Bribie Island legal firm Files Stibbe Lawyers have been awarded numerous Professional Service awards since its opening in 1996.
"We are always honoured to be nominated by our clients" said partner Dean Stibbe. "It is testament to the hard work that Kylie, myself and our staff have put into our business over the past 16 years of operation, and the service that we have provided to our clients during this time".
The firm has an amazing list of achievements since its establishment in 1996, including 6 Professional Service Awards in the Quest Newspapers Business Achiever Awards, and 5 Excellence in Business Awards. Files Stibbe Lawyers have also been inducted into the Silver Hall of Fame, an honour awarded only to those businesses who have won 5 or more awards. Files Stibbe are the first business in the Caboolture Shire to attain this goal.
The firm has long been recognised for its achievements in the local and wider community, having also won or been finalists in a number of awards including Queensland Young CPA of the Year, Telstra Young Businesswoman of the Year and the Excellence in Business Awards.
Celebrating Sixteen Years
Files Stibbe Lawyers are this year celebrating sixteen years in business on Bribie island.
On 2 January 1996 Kylie Files (now Stibbe) and Dean Stibbe opened Files Stibbe & Associates Solicitors, having previously worked for Andrew Rae and Associates and purchasing that practice from him.
Originally operating from Benabrow Avenue, the practice rapidly outgrew its premises and in 2001 moved to their current location in Toorbul Street, opposite Brennan Park. "Well, the view from our front window has certainly improved" remarked Dean, "but I sit with my back to it otherwise nothing would get done!".
Originally Kylie and Dean were the sole solicitors in the practice, and in fact were two of the youngest solicitors ever admitted to private practice in Queensland. They employed 4 support staff at that time. Now Files Stibbe employ 10 staff, including 3 solicitors, 2 paralegals and a number of support staff, making them one of the largest legal firms in the Caboolture Shire. All staff are employed from the local community.
Files Stibbe have constantly maintained a motto of "personal and professional service" since their inception. "We have always maintained our focus on customer service. Bribie Island is a very close community and we knew that to be successful our business had to focus on our customers."
Kylie and Dean have always had close ties to the community and have donated considerable time, money and expertise to local groups and associations, including the Lions Clubs of Bribie Island and Pumicestone, Rotary, ESA International (Queensland Branches), RSL Womens Auxiliary, Vietnam Veterans, War Widows Guild, Queensland Special Olympics, Bribie Island and Banksia Beach State Schools, Bribie Island Kindergarten, St Michaels College, Bribie Island Cricket, Tennis, Rugby League, Soccer and AFL and numerous other charitable, sporting and not for profit bodies.
Dean has also been a member of the Bribie Island RSL Club committee for 16 years and both he and Kylie have served on the executive committee of the Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce. "We have lived on Bribie for many years and it is home to us and our family. We live in and rely on the local community and it is nice to be able to put something back. We love it here and couldn't imagine living anywhere else" says Kylie.
Dean and Kylie married in 2001 and their family has grown to include two daughters, Madison and Caitlyn.
Files Stibbe have made good use of Dean's additional qualifications as a Certified Practising Accountant, providing business and financial advice to clients for many years. The firm was one of the first multi-disciplinary practices in the state, providing a "one stop shop" for clients.