A little bit of common senses goes a long way in family law. I would like to think that along with that common sense I bring empathy and pragmatism to the table. I started my career in 2002 with the NSW Attorney General’s department, providing legal information to those in rural and remote parts of New South Wales. Most of the work related to family law. I never realised, at the time, that that job would be the start of my family law career. It seemed to be a natural progression from there. I commenced practice in a small family law firm on the Gold Coast in 2004 and have continued to work in this field since that time. My work has covered all facets of family law matters from legal aid to high net worth clients and from simple parenting matters to complex corporate and trust structures. That common sense comes in handy no matter what type of matter you have. Over the last 14 years I have developed a strong network of professionals who are able to assist my clients in various aspects of their lives whilst they go through the family law process. That network allows for a holistic approach to dealing with family law matters. This way of practicing lead me to train as a Collaborative Lawyer where community and common goals are a specific feature of assisting clients resolve all aspects of their family law matter. In 2016, I was one of two Queensland, and the only Gold Coast lawyers named as a Rising Star in the Doyle’s Guide. In 2017, I was named in the Gold Coast list as a Recommended Family Lawyer. I am particularly passionate about parenting matters. My practice involves various levels of parenting matters including international child abduction and relocation, matters involving physical and sexual abuse as well as matters involving Domestic Violence and drug abuse. In saying that, I also enjoy assisting families with resolving their property settlement matters and preparing and advising on Financial Agreements. In 2017, our common desire to resolve family law matters in a family and business focussed manner, led Dan Bottrell, Kate Graham and I to commence BGM Family Lawyers. Our combined talents and focus areas mean that clients have the benefit of our three skill sets, each of which has a different focus, being able to provide guidance on your matter.