Phillips Family Law Newsletter September 2016

September 2016 with Phillips Family Law

Case in Point – No such thing as a negative contribution and the importance of documenting loans

Not now, not ever – more Domestic Violence reform

Phillips Family Law Welcomes New Paralegal

Special interest group LawAustralasia Conference 11 August to 12 August 2016

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Phillips Family Law Welcomes New Associate Lawyer – Phillip Ridgway

Phillips Family Law are very excited to announce a new member to the team – Phillip Ridgway, who recently commenced working as an Associate in our team.

 

Phillip has been practising exclusively in the area of family law since he commenced his legal career. Whilst Phillip has broad experience in a variety of family law matters, his particular interests are in property settlements involving businesses and third party interests, binding financial agreements and complex parenting matters. Phillip joins our team after being employed by a specialist family law firm in Brisbane. Phillip is a very experienced lawyer in whom we have the greatest confidence. We look forward to him working in our team at Phillips Family Law.

 

You can contact Phillip on phillip.ridgway@pflaw.com.au

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Phillips Family Law Newsletter August 2016

August 2016 with Phillips Family Law

Case in Point – You can’t take it to the grave

Announcing the Launch of Domestic and Family Violence Best Practice Guidelines

Phillips Family Law Welcomes New Associate Lawyer

Foundations for the Future Seminar

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Appointment of The Honourable Justice Catherine Carew

Last month our Managing Director, Tony Phillips and Senior Associate, Fiona Caulley attended an event organised by  the Family Law Practitioners Association (FLPA) for the family law fraternity to celebrate the appointment of The Honourable Justice Catherine Carew as a Judge of the Family Court based on Brisbane.  Our Senior Associate, Fiona Caulley is Vice President of FLPA and was involved in organising the event for the family law profession to congratulate Justice Carew on her achievement.  Prior to Justice Carew’s appointment, Her Honour was also committee member of FLPA, along with Fiona, and is well known to many of FLPA’s members given her long career.

 

The high esteem in which Justice Carew is held by the family law profession was evidenced by almost 200 FLPA members, including Tony and Fiona and their professional colleagues, being members of the judiciary, who came together to mark this wonderful milestone for Justice Carew. Barrister, Tedd Jordan, a close friend of Justice Carew spoke on behalf of FLPA members to welcome Justice Carew.

 

The appointment of Justice Carew was very welcome addition by the profession in the Brisbane Registry given the lack of judicial resources and the recent calls by the profession to the Attorney General for additional appointments to the bench given the lengthy delays which have resulted for people when involved in court proceedings.

 

The event was an opportunity for Tony and Fiona to meet their professional colleagues and to celebrate the appointment of Justice Carew.

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Case in Point– High Court dismisses spousal maintenance order because wife could seek support from the estate of her late father

The High Court has recently considered the issue of whether voluntary payments from a wife’s family constituted a financial resource available to the wife that would enable her to support herself and eliminate her need to obtain spousal maintenance from her husband.

On 8 June 2016, the High Court handed down its decision in relation to an appeal from the Full Court of the Family Court to discharge an order for a husband to pay his wife interim spousal maintenance of approximately $10,000 per month. In reaching their decision, the High Court determined that it was appropriate for the Full Court to discharge the maintenance order because the wife was able to call on her brothers to provide her with financial support based on a ‘wish’ expressed by the wife’s late father in his will.

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Phillips Family Law Newsletter July 2016

July 2016 with Phillips Family Law

 

Case in Point – High Court dismisses spousal maintenance order because wife could seek support from the estate of her late father

Appointment of The Honourable Justice Catherine Carew

Family Law Practitioners Association Early Career Practitioners’ Workshop

 

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Focussed legal representation gives fast results

In a legal system that can see clients litigating for 2 years, we recently succeeded in having a claim against our client dismissed entirely – and at the very first court event.
We invested in a tactical and focussed approach — early in the case.  We focussed on a jurisdictional argument that may ordinarily be overlooked.  We knew the argument was sound and that the case should be dismissed.  However we recognised that the Judge would need to be convinced in order to make this difficult decision.  So we engaged the best Counsel to assist in the advocacy on the day.

The Court was convinced.  The claim against our client was dismissed.  And (in a court where it is extremely unusual to get a costs order) he was even invited by the Court to consider making a claim for costs against the unsuccessful party.  The client was extremely pleased and we refunded money to him that he anticipated having to spend on the litigation.
The value of initial investment in thorough, tactical and focussed legal representation cannot be underestimated.

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