Neville Par­sons is a Senior Lawyer at Dono­van Oates Han­naford, who brings exten­sive expe­ri­ence in cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, risk man­age­ment, APRA Pru­den­tial Stan­dards & Reg­u­la­tions and strate­gic plan­ning, plus busi­ness man­age­ment and com­pli­ance expe­ri­ence to the prac­tice.


  1. Briefly tell us about your career back­ground and what piqued your inter­est to begin a pro­fes­sion in the legal indus­try?

After com­plet­ing an Economics/Law Degree at Syd­ney Uni­ver­si­ty I start­ed work as a Lawyer in Wau­chope. I took a 36-year “sab­bat­i­cal” in cred­it unions which includ­ed 31 years as CEO of Hol­i­day Coast Cred­it Union. I lat­er returned to the law in Sep­tem­ber 2019 after I retired as CEO of Hol­i­day Coast Cred­it Union.


  1. What do you love about liv­ing in the Port Mac­quar­ie area? Any favourite spots you can rec­om­mend? (i.e. favourite beach, cof­fee shop, thing to do) 

Hav­ing been born and bred in Wau­chope and only away from the area to attend uni­ver­si­ty, I love every­thing about this Hast­ings region and all that it deliv­ers for where I live, work and play. Indeed, any­where with­in this Greater Port Mac­quar­ie region is good but it is the fab­ric of the Wau­chope com­mu­ni­ty that is best. I admit I am biased in this regard.


  1. What is a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion about the legal indus­try? 

That legal advice is expen­sive. It is about val­ue, not about price. You judge the val­ue of the legal advice in terms of the fol­low­ing equa­tion: Val­ue = ben­e­fits — costs.

Like all busi­ness, it is impor­tant to build and expe­ri­ence a great rela­tion­ship with your lawyer and like­wise the lawyer with the client.


  1. If there is one piece of legal advice you could give some­one, what would it be? 

Ensure that you have a cur­rent Will and Life Doc­u­ments to pro­tect you and your ben­e­fi­cia­ries in the event of any acci­dent or death.


  1. What is a quote/saying/mantra you live by?  

Phi­los­o­phy for Life” by Gand­hi

Keep your Thoughts pos­i­tive
because your thoughts become your Words

Keep your Words pos­i­tive
because your words become your Actions

Keep your Actions pos­i­tive
because your actions become your Habits

Keep your Habits pos­i­tive
because your habits become your Val­ues

Keep your Val­ues pos­i­tive
because your val­ues become your Des­tiny


Find out more about Neville Par­sons via his staff pro­file here.

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