We practice solely in the area of Family Law and De Facto Law

B.Com, LL.B. (U.Q.), Acc.Spec. Family Law   Accredited Specialist

Brett Hartley, a Partner and Senior Family Lawyer of Hartley Healy, has practiced exclusively in Family Law since 1989. He has both a law and a commerce degree and is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law .


Brett is nationally recognised as a leading expert in Family Law complex property matters and valuation of property.  Brett has been a contributing author to the CCH Australian Family Law and Practice publication.He authored part of the “ Property Settlement ” section and the “ Valuation of Property & Business ” section.

Brett is also recognised as a leading expert on superannuation splitting laws.  Brett was previously invited by the Securities Institute of Australia to join their industry reference group to prepare and oversee the development of the Superannuation Module for their advanced diploma in financial services (Financial Planning).  Brett was responsible for writing the module section dealing with family law aspects of superannuation”.

Brett expertise in Family Law is also recognized by many national media commentators. In December 2003, Brett was interviewed by The Weekend Financial Review regarding a proposed overhaul of the Australian Family Law System. Brett was also interviewed by Sydney Radio 2UE on this subject. In November 2002, Brett was interviewed and quoted in an in-depth article on the new Super Splitting Laws in The Weekend Australian Newspaper. Brett Hartley was interviewed by Justine Harris for Tribeca's Professional Development Video Session on "Financial Planning for Divorce" in March 2005. This interview was subsequently distributed to 20,000 Financial Advisers across Australia.

Brett has published several articles on complex property issues and regularly presents and is invited to present lectures on family law to accountants, lawyers and financial advisors.

Legal Profiles 2000-2001 ranked Brett Hartley in the top 4 Family Lawyers in Brisbane and a leading Australian Lawyer practicing in Family Law.

He was also a contributing author to Legal Profiles Publication, authoring the Introduction to the Family Law area of the 2000/01 edition of Legal Profiles.

Brett is a member of the Queensland Family Law Practitioners Association in the family law section of the Law Council of Australia.

Brett is a formal member of the Queensland Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee and has also acted as a court appointed solicitor for children matters in the Family Court up to 2003.

In 1998, Brett opened his own law firm, Hartley Family Law Service, an Australian legal firm practising exclusively in family law and de facto law.  Brett established the firm to meet the needs of people experiencing the breakdown of their relationship, providing them access to a firm where their matter would be handled with a high degree of privacy and specialist expertise.  Joe Healy became a partner with Brett on 1 July 2005 and the firm changed its name to Hartley Healy in September 2006.

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