The people and businesses of Colac and the Otways have trusted Clarke & Barwood Lawyers since 1864

We provide comprehensive legal services, including:


Whether you are buying or selling property, conveyancing is a legal requirement. Clarke and Barwood can help with the settlement and title transfer process, for both residential and commercial property, without undue delays or costs.

Subdivisions and Leases

The registration of subdivisions including the preparation of easements and covenants requires specialist knowledge. The same goes for strata title subdivisions and off the plan sales and purchases.

Wills, Powers of Attorney and Deceased Estates

Estate Planning and Wills are essential to ensuring your wishes are carried out after you are gone. This process can include an Enduring Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, Administration of an estate, Estate litigation advice and the Review and Drafting of a will.

Companies and Trusts

Trust are legal entities, and therefore must conform to many administration and reporting guidelines. Legal help is available to manage investments, keep records, manage assets, prepare accounting, pay bills and distributions of income.

Family Law

Family breakdowns can be a difficult and stressful time. It’s also a time when good legal advice is essential. Clarke & Barwood Lawyers are available to give guidance and offer professional advice on Divorce/Separations and Property Settlements.

Traffic Matters

If you have been involved in a motor accident, or been charged with a driving offence, such as PCA, it pays to be well represented in court. These offences can include unlicensed driving, speeding, careless driving and dangerous driving

Criminal Law

Criminal Law can have serious consequences. What’s required is a legal team with good working knowledge of the issues and broad range of experience. Clarke and Barwood can act in all criminal matters, ranging from AVO’s and drink driving to shoplifting and fraud.

Debt Recovery & Defending Debt Claims

There is nothing more frustrating than not being paid what you are owed. Pursuing payments of debts owed by individuals or businesses can provide quick and cost effective remedy.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Costly legal action is often not be in the best interests of either party.  In fact, going to court should be the very last course of action, only after a process of litigation and dispute resolution has been exhausted.

Centrelink and Aged Care Matters

Dealing with Government departments is often time consuming and impersonal. Often conflict and hardship is experienced by the aged and the disabled. Solid legal advice and advocacy can make all the difference.

Body Corporate Management

For efficient, responsive and reputable management in the Colac Otway region, specialising in Residential and small Commercial Owners Corporations, contact Matthew Scott and Pam Hay for all your Body corporate needs.

    Our firm is well known for its friendly service and competitive fees. We provide comprehensive legal and taxation services. For secure mortgage investments and mortgage loans at competitive rates, see our associated business Clarke & Barwood Lawyers Colac Ltd.


    61-65 Gellibrand St
    Colac 3250


    Tel (03) 5231 5155
    Fax (03) 5231 5202



    Mon-Thu: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Friday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM