I am a family law trial barrister and mediator with the following particular interests and experience:
- Relocation matters – advising clients and assisting instructing solicitors with strategy, case planning and preparation for relocation trials, both domestic and international;
- Property matters involving third party claims; the intersection between family law and equity, and wills and estates;
- Matters with conflicting expert evidence;
- Matters where there are allegations of unacceptable risk and/or family violence where careful attention needs to be paid to case preparation, pleadings and the treatment of collateral evidence;
- Hague matters; and
- Circuit work.
In 2016, I became a nationally accredited mediator and also obtained a Master of Laws from Monash University, in which I undertook course work in the areas of family law, negotiation, mediation and dealing with high conflict people.
As a mediator I work hard to provide the parties with a supportive and efficient process focussed on outcomes which are just and equitable and enable them and their families to get out of the court system with dignity.
I signed the bar roll in May 2011 and read with Dan Sweeney.
After my admission to practice in 2004, I was a solicitor in private practice. I was initially employed by Dwyer Robinson Lawyers in Warrnambool, where I gained experience across a broad range of areas, including family law. For the three years immediately prior to coming to the Bar, I was a solicitor with CE Family Lawyers.
I am actively involved in the life of the Victorian Bar outside of my own practice, and serve on a number of committees:
- Deputy Chair, Family Law Bar Association, Victorian Bar.
- President, Victorian Golfing Lawyers Society
- Member, Holmes List Committee.
- I also sit on the Disciplinary Committee of Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club.