Our firm began with strong associations with both the Griffith and Leeton communities. The founding partners, Rupert Cater and Paul Blumer, maintained offices in both Leeton and Griffith.
Paul continued to practice and ran the firm until he died in 1970. It was a remarkable coincidence that Paul’s son Garry was born on the 1st July, 1923, the day the firm commenced practice and he never thought of doing anything else but law.
The advent of World War II saw Garry join the R.A.A.F. as a Fighter Pilot with him serving in the Middle East and Italy with Distinction. He was shot down four times, once behind enemy lines, whereby he was initially hidden by Italian partisans from the Germans and he then led a group of Italians over the mountains to safe territory. On 10th March 1945, he was shot down, suffering horrific injuries resulting in him returning to Australia on a hospital ship. After numerous operations and recuperation at the Sydney Repatriation Hospital, he enrolled at Sydney University. After graduating and completing his articles and having further operations he returned to Griffith to join the firm on 19th March 1952.
He developed his own style of practicing law, “leave it to me and it will be done” with honesty and integrity, until he retired on 1st May 2006. He has been instrumental in developing the excellent reputation the firm has achieved.
The firm’s current principal is Ian Geddes who joined the firm in 1981 becoming a partner in 1984. Ian comes from a rural background and maintains involvement in the third generation family farm at Binya. His easy going and relaxed manner masks a conscientious and competitive person that is reflected throughout his work and sporting achievements.
While the firm was centred in Griffith for many years, we were pleased to re-establish a permanent office in Leeton in 1996. In 2000, our Leeton office merged with the well-respected Leeton firm, Maguire & Martin.
Cater & Blumer continues to provides a wide range of legal and non-legal rural counselling services to the local region, with full time offices in Griffith and Leeton, and branch offices in Coleambally and Hillston. Cater & Blumer have rural clients from Jerilderie, Hay, Ivanhoe, Cobar, Lake Cargelligo, Narrandera, and many other areas throughout the Riverina. We provide legal services for individuals and families as well as farming enterprises, small and large businesses and corporations. We pride ourselves on offering a personalised service to our clients. Within our firm we have the breadth and wealth of experience to assist our clients with all their legal needs.
Although we have a long and proud tradition providing quality legal services within our region, we see ourselves as a progressive firm. The law, and our clients’ needs, are in a constant state of change. We embrace these changes and continually strive to improve the quality of service and advice we provide to our clients.