Margaret’s association with Caxton Legal Centre started when the centre was called the Caxton Street Legal Service and was located in the notorious Baroona Hall, Red Hill. Here, advice sessions took place at an assortment of old kitchen tables set around the perimeter of the room, and client confidentiality was maintained by keeping a discrete distance between the tables.
Following her return to Brisbane after working in legal practice in PNG, Margaret started to volunteer at Caxton, which by had moved to the hilly terrain of New Farm. In 2005, when a role came up as a solicitor in the family law area, Margaret took up a part-time position with the centre. With the assistance and support of the centre, Margaret was proud to obtain accreditation in family law in 2005. Although family law remained Margaret’s area of practice for a couple of years after this, Margaret was drawn into the interesting world of elder law and worked at Caxton with social worker Su-Lyn Lee in providing a multidisciplinary service.
Through a number of career twists, Margaret has worked at CRH Law since 2007, focussing on elder law and succession law. Margaret is very pleased to continue her association with the centre as a member of the management committee and to make some contribution to such a vitally important legal service.