Principal - Jaak Oks

Jaak Oks Lawyers wouldn’t be the firm it is without the many people who make up the firm.

  

PRINCIPAL

Jaak Oks

Barrister & Solicitor

Notary & Commissioner

 Introduction

Profession Experience

Court Experience

Notary Public

Interests

 

Introduction

 

Qualifications:

 

 

 

Bachelor of Laws (University of Adelaide)

Admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia in March 1976

Admitted as a practitioner of the High Court of Australia in March 1976

Appointed Notary Public in 1979

Memberships: Law Society of South Australia

Other Languages Spoken:

Estonian

Contact Details:

 

 

 

t (61-8) 8361 8222

f (61-8) 8361 8200

m 0412 178 447

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The Principal of the firm Jaak Oks was admitted to the Bar in March 1976 and has been practicing as a Barrister and Solicitor continuously since that time. He started his own practice in 1976 and became the sole principal of Jaak Oks, Barrister and Solicitor. From 1990 to 1995 he merged his practice with Hume Taylor & Co. becoming an equity partner before resuming practice on his own account again and forming Jaak Oks Lawyersas Sole Principal in the form it exists today.

 

Jaak’s experience of over 35 years of practicing in the law and managing his own firm has led to experience in a broad range of areas including but not limited to:

  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Building and Construction Law
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Conveyancing - Residential and Commercial
  • Counsel work
  • Criminal Law
  • Debt Collection
  • Family Law
  • Guardianship Board representation and Appeals
  • Litigation of considerable variety
  • Migration Law
  • Native Title Law
  • Personal Injury Compensation claims including medical negligence, motor vehicle and public liability claims 
  • Powers of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Guardianships
  • Probate and Letters of Administration
  • Wills and Estate

Jaak also conducts his own trials and has conducted numerous civil and criminal trials. He has appeared in the following Courts, Tribunals and Boards with the majority of appearances being in the District Court and the Magistrates Court:

 

  • High Court of Australia
  • Family Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Federal Magistrates Court
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Supreme Court of South Australia
  • District Court of South Australia
  • Environment Resources and Development  Court of South Australia
  • Wardens (Mining) Court
  • Industrial Court
  • Licensing Court
  • Magistrates Court
  • Youth Court
  • Equal Opportunity Tribunal
  • Legal Practitioners Conduct Board
  • Guardianship Board
  • Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Commercial Tenancies Tribunal
  • Dental Board of South Australia
  • Pharmacy Board of South Australia

 

Jaak speaks fluent Estonian and is currently secretary for the Our Home Co-Operative Society Inc responsible for the management of the Estonian Hall in South Australia and has strong ties to the Estonian community. He is also a member of the Australian Labor Party and is treasurer for the Adelaide Sub-Branch.

 

Jaak’s clients over the years have been as diverse as his practice.  From the young to the elderly, male and female, the multinational to the sole trader, the wage earner to the pensioner or unemployed and those with mental or physical disabilities.

 

If you would like Jaak to assist you please do not hesitate to contact him.

 

If you would like to learn more about Jaak’s Professional Experience, Court Experience, Notary Public Service and Interests, please continue to read on.

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Professional Experience

 

1976 to 1983

Between 1976 and 1983 Jaak was the Sole Principal of Jaak Oks Barrister and Solicitor.

 

Jaak started up his own legal practice immediately upon his admission as a lawyer.  It was a general practice, including contested debt claims for the George Laurens Debt Collection Agency. Subsequently he became a director of the purchasing company in a management buy out.

 

This early experience developed Jaak’s dispute resolution skills, as he had to appear in Court with several matters listed for trial and therefore needed to settle most of them at the door of the Court.  Also in those days he had the opportunity to gain a vast amount of Court experience by representing clients on small claims.  He learned to prepare cases in a manner which was reasonably economical for the client.

 

1983 to 1984

In 1983, Jaak was a founding equity partner of the law firm Palios Oks and Meegan.

