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Neal Wood

Senior Associate | Practice Leader

Neal is a Senior Associate at Best Wilson Buckley Family Law and Practice Leader in the firm’s Toowoomba office.

Since his admission in 2008, Neal has practised exclusively in family law within specialised family law firms across the Brisbane and Toowoomba regions.  His advice is robust, practical, realistic, and as unique as each client he supports, whether it be through a negotiated process or through court proceedings.  The clear and definitive impact of family law on a person’s life is what drives Neal’s desire to support clients in this area of the law, and his approach is as the calm voice and touchstone of stability and reason who works with clients towards an outcome that achieves a defined future and a sense of closure.

Since moving from Brisbane to Toowoomba in 2015 to join the Best Wilson Buckley team, Neal’s presence in the local community has been strengthened through his involvement with the Toowoomba Family Relationship Centre where he provides free legal advice to members of his community as well as representing clients in mediations on a pro-bono basis.  He is also helping to shape the next generation of family lawyers by participating in the University of Southern Queensland’s high-school and university student moot competitions where his years of experience and insight as a senior practitioner allow him to succeed as a coach to teams of young law students.  Outside the world of law, Neal regularly participates in triathlons, marathons, and other sporting events in an effort to raise funds and awareness for numerous charities.

Expertise and Professional Qualifications

Combining years of experience in dedicated family law firms in Brisbane with his time practising in a regional setting in Toowoomba, Neal offers insight into the world of family law that only a more senior practitioner can provide.  He is particularly skilled at resolving property settlement matters involving large rural properties and is well practised in preparing binding financial agreements.

Whilst Neal’s focus is always on reaching an amicable resolution for his clients wherever possible, he possesses an intimate knowledge of the court and the relevant rules and procedures and is an experienced litigator, always acting in the best interests of his clients and their families.

Associations and Career Awards


  • Volunteer, Toowoomba Family Relationship Centre
  • Volunteer, University of Southern Queensland Moot Competition
  • Downs and South West Queensland Law Association
  • Queensland Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Law Council of Australia

Legal Articles

August 23, 2019

By Neal Wood | Property settlements

Til Debt Do Us Part

Rarely in the context of family law do I like to offer or give relationship advice, which for the most part is generally unhelpful. Statistically speaking, at least one in...

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June 18, 2019

By Neal Wood | About Us | General


From time to time I find myself reflecting on my work as a family lawyer. What am I doing well? What do I need to focus on improving? How do...

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February 14, 2019

By Neal Wood | Property settlements

High Court Delivers Decision on High Tax Debt

In December 2018, the High Court delivered a particular decision about whether the Family Law Act provides power for a Judge to order that one party could be substituted for...

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July 06, 2018

By Neal Wood | About Us | General

You Want to Stop but You Don’t Need to Stop

I’ve recently chalked up three years since I moved with my young family from our home of over 15 years in Brisbane to the relative calm of Toowoomba. In the...

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April 26, 2018

By Neal Wood | Property settlements

War on Waste: What Happens if the Money We had has Been Wasted Since We Separated?

Almost everyone these days seems to have their particular vice or guilty pleasure. For me, it is my daily triple shot, skinny flat white every morning at about 9 o’clock...

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February 22, 2018

By Neal Wood | Property settlements

Interim Financial Arrangements

In a family law property settlement, a lot of time is spent focused on the end game but what happens in the short term can sometimes be more important. When...

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February 16, 2018

By Neal Wood | Parenting | Separation

Stitch in Time

A year from now…. With January already behind us, 2018 is already starting to roll ahead. By now, the kids at both private and state schools are all back and...

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November 10, 2017

By Neal Wood | Family Law | Planning Financial Agreements

High Court Judgement Delivered on Binding Financial Agreements

Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 While this week’s High Court decision may suggest the end of pre-nuptial style agreements it is important to look at the circumstances surrounding this...

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Neal, I can’t thank you enough for your professional services and support over the last two years … I seriously don’t know what I would have done without you and I will be forever grateful.
Happy Client
He was very caring and understanding of my situation and I thank him for the time he spent listening to me.
Happy Client
Thank you for your prompt reply. I very much appreciated your sincerity, directness, and the scope of your knowledge. It has sorted out a great deal in our lives and made me and my son aware of so many vital pieces of information. I will pass on the information. Thank you once again for your guidance
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