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We’re the largest team of expert family lawyers in Queensland.

Our team offers a depth and breadth of expertise that we only dreamed of being able to provide in the early years. This gives you the knowledge that you are in many sets of safe hands, as well as options for how they work with us. It also gives our current and future team a truly collaborative environment to work within each day that only a practice of our nature can.

When we began our journey in 2009 we were the only family law firm in Toowoomba. Since then we have also become a local presence in Brisbane, Ipswich and North Lakes.

In 2015 we joined the Shine Group as their specialist family law business, offering a greater presence across Australia, with a vision to become part of a national network of like-minded firms offering a local service for families wherever they are.

Our purpose is simple. We practice family law in such a way that it honours the family you have built as well as protecting your financial wellbeing and the future of your children.

Every day we meet with people at their most vulnerable, as they experience the realities of separation and divorce. It is our duty to make sure that you feel safe sharing your innermost feelings and fears at a time when you feel like you cannot share any more of yourself with anyone else. So much so that our practice is built on a set of values that gives you that safety and security, a sense of purpose and the tools for your new life pathway.

Kara Best Legal Practice Director | Accredited Family Law Specialist

Kara Best

Legal Practice Director | Accredited Family Law Specialist

Amity Anderson

Legal Partner | Accredited Family Law Specialist

Luke Steel

Legal Partner

Lynn Armstrong

Special Counsel, Accredited Family Law Specialist

Andrew McCormack

Senior Associate | Accredited Family Law Specialist

Neal Wood

Senior Associate

Alecia Connor

Senior Associate

Tina Reynolds

Carla Franchina Associate

Carla Franchina


John Patterson

Senior Solicitor

Jo Maloney

Senior Solicitor – Estate Planning Lawyer

Cassie Boland

Senior Solicitor
Max Sutton Solicitor

Max Sutton


Kiara Greenway


Sarah Donnelly


Tammy Wright


Jessica Fry


Jodie Handley


Courtney Brown

Paralegal/Finance Officer

Courtney Klease


Zoe Gault

Settlements Clerk / Paralegal (Estate Planning)

Rylee Hayes


Samantha Chai


Jennifer Ryder

General Manager

Leandra Herberts

Operations Manager

Madeline Dowling

Office Administrator

Esther Patterson

Accounts Officer

Stef Cherry

Finance Officer

Jessica Holloway

Administration Assistant

Joan Murtagh

Administration Assistant

Jade Paskin

Administration Assistant

Cassandra Bate


Tricia Coleman


Alissa Tulk


Joy Andrews

Administration Assistant

Jascinta Perrin

Legal Support Partner

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