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First Choice Accounting (FCA)
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After years of experience
working in large and small firms,
and a stint with a London based
bank, Nick decided it was time to
put his own spin on business and
created First Choice Accounting
in 2004. It has enjoyed a nice rate
of growth since but there is no
desire to expand to a level where
customer service suffers.
One director and three staff
Nick Corbett CA has 16 years
experience in accounting,
banking, insolvency and audit. He
started FCA in 2004 with a passion
and excitement for business, and
a young and enthusiastic perspec-
tive to what some people regard
as a "dull" profession. Hence the
FCA specialises in assisting
small business owners who are
looking to succeed. At present, the
client base covers a wide range
of industries. Owners actively
seeking to improve their business
with the assistance of others
would fit into the FCA "stable"
well. FCA does its best to assist
in areas such as tax, compliance,
structuring, systems, goals. You
FCA has recently assisted a small
business owner in saving about
$10,000 annually by structuring
its tax affairs in a more efficient
manner. It has also recently
helped the owner of several
small businesses get up to date
(they were several years behind)
with taxation obligations, which
included negotiating with the Tax
Office on the client's behalf.
FCA cares about clients and uses
a personal approach to business.
Clients always have access to a
partner. The firm returns phone
calls promptly, programs all
work so tasks can be completed
in a timely manner and fees are
quoted in advance where desired.
First Choice director Nick Corbett.
Photo: Kate Elmes
Areas of specialty
What makes your firm
Kelly & Co have made a rash of senior
In keeping with its ethos it has largely
promoted from within and external recruits
are all on the young side for the positions they
Management at the firm
is hailing the expansion as
proof of the banking and
finance specialist's ability to
beat the economic downturn.
Five faces will fill new
positions at the Adelaide-
based law firm. Stuart Price
gets top job as new CEO.
Mr Price is new to Kelly &
Co but brings with him a
strong commercial focus
and experience locally and
internationally, having most
recently spent three years
working in Dubai.
Joining him in the top
management tier is long-term
Kelly & Co employee Michael
Durrant who becomes
Chairman of Partners. After
15 years with the company
Mr Durrant has developed
extensive experience in the
resource, manufacturing and
Steven Bonnett is moving
to Kelly & Co from rival
firm Finlaysons. Mr Bonnett's 15 years of
experience in corporate law will see him step
into the role of Special Counsel. He has high-
profile business interests outside of practice,
holding the directorship of the Precision
Group and Terramin Australia.
Both Kate McKeough and Tom Besanko are
also joining the team. Ms McKeough will take
up the position of Senior Associate having
moved from the position of Legal Counsel at
Terramin Australia. Mr Besanko is expected to
fill the role of solicitor in the dispute resolution
sector after his admission in mid-September.
The new appointments bring Kelly & Co's
employee head count above 130.
As Australian lawyers
consider a national
governing body, South
Australia's legal practitioners
find themselves in a complex
The move toward a governing
ombudsman in Australia
comes after drawn-out political
discussions and will undergo
serious consideration through a
taskforce appointed by Attorney-
General Robert Mclelland.
But the concept presents
particular complications for
SA is currently out of step
with the rest of the nation when
it comes to the protection of
victims of law firm collapse or
fraud, a fact which has been
brought to light by the now
infamous case of Magarey
The case resulted in a
parliamentary deadlock in
2008 when opposing politicians
attempted to use changes to the
Legal Professions Act to push
their stance on how the victims
of the Magarey Farlam collapse
should be recompensed.
The Bill remains unpassed and
politicians remain at an impasse.
Law Society of SA President
John Goldberg said he hopes the
Bill will be passed in the current
sitting of Parliament, bringing
SA in line with other states and
making way for the national
Mr Goldberg said Australia-
wide regulation of lawyers was
needed to keep up with modern
methods of practice.
"I think this it is a by-product
of a desire to have a national
legal profession where once
you are admitted as a legal
practitioner in any place in
Australia you have a right to
practice anywhere in Australia,"
"It doesn't make sense in
those circumstances for either
the conduct rules or for the
regulation of the profession to
happen differently in each state."
Mr Goldberg warned against
administering the entire
system through a national body.
Instead of the proposed national
ombudsman he prefers a set of
uniform laws administered by
"That would mean members
of the public and the legal
profession would have
convenient access to a person or
people who are based in SA and
you're not going to have issues
potentially disappear into a
bureaucracy in Canberra," he
Lawyers out of step
Law Society of SA President John Goldberg: In favour of a national system of regulation.
Photo: Stephen Gray
Doing things the same way is not an option if you are going to keep ahead
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Providing leadership to your team and working closely with the operations
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