Louise wants to hear what her clients greatest concerns are and what would a successful outcome look like to them. Louise is an atypical barrister, mediator, collaborative professional – coach and family law arbitrator. She is authentic and thinks outside of the box, including being an active social media user. Louise assists clients with a variety of resolution tools, depending on the clients needs and goals, including; litigation (court), mediation (evaluative or facilitative), collaborative law (divorce – communication coach or as a Barrister) or a family law arbitrator. She is focused on her clients and their needs, wishes and goals.
Louise was born in Newcastle, NSW along with her twin sister, Lynne. Her father was a fitter and turner and her mother worked in sandwich shop during school hours.
At 12 years of age, her parents moved to Parkes (Central West, NSW). She now looks upon the experience with fondness, as valuable life lessons were learned. For example, ‘don’t get too full of yourself, be authentic, keep your sense of humour regardless.” She completed her High School Certificate at Parkes High.
At 20 years of age, she relocated to New Mexico, USA with a one way ticket. She lived in NM for 12 months, where she enjoyed the culture, food, lifestyle, scenery and Americans! A big experience for a country girl.
Louise has been employed in various roles, including Office Manager at Woolworths (payroll, accounts, staff supervision etc), Westpac Bank and 15 years as a Practice Manager for various Medical Specialist Practices; Ophthalmology, Urology, Neurosurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Neurology, and 8 years in Gynaecology/Obstetrics.
Louise did not complete Year 12, she hadn’t formally studied for many years when she commenced studying law. Her mindset was, she could only do her best. Louise was cautious when she began studying, she took one one subject (4/500) then two subjects, then as time progressed she studied 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 with herself……..to be the best she could be. In her mind, everyone had their own strengths and weaknesses and there was no point in comparing herself to others, it wasn’t comparing apples with apples all are unique. Louise still focuses on doing her best for each solicitor and client, recognising the uniqueness of all she works with.
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, having passed 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 which required her to leave the Bar, so that she could complete medical medical surgeries and treatments. She returned to the Bar in May 2015.
Louise believes we all have varying challenges in life – she is pragmatic and empathetic, assisting clients legally and with humanity.
Louise is able to offer a bespoke service to your clients as a :
- Mediator (facilitative and/or evaluative)
- Collaborative Professional/ Coach (Barrister or Divorce | Communication Coach)
- Family Law Arbitrator
- Diploma of Law – Legal Profession Admission Board (University of Sydney)
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – Australian National University ACT (ANU)
- Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS) – LEADR
- Independent Childrens Lawyer Training – (Law Council of Australia)
- Family Law Arbitrator – (AIFLAM)
- Collaborative Law
- Bar Association of NSW
- Family Law Section – Law Council of Australia
- Australian Institute of Family Lawyer Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
- Collaborative Professionals Inc.
- General Criminal Panel – Legal Aid
- NMAS – LEADR (Accredited Mediator)
- WIRO (Workers Compensation)
- CBD Chamber of Commerce
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If you would like a free 15 minute consultation to discuss your 2-3 main concerns about a matter or general advice please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a suitable time.