Patricia is a solicitor with over 25 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.
Neil Worsley is our commercial and conveyancing lawyer practicing through Cope Property Law.
Neil brings a wealth of experience to the practice of law, having worked in the advertising industry, the asbestos industry and owned and operated his own businesses. He also enjoyed service with the Royal Australian Navy, was a Patrolman with our own 51st FNQR Australian Army Reserve and undertook Volunteer work with the Coast Guard.
After completing his Degree with Honours at JCU while working as our practice manager, Neil undertook a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at ANU. He then practiced law in FNQ with a focus on litigation. He was called to the Bar in 2010 where he practiced in family, criminal and civil litigation before establishing Cope Property Law in 2014. The practice has gone from strength to strength with his expertise and guidance.
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.Louise’s interest in social justice has continued with her volunteering at the Cairns Community Legal Centre in her spare time.
Louise is a member of the Queensland Law Society, Far North Queensland Law Association and Family Law Practitioner’s Association. Louise is a former committee member of the FNQLA and a current committee member of Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund.
Jane Boulter is our practice manager who has worked in the local legal industry for over 30 years. When Jane first commenced work it was an era of typewriters, telex machines and tea trolleys and since that time she has seen an incredible change in technology and working conditions. Jane handles our finances, IT and human resources as well as providing secretarial assistance when required.
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