Ashley is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law. She has worked almost exclusively in family law in Newcastle since her admission as a lawyer in 2007.
Ashley is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, with a dual degree in Law and Forensic Science.
Ashley has been helping family law clients in Newcastle and beyond for her entire legal career. She has a passion for making sure the process is as stress-free for her clients as possible. The combination of Ashley's empathy and sensitivity, and her professionalism and confidence in advocating for her client's position, has seen her achieve exceptionally successful outcomes for her clients in both property settlement and parenting matters.
Ashley is an experienced advocate, often achieving outstanding results for clients at interim hearings, and when briefing Counsel at final hearings. Ashley is also a skilled negotiator and enjoys assisting clients to negotiate agreements, either at mediation or by the exchange of offers of settlement.
Ashley's aim is to get her clients the best result, as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
Ashley is equipped to assist even if a matter involves complex issues such as family violence, financial control, and complex asset structures including companies and trusts.
Ashley is on the NSW Legal Aid panel representing parents in family law matters, as well as representing clients under the Family Violence Cross Examination Scheme administered by Legal Aid NSW.
Ashley is proud to have recently been appointed as an Independent Children's Lawyer and is honoured to be able to give back to the community by taking on this extremely important work.
Ashley is a long-term committee member and current secretary of the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association, a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Newcastle Law Society, NSW Law Society, and is entered on the Supreme Court and High Court roll of practitioners, entitled to practice in all Federal Courts.
An accredited specialist is a lawyer who has been recognised by the Law Society of NSW as a specialist or expert in a particular field. Before applying for accreditation, the lawyer must have at least 5 years experience primarily working in their area of specialisation, and then must past rigorous peer testing in the areas of file and Court document preparation, knowledge of the law, and client interviewing and rapport building in order to gain Specialist Accreditation.
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