Tom is an accredited specialist in Family Law and holds a Masters in Applied Law (Family Law) with 30 years of experience in Family Law and Commercial Litigation. Tom is conscious of the sensitivity and distress associated with separation and the breakup of the family particularly its effect on children and the financial consequences arising from separation. On receiving instructions, Tom’s immediate objective is to minimise as much as possible the emotional impact of the breakup by:
- firstly providing a practical guidance towards achieving suitable arrangements for the children including referrals to professional counsellors;
- secondly doing all things immediately possible to protect the financial interests of the client and offer options leading either to resolution of property issues without resort to litigation and if unsuccessful, vigorously and expeditiously initiate and pursue court resolution of the dispute.
Tom’s experience in Commercial Litigation brings an added edge to analysing property issues and marshalling of the property pool. Tom uses experienced forensic accountants to cut across ‘cloudy’ financial records and statements, particularly the use of third party’s trusts, corporations or partnerships to veil the true value and financial interests of the parties. Tom has particular interest in property brought to the marriage through special skills, windfalls, inheritances and prospective entitlements to inheritances and interests under discretionary trust and third party loans. Tom can provide expert advice on:
- Family Law settlements
- Parenting Orders
- Financial Agreements
- De Facto Relationships
- Spouse Maintenance
Tom is a Notary Public and Life Member and former President of New South Wales Soccer Federation Limited and Football New South Wales. On 26 January 2009, Tom was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to football in Australia and legal and community services.