Robbins Watson Solicitors is a mid-sized, well respected, multi-discipline Gold Coast law firm with a heritage dating back to 1958. Its core approach blends its extensive and up-to-date knowledge of the law with advanced technology, delivering legal services that are "creative, intelligent and tenacious". Client centric, Robbins Watson provides clients a full suite of services. We provide expert family law, litigation, commercial law, conveyancing, franchising, business law, structuring - trusts, partnerships, companies and self-managed superannuation funds. Our Managing Partner Andrew Smyth has a special interest in Information Technology, with expertise in computer technology and related legal issues. And of course we are proud to have as a Partner – Christine Smyth, who is one of a handful of Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law, representing clients in all aspects of Inheritance Law matters - wills & estate planning, estate administration, estate and elder law litigation
On behalf of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of NSW (CCA) I wish to thank you for attending and presenting a paper at our Kingscliff conference.
As usual, the attendees thoroughly enjoyed your informative and relevant presentation. Your presentation provided pertinent information, generating much discussion and take home value and content.
We are very appreciative of you giving your time and sharing your expertise. We look forward to working with you on further educational sessions. My very best wishes on your busy year ahead as President of the Queensland Law Society….good luck!
Our sincere thanks.
Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSWMary Reid
Our house settled last week as you well know without a hitch. Just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for assisting with the whole process. Was very easy dealing with Robbins Watson. Will definately use Robbins Watson again and would highly recommend you to anyone. Thanks again.David D.R.
following up on advice given [...] earlier this year, we are pleased to report that all went as planned. Your advice afforded us confidence in dealing with what was a sensitive matter. [G] and I would like to thank you for your support and assistance.Mr. R
Thank you so much for all your help in ensuring we are good to go for settlement ..., it has been very easy dealing with you.. and we appreciate your help and guidance along the way.C.B.
just wanted to say a big thankyou!Mr H
You guys were fantastic and we will definetly be using you when we purchase our new place.
Many thanks to both you Christine and Tahlia for the work you have done in relation to my brothers will, I did not realize how much work and worry carrying out this duty would involve.Phil McDonald
It has been very much appreciated by Joan and myself for the capable and friendly manner in which you have attended to us over the past 14 months.
I wanted to thank you for everything that you did. You were great and very understanding.A.C.
I hope all goes well for you in the future.
I just want to say thank you so much for your help and support over the past few months. I admire you for the job you do - especially after witnessing the "goings on" at the court yesterday...J
Take care, and thanks again.
I just wanted to say a BIG thankyou to you for helping [my daughter] and I through that very stressful and emotional time,you were fantastic and have lifted a big weight off my shoulders.E & W
Now that it is finally over, [my daughter] and I can move on with our life and start fresh knowing that we have done all that we could.
So thankyou again...
Just a short note to thank you for the wonderful way that you handled Jim’s estate for me.It was a pleasure to have met you all.faye
I would like to thank you for the fine job you and your staff have provided in the handling of my late father´s estate and in assisting me in my job as executor of my father´s will.Louis Bastida Torres
I am glad to say that everything worked out well in this lengthy process, especially for mebeing on the other side of the world.
Once again my compliments for the good work performed by you and your staff.
My best wishes for you all.
Christine’s extensive knowledge in Succession Law has guided me through the aspects of being an Executor, from administration to making complex decisions in defending the Estate in the Supreme Court of NSW. In my dealings with Christine I was always kept abreast of what was happening and the Court time constraints that had to be met.Colin Smith
Christine was always professional and never backed away from the unusual and frequent challenges that were put before us. The service and compassion that Christine provided was over and above what I expected. I felt that I was never alone in the process and felt confident having Christine in my corner. I was impressed by her enthusiasm, passion for justice and her chosen profession.
