I have always thought that I just fell into the law. I remember loving school and working hard to get good grades and not really knowing what to do at uni.
With the benefit of hindsight, I can see that life as a lawyer is not as random as my young self thought at the time. I did public speaking events from a really young age, I loved helping other students learn things they didn’t understand yet, and I enjoyed nerding it up on the Student Council. I even did work experience at a law firm in my teens. Those combined callings to structure and rules, being able to speak clearly and explain difficult concepts and being willing to hold responsibilities have all served me well in my career as a lawyer.
I started my law degree at QUT straight after school, doing some part-time law clerk work during my studies, and began working on the Sunshine Coast after I had completed my degree. I did 2 years of practical training as an articled clerk, before being admitted as a solicitor in February 1998.
I was drawn pretty quickly towards family law, finding myself to have a deep pot of empathy for those experiencing very real relationship, family and legal issues. The difficult issues of connection and disconnection, respect and disrespect, truth and perception, rules and flexibility show up in family life time and time again. Working as a family lawyer gives me an opportunity to help others find their own path through these competing issues after separation.
I work really hard to keep things simple, even the complex and competing issues that apply in Family Law matters. I have written a book, “Who Gets The Dog” as a straightforward guide to getting through separation and the legal parts of that process.
I have seen over the years just how important it is for people to get through their uncertainties, not to get stuck in point scoring, and instead o focus on getting things resolved. So that I can help even more people find simple and cost-effective solutions for their family law matters, I have become a family law arbitrator, mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner as well.
Helping others through their time of need is the reason I keep showing up to do this work, with both my mind and my heart. I am fortunate to be supported by my husband of 28 years and our four children aged from 22 to 14. I’m a better person when I make time for my garden and my yoga mat.
You can find a copy of my book “Who gets the dog” on our resources page.