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Ken’s team lives and loves practising law

 

Ken and Rhonda Hubert… “We like to run the place as a team, we all relate to each other as friends with camaraderie and warmth,” Rhonda says.

Capon & Hubert Lawyers & Mediators, a legal practice located in Phillip, has just clocked up 32 years of operation. This is a sponsored post. 

“WHEN you know it’s right, you just know,” say Ken and Rhonda Hubert, who know a thing or two about running a business together and raising four children.

Capon & Hubert Lawyers & Mediators, a legal practice located in Phillip, has just clocked up 32 years of operation – starting out as a suburban two-man practice of the now-retired Geoff Capon and Ken Hubert.

These days the practice has expanded to include three other experienced solicitors under Ken’s leadership: Ashilpa Khanna, Daryn Griffiths and Catherine Howard.

With Daryn specialising in property and commercial law, Ashilpa in wills and estate planning and Catherine working in family law, Ken says that the team is able to help people navigate their legal issues with confidence and compassion.

While each lawyer covers different areas of practice, they work as a team.

“We learn from each other and talk to each other,” says Ken.

“Clients will see different team members, depending on what they need.”        

Ken’s career has spanned 38 years and there’s not much that he hasn’t seen or experienced, practising primarily in family law, civil law and criminal law.

He’s served on the professional standards committee of the ACT Law Society for many years as well as the ACT Law Council access to justice committee.

Over the years, Ken has dedicated a lot of time to Legal Aid work in the Children’s and Family Court.       

As an accredited family dispute resolution provider and mediator, Ken says his approach is to find what is important to each party and work out a mix that deals with that.

As a third party, Ken says: “I will listen, hear and engage to find out what’s really important. I define the issues, work out options and handle the negotiation both ways.

“You aren’t always the knight in shining armour, but you take a person through a process.

“It is often a matter of finding an agreement that people can live with, not necessarily one that will make you happy. I can’t deliver happiness, but I can deliver an agreement that works.”

An aspect of Ken’s life that makes him very happy is his marriage to Rhonda.

They met and married after meeting at ANU, when Ken was a young law student, in the late 1970s.

Once their four children became more independent, Rhonda studied bookkeeping and became a director of Capon and Hubert in 2008. She  now manages the administration of the practice and says she enjoys being close to clients and the work of the team.

Mindful to create a team environment in which staff are supported rather than burnt-out, Rhonda and Ken say that they encourage family-friendly hours.

“We like to run the place as a team, we all relate to each other as friends with camaraderie and warmth,” Rhonda says.

Ken’s “do-nothing” day is Sunday, when he will switch off, attend his local church and spend time with family. Being sure to take one day off as well as exercise regularly, is Ken’s secret to success.

“I strongly believe that we were made to have a day off to recharge the batteries,” he says.

They say that many of their clients have been with them for a long time, and a large part of their client base comes to them through referral, which speaks to Capon & Hubert’s success and the confidence that their clients and other professionals have in the team.

Capon & Hubert Lawyers & Mediators, first floor, 32-38 Townshend Street, Phillip. Call 6152 9203 or visit chsol.com.au

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