For lawyer Katie Diehl, what began as a working holiday, doing a little research work for longtime Kimberley lawyer Bob Apps, has evolved into a partnership and a permanent home in Kimberley.
The lawyers announced last week the creation of the new law firm Apps and Diehl.
Apps has been in practice since 1971 and says he is delighted to have Diehl, a native of New Zealand, join the practice.
“It allows me a little more time,” he said. “I will be able to concentrate more on Ministry of the Attorney General work and Katie will do everything else.”
Everything else will remain the same — the same office location in the Platzl (though refurbished), the same hours, the same legal services.
“I was an employee as lawyer and now I am going into partnership,” Diehl said. “The majority of the work is family law, civil litigation including estate litigation, some conveyances, preparation of wills, estate planning.
“I did a working holiday here, did some research work for Bob and it seemed to be a good fit. It spiraled from there.”
Apps was in a partnership in the 1980s but since 1989 has been in sole practice.
“I was looking to concentrate on a smaller area of the law, take a little more time off. The partnership allows that.”
For Diehl, the opportunity to work with someone of Apps’s experience is invaluable.
“I get the benefit of Bob’s experience and mentorship,” she said.
She also likes a small town practice.
“I bought a house, got a dog, now a business. I am well rooted here,” she said.
“And she says she is going to learn to ski,” Apps added.
the law offices of Apps and Diehl are located at 230 Spokane Street (above the Back Door). Phone 250-427-2235.