People

Rhys Bower

My path to starting a boutique law firm in regional Australia has been long, windy and unorthodox. When I was younger I was always going to be an engineer, but studied finance and business instead because it was a shorter course. A career advising state treasurers and the Federal Finance Minister about spending money followed. During that time I discovered that that law has a similar appeal as engineering.  It’s technical, it’s about building things, risk, analysis and creativity. So I went back to school to start a second career.

My legal career has been varied: I represented the federal and state governments while working as a lawyer for top tier firm Clayton Utz; lectured in law at the Australian National University; ran a youth focused community legal centre; was an editor of the Federal Law Review and have been published myself in a legal academic journal. I then moved to Regional Australia where I have been practising as a solicitor since 2012.

I am driven by a simple fact: I can’t accept the status quo. There is always a way to make it or do it better. And I’m not alone. Wagga Wagga (and regional Australia generally) is a hotbed of interesting individuals, businesses and organisations doing it better, making it better and causing a ruckus, at a level that rivals the big cities.

Contact Rhys on 0423 063 998 or [email protected]

Nick Wood

My career in the law started with my thirst for knowledge.  After leaving school I became determined to find a career in which I was continually learning new things.  Being a solicitor afforded me that and more. It gives me the chance to constantly learn new things, to challenge myself and to help others.

In 2007, I was fortunate to receive a clerkship with a local law firm. I studied law through the Legal Professional Admission Board while working full time at offices in Wagga Wagga, Coolamon and Junee. In August 2013, I was admitted as a lawyer. In February 2017, with my colleague and friend, Rhys Bower, I made the decision to establish a new firm, Bower Wood Lawyers.

My practice focuses on estate planning, estate administration, rural and commercial property transactions and business transactions and advice.  I pride myself on being able to find solutions for clients and helping them understand how and why the solution works.

My fundamental goal is to have strong relationships with my clients. I want to know who they are, what drives them, what stresses them and what they want to achieve.  My job is to help them succeed.  I do this, not just by solving their immediate problem, but by helping them see and understand other risks and opportunities around them.

Contact Nick on 0412 774 682 or [email protected]

Sam Miles

I was born in Wagga Wagga and spent my formative years between Coolamon, Tumbarumba and Howlong on the NSW/Vic Border. I started my legal career with a local firm in 2010 and graduated in 2015.I took a few years out living interstate and working in agriculture then in 2018 I returned to Wagga and legal practice.

Growing up in regional NSW, I enjoy working on issues that impact small business and agriculture. Ultimately though, I’m a people person. I enjoy really getting to know people, building relationships and sharing in their passions. Having the ability to solve a legal issue or assist with a transaction in the course of that relationship I see as an added bonus of being a country lawyer.

You can find me in Wagga Wagga or on Tuesdays at our Coolamon office.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time outdoors, whether that be relaxing by a campfire or being frustrated on a golf course.

Contact Sam on 0417 302 496 or [email protected]

Ellie Cook

I was born and raised on a farm just on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga. I attended a local high school before moving to the South Coast to study at the University of Wollongong. I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Communication and Media Studies.

I began my legal career when I returned home to Wagga in 2019 and joined the team at Bower Wood Lawyers. I am passionate about creating strong relationships with clients and being able to break down complex legal issues for them. The law should be accessible to everyone and being able to assist people with their challenges is rewarding.

When I’m not working, I enjoy socialising with friends, spending time outdoors and travelling to new places – You’ll find me any place that has great wine or coffee.

Contact Ellie on 0413 233 120 or [email protected]

Sam McFarlane

Hi, I’m Sam McFarlane. I’m the Business Manager here at Bower Wood Lawyers. You will most likely interact with me if you are paying us, or we are paying you. I have two beautiful daughters and I am married to the lovely Benny.

I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the gym and seeing all that our beautiful country has to offer.

Contact Sam on 02 6936 6940 or [email protected]

Caity Walker

My name is Caity and I am a 3rd year law student at Charles Sturt University. I started with Bower Wood Lawyers in 2021 on a part-time basis to accompany my studies. I am on track to graduate in June 2022.

I enjoy working in the firm, in particular the close-knit nature of the team and the focus on a personalised client experience.

In my spare time I like to spend time outdoors, ride my horse and poorly attempt to sing karaoke on a Thursday night with my friends.

Contact Caity on 02 6936 6940 or [email protected]

Ash Robertson

Hi, my name is Ashleigh Robertson and I have been working with Bower Wood Lawyers for the last 3 years.

I have a passion for customer service and making sure the team are happy, healthy and on time.

Outside of work, I’m either playing netball, catching up with family and friends or helping (or hindering!) my husband on the farm.

Contact Ash on 02 6936 6940 or [email protected]

Danielle Wait

I hold a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Marketing and Management and have experience in business management, marketing and human resources.  A couple of years ago I decided to make a career change to pursue my interest in law and commenced a Bachelor of Laws through University of New England.

My current role as a Paralegal has a strong focus on supporting the property part of our practice and I enjoy working with our clients to ensure that they have a stress-free experience.

Contact Danielle on 0421 953 291 or [email protected]