Awards, Recognition & Affiliations
Our specialist team is proud to be recognised nationally as one of only seven family law firms in Australia and one of only five in Victoria to be ranked as “First Tier” in the peer reviewed Doyles Guide, Leading Family & Divorce Law Firms 2021, for the fifth consecutive year.
Principals Debra Cherrie and Paul Fildes were individually recognised as “preeminent” in the peer reviewed Doyles Guide in the following categories:
- Leading Australian Family & Divorce Lawyers 2021;
- Leading Melbourne Family & Divorce Lawyers 2021;
- Leading Family Lawyers (High-Value & Complex Property Matters) – Victoria, 2021
In addition to Debra and Paul, a number of our specialist team were separately recognised by Doyles Guide in the following categories:
- Recommended – Leading Melbourne Family & Divorce Lawyers 2021:
- Kristy Fuge, Principal
- Kylie Sanders, Principal
- Recommended – Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyers 2021:
- Kristy Fuge, Principal
- Kylie Sanders, Principal
- Amanda Humphreys, Special Counsel
- Rising Star – Carly Boekee, Senior Associate
We are proud as both a firm and of our solicitors individually, to consistently be recognised by the peer reviewed Doyles Guide for expertise in family law over many years.
An Accredited Specialist is a person who is recognised by the Law Institute of Victoria as being an expert in their field of law.
Accredited Specialists must meet the following criteria as set down by the Law Institute of Victoria:
- Have a minimum of five years full time practice experience and a minimum of three years experience in their area of specialisation;
- Maintain a high degree of professional development in their area of specialisation;
- Pass a comprehensive examination process, developed by legal professional experts; and
- Apply for re-accreditation every three years.
IAFL is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries. Membership as a Fellow of IAFL is by invitation only, with rigorous admission criteria including a high level of competence in matters involving international family law issues. Principal Paul Fildes and Special Counsel Amanda Humphreys are longstanding Fellows of IAFL, with Amanda currently serving a term on the Board of Governors as the Asia Pacific Chapter Delegate.
Our principals are all Regulation 67B mediators accredited by AIFLAM. They regularly assist clients to mediate their matters without the need for litigation.
AIFLAM is a recognised mediation accreditation body registered with the Mediator Standards Board and supporting the National Mediation Standards. Re-accreditation is required every two years.
The Doyles Guide is a comprehensive and independent directory which showcases Australia’s finest firms and lawyers. It is compiled based on the findings of extensive surveys and interviews conducted among clients, industry peers and relevant industry bodies.
Family Law rankings are specifically compiled solely on the back of peer reviews including feedback from partner-level lawyers and senior barristers who practice is dominantly focused in the area of family law. All research is compiled on an independent basis.
The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) is the professional association for legal practitioners in Victoria. It assures the standards and professionalism of lawyers, including accreditation and specialisation.
The Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia is the largest professional association for family law practitioners. It promotes professional excellence and is recognised as leading the development of family law and practice in Australia.
The Australian Chapter of AFCC brings together Australian Family Law professionals including judicial officers, lawyers, psychologists, social workers, other mental health professionals, mediators, educators, researchers, academics, welfare groups and administrators to share in formal and informal opportunities for education, training, research and professional collaboration.
MiKK is a non-profit organization active in the field of cross-border family mediation. MiKK provides support and advice regarding the possibilities of mediation and referrals in cases of cross-border child abduction, relocation as well as international visitation and custody conflicts. It maintains a list of qualified cross-border family mediators and a list of family lawyers specialized in cross-border family conflicts.
The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) is a peak professional membership association for legal practice managers and law firm leaders within Australasia. Its purpose is to educate, promote and develop legal practice management skills and thought leadership knowledge within the legal industry.
PEXA is Australia’s online property exchange network. It has been established specifically to assist lawyers, conveyancers, banks and other professionals to securely lodge transfer documents with Land Registries and complete financial settlements electronically.