Sad News about BCK

We have some sad news about our firm.

BCK Lawyers will be winding up its practice.

Our firm is the latest victim of the economic downturn.

Everyone knows how tough things have been since the GFC. Unfortunately for us, at around the same time, the ATO chose to make us a test case when it planned to attack the structures of many accounting and legal firms. Although the firm was largely successful with that litigation, the costs of the negotiations and Court litigation over a 5 year period, were crippling. Combined with the GFC it was a perfect storm. Despite the hard work of partners and staff we haven't been able to work our way out of that situation.

Obviously it is sad when a firm that has operated for over 80 years in Townsville closes. Our concern is for our staff and clients. The firm has always prided itself on fostering a happy, family type working organisation. We are contacting our clients, and will help them to get legal advice elsewhere. It has been devastating news for our staff who have been so loyal and supportive, many of whom have been part of BCK for decades. Our longest serving staff member has been with us for almost 40 years. To give them the news has been incredibly difficult.

The firm will work with the Queensland Law Society to ensure that clients will be looked after and kept informed.

Archived Files and Safe Custody Documents

Our archived files and safe custody documents are currently in transit to a secure storage facility. These files and documents will be accessible from August 2016.

If you would like access to your safe custody documents or archived files:

Requests for Archived Files: Please send an email request to

Requests for Safe Custody: Please send an email request to

If you would like another person to collect your safe custody documents or archived files on your behalf, you will need to complete and sign an Authority. Your nominated person (or firm) will need to bring the signed Authority along with them.

Authority regarding safe custody

Authority regarding archived files

Important: In your email request and Authority, please ensure that you include your full name, any previous names you have been known by (eg. maiden name, joint records held with previous partners) and any associated company or trust names which records may be held on your behalf. We are only able to search our system based on the names that you provide to us. Our system will no longer link records so it is imperative that you provide this information.

We will then be in touch with you to arrange a suitable time and place for collection of your archived files/safe custody documents.