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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times --- Celebrating 40 Years, 2012 --- 17 118362-V2 Connecting Community, People, Technology and Law Office 1, Howick Village Mall, Central Terrace, Howick Village 0800 Fencible or 533 3539 www.fenciblelaw.co.nz A long time association with the area assisting people with all their legal requirements Richard Galbraith In 1846 the Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps was formed to pro- tect the people of the Howick area; more than 150 years later, Richard Galbraith has returned the 'fencible' name to the area armed with a simi- lar promise to protect Howickians -- legally speaking at least. Adopting the name Fencible Law for his new practice was a decision this local lawyer didn't take lightly. "I used the name 'Fencible' because of my strong ties to Howick and I've always been very interested in the local history. "I'm a proud Howick resident and I thought the name would feel right at home in here." Established in 2011, the business may be new, however Richard has been practising law in Howick since 1994, following in the footsteps of his father David. "My father started Galbraiths Law in the early 1980s, originally operating from the old Rices Mall building," says Richard. "I went to school at Edgewater Col- lege and, after graduating from Auck- land University and working for a short time in the city, I joined Dad in practice, going into partnership with him in the late 1990s." Then Richard 'laid down the law', selling Galbraiths in 2006 to focus his efforts on a new project, an inno- vative software package christened KeyTrack. "We were doing a lot of convey- ancing work and found that we were repeating ourselves about the status of deals to a large number of parties, from clients to estate agents and mortgage brokers," Richard says. "So I came up with an online system that would communicate with all par- ties simultaneously and allow clients to log on and see the status of their deal twenty four seven. It was the first cloud-based conveyancing product that we knew of globally and it really took off." Once KeyTrack was on track, Rich- ard returned to legal practice last year, establishing Fencible Law in the former BNZ bank building. "KeyTrack was ticking away nicely by then, without requiring as much of an investment of my effort and time. "Now that I'm back in the legal pro- fession I can invest more resources in employing developers and designers to develop the software further. "Fencible Law will be my long term venture in this area as it keeps me cur- rent with the legal market." Earlier this year Richard expanded Fencible Law with the acquisition of a Botany-based practice. "We purchased Botany Law in May this year. The Howick region has changed a great deal since I first came to work here and it continues to do so," he says. "We need to embrace the people of our wider community, and bringing Botany Law on board was a natural fit; the timing was right." Despite the historic name of his practice and the Galbraith family's long association with Howick, Richard says he and the team at Fencible Law will always look to the future. "Just like any business it's absolutely crucial to embrace new technology. It can seem expensive getting new soft- ware only to find it doesn't work with older computers, then getting new computers and having to upgrade soft- ware. "However, I believe, whatever line of work we're in, we must stay up to date with developing technology and always look to fashion new tools for our trade." Making 'Tracks' back to Howick Richard Galbraith and the Fencible Law team (above), David and son Richard at Richard's admittance to the Bar.
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