An Accredited Family Law Specialist is a solicitor who has demonstrated a high standard of ability and experience in Family Law, and has additionally passed the exams as set by the Law Society of WA.

These specialist solicitors are well versed and experienced in all matters around Family Law including:

• Divorce Procedures
• Parenting Matters
• Property Settlement
• Child Support & Spousal Maintenance
• De Facto Relationships
• Jurisdiction of the Court
• Court Practice & Procedure
• Taxation
• Pensions, Social Security and Legal Aid

How much experience does an Accredited Family Law Specialist need to have before qualifying for Accreditation?
At least five years, with more than 25% of their practice in Family Law. At O’Sullivan Davies, all of our solicitors practice exclusively in Family Law.

Is the Accreditation recognised?
Yes. To become accredited, the requirements include references from other solicitors or barristers. These references must confirm the ability and experience of the applicant for accreditation. Other solicitors often refer Family Law clients to Accredited Family Law Specialists in the knowledge that difficult or complex cases will be competently handled.

Is an Accredited Specialist required to keep up to date?
Yes. They must prove each year that they have continued to keep up to date with developments in the law and maintain the required high level of involvement in the jurisdiction.

How can I distinguish if a solicitor is an Accredited Family Law Specialist?
Accredited practitioners obtain certificates which you are entitled to look at to confirm that they have a current qualification as an Accredited Family Law Specialist. Only those solicitors who have the requisite experience, have passed the exam and kept up to date with developments in the law may describe themselves as an Accredited Family Law Specialist.

If you have any further questions about the accreditation scheme please address them to:

The Secretary
Accreditation Committee
Law Society of Western Australia
Level 4, 89 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Tel: +61 8 9324 8637

O’Sullivan Davies is one of Australia’s leading practices in the areas of Family Law. The firm’s partners and lawyers are highly experienced and well regarded in the field. A client focused approach ensures we are accessible, progressive and deliver responsive and meaningful solutions. If you’d like to know more about any of the issues in this leaflet, please get in touch.

O’Sullivan Davies Family Law
Level 27, 197 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
Tel: +61 8 9426 4711
Fax: +61 8 9426 4722

O’Sullivan Davies’ expertise and abilities has been ranked as a First Tier Family Law firm in Western Australia in 2012 – 2021 by Doyles Guide.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: This brochure was prepared by O’Sullivan Davies and updated on 17 March 2021. It presents general information only and is not intended as a comprehensive guide. It is not legal advice. Professional advice should be sought before applying the information to any specific circumstances.