Meet the team from Johnston Withers Lawyers & Conveyancers

Johnston Withers Lawyers and Conveyancers have recently joined the Women in Business Regional Network under our new corporate membership option.

Corporate membership gives businesses the chance to pay a reduced per person fee to have up to five representatives able to function as members, attending events across the state.

Johnston Withers Lawyers and Conveyancers has been providing services to South Australians for over 70 years. 

The range of residential and rural conveyancing and property law services include farm succession planning, family farm transfer, family trusts, land division, asset protection, land transfers and water licenses. 

The business has offices in Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Clare, Port Augusta, Whyalla and Roxby Downs.

Their representatives in the network include:

  • Sophie Bungey & Fiona Woolfitt – Murray Bridge
  • Victoria Hughes and Tanya Williams – Clare
  • Kylie Gilbert – Port Augusta

Each was asked to provide information about themselves for our profile section:

Sophie Bungey – Murray Bridge

Sophie Bungey

Sophie has worked in community service, hospitality and the travel industry before pursuing conveyancing.

 “I’ve always enjoyed providing good service to clients – no matter the industry – and assisting them to make their dreams come true. To be the quiet achiever behind the scenes.

“I’ve always enjoyed a challenge and thrive on a challenge – so when personal circumstances lead me to take a break from the Travel Industry it didn’t take long before I was looking for the next challenge and the next direction.

“I chose Conveyancing because I believe it provides an opportunity to provide good service to clients and to help them achieve their dreams. It also provided me with an opportunity to do further study – which I also enjoy.”

Two things from my journey that I’ve learnt:

  • Believe in yourself and trust those around you
  • Take care of yourself and your family first

Why did I want to be part of the network? The experience of sharing experiences with other women in business is powerful and affirming.

Fiona Woolfitt – Murray Bridge

Fiona Woolfitt

I started out my career working for a law firm in Murray Bridge as a Legal Secretary. Then moved to Adelaide to work as a Para Legal.

Whilst working full time I undertook further study and completed my Conveyancing Course and then an interest in Valuation arose.

Upon completion of my Conveyancing studies and while continuing to work as a Para Legal and Conveyancer, I completed my valuation degree.

This then led to me working as a graduate valuer for the State Valuation Office in the Flinders Ranges, my favourite place to visit as a child.

I then returned to the Mallee to the family farm with my family. I love working in the regional areas, once a Country Girl always a Country Girl. There is something special about the scenery and being a part of a country community that gives you a feeling of pride.

Name two things you’ve learned from your journey:

  • It is important to have a supportive network of family and friends.
  • Make time for yourself and your loved ones.
  • Always believe in yourself and go for it.

Why join the network?  It’s a great opportunity to meet and network with other women working in regional areas.

Victoria Hughes – Clare

Victoria Hughes

Started out in administration for a small firm.

Took an interest to Conveyancing and when the opportunity came up for growth I took it head on & dived into balancing Study and full time work.

The more I learnt & grew through study the more passionate I became about continuing to grow and offer more to the firm I worked for. I quickly realised I desired a career, and standing still with no growth in the work place was not an option. I had to ramp up the study and continue to expand my knowledge to apply to my workplace.

Shortly after completion of study I was lucky enough to be offered an opportunity at a larger firm. This felt like the right step in my career life & personal life and there was no way I could turn it down. I’ve been thrown into a position I’ve been ready for, for a while and my career is now rapidly flourishing because of this.

Name two things you’ve learned from your journey:

  • Know your worth & know what your goals/ dreams are. Be in touch with yourself every now and then to make sure you’re implementing the steps to reach those dreams and that the people around you are cheering you on.
  • We all make mistakes, because we will never know everything. I’ve learned to not be shy or ashamed by this & to ask more questions, even if I repeat myself. One day I will remember and then I will have learnt something. But you can’t get to that stage without asking the question in the first place.

Why join the network?  I can’t say no to an opportunity to learn from other women and be inspired by them.

Tanya Williams – Clare

Tanya Williams
  • Over 10 years in the Real Estate industry
  • Nearly 5 years in Conveyancing
  • 15 years small business owner (farming)
  • Lived and worked in regional areas all my life

Name two things you’ve learned from your journey:

  • Be prepared for and accept challenges – they help growth.
  • The sun will still rise tomorrow – it will be okay!

Why join the network? Networking opportunities and potential growth into Mid North area.

Kylie Gilbert – Port Augusta

Kylie Gilbert

I have a Diploma in Property Management and practised for 8 years before managing the real estate office I worked with for a further 2 years.

I was a conveyancing clerk for 6 years with Whitelum & Associates Lawyers. Johnston Withers Lawyers purchased the firm and I was kept on. I continued as a clerk for 2 years before studying for my registration. I have been working in conveyancing for almost 14 years now.

My husband is a joint owner of a local real estate business in Port Augusta. I often find myself involved with his decision-making and strategic planning matters.

Name two things you’ve learned from your journey:

  • Most of our stress comes from managing the expectations of others.
  • Change is inevitable, best to embrace it.

Why join the network? Keen to meet and learn from other women working in regional areas across a broad set of industries.