Running two law practices may seem like a lot of hard work to some people, but Murray Roberts’ enthusiasm for the legal profession knows no bounds.
He says the reason that enthusiasm is still fresh is that he began practicing law “in middle life” when he already had a successful career as a self-employed businessman.
Murray says his experience operating businesses in the entertainment industry, which included a company called Showtime, and his involvement in property, helps him to speak the same language as his business and property clients.
“I find it easy to connect with people in business and property because I know exactly where they’re coming from and what issues they face,” Murray says.
Murray worked with Dennis Gates of D J Gates around 10 years ago, shortly after he moved to Whangaparaoa.
He opened his own practice in Albany 18 months later.
As well as continuing to run Rosedale Law in Albany, Murray recently took over the D J Gates law practice in Whangaparaoa and has called the new practice Hibiscus Law. He moved the practice downstairs to footpath level over the Christmas break.
Murray says his move downstairs in the same building (747 Whangaparaoa Rd), is not only to obtain more space, but symbolises the down to earth, accessible service Hibiscus Law offers.
“Our many elderly clients are very happy they don’t have to tackle those stairs anymore, and being downstairs reflects our grounded attitude,” Murray says.
Murray is able to divide his time between his two practices because of very able support staff that include Jenene, who manages Rosedale Law, and Kerry and Tracy at Whangaparaoa, who both worked with Dennis Gates previously.
Technology has also come to his aid.
“I don’t think I’d have been able to do this, even 10 years ago, but now with Google calendars, a laptop, and a portable 3G tablet, it gives me and my clients complete flexibility.”
Murray says he has found since opening Hibiscus Law that clients who live on the Coast, but work in Albany, appreciate being able to see him at either location and use the services of both practices.
Having lived on the Coast for 10 years, Murray is well aware of the fact that many commute to work. To cater to those clients, he will be offering early morning and late evening appointment options, which could become permanent if they prove popular.
The New Year may also see Murray dust off his bass guitar.
“A couple of friends and some clients are keen to get back to their music and maybe get a band going, so you never know. I’m pretty keen because it is an antidote to the busy life of a lawyer.”
Image: Murray Roberts