Engadine's Colin Turnell has the distinction of being the first Conveyancer licensed in the Sutherland Shire and now after 30 years of service has been awarded Life Membership of the NSW Council of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers.
Conveyancing is the legal work involved in transferring of ownership of real estate and like the television advertisement says if that's all you do- you get good at it.
Colin's Life Membership is in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the development of the conveyancing profession in NSW since the Conveyancers Licensing Act was first passed in 1992 which acknowledged an important role for non-lawyers.
Colin said his success providing quality service to clients is due to having excellent staff and good customers and he is not retiring yet.
"Half of our business is repeat business which I really appreciate-people trust us.
" The recognition is brilliant for the business and shows the teams passion for the profession " Colin said at a luncheon celebration at Kareela's Jensen's Restaurant.
Since establishing Endeavour Conveyancing in 1990, Colin has built the business up to a point where his four member team now share the work and the success and the Endeavour name is one of Engadine's most established businesses.
His four member female licensed conveyancers team of Julie West and Jennine Freer are supported by Kerri-Anne Williams and Aristea Gianissis and Colin lightheartedly says "Give me a reason to go to work each day and another reason to go home"
Colin has also contributed to the governance of the profession in NSW serving eight years as a Councillor on the NSW Council and two years as President of the National Council during which licensed conveyancers were introduced into Tasmania.
His retirement plan advice to his colleagues is to spend quality time working on your business so that you can build an acceptable work/life balance while supporting the investment you have made in the business over your career.
Colin is also a life member of the Canterbury -Bankstown District Rugby League Refereee's Association and in the mid to late 70's was a first grade NRL umpire so he has always been a fair player and knows how to interpret the rules.