Caroline Teo

+61 8 9226 3300

info@patersondowding.com.au

Caroline has a particular interest and experience in complex financial matters, third party representation, financial agreements, trusts and jurisdictional/inter-jurisdictional disputes in the Family Court.

Initially commencing her career in 2004 as a Trusts, Estate and Succession Planning lawyer, Caroline made the transition into the financial aspects of Family Law utilising her Trusts, Estate and Succession Planning foundations. She has since developed her Family Law practice to extend to all aspects of family law with a focus on complex property and financial matters particularly those matters involving trusts, partnerships and corporate structures, issues of legal and commercial complexity, financial agreements, spousal maintenance, third party representation in the Family Court and jurisdictional/inter-jurisdictional disputes.

With her background in Trusts, Estate and Succession Planning, Caroline regularly provides family law asset protection advice to her clients as part of their Estate and Succession Planning, working together with the family accountant and or commercial lawyer.  Caroline is also experienced at providing family law advice to clients entering into a new relationship or marriage, so that they can consider whether a financial agreement (prenuptial agreement) may be appropriate in their circumstances.

Caroline is passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients.  She strongly believes in resolving disputes promptly and commercially with the use of alternative dispute resolution where practicable.  Where disputes have to be litigated, she has established relationships with many of the leading Barristers in Western Australia including Appeals to the Full Court.

Whether the assistance required is for a simple or complex matter, Caroline understands the need for her clients to be heard sensitively and respectfully, and for them to be provided with clear, practical advice and guidance as they navigate through the family law process.

Where there is some financial complexity to her client’s circumstances, Caroline strongly believes in the team approach to resolving her client’s legal issues, and will work collaboratively with other professionals such as her client’s accountants and financial planners, commercial and tax lawyers to consider the most financially effective way to structure the division of assets.

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Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts Asian Studies, Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Laws, Murdoch University
  • Admitted Supreme Court of Westerns Australia
  • Admitted to High Court of Australia

Admitted to Practice

  • 5 February 2004

Memberships

  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Women Lawyers of Western Australia
  • Tax Institute of Australia, Affiliate
  • Collaborative Professionals WA
  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)

Expertise

  • Complex financial and property settlements
  • Third party representation in the Family Court
  • Inter-jurisdictional disputes