Special Counsel

Sally Baker

Sally has extensive experience advising on all aspects of family and relationship law including across state and international boundaries in respect of financial, parenting and children support disputes from initial advice to final resolution and documentation.

Sally brings exceptional practical ‘hands on’ experience in conducting complex family law litigation particularly those with intricate corporate or trust structures, involving third parties, business valuation disputes and questions of jurisdiction.

She has particular expertise in private mediation and is known for her strategic negotiation skills in resolving technical and often multi layered disputes at an early stage by taking a common sense, commercial and pragmatic approach to problem solving to ensure speedy and cost effective outcomes for her clients.

Expertise

Sally’s areas of speciality and practice cover:

  • Mediation and Alternative/Family Dispute Resolution processes.
  • Parenting advice and orders including surrogacy arrangements.
  • Property settlements and spousal maintenance including those with complex financial structures and ‘Big Money’ cases.
  • Drafting of settlement documentation including Court Orders; Financial Agreements and Child Support Agreements.
  • Child Support advice and disputes including administrative assessments and departure applications under the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989.
  • Divorce advice and applications.
  • LGBTIQ issues, agreements and advice on separation.
  • Family violence and intervention orders under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008.
  • Acting in all matters/Court proceedings under the Family Law Act 1975 including those requiring urgent interim orders such as injunctions.

Recent projects

  • Acting on international relocation case involving the permanent relocation of a client’s children from Australia to Egypt.
  • Acting on a case involving the valuation and sale of a client’s minority interest in a Franchise business involving third parties.
  • Advising a high net worth client on and drafting a complex Financial Agreement involving significant assets held in various corporate or trust structures in Australia and overseas including considering taxations consequences of the proposed settlement.
  • Advising a client on and drafting a Binding Child Support Agreement including the treatment of periodic and non-periodic/lump sum payments and terminating events as well as international enforcement issues.
  • Assisting a client in a same sex relationship to successfully resolve an acrimonious parenting dispute involving allegations of family violence and drafting appropriate final parenting orders.
  • Acting for client in a protracted property case involving non-disclosure and non-compliance by the other party with Court orders and a dispute about the value of a business conducted by a family trust including considering the impact of a party’s conduct on the question of costs.
  • Assisting a client to resolve a parenting and property settlement where there were complex mental health issues, family violence proceedings in a State court and estate considerations following the death of a party.
  • Acting for a client to negotiate a property settlement involving the valuation and potential sale of significant assets held in a complex corporate group structure including dealing with substantial discovery and disclosure issues as well as third party interests.

Professional Memberships / Accreditation & Activities

  • Accredited Family Law Specialist since 2003.
  • Best Lawyers (Family Law) 2020 – 2022 including Lawyer of the Year 2021
  • Doyles List recommended as leading parenting and children’s lawyer 2022
  • Member and volunteer of the Fitzroy Legal Service including its LGBTIQ specialist advisory service/team.
  • Member of various family law professional associations including the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria and Law Council of Australia.
  • Director to the Board of Relationship Matters relationship and counselling service.

    Sector

location

Melbourne

CONTACT

T: +61 8568 9584 [email protected]

Special Counsel

Beth Jarman