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Come to Us for a Family Law Consultation in Woden, Canberra

In the mid-to-late 1970s the expansion of Woden, together with the proposed development of Tuggeranong, was proceeding at a rapid pace. Canberra was on the move. Ken Johnston and Allan Bedford recognized need for their services to be localized within the rapidly growing South-Western region for community convenience and expediency. Ken commenced practicing as a sole practitioner in January 1978, after retiring as a partner from the firm then known as Gallen Guild & Johnston, with Allan joining the firm in November 1979. They formed a partnership and in January 1981 established Ken Johnston Bedford & Co in Woden to provide "quality" legal services at affordable prices.

Growth & Development

The original offices were located on the first floor of "Adelaide House" (now known as "Bonner House"). The premises were small with heavy wooden desks, leather chairs and mountains of legal reference books. Since then, to cater for growing demand, the Firm has relocated to larger offices on three occasions: first in the early-1990s to the MLC Tower (now "Lovett Tower"), in August 1997 to the ground floor of the GIO/Suncorp Building in Brewer Street Woden, and finally in June 2011 to our current location at the ground floor of 10 Corinna Street in Woden.

Changing of the Guard

In February 2000 our senior partner, Ken Johnston, retired. Ken had practiced law in the ACT since 1964 and was a very well-known and respected member of the Canberra community. Sadly Ken passed away in 2014. Andrew Freer, who had started with the Firm as a promising young law graduate in 1995, was keen to specialize in the litigation and estate planning areas that Ken had successfully developed, and was ready to become the Firm's new principal. Ken Johnston Bedford & Co became KJB Law.

Then in July 2011 Allan Bedford stepped down as a principal of the firm. After overseeing the development of KJB Law into the strong, progressive company it is today, in anticipation of his eventual retirement Allan transitioned into his current role as a Consultant. Jo Twible and Des Moore, who joined KJB Law in 1997 and 2002 respectively, were ready to take the step up and became KJB Law’s new principals alongside Andrew Freer.
To Infinity and Beyond

Over the years our Client base has grown considerably, and to meet their needs so has the size of our Firm. Not only do we provide an essential service to the community, but we are also establishing employment opportunities and security for staff members, some current staff members having been with KJB Law for over 20 years.

Our growth has been and continues to be assisted by keeping abreast of changing legislation, community values and developments. Periodic staff training programs, new technology and the upgrading of equipment on a regular basis supports this continuing growth. By adopting this policy KJB Law is able to continue to provide our clients with efficient and prompt service at realistic prices.

Our original goal was to primarily serve the people and business community of the Woden Valley region. This now extends to the whole of the ACT and interstate as our reputation has grown. We look forward to our future commitment with assurance and enthusiasm, feeling confident that we are providing an essential and successful service for the benefit of the clients.


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