Home Shaya Lewis-Dermody, The Family Law Project

Shaya Lewis-Dermody, The Family Law Project

Shaya has been practising in the area of Family Law for over 13 years.  The FLP was started after Shaya's frustration around the lack of quality and accessible Family Law services in both SA and interstate.

Shaya saw first hand the clients who were unable to access legal services due to restrictive fees.  She also saw Legal Aid clients being discriminated against and receiving "second rate" services because they were not paying their solicitor privately.  She saw a need for private clients to have the option of fixed fee cost agreements. Clients who were "asset rich but cash poor" also needed deferred payment options to ensure that they have quality legal representation.

She is a qualified Independent Children's Lawyer and has received regular appointments from the Court to act for children since completing the National Training Program in Melbourne in 2008.

Shaya has practised exclusively in the area of Family Law at private practices in both Adelaide and Auckland New Zealand.  She has also worked for Legal Aid Commissions in Adelaide and more recently in Sydney.  Working in both the private and Legal Aid sectors in various geographical areas has given her valuable insight and interaction with a range of clients with various needs.  She understands the importance of not only having the right solicitor who knows the system and specialises in Family Law, but who is also empathetic.

Shaya grew up in country South Australia and returned to work in her home town after completing her Bachelor of Laws in Adelaide. During this time she was fortunate to work with detainees at the then Baxter Detention Centre which saw her instruct as solicitor in a Full Family Court matter in Sydney and also the appeal to the High Court at Canberra.  This matter was in relation to the Family Law Act, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and international law.  Whilst working at this country law firm she travelled to London and was instructing in a matter heard in the Court of Appeal involving the European Convention of Human Rights.