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Contact Armstrong Legal:
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
Melbourne: (03) 9620 2777
Brisbane: (07) 3229 4448
Canberra: (02) 6288 1100

Based in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Canberra, our team of family law solicitors provides advice to clients throughout Australia and overseas. Armstrong Legal only recruits solicitors who have sound knowledge of family law, so you can be assured of receiving expert advice that you can rely upon.




Peter Magee

Peter Magee - Partner

Peter is a partner of Armstrong Legal and head of the Family Law Division. He has over 15 years’ experience. In the past, Peter acted in a broad range of high profile cases, including cases involving some of Australia's most wealthy people in matters involving close to $1 billion.

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Kerry White

Kerry White - Partner

Kerry is an experienced family lawyer with a varied background having worked in both the Family Court as a Deputy Registrar and a Registrar in the Federal Magistrates Court. Kerry is trained in collaborative law and offers her clients a range of processes to assist them to resolve their disputes in a cost effective way.

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Tony Iuliano
Accredited Specialist

Tony Iuliano - Special Counsel

Tony has been in practice for 20 years and for 8 of those years as a barrister practising in the areas of equity, commercial law, insolvency and family law. Tony is an accredited specialist in family law, having experience covering all areas, especially complex financial matters to which Tony applies his knowledge of equity, commercial and insolvency law.
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Michelle McDermott
Accredited Specialist

Michelle McDermott - Special Counsel

Michelle has worked exclusively in Family Law since 1989 and commenced her law degree at Deakin University in 1994. She completed her Bachelor of Laws in 2000 and was admitted to practise in 2001. Michelle became an Accredited Family Law Specialist (Law Institute of Victoria) in October 2005.

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Amelia Trotman
Accredited Specialist

Amelia Trotman - Special Counsel

Experienced in all aspects of Family Law, Amelia has a particular interest in complex parenting and property matters, international relocation matters and surrogacy. Amelia's down to earth approach and empathetic nature allows her to develop trusting relationships with clients and work towards achieving the best possible outcomes.

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Byron Leong
Accredited Specialist

Byron Leong - Senior Associate

Byron is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and has practised as a family lawyer for over 15 years. Byron’s Chinese background ensures that he is sensitive to and understands Chinese Culture when he provides advice to his Chinese clients. He has experience in complex matters involving Divorce Orders made and Divorce Agreements entered into pursuant to the Marriage Laws of China in relation to custody of children, property settlement and maintenance.

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Bernadette Smyth
Accredited Specialist

Bernadette Smyth - Special Counsel

Bernadette is an accredited specialist in Family Law with the Law Society of NSW and has practised exclusively in family law since 1998. She promotes a positive path in resolving family law matters where that is possible. She is trained in collaborative law and so can provide solutions to many types of family law issues without going to Court, however she is equally adept at achieving a client’s objectives in Court.

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Kate Marr

Kate Marr - Senior Associate

Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong. Kate came to us from a regional general practice firm where she gained experience in family law, conveyancing, crime, wills and estates.

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Linda Manfre
Accredited Specialist

Linda Manfre - Special Counsel

Linda is a trained collaborative lawyer and is adept at negotiating commercially sound outcomes for clients that are tailored to their individual needs. She strives to achieve the best possible outcome and sustains the confidence and trust of clients consistently keeping them informed at every stage of negotiations and the court process.

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Alison Brown

Alison Brown - Special Counsel

Alison understands that there is time to mediate and a time to litigate. She has over 10 years’ experience as a Family Lawyer and has worked on an array of matters including complex parenting matters where there are significant issues of abuse, to high net worth clients, one case in particular the asset pool was valued at over $1 billion.

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Zoe Durand

Zoe Durand - Associate

Zoe is a formidable litigator having worked at some of Sydney’s leading international and national commercial law firms. Clients benefit from her tenacious and thorough approach in leaving no stone unturned to obtain the best result for them. Zoe holds a Bachelor of Law Degree with first class honours from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a Bachelor of Arts degree with first class honours and a Masters of Applied Family Law.

