Qualifications: Solicitor BA LLB (Hons), Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Law Society of NSW, Panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers (NSW Legal Aid), Albury and District Law Society.
What is your area of expertise?
I have worked as a Family Law solicitor since 1999 and I have been an Accredited Specialist in Family Law since 2015. An important part of my role as a family law solicitor is to guide clients through what is often an incredibly stressful time, with a lot of variables and uncertainty. I work hard to navigate clients through the process and to get the best outcome for them.
My experience means I can get abreast of a client’s situation quickly and to guide them towards the best outcome. Sometimes this means going to court. Other times, consent orders can be negotiated without the need to go to court.
Knowing what to expect and what steps to take is crucial to achieving the best outcome for my clients. I help clients by providing them with specialist advice about their family law situation, whether it be about property, children’s matters or child support.
How do you help your clients negotiate the emotional aspects of Family Law?
I try to make a really stressful experience less stressful for my clients and try to explain the process in plain English. I am acutely aware of the emotional roller coaster that many clients face in family law matters. I try to be mindful of that, but still, steer clients in the right direction.
My approach is firm but I am not aggressive just for the sake of being aggressive.
How have you made a real difference for a client?
Every client is different and has different needs. I listen intently to my clients to understand their needs. I have many satisfied clients, some of whom still keep in touch with me today.
What do you enjoy about living and working in Albury Wodonga?
I really enjoy the work-life balance. I like the fact that you work hard for your clients but don’t spend a lot of time commuting. It is the perfect place to work in a fairly competitive industry, but with balance.
I used to volunteer at the community legal service (now Hume Riverina Community Legal Service) and spent many years as a board member for YES, which offers crisis accommodation and other services for adolescents. I enjoy being creative, relaxing with family and friends and spending time outdoors hiking and camping and have recently taken up soccer.