 

1984 to 1990

In 1984, Jaak re-established Jaak Oks Barrister and Solicitor and was its Sole Principal.

 

1990 to 1995:

Between 1990 and 1995, Jaak was an equity partner of Hume Taylor & Co Lawyers.

 

Jaak originally joined this firm as a result of his involvement in a very time consuming and long-running litigious matter in the Federal Court of Australia.  His client was the Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) and the matter involved a significant claim against his client’s union with respect to allegations of secondary boycotts involving the building of a major shopping complex (‘Myer Centre’) in the central shopping district of Adelaide.

 

Jaak took all his clients into the firm so that their needs could be properly attended to while he was occupied with that matter.

  

1995 to present

In 1995, Jaak left Hume Taylor & Co Lawyers formed Jaak Oks Lawyers as Sole Principal in the form that it exists today.

 

Jaak’s experience of over 35 years of practicing in the law and managing his own firm has led to experience in a broad range of areas including but not limited to:

  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Building Law
  • Business/ Commercial Law
  • Compensation/Personal Injury /Workers Compensation Law
  • Counsel work
  • Criminal Law
  • Debt Collection
  • Family Law
  • Guardianship Board representation and Appeals
  • Litigation of considerable variety
  • Migration Law
  • Native Title Law
  • Probate /Estate Law
  • Property Law

 

Jaak has also acted for associations with diverse interests.  In representing these clients Jaak dealt not only with their Boards but also their members.  Jaak has the skills that are required to work through a variety of differing opinions to achieve consensus and establish common goals.  These associations have included groups as diverse as the Sikh Society of South Australia, Builders Labourers Federation, Racing Drivers Association of South Australia, Federation of Australian Speedway, Sprint Car Association of South Australia, Our Home Co-operative Society, Carnival Glass Association and the Vietnamese Farmers Federation.

 

Jaak has also acted for people with mental disabilities for at least 20 years before the Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Guardianship Board. Jaak has done so as a community service and because he has an interest in assisting those with afflictions of the mind. He has also taken on legal aid funded criminal matters to assist the poorer members of the community.

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Court Experience

 

Jaak has enjoyed working in a general practice and has conducted numerous trials both civil and criminal. Jaak has made a conscious decision to practice this way rather than to specialise in one area of the law only.

 

Jaak’s practice has always been to provide a complete service to his clients by personally representing them in Court, unless there is a compelling reason to brief external Counsel.  He has therefore been fortunate to be able to conduct a wide variety of matters in a wide variety of jurisdictions.

 

In Jaak’s 35 years of general practice he has appeared before very many Judges and Magistrates. Although their personalities have all been different he has been fortunate to observe their strengths and on occasions their weaknesses and determine how best to assist his clients in Court.

 

Jaak has appeared in the following Courts, Tribunals and Boards with the majority of appearances being in the District Court and the Magistrates Court:

 

  • High Court of Australia
  • Family Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Federal Magistrates Court
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Supreme Court of South Australia
  • District Court of South Australia
  • Environment Resources and Development  Court of South Australia
  • Wardens (Mining) Court
  • Industrial Court
  • Licensing Court
  • Magistrates Court
  • Youth Court
  • Equal Opportunity Tribunal
  • Legal Practitioners Conduct Board
  • Guardianship Board
  • Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Commercial Tenancies Tribunal
  • Dental Board of South Australia
  • Pharmacy Board of South Australia

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Notary Public Services

As a notary public Jaak has attended to the certification of numerous international documentation and transactions.

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Interests

Jaak has been actively involved in the community over the years. In his youth he was a member of the ‘Air Training Corp’.  Jaak has also been a convener of the Law & Justice Policy Network.

 

He has been on the Board of the ‘Our Home Co-operative Society Inc’, been a manager of the Estonian Hall on and off for almost 30 years and is currently its Secretary.

 

For a number of years Jaak has have been actively involved in the ‘Australian Labor Party’ and currently holds the position of Treasurer of the Adelaide sub-branch.

 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.