Behind Bowd


Looking back to look forward.

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“I can remember my father coming home each night from work, his wool sport coat scratchy under my cheek. William Bowd was a CPA and had a sole practice in the Canberra business district. He was home in time for dinner every night.

My father was half Scot and his best friend Ray had many timeworn jokes at Dad’s expense. Like the time Bill got his wallet out to buy a round of drinks and moths came fluttering out. Or the time Ray was pulled over for a breath test but when he explained that he’d come from Billy Bowd’s house the copper waved him on, knowing he’d never get served enough booze to get drunk there.

Bill may have been frugal, but my family was comfortable in a way that no sole practitioner lawyer or accountant could provide these days, especially one who is home every night by 5.30pm and never works weekends.

Although this was the 70’s and 80’s, when times were (mostly) good, I believe that hardworking, talented professionals today can reclaim the work-life balance from only a generation ago.”


Fionn is our primary client contact and immerses herself in our clients’ businesses. She nurtures deep and long term understanding about our clients’ goals for their teams and works with them to bring those goals to life.

In her role as CEO, Fionn is also responsible for corporate strategy, marketing and public relations.

Most memorable piece of performance feedback: Fionn was told that she created an additional management burden for her boss, but that she was worth it. She’s never been entirely sure if he meant the second bit.


Returning passion to practice.


Creating a place where lawyers are empowered.

As a big projects lawyer, Fionn knows what it’s like to work hard. She also knows what it’s like to look for partnerships and measure her chances of success with a critical eye.

She knows what it’s like to move cities to take the job of her dreams, but also to take a job solely for its flexibility.

She’s lived through boom and through bust.

She knows how to make things better for all the lawyers just like her.

Fionn believes that with a bit of imagination, courage, and creativity, we can redesign the way we organise ourselves as lawyers. She believes that we can all find ways to do the work we love and still be home in time for dinner, at least more often than we are now.