The Branch Office Building 45 Cameron Street, Launceston Tasmania

Phone: (03) 6332 9353


Dane Edwards
MEMBERSHIPSExecutor & Trustee Institute of Australia
Mutuals Institute of Australasia
WORK EXPERIENCEChairman of the Audit and Risk Committee 2007 - 2011
Vice Chairman of the Board 2010 - 2011
Wills & Estate administration

Dane has nearly 20 years experience in Conveyancing with extensive involvement in residential property sales and purchases. His experience also includes probate and estate administration matters.

Work History

Dane worked at Tasmanian Trustees (now known as Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees) from 1980 to 1993 in various roles such as Trust Officer and Assistant Branch Manager. During this period Dane had responsibility for preparing wills, estate planning, managing common fund investments, preparing reports for the Board and the administration of estates.

Dane joined the Public Trustee in 1995, working in similar roles to those at Tasmania Trustees, but also gained valuable experience in conveyancing and guardianship matters.

In 2001 Dane commenced at Archer Bushby as a law clerk working on residential property sales and purchases, wills, powers of attorney and estate administration matters.

Other Activities

Dane was elected to the Board of Heritage Isle Credit Union in 2005 - 2014

Previously, Dane held the following positions as a member of the Board:

  • Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee 2007 - 2011
  • Vice Chairman of the Board 2010 - 2011

Our History

Cormiston Legal was established in March 2012 by Sam Pratt.

The name comes from the farm where Sam’s wife Karen grew up - Cormiston, which was settled in 1824 on the banks of the Tamar River by Archibald Thomson (Karen’s great-great-great grandfather).

Archibald Thomson was part of the early wave of colonists who settled in Northern Tasmania, leaving Scotland in 1822 on the ship “Castle Forbes” to take up a land grant in Van Diemen’s Land. The land was developed and worked on by assigned convicts for many years, until transportation ceased in the 1850’s.

By the 1860’s, the property had expanded to almost 5,000 acres and had a newly-built two storey Victorian Italianate style home. The house was lived in by the family for several generations, but in later years it was left derelict and the farm subdivided up.

However in a new chapter, the c. 1860 Cormiston House was restored in 2006 and is now lived in again by a new generation of the family – Karen and Sam and their two children, who are the seventh generation of the family to have lived there.