Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Belinda has devoted her career of more than 25 years to the practice of family and relationship law.
In 2001 she gained accreditation from the Law Society of New South Wales as a Family Law Specialist. Belinda is one of only 3 lawyers in the Northern Rivers and North Coast region of New South Wales awarded in the 2023 Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market as a Leading Family Lawyer. She has held that ranking since 2017.
She commenced her career in Coffs Harbour on the mid North Coast of New South Wales before taking a position in Sydney to practice in a highly regarded specialist family law department in a well known CBD firm. In 2003 she relocated to the North Coast of New South Wales to work with a specialist family law practice in Lismore. In 2016 she commenced her own practise based in Lismore.
Belinda represents clients in the Federal Circuit & Family Court of Australia.
During the years 1993 – 2002 she was frequently appointed to represent the interests of children in many complex parenting cases.
She has a special interest in complex parenting cases, particularly those involving issues of relocation of children. She has a strong commercial acumen and is frequently involved in financial cases involving complex corporate and trust structures and the valuation of businesses. She is a skilled court advocate and conducts interim hearings in both parenting and financial matters.
Her career has seen her involved in a number of law making cases.
Belinda has an aptitude for quickly assessing the most direct and efficient approach to achieving her client’s objective. Her clients enjoy her frank style and commitment to resolving their matter in a streamlined and cost effective manner. She strives to ‘look outside the square’ and pursue tailored and insightful outcomes.
Key associations and appointments:
|1994||Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia|
|1995 and 1996||Chairperson: Coffs Harbour & Clarence River Family Law Practitioners Association|
|1997||Board Member: Womens Health Centre, Coffs Harbour|
|1999 – 2002||Volunteer Solicitor: Inner City Legal Centre, Darlinghurst|
|2001||Committee Member: Young Lawyers Family Law Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales|
|2001||Gained accreditation as a Family Law Specialist from the Law Society of New South Wales|
|2002 to date||Member: Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia|
|2003 to date||Member: Far North Coast Family Law Practitioners’ Association|
|2014 – 2016||Board member of a local aged care facility|
|2016||Achieved accreditation as a family law Arbitrator from AIFLAM|
|2017||Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market: ranked as one of only 5 Leading Family Lawyers on the North Coast and Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.|
|2017 – 2018||Board Member: The Family Centre|
|2018||Doyle’s Guide: ranked as a Recommended Family Lawyer in Northern New South Wales|
|2019||Doyle’s Guide: ranked as one of only 3 Leading Family Lawyers in Northern New South Wales|
|2020||Doyle’s Guide: ranked as one of only 3 Leading Family Lawyers in Northern New South Wales and as a Recommended Family Lawyer in Parenting and Children’s Matters in New South Wales|
|2021||Doyle’s Guide: ranked as one of only 3 Leading Family Lawyers in Northern New South Wales and one of only 2 local lawyers listed as a Recommended Family Lawyer in Parenting and Children’s Matters in New South Wales|
|2022||Doyle’s Guide: ranked as one of only 3 Leading Family Lawyers in Northern New South Wales and one of only 2 local lawyers listed as a Recommended Family Lawyer in Parenting and Children’s Matters in New South Wales|
|2023||Doyle’s Guide: ranked as one of only 3 Leading Family Lawyers in Northern New South Wales|