February 24, 2024
Doyle's Guide

Leading Family Law Barristers – ACT, 2014


The 2014 listing of leading ACT family law barristers details barristers practising in the areas of family, matrimonial and divorce law  in the ACT legal market who have been identified for their expertise and abilities in the area.  It is compiled on the back of feedback from solicitors practising within these areas.


Senior Counsel


George Brzostowski SC – Blackburn Chambers

Junior Counsel


Shane Gill – Burley Griffin Chambers


Amanda Tonkin – Blackburn Chambers


Jane Godtschalk – Brindabella Chambers
Gavin Howard – Henry Parkes Chambers

Editorial Commentary

The small pool of barristers actively practising family law in the ACT market sees the regular use of Sydney based counsel

Despite this a number of local barristers have developed strong reputations in the area and generally are the preferred choice when available.

Amongst silks only George Brzostowski SC has a significant experience and, as he begins to scale back his practice with a view to retirement Sydney silks are often the only choice.  In this regard not all Sydney silks regularly accept briefs on Canberra based matters and, as such the general  tendency is to use the  services of experienced Junior Counsel such as Julian Millar, Neill Macpherson, Rick Maurice and Suzanne Christie.

Amongst local Junior Counsel, Shane Gill is the clear standout.  While Gill also practices in criminal law, family law is his preferred area and he is seen as “excellent in parenting matters” and “very strong in the courtroom”.  Amanda Tonkin’s “forceful” style also drew praise.

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