M.App.Law (Family Law) LL.B. FANZCN
Tom is an accredited specialist in Family Law, with 30 years of distinguished experience and a Masters degree in the field, as well as a respected record of work in Commercial Litigation. Tom approaches with great sympathy the emotional sensitivity and distress that come with separation and the breakup of a family. In particular, he takes care to understand the effect of these events on children, as well as their financial consequences.
After receiving a client’s instructions, Tom’s first objective is always to minimise the emotional impact of the breakup, as much as possible, by offering two essential legal services:
Tom’s experience in Commercial Litigation brings an added edge to considering property issues and marshalling the property pool. Tom calls on experienced forensic accountants to cut across ‘cloudy’ financial records and statements – particularly the use of third party trusts, corporations or partnerships – to reveal the true value and financial interests of all parties. One of Tom’s special interests is in how property comes into a marriage through special skills, windfalls, inheritances and interests under discretionary trusts and third party loans. This kind of knowledge can be very important if one party in a divorce or separation attempts to claim property to which they are not entitled.
Drawing on his wealth of experience, Tom can provide expert advice on:
In addition to his eminent standing in the field of Family Law, Tom is a Notary Public and is also a Life Member and former President of New South Wales Soccer Federation Ltd 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 to legal and community services.