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What is community for you?

McLaughlins Lawyers has always been actively involved in the community it serves. From 1958 and during the 1960s Frank McLaughlin was president of the Surfers Paradise Chamber of Commerce, a Council Alderman, and President of the Gold Coast District Law Society.

McLaughlins continues to be an integral part of our community. Community is the centre of human society and the way we run our lives, whether it be school, sports clubs, artistic interests and entertainment, business groups or just groups of friends and family getting together.

McLaughlins commits to local initiatives, and support community projects or causes so that we can promote prosperity, equality and inclusion.

We provide access to justice through volunteering legal services and pro-bono assistance to organisations including Robina Community Legal Centre, Women’s Legal Service Queensland, RizeUp, Cancer Council and St. Vincents. We contribute to the legal profession by mentoring and supporting law students and young lawyers and providing guest lectures at Bond University and Southern Cross University. Our family lawyer, Joelene Nel is involved as a volunteer committee member on the Gold Coast District Law Association.

We support the growth and enjoyment of culture and the arts on the Gold Coast with our support of HOTA as a corporate partner, and our support of Friends of the Arts Foundation and Friends of the Arts Gift Fund with Ian Kennedy holding the role of President. Geoff Smith sits on the board of Gold Coast Eisteddfod a position he has held for over 10 years. The Gold Coast Eisteddfod is now the largest and longest running Eisteddfod in Australia.

McLaughlins also supports local community Sport through its Membership in Sports Gold Coast and providing legal support on a pro bono basis. McLaughlins has played an integral part in Sports Gold Coast Football Project assisting with the incorporation and drafting all legal documents associated with the National Premier League Club Gold Coast United. This is the only Football Club on the Gold Coast which holds a Men’s and Women’s NPL Licence and one of only four in Queensland. Through Sports Gold Coast McLaughlins have also supported Women’s 7s Rugby, Cricket and the Gold Coast Sports Star Awards. McLaughlins also supports the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame.

Lawyer Alexandra Hamlyn in our litigation team is training with the Gold Coast Suns AFLW team and hopes to secure a permanent position in the next few years.

We support Gold Coast business and innovation through our partnership with the Gold Coast Innovation Hub at Robina. The Hub will generate millions of dollars in business activity in the coming years with the support of start-up companies and innovation. McLaughlins also has an involvement in the Southport Chamber of Commerce of which Ian Kennedy is President and Geoff Smith also sits on the Board of Connecting Southern Gold Coast Ltd established by the City of Gold Coast.

McLaughlins is Standing Beside You in your community and with that support we hope you grow and prosper. For any information about our community initiatives please contact one of the friendly lawyers at McLaughlins Lawyers – your Gold Coast Lawyers – We Stand Beside You.


Author: Ian Kennedy

Date: 5 August 2019