Lucy Thomas

Accredited Family Law Specialist

+61 8 9226 3300

info@patersondowding.com.au

Lucy’s practice is focused on both parenting issues and financial disputes. Lucy has extensive experience in relation to both negotiated settlements and Family Court litigation with respect to child related and financial disputes.

Lucy regularly appears in both the Family Court and the Children’s Court. Her extensive experience as a family lawyer in Perth, as recommended by Doyles 2016, and her knowledge of the law means that her clients are represented by a specialist who is well equipped to assist clients’ understanding of and participation in the Family Court process and in any associated mediation. Lucy has developed her experience in these areas since starting with the firm in 1990.

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 Generals 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.

Lucy has published and presented a comprehensive paper for 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.

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Qualifications

  • 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

  • 1 January 1970

Memberships

  • 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)

Expertise

  • 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