This comes after Rossi Legal's principal Anthony (Tony) Rossi was appointed a Judge of the District Court.
Tony Rossi is a significant figure in the South Australian legal industry. He established Rossi Legal in 1989 and was president of the Law Society of South Australia in 2017. This year Tony was a member of the Executive of the Law Council of Australia.
With a combined 80 years of legal experience between the two firms, the acquisition will strengthen and enhance Andersons' Commercial Law, Wills and Estates, Personal Injury, Workplace Injury, Employment Law and Family Law practices.
Andersons' Managing Partner Garry Palasis is excited to be acquiring the expertise and skills of Rossi Legal's 12 staff.
"Our firms have very similar philosophies, and I feel that culturally we are a good fit for Tony's firm. His people and our people are very similar, we cover the same work areas and we have similar values" Garry said.
"This agreement will significantly grow our Adelaide presence and enhance our ability to provide clients with efficient and cost-effective legal services.”
Garry and Tony have a long-standing relationship. They have worked together on matters dating back to the eighties, and for a number of years both practices worked out of the same building.
"Over the years Garry and I have had a strong relationship. There have been informal discussions of a possible merger from time to time, however, this came to a head once I was appointed Judge to the District Court" said Tony.
Tony said the reason he chose to merge with Andersons Solicitors over other law firms was mainly due to the cultural fit.
"It is the firm that I best felt would look after the ongoing interests of the clients of the firm."
"The experience and the fact that, like Rossi Legal, Andersons is a long-established firm with its roots firmly set in South Australia was why I chose Andersons."
"Both firms have diverse practices and the lawyers in both firms are skilled in multiple areas – I think that’s important"
"Andersons is an excellent firm that will allow for our lawyers to thrive and continue to deliver high quality legal services to our clients."
The union of the two firms will see 70 staff working together across five offices covering all areas of South Australia, and will be effective from Monday 13 May 2019.