Profiles

Ruth Jeffers

RUTH JEFFERS Principal Lawyer / Director

Ruth grew up in Geelong. Upon completing Year 12, Ruth moved to Melbourne and obtained a Bachelor of Arts followed by a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Melbourne. After working for several years as a secondary teacher, Ruth attended Monash University where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).  After completing Articles at a top tier commercial law firm in Melbourne’s CBD, Ruth returned to Geelong and commenced work in private legal practice. Ruth has worked exclusively as a family lawyer since 2007 in both community and private sectors. Ruth is an Accredited Specialist in family law.

Ruth enjoys assisting clients with a diverse range of family law matters. (See services)

Ruth has extensive experience representing her clients in Court proceedings and in mediation settings. Ruth is meticulous in her attention to detail and also understands the practical impact of Family Law Act orders, Intervention Orders, and written agreements upon her clients and their families. When clients are required to attend Court for their family law matters, Ruth is a confident, professional and compassionate advocate, who understands her client’s needs. Ruth works hard to deliver positive and practical outcomes for her clients, at the earliest opportunity.

Ruth is also an Independent Children's Lawyer. When acting as an Independent Children's Lawyer, Ruth is required to provide the Court with independent information that may assist the Court to decide what arrangements are in the best interests of the child or the children.


 

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.

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