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Clancy & Triado

Trader in the Spotlight: Clancy and Triado 610 Glenferrie Road Paul Staindl

Paul Staindl

Paul was born in Darwin, at the time that his father was working in the navy during the Korean war. A year after he was born, the family moved to a small farm in Maryknoll, west Gippsland where Paul and his eight siblings were raised.

Paul left home at 17 to live in Clayton and study Economics and Politics at Monash University. A short time after, he realised the area of study was not the right fit and instead decided to have a gap year backpacking in south-east Asia and fruit picking in Tasmania. Following this, Paul’s Aunt Patricia Clancy convinced him to study Law.

It was in 1977, while still in his five-year articled clerks course at RMIT, that Paul began working for his Aunt at Patricia Clancy & Associates. Three months after graduation, he had become a partner. At the time Patricia Clancy & Associates worked very closely with Ray Triado’s law firm and eventually in the 1980s the two firms merged to create Clancy & Triado.

Paul has lived in the Boroondara area as long as he has worked at the firm, moving around the area many times over the years. Most recently, Paul and his wife Juliet moved from their home in the Grace Park Estate to a smaller home just off Glenferrie Road. The couple also manage their vineyard in the Mornington Peninsula and Paul divides his time between working at the vineyard and at Clancy & Triado.

Paul has seen the law industry change immensely since the 1970s including the introduction of new laws around IVF, same sex marriage, and transgender rights. The firm deals with 90% family law and 10% estates, in both these areas you are often “seeing people at their most vulnerable” and you end up working as “lawyer, counsellor, and therapist”. To work in a firm like this you “can’t have personal values that don’t align”. At Clancy & Triado the whole team of staff strive for “satisfactory and successful” outcomes. They are specialised and have a “deep knowledge in family law”.

The current Clancy & Triado office is in a former church that was deconsecrated in the early 1970s and converted to a commercial property. This is where Ray Triado’s firm was originally located before the 1980s merger. In 2009, this original site went back on the market and the merged firm Clancy & Triado purchased the property and moved in.

Clancy & Triado office

Prior to 2009, the firm was located in Camberwell for 30 years. Although they thought they would really miss the Camberwell area, they have all “got to know the Glenferrie traders”. The staff frequent Jane & Co for their coffee and enjoy the local restaurants and clothing shops. Whereas Paul deems himself more of a “Bunnings man” often buying items for the vineyard. He notes that having The Leaf Store and two major supermarkets Woolworths and Coles nearby is fantastic. Paul and Juliet’s Staindl Wines are stocked in many restaurants and specialised liquor stores including Glenferrie’s own Small Patch.

Paul would like to see more fine dining since “we don’t have that in Glenferrie”. The implementation of the parklets last year made for nice dining and a vibrant atmosphere where there were always lots of people out and about. Paul hopes to see the parklets remain for the coming summer.

Paul really “appreciates the walk” to and from work because it allows him to clear his mind or think about what he has coming up in his day. Living so close to Glenferrie Road, it also gives him the chance to take in such a “lively buzzy place”.


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