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We are specialist Family Lawyers and are able to provide you with prompt cost-effective advice to help you reach an agreement or guide you through the Court process if that is appropriate.

Led by directors Sarah Keenan, Frank Chila and Joe Buckley, our Melbourne family law solicitors are our go-to team for difficult questions of law.

The Melburnians are passionate about getting outcomes that work, and believe that families do not belong in the Courtroom. The team are experts in helping clients reach agreement but will fight hard for you in court if that is what is needed.

We are based in the Melbourne CBD at Level 5, 466 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Give us a call on 03 8376 7000.

 

Sarah Keenan, Director FGD

Sarah Keenan

Family Lawyer Melbourne

Probably the first thing you need to know about Sarah is that she’s seriously smart. So if you want someone clever helping you with one of the biggest challenges of your life, she’s a great choice. Sarah is our go-to expert for financial agreements. She has a particular nous for difficult questions of law and is a natural strategist.

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Joe Buckley, Director FGD

Joe Buckley

Family Lawyer Melbourne

Joe’s experience is broad and ranges from parenting cases involving Customary Law in the Northern Territory to complex international property disputes. When Joe is being totally honest, he will admit that he enjoys acting as a robust advocate for his clients when they need him in court, but he will also be the first to point out that families do not belong in a court room.

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Frank Chila, Director FGD

Frank Chila

Family Lawyer Melbourne

Frank is a ‘bigger-picture’ type of lawyer; he starts with the realistic goals of his clients and he works hard to achieve those goals. Frank runs a lot of high conflict parenting and property matters that require composure, strategic planning and the ability to not be reactive, but rather, proactive.

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Millie Enbom-Goad, Senior Solicitor

Millie Enbom-Goad

Family Law Solicitor

Millie joined the firm in 2013. She has experience in all sorts of family law matters, including parenting and property matters. Millie is a keen and approachable lawyer. She is particularly interested in helping clients progress their matters and making sure clients are kept aware of what is going on at our end.

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Bronwyn Montgomery, Solicitor

Bronwyn Montgomery

Family Law Solicitor

Bronwyn has experience in a range of parenting and property matters, including complex and high conflict matters. She is also experienced in family violence, surrogacy, donor, and Hague Convention matters. Bronwyn aims to empower her clients with the tools to achieve their best outcome, whether this be outside the Court system or during litigation.

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Anne Ariyaratnam, Solicitor

Anne Ariyaratnam

Family Lawyer Melbourne

Anne is a competent and passionate lawyer. Having practised exclusively in family law since her admission, Anne has acted across a wide range of family law matters in particular, complex financial cases. Anne has also acted in complex parenting cases involving family violence and abuse (including the abuse of children). She understands the fragility of families in these cases.

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Emma Pickford, Solicitor

Emma Pickford

Family Lawyer Melbourne

Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies (Distinction) in 2016 from the University of Wollongong. She also has a Masters of Law majoring in Family Law. Emma joins the FGD team after having practiced almost exclusively in family law since her admission to practice.

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Anita Deutschmann, Solicitor

Anita Deutschmann

Family Lawyer Melbourne

Anita is passionate about equipping clients with the knowledge they require to navigate the family law system. Anita understands the toll that family law proceedings can have on clients and their families and she will work hard to achieve the best outcome for you with the least impact on you personally.

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Alicia Slater, Family Lawyer FGD

Alicia Slater

Family Lawyer

Alicia graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts, and was admitted to practice in 2018. Prior to joining FGD as a lawyer, Alicia worked exclusively as a paralegal, predominantly in family law, since 2010. At her previous well-established firm, Alicia was also involved in probono work with the Mental Health Legal Centre, and Refugee Legal Centre’s Afghanistan Clinic.

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Felicity Francis, Solicitor

Felicity Francis

Family Lawyer Melbourne

Felicity has practised exclusively in family law since her admission. Her passion for family law commenced when she was studying law and working as a personal assistant to a family lawyer. For the last three years of her double degree, she studied full time and worked full time. She likes to be busy.

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Eleni Angeletos, Solicitor

Eleni Angeletos

Family Law Solicitor

Before practising as a family lawyer, Eleni worked as a Deputy Associate to the Her Honour Judge Small and then as an Associate to His Honour Judge Burchardt at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

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