Ivan Baxter – Lawyer & Director
Ivan Baxter is the sole Director of O'Shea & Dyer Solicitors Pty Ltd. He is a true North Queenslander; born in Charters Towers, and schooled in Abergowrie. Ivan’s parents, Ivan and Toni Baxter are from Charters Towers and were school teachers in Foresthome, Miriwinni and mostly Abergowrie for many years. Ivan is the oldest of their four boys. Ivan completed a law degree at Queensland University in Brisbane in 1989 and has been at OSD ever since. He became a partner in the business in 1995 and bought the business in 2013. He’s been a lawyer for over 25 years and is a true ‘general practitioner’.
Ivan is a great guy who is much loved by clients, the team he leads at OSD, his family and friends. He enjoys leading a busy law practice which is friendly and people focused. He is a kind and intelligent man who makes people feel safe, valued and supported regardless of their circumstances. He has a knack for putting people at ease and simplifying things. Nothing is too hard or too much trouble and he always takes the time to explain things in a real and honest way. Ivan is a guy who knows who he is and what his purpose is: to help people in Townsville by providing quality and affordable legal services. Ivan wants every person who comes to OSD to experience excellent care, service and results.
Most people need a lawyer a few times in their life: at least for wills and conveyancing, sometimes for an injury claim or to administer an estate for a loved one, others need a lawyer to help with a lease or a business sale/purchase or with a dispute that has arisen. Sometime people need a lawyer to help with family law issues when a relationship breaks down or if they have a licence issue or a traffic or criminal charge. Most people who come to OSD have been referred by a previous or existing client. Ivan takes pride in the fact that most of our clients come to us over and over again for all the times they need a lawyer. OSD has been around since 1983 and we now help children of our older clients.
Ivan has substantial experience in looking after the various legal needs of people. He is highly competent in injury and compensation law claims, and is a very experienced family lawyer. He arranges wills, estate distributions, commercial leases, residential, rural and business property conveyances. He also manages general litigation matters, traffic and criminal matters. Ivan has a large capacity to look after many people. His experience and excellent team enables him to do this.
Ivan is married to Jo who helps to manage the business. They have two teenage kids, Alexandra and Harrison. Alex is at Uni in Brisbane but Harry keeps them busy outside of work hours. After guitar lessons, choir practices, soccer and futsal, there is usually a little time left for Ivan to run along the Ross River or mountain bike at Pallarenda. Ivan enjoys watching the Cowboys and catching up with family and friends. His love for coffee is a close second to his love for Burleigh Beach and the Sunshine Coast.
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