Genevieve Smit

Senior Associate

Genevieve studied law, politics and journalism at the University of Notre Dame, graduating with combined law-arts degrees. After graduation, Genevieve volunteered at the Domestic Violence Legal Unit of Legal Aid Western Australia, taking the opportunity to help people while deciding the direction to take her career. She then went on to work as a legal associate for a Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia. In that role, Genevieve sat through many trials and discovered that the practise of family law had the scope to make a real difference.

Genevieve first met Andrew Davies, a founding partner at O’Sullivan Davies, when he was her opponent in court, he offered her a job, and the rest as they say, is history.

Genevieve practices in all areas of family law and has a particular interest in financial agreements and advocacy. Genevieve is also interested and involved in cases involving international elements.

Genevieve’s calm and compassionate demeanour enables her to navigate difficult situations with a professionalism that’s admired by her peers. Listening to the stories of her clients and helping them get through a difficult time is what she enjoys the most about her work.

Genevieve graduated with a Masters of Law (Family Law) from the College of Law in 2015, and an adaption of her thesis, was published in the Family Law Review titled “Financial (dis)agreements: A critical appraisal of the Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015”.

Genevieve is admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia and is on the Roll of Practitioners at the High Court of Australia. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Family Law Practitioner’s Association of Western Australia, and Women Lawyers of Western Australia.

What clients have said about Genevieve:

Thank you so very much for all of your help and fantastic advice.  Your guidance during this very long journey has helped me grow in so many ways.  The woman that walked into OSD on the first day is a very different woman today.  This is because of your hard work and support you have provided. YC