Kasey was my legal rock through a very difficult and stressful time. She is knowledgeable, professional and unflappable, always ensuring you understand exactly what your options are and taking care to explain things in layman’s terms. I cannot recommend Geelong Family Lawyers more highly for assistance with family law matters.

My experience with Wendy and Geelong Family Lawyers was one of professionalism at all times.  I was kept totally informed every step of the way with everything clearly explained.  I was always felt my best interests were first and foremost and l  couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

I would like to thank GFL, in particular, Wendy, Kristen, Rohan and Bronte.  They made a potentially daunting experience into one I felt I could understand. Their professionalism in guiding me through the ‘legal jargon', so I was able to make clear and informed decisions, was always above board. I was treated not just as another client, but with respectful care for my legal matter.

No one wants to be involved in a family law matter, however it does happen, that's when you want to have a lawyer working for you like Wendy Brett.  Wendy will be on your side and will make sure she removes your emotions and will remain calm and level headed while working to resolve matters in your best interests. She will guide you through the sticky steps with compassion and ease.  Her support staff are also excellent and will ensure they provide you with a high level of customer service as well as ensuring matters remain confidential at all times.  And if you are worried about costs, I found her pricing structure easy to read, fair and reasonable and well worth every cent.  I can't recommend Wendy highly enough should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing a family lawyer

Profiles

 

Wendy Brett

WENDY BRETT / Principal Lawyer - Director

Wendy was raised in Geelong and received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Deakin University.  Wendy was admitted to practise law in 2002.  Since then Wendy has practised family law in both the community and private sectors in Victoria and in Western Australia.

Wendy was accredited as a specialist in family law in 2011 and is experienced across a diverse range of family law issues including property and financial settlements and parenting disputes. (See services).

Wendy has extensive court experience and has appeared for clients in the Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court, the Magistrates’ Court and the Family Court of Western Australia.

Wendy offers her clients an understanding yet pro-active approach and uses her vast skill-set to bring about effective and early resolutions, where possible, to avoid unnecessary financial and emotional strain.

When litigation is required, Wendy offers robust representation to ensure her clients the best possible outcome.

 


 

KASEY WARNER / Senior Lawyer

Kasey grew up in Williamstown. Upon completing Year 12, she undertook studies at the University of Melbourne and graduated on 28 August 2004 with a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Kasey was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria on 20 September 2005. During her tertiary studies and following completion of those studies, Kasey worked in a Melbourne firm for five years before relocating to Geelong in 2006. For 10 years, Kasey worked in private legal practice in Geelong before joining the team at Geelong Family Lawyers. Kasey has worked exclusively as a Family Lawyer ever since 2006.

Kasey offers her clients the benefit of her knowledge and expertise accumulated over many years of exclusive practise in family law. In parenting matters, Kasey understands the challenges facing separated parents and the need to create arrangements that promote the best interests of their children. In property disputes, Kasey recognises the importance to arrive at a financial arrangement that is fair and reasonable and enables people to move forward with their lives.

Kasey’s areas of practice (for married, de-facto and same sex relationships) include parenting and property matters, divorce, spousal maintenance, family violence and Intervention Order matters, post-separation Financial Agreements and child support matters. Kasey has represented clients in the Magistrates’ Court, the Federal Circuit Court, the Family Court and at both formal and informal mediations.

Kasey is a member of the Geelong Law Association and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Kasey’s interests outside of work include attending art exhibitions, hot rod shows and spending time with her family.

 


 

STEPHANIE WELSH / Senior Lawyer

Stephanie graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor or Laws / Bachelor Asian Studies in 2005. Thereafter completing a Masters of Law.

Stephanie was admitted into practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2006, commencing her legal career in government practice in the areas of family, domestic violence and criminal law.

Since 2009 Stephanie has focussed her practice in the area of family law and care and protection. In 2012 she expanded her qualifications to include the representation of children as an Independent Children’s Lawyer.

Stephanie is passionate about complex children and property matters, with a particular focus on clients experiencing domestic violence. Past matters including acting for a respondent in a complex Hague Convention recovery application and subsequent appeal, urgent recovery of children within Australia and the successful return of two young children from a non-Hague Convention country.

Stephanie endeavours to assist clients in the most efficient, cost effective manner possible and recognises the complex nature of separation and family law. Her strong negotiation and communication skills are an asset to her clients, alongside her years of Court based experience.


 

KRISTEN VIENNA / Senior Lawyer

Kristen was admitted to practice in 2010 after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from Leo Cussen Institute.  Since that time, Kristen has practiced predominately in family law and is experienced in a broad range of areas including property and financial settlements, spousal maintenance, financial agreements and parenting matters (see services). 

Kristen is an experienced family lawyer, who is highly motivated, practical and results driven in her approach to family law.  She is empathetic and provides clear and concise advice in terms that her clients can understand.  Kristen works hard to resolve issues to ensure her client’s avoid unnecessary financial and emotional strain.  Where necessary, Kristen is a strong advocate for her clients, placing their needs at the centre of everything she does. 

Kristen is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Victorian Women Lawyers and the Geelong Law Association. 


 

MICHELLE MOLONEY / Senior Lawyer

Michelle graduated from Melbourne University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted to practice as a Barrister & Solicitor in Victoria in 1991.

Michelle has over 20 years of experience in the practice of family law and associated matters.  She has established a reputation for reaching innovative solutions in property matters through the processes of negotiation and mediation.

Michelle brings to Children’s matters a wealth of personal experience.  She is a mother and a grandmother.  Through her personal experience and her work as an Independent Children’s Lawyer she has developed a depth of understanding and empathy for the difficulties parents and children face upon the breakdown of a relationship.  She is passionate about finding solutions for children.

Michelle is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria.

 

 

 

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