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.
Three of the partners opened an affiliated specialist superannuation and estate law firm called ‘Certus Law’.
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.
The firm opened its first interstate office in Melbourne, headed by Sarah Keenan.
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.
Certus Law merged with Farrar Gesini & Dunn to become Farrar Gesini Dunn, the firm’s current brand.
The firm opened premises in Sydney.
FGD expanded to include a Business Advisory and Accounting division further strengthening our family law and estates practices.
FGD relocated from the Double Bay premises to Bligh Street in the Sydney CBD.
FGD proudly celebrates Silver Anniversary making 25 years since Denis Farrar, Olivia Gesini and Jim Dunn formed the partnership together on 1 July 1995.