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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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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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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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Felicity Reeman

Felicity Reeman - Associate

Felicity is a qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, recognising the important role that mediation can play in family law disputes. Felicity is also committed to obtaining the best possible results for clients through litigation. Her pragmatic and empathic approach to her practice enables her to guide clients through the family law system with a focus on both cost efficiency and achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients.

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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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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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