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Anne-Louise Pham

Anne-Louise Pham - Lawyer

Anne-Louise came to us following several years experience in a large Canberra based law firm. She has experience in a wide range of family law areas including both parenting and property matters. Anne-Louise has a passion for complex parenting matters and she has worked with clients in matters involving issues such as domestic violence, drug addiction and relocation.

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Rhiannon Noble

Rhiannon Noble - Lawyer

As a family lawyer, Rhiannon’s experience has enabled her to develop a particular interest in parenting matters, including those that involve relocation, mental health and substance abuse issues. She is also a capable property lawyer and appreciates how mental health and substance abuse issues can have a very personal impact upon her clients, and how that may in turn effect the division of assets.

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Bree Staines

Bree Staines - Lawyer

Bree has a long held passion for family law, as she believes the law can be a mechanism to achieve positive and just change and resolutions for her clients. The diligence Bree puts into her work ensures she always has a comprehensive understanding of the law and will be striving to achieve their goals, both efficiently and cost effectively.

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Felicity Reeman

Felicity Reeman - Lawyer

Felicity has a particular interest in cases that involving allegations of domestic violence, including violence against children and issues of mental health. Her clinical background and medical knowledge provide her with a forensic advantage and greater insight in relation to the issues these clients face.

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Natasha Heathcote

Natasha Heathcote - Lawyer

Natasha is currently completing her Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) through the College of Law. Natasha completed her Bachelor of Business, majoring in Finance and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology Sydney. When working with clients, Natasha shows compassion and first seeks to understand what is important to her clients, then looks for legal solutions that will best suit them.

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Karen Devey

Karen Devey - Lawyer

Karen has a particular interest in dealing with complex parenting matters that involve mental health or addiction issues, relocation of children and child support agreements. She routinely deals with self-employed clients or matters involving family businesses. Her empathetic but pragmatic approach often results in efficiently negotiated settlements which minimise her client’s legal fees.

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Naveed Khan

Naveed Khan - Lawyer

Naveed’s varied experience with a primary focus on Family Law has placed him in a perfect position to advise and represent his family law clients. His international qualification and experience has armed him with the expertise to represent clients in complex family law matters, involving properties and people from overseas jurisdictions.

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Ramya Balachandren

Ramya Balachandren - Lawyer

Ramya’s empathetic and compassionate nature assists clients in getting through what is often a difficult time in their lives. Her focus is on achieving positive and cost-effective outcomes for clients be that by negotiation or using the tools of the Court system where that is appropriate.

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Michael Semenyszyn

Michael Semenyszyn - Lawyer

Michael now uses his strong negotiation and dispute resolution skills to efficiently negotiate settlements that minimise cost and achieve the best outcome for his clients. Michael’s professional and ethical approach allows him to understand legal issues from all perspectives, aiming for an amicable resolution for all his clients.

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Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson - Lawyer

Throughout her career she has had a broad mix of experience across private practice and work in community legal centres, including rurally. Her varied background has resulted in her having a practical approach to the law and a focus on achieving real world outcomes that are practical, cost effective and tax effective (As opposed to some lawyers who seem to give advice based upon theoretical possibilities).

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Emily Krelle

Emily Krelle - Paralegal

Emily has strong communication skills and is able to relate and communicate with people from all walks of life, understanding that family law is an emotional area and that people are often not at their best at the time they are seeking legal help.

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where to next?

Taking the next step and contacting a family lawyer can be scary. Our lawyers will make you feel comfortable so you can talk about your situation. But first, ask yourself, Do I really need a lawyer?

Why Choose Armstrong Legal?

Contact Armstrong Legal:
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
Melbourne: (03) 9620 2777
Brisbane: (07) 3229 4448
Canberra: (02) 6288 1100

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