It has been a while since I have updated my blog, so I will need to be more diligent but the life of a family lawyer is certainly not without drama.
Over the recent months we have been extremely busy at Hartley Healy. We are pleased to announce new lawyers who have joined our team. Ms Tarah Tosh and Ms Debra Effeney have come on board as Senior Associates who are also accredited family law specialists. Ms Denni Rogers is another new staff member who is a junior solicitor. Ms Carla Franchina who is currently one of our secretaries will also become a junior solicitor in November this year after she has been admitted.
We have successfully settled some large cases including one where the net asset pool was $40M. It is extremely pleasing in cases such where separated spouses are both able to come to a common sense deal and not continue to fight for money. In some respects it is a sign of great maturity and dignity where people who can actually afford to pay their legal fees to fight, still have some respect for their former partner who wish to maintain dignity and pride in the family unit that there are able to come to a sensible commercial solutions.
Unfortunately, one of our larger matters did proceed to a trial which ended up being a 5 day trial in the Family Court. Trials are not pleasant. They are exhausting for the lawyers and extremely stressful for the clients. This is not to mention the fact that they are extremely expensive and the result is then left up to a judicial officer trying to do the best job they can to decide an outcome.
Beata Leszczuk of our office did a wonderful and highly skilled job in representing our client in this very substantial property settlement trial. No stone was left unturned in trying to settle this matter throughout its history but unfortunately some matters just need a resolution by a judge.
On a more pleasant note, I was glad to recently present a paper entitled “Special Contributions in big money cases – Fact or Fiction” for the Television Education Network at their National Family Law Conference held at the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast con Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August.
The conference was an outstanding success and brought together many family law practitioners from all around Australia and it was fantastic to catch up with old friends and to make new friends. More importantly, the quality of papers submitted was of an extremely high standard and all credit to the Television Education Network for organising such a wonderful conference.