Adventure or the promise of untold wealth!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What drove Frederick Garling to sail to the colony of NSW with his wife and 5 children in 1814 will never be known however it is likely that both adventure and the promise of wealth made the 9 month voyage bearable. Even being attacked by American pirates of the coast of Madeira on the way to the colony didn’t dampen his adventurous spirit!

What is known is that Frederick Garling became a founding father of the legal industry of NSW and Australia.

Frederick Garling was born in London in 1775 and became a solicitor in the Court of Kings Bench until selected to go Sydney to help establish the legal framework for the new colony. He became the first solicitor in Australia in 1815.

He became Judge Advocate of the Colony in 1816 and held many important posts as well as building a successful private legal practice.

He was recommended for the post of Attorney General of Tasmania but narrowly missed out on the appointment instead becoming a founding member of both the Bank of NSW and the Australian Racing Club.

The Garling name has remained in the law for now close to 200 years.

Since then, the Garling family has had a long tradition in the law, more recently Anthony Garling was appointed a Judge of the District Court of NSW, Peter Garling was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court. 

Garling and Co (formerly Garling Lawyers) was founded by Matthew Garling in 2011. Matthew Garling is a direct descendant of Frederick Garling.

Matthews’s vision is to provide outstanding service to his client’s and improve on the inefficiencies and costs associated with current law firm practice.

Garling and Co specialise in Compensation law acting in claims involving Workplace compensation, Motor vehicle compensation and Negligence compensation claims.

The firm has been rebranded to reflect the Garling tradition in the law and to provide a solid foundation upon which to continue to grow the business.

Our new website is at Have a look at tell us what you think.

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