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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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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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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
Accredited Specialist

Kate Marr - Managing 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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Rhiannon Noble

Rhiannon Noble - Senior Associate

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 - Senior Associate

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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Natasha Heathcote

Natasha Heathcote - Senior Associate

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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Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson - Senior Associate

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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Anne-Louise Pham

Anne-Louise Pham - Associate

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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Felicity Reeman

Felicity Reeman - Associate

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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Karen Devey

Karen Devey - Associate

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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Ramya Balachandren

Ramya Balachandren - Associate

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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Ellen Russell

Ellen Russell - Associate

Ellen can provide you with guidance, advice and support about property, parenting and divorce matters, to help you make informed decisions, during what can be a difficult and emotional period. Clients will benefit from Ellen’s calm and focused approach in helping to guide them through the process of resolving their family law matters, in a cost effective way. Ellen is conscious that your family law matter will differ from the experiences of other people.

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Emily Krelle

Emily Krelle - Solicitor

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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Georgia Tomasetti

Georgia Tomasetti - Solicitor

Georgia provides clients with the benefit of her knowledge and skill, delivered with candour, so that they can be confident in her advice and the options available to them. That advice and guidance helps her clients find resolutions to their situation, be that through negotiation or court proceedings where that is necessary.

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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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