Ursula Stevens

Joined the firm: 2018

+61 8 9226 3300


Ursula is a practical, client-focused lawyer. Her emphasis is on providing realistic and understandable advice, with the aim of assisting her clients through their Family Law disputes and beyond.

Admitted to practice in February 2017, Ursula moved from Adelaide to Perth to work at the Family Court of Western Australia as a Legal Associate for a Family Court Judge. After her time at Court, she commenced practicing Family Law at a national firm before joining Paterson & Dowding in June 2018. She was promoted to Associate in January 2020.

Ursula is particularly passionate about advocating for (neurotypical and neurodivergent) parents of Autistic children.

She is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Autism Studies and anticipates starting her Masters in Autism Studies in 2021. She has presented at the Autism West Symposium about family law disputes and care arrangements for Autistic children and is also a Board Member of Autism Camp Australia.

Outside of work, Ursula can be found eating brunch and enjoying reading Stephen King novels (she highly recommends The Stand, published in 1987).

Please note – we have used identity first language above when referring to Autistic individuals, as this is the Autism community’s preferred terminology.

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  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide, 2012
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide, 2015
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 2017
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of South Australia, 2017

Admitted to Practice

  • 20 February 2017


  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners' Association of Western Australia
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia


  • All aspects of Family Law