Carmel is a Senior Associate in our Family Law Team and a candidate of Master of Laws (Applied Family Law) who practices exclusively in MST Lawyers’ family law team. Her background in general legal practice enables her to draw on her particular knowledge of wills and estates, general litigation and personal injuries.
Carmel holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts. Following her graduation Carmel undertook training with a major Melbourne firm and was admitted to practice in 1987. Since approximately 1993 she has practiced almost exclusively in Family Law and Family Violence. She has a clear understanding of the effect of domestic violence on children and families.
Carmel has experience in all aspects of Family Law and Family Violence Intervention Orders including complex parenting cases such as Magellan List matters and those which require the involvement of Child Protection and family violence intervention orders. She also has a broad experience in complex property and financial matters which involve various business entities, corporate and trust structures as well as self-managed super funds, family trusts, CGT and tax issues. She is also experienced in same sex and defacto disputes, surrogacy cases, child abduction, contravention applications, child support, adult child maintenance and Appeals to the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia.
With experience that spans over 33 years and a special interest in complex property and parenting cases, Carmel is able to manage those issues and aims at finding workable resolutions for her clients that are efficient and cost effective whether by negotiation, mediation or through the courts as a last resort.
Carmel is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Law Council of Australia and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. She is fluent in the Italian and English languages and can converse and read in, French.
Carmel’s key areas are:
- Family Law
- Family Violence Intervention Orders