Jill McSpedden and Christine Harvey join BAL Lawyers Estates and Estate Planning team

WRITTEN BY Diane Farncomb

In January 2020, Jill McSpedden and Christine Harvey moved to BAL Lawyers in Canberra City.  They join Keith Bradley AM and Ellen Bradley in BAL Lawyers Estates and Estate Planning Team, which boasts a wealth of experience and strives to deliver an exceptional quality of service to its clients.

Two unique careers

Jill McSpedden ran a private legal practice in Canberra for more than 30 years, which was known as Jill McSpedden and Associates.  Prior to starting her own practice, Jill worked in various contexts including at the Insurance Commission and the Trade Practices Commission, now known as the ACCC.  Jill McSpedden and Associates was established in 1983, first operating out of Jill’s home in Canberra’s inner south.  Jill built the practice from the ground up into a flourishing business with loyal clientele in its core areas of estates, estate planning, conveyancing and business law.  As the practice grew, Jill settled in commercial premises in Yarralumla.

Christine Harvey has had a diverse career in both private and government practice and as a special magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court.  She has held a wide range of executive and director level positions for peak industry bodies, professional associations and has been a director on boards of several companies in the not-for-profit sector.  Christine has held positions as Director of Professional Standards of the Law Society of the ACT, Executive Director of the Law Society of the ACT, Deputy Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Junior Vice President of Professions Australia and Chief Executive Officer of The Victorian Bar.

Joining forces as McSpeddenHarvey Lawyers in Canberra’s Yarralumla

McSpeddenHarvey was formed in 2008 when Christine Harvey and Jill McSpedden joined forces.  Over the following decade the firm continued to prosper as a well-established boutique legal services practice, recognised for its focus on estates and estate planning.

Jill and Christine joined BAL Lawyers in January 2020.  At BAL Lawyers, Jill, Christine and the team will work with you to put in place forward-thinking and flexible estate planning, tailored for families’ individual needs and circumstances.  BAL Lawyers has six legal teams with experience and expertise in estates and estate planning, commercial and business law including co-operatives and mutuals, real estate law, local government, planning and environment law, employment law, litigation and business succession.

How to contact Jill McSpedden or Christine Harvey at BAL Lawyers

Jill can be contacted on (02) 6274 0906 or by email at

Christine can be contacted by phone on (02) 6274 0982 or email at

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