Our Story

Established in 2009, Griffin Legal partners with business, government, national bodies, community organisations and sport.

Created deliberately to provide an alternative to the traditional, inflexible law firms. Griffin Legal prides itself on providing accessible services to our local and national clients of all sizes, as well as a supportive environment for our team to grow successfully.

Our values reflect what we are, where we have come from, and what we are striving to achieve: Excellence, Commitment, Integrity and Respect.

Griffin Legal is proud of our journey and successes which have been recognized with the following awards:

  • Winner – Australasian Law 2018 Firm Leader of the Year (<200 employees) – Claire Carton
  • Finalist – Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year 2017 – Claire Carton
  • Finalist – Australasian Law 2017 Firm Leader of the Year (<200 employees) – Claire Carton
  • Finalist – Australasian Law 2017 Firm of the Year (<200 employees)
  • Finalist – Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 2017 – Carina Zeccola
  • Winner – ACTSmart Business Sustainability Award 2017 – Corporate
  • Winner – Canberra Women in Business 2012 Young Business Woman of the Year – Claire Carton
  • Certificate of Commendation – ACT Building & Construction Industry Training Authority 2016 Australian Property Institute Awards Young Achiever of the Year – Carina Zeccola
  • Certificate of Appreciation – 2015 Commonwealth Bank Treasurer’s Awards – Carina Zeccola

Our Thinking

We understand the challenges and intricacies of successful business. We focus on client relationships, understanding your needs and adding value.

Our handpicked team have varied skills, professional interests, experience and community involvements. This makes them perfect to offer a diverse range of commercial law services tailored to your requirements.

We can act as your lawyers on demand, scaling up to down to suit the demands – always ready to deal with urgent matters. Additionally, once we get to know your business we can proactively update you with legislative changes and governance issues you need to be aware of.


Griffin Legal has a strong culture of social and corporate responsibility in which all staff members are encouraged to be actively involved in the community and consider their impact on the environment. We recognise the support that we receive from our local community, and have developed a unique working culture where all staff members, at all levels, are able to give back.

We sponsor a number of community organisations and initiatives including:

• YWCA of Canberra

• Vikings Rugby

• Vikings Women’s Rugby

• BelNorth Soccer Club

• Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association Inc

• University of Canberra Law Awards

• GWS Giants – through the exclusive C7 group of businesses providing funding to retain players.

Additionally, we assist individuals and charities by providing pro-bono legal assistance in certain cases – for example estate planning services to patients referred through the Cancer Council.

Further, we actively participate in our local community through our memberships of:

• Canberra Women in Business
• Australian Institute of Company Directors
• ACT Law Society
• NSW Law Society
• AFL GWS Territorians
• Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA)
• ACTSmart Business – accredited recycler 2016
• Law Council of Australia – Diversity and Equality Charter


Griffin Legal was one of the first firms in Canberra to go (nearly) paperless, commencing in 2011. Being a (nearly) paperless firm means reducing our carbon footprint, resources for printing and maintaining digital filing systems. This environmental decision allowed us to achieve better practice efficiency and effective file management.

In 2013 Griffin Legal was registered as an accredited member of the ACT Government ACTSmart Business Recycling Program.

Workplace Health

Griffin Legal has committed to the ACT Government’s Healthier Work Program. We promote a healthy work life balance by healthy eating, physical activity and emotional wellbeing.

Our Team

Our Pricing

Most clients engage us on the basis of our hourly rates. Our hourly rates are competitive, and mean you only pay for the time spent on your matter.

Fixed Fees

Alternatively, a fixed fee model can be implemented for legal services where the scope of a matter is clearly defined. We appreciate that unanticipated services occasionally arise during the course of a matter, in these instances we issue Change Orders, incorporating a fixed fee.

Retainer Agreements
Need law services on an ongoing basis? Join our list of clients on a retainer arrangement. Clients pay a set amount each month for a certain number of hours. We are flexible and can design a package that suits you.

Charities and Community Organisations

Griffin Legal offers special rates for charities and community organisations. We recognise the benefit these organisations provide to the community, and this is one way we can help.


We understand what those early years are like because, like you, not so long ago we were a start-up. Cash flow is often an issue in the early stages of business, so we offer discounted rates in certain cases.


For more information please contact us at (02) 6198 3100.