Rachel is an Accredited Specialist (Family Law) with significant experience in both complex financial cases and difficult parenting cases. In the Doyle’s Guide she is rated by her peers as a Recommended Leading NSW Family Lawyer. She has over 20 years experience in Family Law and her advice and approach are clear, thorough and practical.
Rachel strives to understand her clients in order to meet their needs and become a trusted adviser, strong advocate and steadfast source of insight during a challenging period in their lives. Mindful of costs, Rachel works efficiently and steers her clients directly.
Her cases often include complex corporate and trust structures that trigger tax issues when assets are divided. They involve forensic accountants who value businesses and share options as well as claims for financial support for children and a parent. Sometimes they are marked by violence, emotional abuse by partners and allegations of child abuse. A reluctance to properly disclose all assets and income is often a key factor. Her difficult parenting cases have included international child abduction, long trials about which parent a child should live with and appeals.
Rachel is an adept negotiator, lecturing to lawyers at Master’s Level for the College of Law on negotiation, mediation and collaboration. She is also a founding member of Central Sydney Collaborative Forum, serving as its President for several years to develop, amongst seasoned family lawyers in Sydney, the practice of resolving disputes respectfully where the clients pledge not to go to court.
Her depth of experience has enabled her to prepare a Master’s Course on running Family Law cases, present seminars to lawyers on expert evidence and other topics, edit a book on how Family Law intersects with financial decisions and planning and give expert evidence on de facto property adjustments.