Lucy has extensive experience as a mediator and has chaired many mediation conferences in relation to both parenting and financial issues, resulting in settlements. She is also a qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner registered with the Attorney-General's Department. In her capacity as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Lucy is able to assist family members to resolve their dispute and develop their own child focused solutions in a confidential mediation forum.
In addition to private client work, Lucy is a highly experienced Independent Children's Lawyer. In this role Lucy assists the Family Court in complex parenting disputes, involving a range of serious allegations including, but not limited to, family violence, physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children. Lucy performs a similar role as Child Representative in Care and Protection Matters dealt with in the Children's Court. Lucy has undertaken extensive trial work in both capacities. She is regularly invited to speak at Legalwise Seminars.
Lucy loves her early morning group training sessions that, in turn, allows her to enjoy, guilt-free, good food and regular meet-ups with her friends and colleagues.
She treats her clients with a high degree of professionalism and fosters a close-knit community at Paterson & Dowding with her lively personality and quick-wit.
On the eve of her 30th work anniversary on 18 June 2020, we asked Lucy a few questions about her journey as a Family Lawyer in Western Australia, read Director celebrates 30 year work anniversary here
If you would like to get Lucy's advice on a family law matter, please call 9226 3300 to make an appointment.
Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Australia, 1988
Bachelor of Jurisprudence, University of Western Australia, 1988
Admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia, 1988
Admitted to the High Court of Australia, 1992
Independent Children's Lawyer, 1993
Accredited Family Law Specialist, 1994
AIFLAM Nationally Accredited Mediator, 2012
Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, 2016
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
23 December 1988
Law Society of Western Australia
Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Member of the Review Committee, Legal Aid Western Australia
Former Council member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
Women Lawyers WA
Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediator
Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR - Association of Dispute Resolution)
All areas of family law, with an emphasis on parenting matters
Experience in Surrogacy and represented numerous applicant parents in relation to children with Gender Identity Disorder