Experts in Family Law

At Edwards Family Lawyers, we focus on outcomes;
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Experts in Family Law

Edwards Family Lawyers is a highly experienced specialist law firm with offices in Sydney CBD and North Sydney. Our growing firm excels at more complex family law matters.

Choosing a family law firm for your case:

Our growing Sydney firm excels in matters relating to complex property settlements, divorce negotiations and mediation services. Our law firm has a strong focus on providing expert specialist advice relating to Family Law following the breakdown of your marriage or de facto relationship.

Legal Team

FRANCES EDWARDS

Founding Partner
Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Qualified Mediator
Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Economics
Practising since 1986

With over 30+ years of success in complex family law matters, Frances is one of Sydney’s most senior, experienced, well-known and respected Family Law practitioners. As Edwards Family Lawyers founding Partner and most experienced senior solicitor, Frances has nurtured and matured a legal team that can handle the most complex of matters.

Frances has been a Law Society of NSW Accredited Family Law Specialist for over 28 years and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Frances was admitted to practice in 1986 and has practised exclusively in Family Law for over 34 years after graduating with a Bachelors of Laws and Economics.

Frances has specialised knowledge and experience in all aspects of Family Law matters including separation and divorce, property settlement, finalisation of Family Law settlements including consent orders and financial agreements, de facto relationships and de facto relationship agreements, parenting issues and arrangements for children, child support, child abduction, domestic violence matters and spouse maintenance…Read more

MICHAEL MOLONEY

Partner
Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Laws Commercial Litigation
Practising since 2006

Michael is a Law Society of NSW Accredited specialist in Family Law. This combined with his commercial litigation experience and completion of a Masters of Laws in Commercial Litigation, means he is well equipped to handle complex Family Law matters as he draws on experience in other jurisdictions which so often overlap with Family Law. Michael’s approach is strategic, systematic and highly detailed, bringing successful outcomes for his clients. Michael understands that for many people, their Family Law matter is their first experience with the legal system and it can be confusing and overwhelming. He earns trust by providing a supportive yet pragmatic approach to their individual situation.

Michael is a Partner at Edwards Family Lawyers – having joined the firm in 2018. He brings with him a wealth of experience in Family Law having practiced in a Family Law Firm for over 15 years. Michael also holds a Bachelor of Laws/Arts. He was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW and as a Solicitor to the High Court of Australia in 2006.

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LACHLAN JACKSON

Senior Associate
Bachelor of Laws (Hon)
Bachelor of Arts
Masters of Applied Family Law
Practising since 2014

Lachlan is a Senior Associate at Edwards Family Lawyers having first joined the firm in 2018.  He has worked exclusively in the area of Family Law since 2011, and in that time, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and appreciation for the expertise required in Family Law.

Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Arts Bachelor and Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and a Masters of Applied Family Law (with Distinction).  He was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW and as a Solicitor to the High Court of Australia in May 2014.

Lachlan understands that a family breakdown is a stressful and often overwhelming experience for his clients. He takes pride in adopting an empathetic, friendly yet well-grounded approach to navigating clients through the Family Law process to achieve the best outcome available… Read More


NICHOLAS GIBBS

Associate Lawyer
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Communication
Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Practising since 2016

Nicholas is a passionate family lawyer who has extensive experience in the jurisdiction, including 4 years practising in a national commercial law firm in addition to prior experience working in a specialist Family Law firm.

Nicholas recognises the importance of good communication with his clients to ensure their instructions are clearly understood and they are kept informed of the progress of their matter. He takes a pragmatic approach to Family Law matters and advocates strongly for his clients to achieve their desired outcomes in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner possible. His clients benefit from a common sense approach that is informative and focused with an emphasis on realistic advice as to likely outcomes…
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TILLY HERBERT-SMITH

Lawyer
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Member of Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Member of the Law Society of NSW
Practising since 2019

 Tilly holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the Australian National University. Tilly was admitted as a solicitor in August 2019 and is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Tilly is a passionate family lawyer whose experience includes practising in a Family Law team within a national law firm and prior experience at a boutique Family Law firm. Tilly is a vibrant practitioner and an outspoken advocate, determined to make her clients heard by both other practitioners and the Courts.

Tilly has practised exclusively in Family Law since studying the area during her time at the Australian National University. Her passion for the area arises from her keen sense of empathy and her desire to help people achieve a solutions-driven outcome during a difficult period of their lives. Tilly has experience in negotiation, mediation and litigation in a broad range of Family Law matters, ranging from complex property proceedings involving litigation in multiple jurisdictions… Read More


Paralegal and Support Team

Our paralegals are all actively undertaking degrees in Law, whilst completing degrees in supporting fields such as Accounting and Commerce. Our paralegals are motivated in pursuing life-long careers in Family Law and they actively aid our lawyers in managing our clients’ cases including collating and indexing documentation required for disclosure in property settlement, spouse maintenance, child support, parenting cases and mediation. Edwards Family Lawyers prides itself on providing top-quality systems and ongoing training to our supporting staff to ensure our family law firm delivers the highest quality service for which Edwards Family Lawyers is renowned.

Bridget Barkus

Paralegal
4th year Bachelor of Laws
and Commerce (Marketing)

Zoe Hanley

Paralegal
2nd year Bachelor of Laws
and Commerce (Accounting)

Henry Commins

Paralegal
4th year Bachelor of Laws
and Commerce (Accounting)

Hannah Hurst

Paralegal
5th year Bachelor of Laws
and Commerce (International Business)

Amy Abela

Paralegal
4th year Bachelor Laws
and International Studies (French)

Sophie Wang

Legal Secretary


Hollie Bregg

Law Firm Manager


Yael Basserabie

Accounts Manager


Our Specialities

Divorce & Separation

When married couples separate, there is only one ground for the grant of a Divorce Order, and that is…Learn More

Property Settlement

Edwards Family Lawyers can assist you and your spouse/partner to come to an agreement in relation to…Learn More

Negotiation & Resolution

Opportunities for negotiation and settlement exist not only before proceedings are commenced, but also after….Learn More

Parenting & Children

The best interests of the children is the paramount consideration when determining the most appropriate and suitable…Learn More

De Facto

De Facto couples (including same sex couples) who separate after 1 March 2009 have the same rights as married….Learn More

Mediation Services

Edwards Family Lawyers offer Mediation Services to assist parties to engage in effective dispute resolution….Learn More

Our Family Lawyers are here to help

We navigate legal issues for our clients with empathy and a deep understanding of the associated stresses and implications. We can help you, like we have helped many clients in Sydney.

Our Family Lawyers are here to help

We navigate legal issues for our clients with empathy and a deep understanding of the associated stresses and implications. We can help you, like we have helped many clients in Sydney.