- Thursday, April 16, 2009
Carter Newell Lawyers returns a piece of Rock n Roll history to the Bee Gees 50 years on
Carter Newell Lawyers, TAGLaw's member firm in Brisbane Australia, has returned to Barry Gibb, oldest brother of the Bee Gees trio, the original promotional recording contract entered into by the Gibb brothers, Barry, Robin and Maurice 50 years ago on 16 March 1959.
Carter Newell’s Practice Development Manager, Jacki Wilson states the document was located during an audit of the firm’s safe custody documents as part of the firm’s quality assurance systems. Upon location of the document and consideration of the ownership title, the firm embarked on a project to return the document to the Gibb brothers.
Tracking down the original promoters, Bill Goode, William Gates and the executor of the estate of John Proctor was no easy task and ...
... the firm achieved agreement between the parties exactly 50 years to the day, on 16 March 2009 that the document be offered to Barry, Robin and Estate of Maurice Gibb.
Wilson then embarked on the project to contact Barry Gibb. Through contacting various media and music industry representatives, Wilson has now communicated directly with Barry Gibb and has advised him of the existence of the document. In a reply Mr Gibb wrote
“Thank you very much for your letter, I am extremely grateful for all your help and your company’s efforts in making arrangements for the original contract to be returned to the Gibb family…. “
The Gibb family are believed to be considering putting the document on display at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland Ohio.
A somewhat “star dazed” Wilson who still quite can’t believe she managed to contact Barry Gibb states “it was always the firm’s intention to return this document back to the Gibb family, the fact it has now actually happened is a wonderful achievement and a unique piece of rock n roll history for the firm.”
Carter Newell Lawyers is an award winning law firm and was named “Brisbane Law Firm of the Year” 2008 at the Mettle ALB Australasian Law Awards and the 2008 Queensland Law Society Employer of Choice.