DW Legal in the News

By Natalie Gauld
QLS Proctor

Dr Frank Dwyer could see the benefits of forging relationships with Japan back in the eighties and encouraged his son Frank to study Japanese and law. That encouragement paid off professionally and personally for Frank, who not only met his wife Kairo in Japan but forged a successful legal career. His 25-year career was recognised at the Queensland Law Society (QLS) Celebrate, Recognise, Socialise Event on the Gold Coast on Thursday night.

“I fell into my legal career I suppose. I was 16 when I finished grade 12, so too young to know what to do with my life,” Frank, who is DW Legal firm’s Principal and QLS accredited specialist in Business Law since 2012, recalled.

“I got the entrance score to do a variety of courses but my father encouraged me to do the then combined QUT law course and GU Arts degree focusing on Japanese language and international relations.

“Once I started at law school, I quite enjoyed the logic of it all, and I enjoyed the workload. By the time I finished uni, I was then attracted to a career in law and in particular, I wanted to work at a private law firm.

“My father wanted us to study Japanese at school because he could see that there was a lot of money flowing into Australia from Japan back then (late ’80s to early ’90s) so he saw an opportunity.

“My high school John Paul College had exchange relationships with Japanese schools. I was lucky to be chosen to go to Japan as part of that, in 1986. My parents gave me an ear for languages, so I picked up the Japanese language fairly readily. Then I studied Japanese at GU as part of the Arts degree. Then after I finished at QUT in 92, I won a scholarship to study Japanese law at a Japanese university. A wonderful opportunity.

“So I spent two years in Japan studying law in Japanese between ’93 and ’94. I learned a lot and formed many lifelong relationships, including my wife. Then in legal practice, I was hired at my first firm mainly because I spoke Japanese. I have continued to act for Japanese clients throughout my career, providing advice in Japanese.”

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