Christine is an extremely proficient and sagacious Succession Law Accredited Specialist. Her knowledge and understanding of the intricacies underpinning succession law are immeasurable. Not only is Christine affable but Christine also generously gives her time to the community by educating and publishing articles on succession law.Louise Pennisi, Solicitor, QLS
It has been a privilege to have been supported through legal matters by Christine Smyth, and I wish to express my gratitude to her as she guided me through the duties required of me as Executor. Christine exhibited compassion and sincerity whilst dealing with my feelings of sadness and loss, and also the professionalism necessary to assist me to complete those duties.Mrs H.H.
I admire the expertise and attention to detail that she offered, and feel fortunate to have been associated with her. She is a very personable, confident and obviously dedicated Solicitor.
As an Executor of a deceased Estate, I am pleased to say Christine has handled the ongoing administration admirably. I have had robust debates with her on the administration, and we have always come to agreement on the appropriate way forward. She is skilled in all the matters needed in this Estate." "Christine has a forceful personality, with foresight and guidance as needed, while respecting the Executors’ independent roles. She is professional in her approach and a person of integrity, attending to our requirements efficiently. The occasional light-hearted comment helps in relationships and getting the job done.Mr R.G. B.
I was very close to Dad and his death was a great loss. The administration of his Estate was handled by Christine Smyth...who demonstrated a level of professionalism, kindness and understanding which was amazing. I was kept informed of what was happening throughout the entire process of finalising Dad’s Estate, and my queries were always dealt with promptly.Ms B.J.
Christine’s knowledge of Estate matters and her ability to explain legal issues was outstanding. I cannot really put into words my gratitude. Be assured that I will continue to recommend your practice to anyone in need of legal advice.
Hi Sharon,Bob Potter
I thank you and Christine for your assistance in this matter and would highly recommend your services.
Thank you for everything Andrew - your advice and support has been fantastic!G.D.
It is a privilege that I write this note of appreciation and thanks to Andrew Smyth (Partner) of Robbins Watson for the decade of commitment and professional support to the Australian Red Cross through our Wills and Bequest activities on the Gold CoastIan Williamson
At Red Cross we use the words "The Power of Humanity" as a key part of our logo and I can attest that Andrew also demonstrates humanitarian qualities as he conducts his work in the community and towards his clients
Many of the clients who have used his services through our Red Cross Wills program have taken the time to let us know that Andrew has demonstrated exceptional caring qualities towards them in the important task of their Wills preparation and his understanding of Succession Law is of great comfort to them.
Throughout the 10 years of support it has not only been Andrew who has worked tirelessly for Red Cross but he has been gracious in allowing many of his equally professional staff to assist us under his direction in this program and many hundreds of Gold Coast clients have enjoyed the caring and professional services of Robbins Watson.
To a very special person where nothing is impossible , we at Red Cross give our heartfelt thanks.
Christine Smyth is the best at what she does. Period. With her leading the charge in your inheritance and elder law matter you are guaranteed to obtain the most favourable outcome. Robbins Watson Solicitors is a fantastic law firm that not only provides exceptional legal advice but does so in the most cost effective, courteous, and transparent manner. With Robbins Watson not only do you get a team of exceptional lawyers but a family that will defend your rights to the fullest.Raj Srikanthan
Thank you so very much for coming, the students were so grateful for the more and the feedback was very positive.....they couldn't get enough and actually wanted it to go a bit longer!A.F
This is just a small thank you for all that you have done for me in making me feel I was doing the right thing.
Christine Smyth is a colleague who I initially got to know as a fellow member of the Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee. This body makes submission to the Queensland Government on succession law, and deals with the judges committee on estate administration. My point being that I associate with some very high achievers and recognise Christine as one of the highest performing solicitors I know. Others too acknowledge her knowledge and her attention to detail. This is why Christine is invited to deliver papers all over, at least the east coast of Australia to other lawyers. The nicest part about her is she is not one of the disconnected self-focused academics- she is quite the opposite. Her willingness to help others is as strong as her professionalism and her understanding of all areas of succession law.Colin Fleming - Colin Fleming & Co Solicitors
Christine’s leadership, listening and advocacy skills are evident with her election as a member of what the lay person would call the Board of Directors of the Queensland Law Society.
