Profile

Amanda Humphreys

Special Counsel

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Amanda Humphreys is a special counsel and an accredited family law specialist in MST Lawyers’ family law team.

Amanda’s Practice

In 2000, Amanda held a position as a research assistant to the Judges of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria. The following year, Amanda was admitted to practice and has since practised exclusively in family law. She spent 12 years at a top tier, specialist family law practice in Melbourne, before joining MST Lawyers in 2015. Amanda continues to dedicate her practice to family law clients requiring her legal expertise domestically and internationally.

Areas Of Specialty

  • Complex parenting disputes
  • Property and financial matters
  • Child support cases
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Child abduction proceedings

 

  • International family law
  • International relocation
  • Registration of overseas orders
    and making of ‘mirror orders’
  • International child support and
    maintenance  

Industry Experience

Amanda has assisted family law clients in all areas of family law including settlement negotiations, mediation and litigation for more than 17 years.

She has excellent connections with counsel, experts and other professionals – in and beyond family law; locally and overseas. She draws upon those networks to benefit her clients and assist with the efficient conduct and resolution of their matters.

Amanda is a fellow of the International Acadamy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), recognising her particular expertise in international family law. In 2018, she served as legal counsel to the IAFL.

Amanda regularly attends and presents at international family law conferences (including meetings of the IAFL, Hague Convention symposiums, AFCC conferences and the World Congress of Family Law and Children’s Rights), and has undertaken cross-border mediation training in Japan focusing on Japanese-Australian family disputes and child abduction cases.

She has written or co-authored many articles that have been published in journals, papers presented at local and international conferences, and was a contributor to the ‘International Parental Child Abduction Legal Resource’ (Family Law Section, 2015). She has presented sessions on various family law issues, including at Monash University, to the Australian Psychological Society family law interest group, as a panellist for the Mediation Centre Osaka, and for the Law Society of Singapore and the ABC’s Radio National on the topic of international parental child abduction.

Amanda actively supports the concept of making legal assistance accessible to all members of the community. In 2013 she received the Kath Neilson Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding volunteer contribution to the Peninsula Community Legal Centre, including as a volunteer solicitor and staff mentor. In 2018, she received a long service award for 20 years of service to the centre and a volunteer recognition award from the City of Glen Eira.

Qualifications/Admissions

  • 1999 – Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Monash University
  • 1997 – Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) Monash University
  • 2001 – Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the
                    High Court of Australia
  • 2011 – LIV Accredited Specialist in the area of Family Law
  • 2014 – Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers 

Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria (2000)
  • Law Council of Australia – Family Law Section (2000)
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (2014)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (2016)
  • MiKK e.V. – Mediation in International Conflicts Involving Parent
    and Children (2016)