Text Box: Partners

1887	Richard W Watson McCoy
1900	Rupert McCoy
1928	Hubert Edward Henry Atkinson
1929	Rupert Howard Grove
1964	Bruce Davies Atkinson
1964	Richard Clive Hansford
1988	Ian Stuart Goddard
2003	Patricia Varnava


ne of Sydney's - and Australia's - oldest legal practices, the firm commenced with the admission of Richard McCoy on August 10, 1887, firstly practising in Marrickville and shortly after that in Castlereagh Street, Sydney.Richard McCoy was mayor of Marrickville in 1896 and MLA for Marrickville from 1901 till 1910. Many current clients of the firm can trace their connection to a Marrickville ancestor.


Richard was joined in the practice in 1900 by his younger brother Rupert, who died in 1923.Hubert Atkinson commenced articles with the firm in 1922, becoming a partner in 1927, The McCoy brothers' nephew Rupert Grove began articles in 1924 and joined the partnership in 1929.The current name was adopted in that year.


Hubert Atkinson's son Bruce began work with the firm in 1959 and Rupert Grove's son in law Richard Hansford in 1962, both becoming partners in 1964.


Ian Goddard who, following his admission in 1978, spent some time overseas, joined the firm in 1980 becoming a partner in 1988.Patricia Varnava, having been admitted as a solicitor in 1982 joined the firm in 1999 and the partnership in 2003.


The firm of Fitzhardinge Son and Yeomans, dating from 1842, had been subsumed into the practice in 1956, bringing with it many people who are still clients of the firm.



Through its continuity of legal and personal service, the firm has been able to establish and maintain long term relationships with a wide range of clients.This has resulted in a network of connections with many, varied groups of people, often on multi-generational levels.These client relationships have also substantially guided much of the firmís work into those services required by families in all of their different aspects: purchasing a home, establishing and running businesses, resolving family and financial issues, and dealing with the administration of deceased estates.


The firm has also had a strong commercial client element including trade and business associations, real estate developers, shopping centre managers, accountants and private schools.



Today, the work of the firm covers: conveyancing (both domestic and commercial), leasing and mortgaging; wills, probate and Family Provision Act claims; family law; commercial litigation; and general advice and assistance.