Ebborn Law has come a long way in a short amount of time. From humble beginnings in 2012 we now have seven fulltime staff and are looking at the next big challenge for law firms across the country: fixed fees.
When Erin Ebborn first considered going into business for herself it was due to the looming threat of changes to legal aid funding. Many people in other industries wouldn't understand how difficult it is to steer a company from an hourly rate paradigm to one predominantly based on a fixed fee, and thus why it is that law firms would find that move challenging. But law is more than business, law is a profession: one that incorporates very high levels of integrity in every aspect.
Erin rightly (as it turned out) took a punt that - because she could design a business from scratch - she would be able to operate a law firm on a fixed fee basis. Of course nobody gets anywhere without help, and over the past year the legal profession has been hugely supportive of this little law firm. Many of her colleagues have wished the very best for Erin and her team, and they contributed ideas, advice and excellent feedback.
Ebborn Law is now a leading provider of legal aid and one of the biggest specialist family law firms in Canterbury. This year it has been nominated for not one, but three, categories at the New Zealand Law Awards, along with legal luminaries such as Chen Palmer, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Duncan Cotterill, Lane Neave and Cavell Leitch Law.
Ebborn Law has come a long way in a year, but has a long journey ahead. The values of family, partnership and trust underpin the desire to provide the level of service someone could expect from a major law firm, along with the best possible advice and representation, and will be a touchstone for future growth throughout Canterbury and beyond.