Farrar Gesini Dunn (FGD) was one of the first law firms in Australia to practice exclusively in family law.

Farrar Gesini Dunn (FGD) has been in business for more than 20 years, practising in the areas of family law, wills and estates, commercial law, conveyancing and accounting with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

We know that what we do matters and will impact on people’s lives – our clients, their children, their families and friends, their work, and their community. We know that we are in the privileged position of helping our clients, many of whom come to us at the most difficult time in their lives. Our professionals listen to our client’s needs and help them find the process and outcome that suits their circumstances.

We are in business to help our clients with compassion and innovation. We are progressive and client focused and we tailor our services and our costs to our clients’ needs. We are passionate about alternative dispute resolution and pioneered Collaborative Law in Australia.

For more information about Farrar Gesini Dunn (FGD) please visit our website https://www.fgd.com.au/ or give us a call to arrange an appointment.

 

Office locations:

Canberra (02 6115 9000) – Level 1, 10 Rudd Street Canberra City. Email: fgd@fgd.com.au

Melbourne (03 8376 7000) – Level 5, 466 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne. Email: melbourne@fgd.com.au

Sydney (02 9045 2600) – Suite 5.01, 2 Bligh Street Sydney. Email: sydney@fgd.com.au

Our History

The firm commenced on 1 July 1995 when Denis Farrar, Olivia Gesini and Jim Dunn formed a partnership together with an associate lawyer, Ann Northcote, and five support staff. They established a premises in the Prudential Building, on the corner of London Circuit & University Avenue, Canberra City.  Due to growth, in April 1997 FGD moved to larger premises in the Colonial Mutual Building, 17-21 University Avenue, Canberra.

2007
Three of the partners opened an affiliated specialist superannuation and estate law firm called ‘Certus Law’.

2008
Consensus Family Lawyers was added as a secondary brand, emphasising alternative means of dispute resolution.  Consensus was absorbed back into the FGD brand in 2012.

2011
The firm opened its first interstate office in Melbourne, headed by Sarah Keenan.

2014
The Canberra office relocated to the current premises in Rudd Street and became one of the first legal firms in Australia to embrace a paperless activity based workspace.

2016
Certus Law merged with Farrar Gesini & Dunn to become Farrar Gesini Dunn, the firm’s current brand.

2017
The firm opened premises in Sydney.

2018
DPR Advisory and Accounting joins with Farrar Gesini Dunn, creating a new Business Advisory and Accounting division and further strengthening our family law and estates practices.

2019
FGD relocated from the Double Bay premises to Bligh Street in the Sydney CBD.

2020
FGD proudly celebrates Silver Anniversary making 25 years since Denis Farrar, Olivia Gesini and Jim Dunn formed the partnership together on 1 July 1995.

2020
McSpedden Harvey joins with Farrar Gesini Dunn. McSpedden Harvey becomes the second Farrar Gesini Dunn office in Canberra, located in the lakeside suburb of Yarralumla

Our Timeline

1995

The Beginning of Farrar Gesini Dunn

Denis Farrar, Olivia Gesini and Jim Dunn formed Farrar Gesini & Dunn.

2007

New Partners

In December 2007, three of the partners opened an affiliated specialist superannuation and estate law firm called ‘Certus Law’.

2011

Melbourne Office

In 2011, the firm opened its first interstate office in Melbourne, headed by Sarah Keenan.

2014

Canberra Relocated

In November 2014, the Canberra office relocated to the current premises in Rudd Street and became one of the first legal firms in Australia to embrace a paperless activity based workspace.

2016

Certus Law Merge

Certus Law merged with Farrar Gesini & Dunn to become Farrar Gesini Dunn, the firm’s current brand.

2018

DPR Advisory & Accounting

DPR Advisory and Accounting joins with Farrar Gesini Dunn, creating a new Business Advisory and Accounting division and further strengthening our family law and estates practices.

2019

Sydney Relocated

In November 2019, the Sydney office relocated from Double Day to Bligh St in Sydney CBD.

2020

Silver Anniversary

FGD proudly celebrates Silver Anniversary making 25 years since Denis Farrar, Olivia Gesini and Jim Dunn formed the partnership together on 1 July 1995.

2020

McSpedden Harvey

McSpedden Harvey joins with Farrar Gesini Dunn. McSpedden Harvey becomes the second Farrar Gesini Dunn office in Canberra, located in the lakeside suburb of Yarralumla. 

Awards & Accolades
Farrar Gesini Dunn has been acknowledged as specialists in both Family Law and Wills and Estate & Succession Planning by the prestigious Doyles Guide for the following accolades.