An Accredited Family Law Specialist, Amanda joined Taussig Cherrie Fildes in 2019. She has worked exclusively in family law since 2001 after beginning her legal career as a research assistant with the Supreme Court of Victoria, Court of Appeal.
Amanda’s expertise extends across all aspects of family law, including complex parenting, property and financial matters, child support and international family law.
Focused on achieving positive outcomes for her clients, Amanda is pragmatic, efficient and solution focused. Whether she is providing trusted family law advice, negotiating agreements, or representing a client in court, Amanda is adept at resolving challenging cases.
Amanda is well-versed in international family law and has extensive knowledge and experience in jurisdictional disputes, cross-border property issues, overseas financial agreements, registration of overseas orders, making ‘mirror orders’. She is an expert in international relocation and international child abduction cases and the operation of the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions (the Child Abduction Convention and Child Protection Conventions) as well as international agreements governing the registration, collection and enforcement of overseas child support and maintenance obligations.
Amanda is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), an invitation-only worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries, with expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters. She is currently serving a term on the IAFL’s Board of Governors as the Asia Pacific Chapter Delegate and on the IAFL Relocation of Children Committee and IAFL Communication with Fellows Committee. She previously served as Counsel on the Executive of the IAFL in 2018/2019. In 2019, she organised and co-chaired a full-day education programme for the IAFL Annual General Meeting in Melbourne, Enforcement of overseas orders and obligations.
In 2015, Amanda took part in cultural training facilitated by the University of Melbourne and then travelled with a delegation from Australia to Japan, to complete cross-border mediation training, with a focus on the mediation of international child abduction cases. She now has recourse to rely on that training when representing clients in international child abduction cases where mediation is appropriate. Amanda has since participated in various events sharing her experience from that training, including events hosted by the Family Court of Australia (as it was then known), a panel discussion titled “Co-mediation for Japanese-Australian child abduction cases” hosted by the Osaka Bar Association and wrote an article on the same topic for Australian Family Lawyer.
Amanda is attentive and responsive to her clients and has excellent working relationships with counsel, experts and other professionals – in and beyond family law, within Australia and overseas. She draws upon those networks to benefit her clients and to assist with the efficient conduct and comprehensive resolution of their family law matters.
Amanda has been recommended by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer in Victoria from 2019 to 2022.
Paralegal/Personal Assistant: Marian Jenkin
- Amanda has written and co-authored numerous articles and contributes to Australian and international family law publications in relation to international family law issues, including the Law Institute of Victoria Journal, Australian Family Lawyer and Family Law Journal (UK). She regularly presents at conferences and symposiums in Australia and overseas, including for IAFL, the World Congress of Family Law and Children’s Rights, the Law Society of Singapore Conference and the Australian Psychological Society (Family Law Interest Group).
- Guest speaker at International Academy of Family Lawyers* events, including Stuttgart in 2018 (recognition and enforcement of international pre-nuptial and marital agreements); Tokyo 2018 (international relocation of children); and Melbourne in 2019 (enforcement of overseas orders and obligations).
- Guest presenter for International Social Services (ISS) Australia in 2020 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hague Child Abduction Convention.
- Distinguished presenter at the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights conference**, including co-authoring two papers presented in Sydney in 2013 (working with parental alienation cases and recognition and enforcement of foreign family law decisions and obligations); Dublin in 2017 (the voice of the child in Hague Convention abduction proceedings); and virtually in 2021 (Australian cases utilising the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention).
- Guest speaker on Radio National regarding the international abduction of children.
- Presented to peers and colleagues of the Victorian Bar regarding the Hague Child Abduction and Child Protection Conventions.
- Guest lecturer at Monash University
- Volunteer lawyer with Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC) (2002 to 2018) and now offers legal mentoring and assistance to PCLC lawyers upon request
- * IAFL is an invitation-only worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.
- ** The World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights conference is a major international event, providing a platform for lawyers, judges, academics and other professionals to share best practices in protecting children and promoting their rights.
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
- Bachelor of Arts (Sociology Major)
- Accredited Family Law Specialist
- Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (serving as Counsel from 2018 – 2019; and on the Board of Governors from 2020 – date)
- Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
- Member of MiKK – supporting the mediation of cross-border disputes
- Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
- Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria