O’Sullivan Davies Lawyers needs a bigger trophy cabinet – Doyle’s Guide 2021

2 December 2020

O’Sullivan Davies Lawyers has been listed as a First Tier Firm for the ninth consecutive year, in the 2021 Doyle’s Guide for Western Australia Family Law rankings released today.

The Doyle’s Guide is a global publication that ranks leading lawyers and law firms compiled by undertaking independent research based on reviews by clients, peers and relevant industry bodies – it’s the Oscars of the legal sector.

O’Sullivan Davies Lawyers partner Andrew Davies was again awarded ‘preeminent’, the highest ranking for a family lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide.

Six of the firm’s lawyers, Trevor O’Sullivan, Andrew Davies, James Claringbold, Nicola Watts, Nicola Jansen and Ryan van der Merwe, were individually named across five rankings for excellence in Family Law with individual honours in the areas of High Value/Complex Matters, Parenting Matters and Mediation.

O’Sullivan Davies Lawyers partner Nicola Watts says receiving recognition for excellence never gets old.

“I think we’re going to need a bigger trophy cabinet! There are extremely few First Tier Family Law Firms in the Doyle’s Guide and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront, leading the industry,” says Ms Watts.

“It’s extremely satisfying to be awarded by the industry, peers, and clients, a validation of the firm’s uncompromising commitment to excellence, which continues to pay dividends.

“This year we created a new position, Client Engagement Liaison, which has elevated our service levels to clients, keeping excellence and our client focused approach central to all that we do.

“We know clients appreciate our commitment to helping them prevent or resolve disputes, get the best outcomes, and whenever possible, settle out of court.”

Established in 2000 and celebrating 20 years of service this year, O’Sullivan Davies Lawyers is a specialist family law practice with a skilled team of 32 staff based in Perth.

2021 Doyle’s Guide Rankings

O’Sullivan Davies Lawyers named a First Tier Family Law and Divorce Firm in Western Australia for the ninth consecutive year.


Leading Family Law & Divorce Lawyers

  • Andrew Davies (Preeminent)
  • Trevor O’Sullivan (Leading)
  • James Claringbold
  • Nicola Watts
  • Nicola Jansen


High-Value and Complex Family Law matters

  • Andrew Davies (Leading)
  • Trevor O’Sullivan


Parenting Custody and Children’s Family Law matters

  • Nicola Watts (Leading)
  • Nicola Jansen



  • Andrew Davies


Rising Stars

  • Ryan van der Merwe


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Six lawyers from O’Sullivan Davies have been awarded in the 2021 Doyle’s Guide Front, from left: Trevor O’Sullivan, Nicola Watts, Andrew Davies Back, from left: Ryan van der Merwe, Nicola Jansen, James Claringbold