Douglas Spencer OAM (LLB Syd. Uni)
PRINCIPAL / DIRECTOR
Accredited Specialist in Business Law
Doug was admitted as a solicitor in 1970. He then went to Papua New Guinea in 1971 where he worked as a lawyer for several years. He joined Miller Noyce & Doust in November 1973 and became a partner in 1976. Since that time he has handled matters in most areas of law with a particular focus on business, commercial, property, deceased estates and estate planning matters. Doug was in the first group of solicitors in this State to be accepted (in 1993) as an Accredited Specialist in Business Law and has been re-accredited every year since.
Over the years, Doug has handled a wide range of legal matters for many people in many circumstances. He has extensive experience in acting for "people” in most areas of the law, whether it is in relation to their personal lives or in respect to their business and commercial affairs. This extends from assisting people in buying and selling their homes and preparing Wills, Powers of Attorney and handling estates for them to advising and assisting on the sale, purchase and restructure of businesses and in acting for them in difficult commercial litigation in all jurisdictions. Doug also has extensive experience in advising people on estate planning and the re-structuring of their business and commercial affairs.
Doug has always been actively involved in the community, including:-
Volunteered in Rotary for over 25 years and received a Paul Harris Fellowship for his services
Received The Premier of New South Wales Community Service Award in 1995
President of the Hornsby & District Chamber of Commerce from 1980-1986 and was involved in many of the important issues that have shaped the growth and redevelopment of Hornsby
Chairman for the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal in this area for many years
Director for several years of HKR Division of General Practice which endeavours to enhance the provision of medical services by general practitioners in this area
Chairman of the Executive Committee of Studio Artes Northside Inc., which is an amazing organisation which provides a wide range of programmes for people with disabilities
Assisted in establishing Hornsby Women’s Shelter and Hornsby Connect
Awarded Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2011 for his work in the community and the legal profession
Carol Andary (BEC, LLB, Syd. Uni)
Carol Andary graduated from Sydney University with an Economics/Law degree in 1986. During her final year at University, Carol worked voluntarily at the Marrickville Legal Centre. After graduating, Carol worked in two city law firms before she and her husband started their family.
Carol practises mainly in the areas of Commercial and Property Law and Estate Law. Carol and Doug recently won a significant retail lease case in the Administrative Decisions Tribunal. The case has now helped to define and clarify important issues under the Retail Leases Act 1994.
Carol is also involved in providing legal assistance on a pro bono basis for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. This organisation provides invaluable temporary supported accommodation for women in times of crisis such as homelessness and/or domestic violence.
Graham Limburg (LLB)
Graham operated his own practice at Thornleigh for 17 years. In 2007, he amalgamated his practice with Miller Noyce to ensure that his many clients were well looked after and cared for when he chose to retire in 2012. We continue to look after many of Graham’s longstanding clients and maintain a strong bond and association with him.
Ken Barnes (LLB)
Ken joined us in 2012 as a very well-known and experienced solicitor, particularly in handling difficult family law parenting and property matters. Ken brought a wealth of general experience and a loyal following of clients whom he looked after for many years. Over recent years, Ken has been “winding down” and is now finalising his remaining matters. Nevertheless, the firm will maintain a strong association with Ken to ensure that we are able to look after his clients, if and when required. We have also developed a strong association with other practitioners experienced in family law and can refer clients to them as necessary.
Many of our staff have been employed with the firm for many years and have gained experience in a wide range of legal matters in that time. Over six members of our staff have each been employed by the firm for over 15 years. In fact, our eleven staff have in total 189 years of service with the firm. This must be some sort of record.