Ryan van der Merwe

Senior Associate

Since 2011, Ryan has worked exclusively in the area of family law. Ryan graduated from the Murdoch University School of Law in 2012, gaining employment as a law graduate until he commenced his articled clerkship in February 2013. He was admitted to as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2014 and to the High Court of Australia in 2016, the same year he joined O’Sullivan Davies.

Ryan practices in all areas of family law, including parenting matters, simple and complex financial matters, spousal maintenance and child support matters and proceedings involving deceased estates. He has a particular interest in trial advocacy and court related work.

Ryan values the quick and efficient settlement of disputes.  Ryan says it is better to deal with matters in a straightforward way that either resolves a case or otherwise narrows the parameters of a dispute.  Litigation is a costly exercise but sometimes it is necessary.  Being drawn into litigation as a last resort is the best approach if you want to maximise the chances of it being successful.

Ryan was fortunate to successfully complete his accreditation examination in 2019 and is now formally an accredited specialist in the area of family law.

A self-confessed home-body and an Eagles supporter by default, outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family.

What clients have said about Ryan:

I am sincerely grateful to you for the outcome you achieved for me. What an amazing result, even better than I thought possible. I had complete confidence in you from the beginning and my faith was warranted. Your considered approach, expert quality advice, timely responses and negotiation skills have made this process a lot more bearable.  Knowing I have OSD in my corner gives me a feeling of comfort. AW