Recently established Cobram law firm Jones Lawyers and Associates has been recognised for its service to the community in a very short time, after being named a winner at the 2017 Moira Shire Business Excellence Awards.
The firm won the Excellence in New and Emerging Business award, which recognises a new business which has been operating less than 24 months within the region and was open to all industries.
It was also judged based on business planning, future outlook, customer service and staff support.
Cr Ed Cox said the businesses nominated were working hard to develop and were focused on their future and service to the shire.
During the judging process, the judges noted Jones Lawyers and Associates’ clear passion for their business and customers and their mandate to do law differently.
Jones Lawyers and Associates’ Adelle Jones said it was an honour to take out the award.
‘‘I’m shocked and so ecstatic,’’ she said.
‘‘I have prepared a speech, because what kind of lawyer would I be if I hadn’t prepared for winning?’’
Ms Jones thanked Moira Shire Council for hosting the awards, and whoever nominated the business — which was also nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Professional Services award.
‘‘The reason I love communicating is because I love connecting with people.’’
She said empathy was a strong attribute in her personal life and it was something she wanted to bring into her professional life as well.
It was particularly important for the firm, which had a strong family law focus, she said.
‘‘I wanted to create a firm that represented me and the values I have, and that’s why we chose ‘lawyers with heart’.
‘‘I wanted my clients to feel supported through their time of heartbreak.’’
Ms Jones attributed her recent success to working with others to help further define and strengthen her business.
‘‘I can’t stress enough to have strong relationships, with people outside of your business as well.
‘‘Also, don’t underestimate your ability to improve the business and the services you offer — we are all fighting a battle no-one else knows about.’’
Jones Lawyers and Associates promises to ‘do law differently’, with a team of lawyers who practice in varied legal fields to provide a fully-integrated service.
The firm said it was committed to practising law in a more personable and people-focused way and strove to be recognised as the ‘lawyers with heart’.