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Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist Patricia

Patricia is a solicitor with over 20 years' experience in Family Law. Patricia has worked in Victoria and Queensland in Australia and in London in England.

Patricia attained her Bachelor of Arts/Law in 1990. Post graduate Patricia has undertaken the Practical Legal Training Course at the Leo Cussen Institute in Melbourne, and completed the Representation of Children in Family Law through Legal Aid Queensland and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Patricia has also undertaken training in Mediation, has completed the Practice Management Course and is a qualified Collaborative Lawyer.

In 1999 Patricia undertook the process through the Queensland Law Society to become an Accredited Family Law Specialist. She has maintained that qualification since that time. Prior to setting up her own practice in 2004, Patricia was employed in private practice, worked at Legal Aid Queensland and was employed by Butterworths (now Lexis Nexus) in London as the editor of the Butterworths Family Court Reports.

Patricia is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Queensland Law Society, the Law Institute of Victoria, the Law Society of England and Wales, and the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland.

Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist Cheryl

Cheryl graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1985 and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1986 after completing two years Articles of Clerkship at a local firm in Innisfail. Cheryl has practised exclusively in the area of Family Law for over 20 years and in an endeavour to further her keen interest and enhance her skills became an Accredited Family Law Specialist in 1999.

Cheryl has always recognised the importance of mediation especially in family law matters as a way of assisting separated families. Since the mid- nineties she has undertaken a series of courses in mediation culminating in her achieving recognition with the Attorney General's Department in 2009 and is a Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and previously Queensland Law Society Approved Mediator and regularly mediates for the Legal Aid Office, Queensland and privately.

Combining these skills, Cheryl has been a member of a number of panels of professionals providing information to separated parents.

Recently Cheryl was appointed to the panel of Legal Aid Queensland's Independent Children's Lawyers.


Louise was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2013 having attained her Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University (Cairns campus). During her last year at university, Louise was the Secretary of the JCU Inter Alia Law Association.

Louise completed a 12 month supervised traineeship in the capacity of a trainee solicitor at a general practice law firm in Bundaberg. During her traineeship, Louise completed rotations in family law, wills and estates, conveyancing and commercial, civil litigation and criminal and traffic law. Once admitted, Louise practiced primarily in the areas of family law, criminal law, traffic law and debt recovery.

Following her interest for social justice, Louise returned home to Cairns to work for an indigenous legal service practicing in family law, domestic violence matters and child protection. During her time at the legal service, Louise obtained significant experience in relation to parenting matters and appeared in the Federal Circuit Court regularly.

In her spare time, Louise is a volunteer solicitor at the Cairns Community Legal Centre.

Louise is a member of the Queensland Law Society, Far North Queensland Law Association, Family Law Practitioner's Association and Cairns Business Women's Club.

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