I unreservedly recommend Christine to clients seeking an expert whose excellence in her service to her clients is only surpassed by her dedication to them.
This note is to thank you for conducting the recent seminar for our sales and operational staff entitled 'Rights & Responsibilities, Disputes - How are they Resolved?' Christine, clearly your extensive knowledge of Succession Law was an advantage, but what mattered was your ability to simplify it for the 'layman' and to present it in a fun and intereactive way. Again, thank you.George Passas, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park
I have had the privilege of knowing, trusting and respecting Christine Smyth for in excess of 20 years and unreservedly recommend her specialist skills to any client seeking advice about inheritance law.Mr Rob Stevenson, Principal, Australian Workplace Lawyers
I have been impressed by her attention to details of matter concerning the Will, and to the fact I have been informed of the progress of procedures taking place. Christine and her staff have been a tremendous help during this difficult time.Mr D J
Christine has been active with the Cemetaries and Crematorium Association for a number of years, presenting to our members at a number of general meetings and conferences, providing the latest information and case studies on the current issues facing our industry.Michael McMahon, President of the Cemetaries and Crematorium Association of NSW
Christine is a power house of information, an expert on Succession Law and Estate administration. These particular skills in the areas of inheritance law has provided our members with the most knowledge in handling difficult questions on ownership, transfers and custodial issues facing families with the rights to burials. Christine has been invaluabel to us in our roles in managing complex family issues resulting from burials and ownership. - Michael McMahon, President of the Cemetaries and Crematorium Association of NSW
The Queensland Cemetaries and Crematoria Association has a long standing relationship with Christine. Christine speaks about industry specifics in plain english while also providing professional and specific details. Her legal knowledge regarding the industry is immense, however her general knowledge of the cemetary industry itself shows a dedication and passion not seen by many others. Her presentations are succinct and detailed while providing answers in easy to understand terms. She is always willing to answer any questions put to her and if she is unable to answer it her replies are prompt and detailed. When we are selecting conference speakers, Christine is always high on our list of preferred candidates. - Rob Luscombe, Cemetary Services Manager, Sunshine Coast Regional Council & President, Qld Cemetaries and Crematoria AssociationRob Luscombe, Cemetary Services Manager, Sunshine Coast Regional Council & President, Qld Cemetaries and Crematoria Association
Estate Litigation:Karen Nichols
Thank you to Christine and her team over the past year. It was going to be a tough case, but I knew to trust in Christine's professionalism and good judgement and consequently the final result was more than I could have anticipated. I was also happy to be continually updated on proceedings and not left in the dark. I wouldn't hesitate to recomend her services to anyone needing staunch support in difficult circumstances.
Christine is a brilliant operator, a lawyer with a unique and fresh approach to complex problem solving and I found her extremely knowledgeable and talented. I referred clients to her, and their feedback was very positive and encouraged me to confidently refer more clients to her firm. More importantly, her values, passion and compassion for humanity makes her a true stand-out. I have no hesitation in recommending her services to anyone seeking a first class serviceWilliam Johns - Industry expert in Disability, Chronic Illness & Injury; Wealth Preservation, Social Entrepreneur; Managing Director HFI
I have had the pleasure of working with Christine on a number of our mutual clients. Her extensive knowledge and the results that she has achieved for my clients, coupled with the absolute passion that she has for her field have made Christine my "go to" for my clients legal issues. Christine is the rare professional who is able to communicate effectively at all levels whilst maintaining a personal approach. And the feedback from my clients has been unfailingly positive which is the ultimate litmus test!Renee Gamble - Director at BISCosgrove
I have the great pleasure of working with Christine for a number of years now in a range of ways which includes our mutual commitment to the support of and contribution to the profession generally, succession lawyers in particular, and women lawyers to be more specific again. Christine is a joy to work with: motivated; thoughtful; whip-smart; always sensitive; always supportive, but a great realistic as well. She has an acutely insightful intellect and is a driven, interesting and effective lawyer and person. I have enjoyed the benefit of her support and championship, and am fortunate that our professional relationship has assumed elements of friendship in that context.Jeneve Frizzo - Special Counsel at O'Connor Law
Hi ladies,Ms B M
I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the work you have done for me and my family over the past 2 years. It has most certainly been a journey I would never have seen myself taking but in a way it has been cathartic. Everything happens for a reason and I can find so many reasons in the lessons I have learned along the way.
