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Businesses in Docklands June 2013

28 May 2013

Lucas Real Estate has a home ground advantage

According to local real estate professional Glen Lucas, local knowledge is what sets his business apart from other Docklands agencies.

Glen has been living and breathing Docklands real estate for the past decade.

He opened Lucas Real Estate in NewQuay 10 years ago after noticing the need for an agency-style business that was separate to the developers.

And he’s has spent the past 10 years growing his own business and, at the same time, watching Docklands grow.

Starting out with a team of just two, Lucas Real Estate has now grown to employ around 25 people. The business moved to a bigger office at Yarra’s Edge in 2006 and later opened a second premises in NewQuay.  

Having worked in the area since the early days of Docklands development, Glen is well versed on everything Docklands. He believes it’s this factor that allows Lucas Real Estate to provide superior service to vendors, buyers and renters in Docklands.

The business aims to provide a personalised service that meets the individual needs of each and every client.

“A buyer in Docklands is not only looking for somewhere to live, they want to know what the future of Docklands is going to look like,” he said.

“That’s certainly part of the information we’re able to provide and give comfort to buyers about where Docklands is heading.”

Glen said another element that set Lucas Real Estate apart from other Docklands agencies was its market share.

“We certainly are the leading agent in Docklands. We sell more property, we lease more property and we’re more active in the area,” he said.

As the first independent agency in the area and having now operated for 10 years, Glen said Lucas Real Estate was now well known amongst the local community.  

He said the business had been involved with charities in the areas and hoped to continue this involvement.

“We’re very fortunate to be a business that has grown along with Docklands so we do want to give a bit back,” Glen said.

Having clocked up almost 30 years in the real estate industry Glen certainly has the experience and expertise to lead the business.

At the same time, the recent promotion of some of the agency’s “young guns” into director roles has provided Glen with a new take on the business.

“It’s been a fantastic opportunity to look at the business from a different perspective and strategise where we want to take the business and look for different opportunities,” Glen said.

“These guys are open to learning about the industry and are very passionate about Docklands.”

You can find Lucas Real Estate at Shop 1, 401 Docklands Drive in NewQuay or at 62 River Esplanade at Yarra’s Edge. Call 9091 1400 for the NewQuay Office or 9645 1199 for the Yarra’s Edge office.

The local legal identities

Over the past two years local law firm, Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson (TDE), has invested time in getting to know Docklands and the individuals and businesses that make up our locality.

Becoming a part of the community is important to Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson. The firm views Docklands as the suburb most geographically accessible to its office, which is positioned at the western end of the city. Situated on the corner of Bourke and William streets, TDE’s offices can be easily accessed by Docklanders either by a short stroll or tram ride.

As a member of the Docklands Chamber of Commerce,  Tolhurst  Druce & Emmerson partners and staff are regular attendees at chamber functions. They conduct an increasing amount of legal work for individuals and businesses in the area. Due to this exposure, they are gaining a unique appreciation of the joys and challenges of living, working and operating in one of Melbourne’s newest suburbs.

On June 11, TDE is pleased to be co-hosting the chamber’s networking evening.  Along with VECCI and AMP, TDE is to present an overview of issues of relevance to business proprietors and individuals – with a particular emphasis on end of financial year matters.

Paul Webster, a partner at TDE, is to give a presentation on the importance of keeping your own personal legal affairs in order. The overview will also encompass issues that individuals need to consider in their roles as executives and business owners.

“After nearly 30 years as a solicitor, I regularly see individuals who are excellent business owners and operators, but who neglect their own personal legal affairs – often to their detriment.  Every once in a while it is good to have a reminder about the sorts of legal issues you should consider and action in both your private and professional life,” Mr Webster said.

TDE’s monthly advertisements in Docklands News have also been of interest to readers. Each month a TDE lawyer answers a question of interest to the local community. The range of questions illustrates the breadth and depth of expertise to be found at the firm, as well as introducing TDE practitioners to readers.

“Our Q & A advertising format in Docklands News has been a great way to showcase our ability to the Docklands community. Often, it is difficult for a professional services firm to display their expertise. It is our aim to make ourselves and our abilities more tangible to current and prospective clients,” Mr Webster said.

There is nothing pretentious about Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson.  In some respects it is what you would expect from a suburban law practice.  The firm is no nonsense and prides itself on offering an excellent legal service at a cost effective price.

The firm offers a full range of services including: conveyancing and property law; wills, probate and the administration of estates and trusts; all areas of family law, commercial and business law matters; together with litigation and dispute resolution services.

The lawyers at Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson are all highly skilled. Partners of the firm have decades of experience in their area of practice. Several practitioners are accredited specialists in their fields of expertise by the Law Institute of Victoria. Their ethic of, “working with individuals, families and business,” explains the all-round nature of the legal services they provide.

Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson
Level 3, 520 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Ph: 9670 0700  http://www.tde.com.au

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