Who we are

A bit of history

Nicholas O’Donohue graduated from Melbourne University and did his articles of clerkship under Maurice Blackburn – whose legacy is now the legal firm Maurice Blackburn. In 1925 he started his own practice in Melbourne. Over the years the firm changed its name as other practices were merged into the principal practice, before returning to the name Nicholas O’Donohue & Co. in the 1970s. The practice is associated with a number of significant historical legal cases resulting in changes to Victorian society around post war migration, housing, finance and property development.

But the history of a firm is only of value if it informs the present. The enviable legal reputation built by Nicholas O’Donohue for working tirelessly to protect his clients’ interests is proudly retained by the current partners, managers and staff. We take a common-sense commercial view and develop plain English contracts and solutions to help our clients grow and protect the businesses they have worked so hard to build. History has also given us a strong network of barristers, experts and specialists we can draw on to supplement our own skills and experience.

Where law works

Nicholas O’Donohue & Co. building for the future

Nicholas O’Donohue & Co. started business in 1925 and is now, and has always been, run by the local partners who own the business. We are committed not just to helping business owners and operators solve your problems but also to making your businesses robust and sustainable. We understand what it means to build for the future, and we want to help you do that too.

Year 2001

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Year 2002

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Year 2003

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Year 2004

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Year 2005

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Year 2006

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Year 2007

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Year 2008

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Year 2009

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Year 2010

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OUR TEAM

We have breadth of experience and depth of expertise

Our team has the breadth of experience to resolve your legal concerns without having to send you from one specialist to another. This breadth is matched by depth with accredited specialists in all areas of major focus for the firm. We take great pride in providing continuity of service with a team that knows every aspect of your business.

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Our expertise

Our accredited specialists deliver strong commercial solutions that makes law work for you.

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What our clients are saying

When my husband died suddenly, we had to sell our business. Nicholas O’Donohue & Co. had helped us with commercial issues as well as doing our wills. I was out of my league and they really helped me with the estate administration as well as the business. I get a good sense of security using them, they go out of their way to reassure me that everything is being looked after.

We have done a bit of building, buying and selling and we have used Nicholas O’Donohue & Co. There are probably less expensive options out there regarding conveyancing but NODCO’s attention to detail is excellent and that is always reassuring and worth paying for.

Jenny Hede

I have always had a good relationship with Mark Schofield, I always feel if I need something done or it is urgent, if I need a legal person, the first call would be to Mark. I value that relationship.

I know I have someone I can speak to quickly, sometimes I need urgent advice, or a conversation and I know Mark will be there, I am confident he has always given me good advice.

Vincent Arthur, Managing Director, L. Arthur Transport

Nicholas O’Donohue helped me as executor of my mother’s estate. They told us what was involved, gave us an estimate of time and fees and they came in below that. They were very professional and efficient and we knew what was happening at every point. It was all well done.

Paul Nelson

Wills and estates are really important but rarely urgent. Nicholas O’Donohue were both tenacious but also thoughtful in looking after my family’s wills. They understood what I wanted, made sure all aspects of my personal situation were taken care of and gave me a document I could use. They were excellent.

With Nicholas O’Donohue & Co. it is almost like having your own in-house law practice, their knowledge is both broad and deep. Whenever you see lawyers it’s a stressful scenario. Whether it’s because you’re trying to win a bid, or because you’ve got T&Cs with a client, having breadth, depth and speed helps destress the situation and our partners at Nicholas O’Donohue & Co definitely help take the stress out of our legal matters.

John Hanna, Managing Director, SXiQ

Nicholas O’Donohue’s service desk agreement makes things really simple. Rather than having to go through the formal processes every time we want something, we have an overall agreement and we can dip in and dip out whenever we need advice.

The advice is great and delivered on time, we are very happy.

I really value Adrian’s personal counsel, he is very commercial. We had an opportunity we were going to turn down because of the risks, but Adrian said he would not turn it down, that there were ways in which we could work to reduce the risk, so we went ahead. The deal has huge potential for us, and we would not have gone ahead without Adrian’s advice.

Conrad Travers, Director, Tangelo Strategy & Advice Consulting

I am very comfortable with Adrian’s approach and thoroughness, but equally he is commercial. He does everything he needs to do to protect us but also understands the commercial outcome we want and that we may need to make some compromises to get what we want.

There is a commercial view of what needs protecting and what does not. I have trust he will give me the right advice.

All our contracts have worked the way we have wanted them to, we have never had to test them and that is a good thing. There has never been any trouble – I sign the contract, put them in the top drawer and never look at them again.

Peter Womersley, Director, Womersley’s Mitre 10

Property transactions are often treated like a commodity but at Nicholas O’Donohue, they understand it is more than that – it is a major life event. They understand that every transaction is slightly different, they were efficient and took care of all the details. They exceeded my expectations.

Stuart Kollmorgen

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