitor has a strong track record in assisting clients who have suffered a workplace or motor vehicle injury and will continue that work at SLM Law with the assistance of her law clerk Christine Dwyer.

“I joined SLM ...

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Janet and Janine: Bringing a new meaning to “sisters-in-law”

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JANET and Janine Boyd not only share a family connection – their working lives have been intertwined for decades.

The sisters-in-law have a combined six decades of service with Sewells and its successor firm SLM Law.

Janine started at Sewells not long before Colac region hero Cliff Young completed his famed 1983 marathon.

The 17-year-old had been working part-time at Bellchambers Milk Bar and had completed year 12 the previous year.

“Electric typewriters were just coming in, good old carbon paper was still in ...

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