by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B
Real Estate Lawyer
Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria
Director Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd
After experiencing first hand the legal knowledge and reasoning of Mr. Robert Guthrie, Acting Manager, Licensing for the New South Wales Office of Fair Trading, I have written a comedy script for the ABC’s 7.30 Report. The script is based on a letter penned by Mr. Guthrie concerning the operations of Lawyers Real Estate.
Lawyers Real Estate featured in a segment on Channel 7’s Today Tonight program on Friday 25 June, 2010, and there has been an overwhelming response from lawyers who are interested in establishing Lawyers Real Estate franchises in New South Wales.
A couple of enquirers have asked about the reaction of the NSW Office of Fair Trading to the Lawyers Real Estate concept, having seen how Consumer Affairs Victoria was forced into a humiliating back-down. (Click on the link above to view the full Today Tonight segment).
Unfortunately, like his Victorian counterpart, Mr. Guthrie appears not to have sought legal advice, and has clearly failed to properly inform himself as to the application of the laws of New South Wales to the Lawyers Real Estate concept. In a letter to the Director, Industry Training Consultants (a Sydney real estate agent training business), Mr. Guthrie demonstrated the way ignorance, combined with pride, can lead to absurdity. (To read a copy of the NSW OFT letter CLICK HERE)
The following script is how I would expect an interview with Mr. Guthrie would unfold…