Louise brings diversity, champions innovation, possesses technical legal skills and knowledge, is a social media advocate for lawyers and most importantly brings the ‘human element‘ to law and conflict resolution. Louise assists lawyers with quality reliable services, so they can focus on keeping and remaining on top of their jobs and reduce their stress levels, ensuring greater satisfaction and happiness in the practice of law.
Louise was born in Newcastle, NSW along with her twin sister, Lynne. Her father was a fitter and turner and mother worked in retail.
At 12 years of age, her parents moved to Parkes (Central West, NSW). She now looks upon the experience with fondness, as valuable lessons were learned. For example, ‘don’t get too full of yourself, be true to yourself” amongst many others. She completed the High School Certificate at Parkes High School.
At 20 years of age, she relocated to New Mexico, USA hoping to stay permanently, however, remained for 12 months, where she was exposed to different cultures, foods, lifestyles and thinking, a wonderful learning experience.
Louise has been employed in varying roles, including Office Manager at Woolworths (payroll, accounts, staff supervision etc), Westpac Bank and 15 years as a Practice Manager for Medical Specialist Practices, with the last 8 years in Gynaecology/Obstetrics.
Louise commenced studying law, after being encouraged by the Gynaecologist/Obstetrician she worked with to do so. Louise did not complete Year 12, she had not formally studied for many years. However, she decided to give study her best. Louise took her legal studies slowly, firstly, one subject (4/500) then two subjects, then four subjects while working full time. Louise placed 1st in Family Law and Trade Practices (now Consumer Law), fourth in Wills and Estates and fifth in Employment Law. Louise didn’t compete with others at university, her greatest competition was herself……..to be the best, she could be. In her mind, everyone had their own strengths and weaknesses and there was no utility in comparing. Louise still concentrates on doing the best she can.
She was employed at the Federal Circuit Court as a Judges Associate in 2010 before taking on the role as a solicitor.
She came to the Bar in May 2012, passing all three Bar exams in February 2012.
Louise lectured for three years at the University of Sydney in Civil and Criminal Practice and Procedure.
Louise was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014 and was forced to take time off to complete medical treatment and surgeries. She returned to the Bar in May 2015.
Louise believes we all have varying challenges in life, that’s life, she is pragmatic. She doesn’t believe its the challenges that makes us unhappy or stressed, its the way we view each of those challenges, its a daily choice to either feel sorry for ourselves in a particular situation or accept the challenge, making the most of it (for however long it lasts). Nothing lasts forever, life is changeable and change should be welcomed!
Louise advocates for EI or EQ in legal dispute resolution, including; treat each other with kindness and dignity, support others success, understand the psychology behind conflict to best manage people in conflict. She is psychologically aware.
Louise is technically and humanly qualified to assist lawyers and their clients with dispute resolution, to achieve the best possible results and to keep perspective in the process, with a keen eye on the management of the matter, so all parties are content.
- Diploma of Law – Legal Profession Admission Board (University of Sydney)
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – Australian National University ACT (ANU)
- Nationally Accredited Mediator – LEADR
- Independent Childrens Lawyer Training – (Law Council of Australia)
- Family Law Arbitrator – (AIFLAM)
- Bar Association of NSW
- Family Law Section – Law Council of Australia
- Australian Institute of Family Lawyer Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)
- General Criminal Panel – Legal Aid
- LEADR (Accredited Mediator)
- WIRO (Workers Compensation)
- CBD Chamber of Commerce
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