I have attached a picture of my twin boys and of my big boy. These people are who I kept going for. The change I can make to their lives now is beyond what I could have without your help.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.&
Hello Christine, Sarah and Matt [counsel], Thank you all for your efforts, not only from a legal perspective but more importantly thankyou all for being such decent people.Mr & Mrs C
Best wishes to you all
In September 2012 my Mother died leaving her Will with no executor. Robbins Watson were recommended to me by another Solicitor here in Melbourne, because they were trustworthy and would make sure I was well taken care of. That was true from the day I met Christine and her staff. Everyone was professional, respectful and honest with me. I always felt like they supported my decisions and guided me in the cheapest, most responsible path I should legally take. In November 2012 my Father died and miraculously I had two siblings ready to come forward after many years of absense to claim their fair share of both my Mothers Estate and then my Fathers. With continued concern and support Christine and Sarah worked tirelessly to make sure my rights and responsibilities were met, both legally and emotionally. On many occasions throughout the two years Christine or Sarah called me just to listen. I have absolutely every faith in recommending Robins Watson and their staff for ALL legal matters. I can't thank Chriistine, Sarah and Tahlia enough for all of the support and guidance they gave me when I needed it most.Bronwyn Manning
Joelene, you did a great job and really understood the whole mediation process well. That really assisted Mr B to get the matter settled in difficult circumstances.Mediator
Marcus,Susan Martland, Secretary, Emmanuel College
On behalf of the Emmanuel College Swimming Club Committee, I wanted to thank you and Robbins Watson Solicitors for your generous sponsorship support of the Emmanuel College Swimming Club Winter Short Course Meet 2015 held on Saturday 11th July. The meet was a tremendous success with 429 individual swimmers and more than 500 spectators attending on the day. Your support of our growing swimming club is much appreciated and the Committee looks forward to keeping in touch regarding future sponsorship opportunities that benefit Robbins Watson Solicitors.
Many thanks to Christine and Sarah for your assistance with my recent estate dispute.
You were creative, professional, empathetic, and followed through promptly with everything that needed to be done, while being sensitive to my needs. I can highly recommend your skills and knowledge to anyone in the same situation.
Best wishes to all your staff at Robins Watson
Christine Smyth is a can do solicitor. Her uncanny ability to look inside and outside of the box is extraordinary.
I engaged Robbins Watson approximately 18 months ago to assist with several of my complicated matters. Christine has taken on Goliath and won in a manner which showcases her strengths in problem solving, strategizing and empowering her clients to achieve the best outcome possible.
You want Christine on your side, a very fine insightful, intelligent, articulated and highly skilled solicitor who communicates brilliantly with her clients, staff and barristers.
Thank you for listening to me and believing in me and taking on my cases when several other Gold Coast firms didn’t want to help.
I have no hesitation in recommending Christine Smyth and her firm Robbins Watson.S.L
Sarah Taylor is a dynamic and energetic solicitor who responds especially well when as a client you’re explaining many detailed situations and personal events that require legal assistance. Sarah is a great listener.
Sarah has been my hands on solicitor at the very skilled firm of Robbins Watson in Burleigh Waters Qld. Sarah has handled several of my complicated cases with empathy, understanding, diligence and attention to detail that really is a must when finding not just a good solicitor but a great one.
I know Sarah will go far in her career and I’m so glad that I found her and Robbins Watson. Sarah has helped me greatly and won my extremely difficult David v Goliath hearings. Her attention to detail in affidavits and submissions is exceptional.
Thank you Sarah for all your tireless work and dedication, you give me hope.S.L