O’Sullivan Davies Newsletter #2 (August 2020)

2020 Doyle’s Guide Recognition

In June 2020, O’Sullivan Davies was pleased to again be named as a first tier Leading Family & Divorce Law Firm in Doyle’s Guide, with 6 of our staff members receiving individual recognition. You can read more about this here.

20th Anniversary

2020 also marks the 20th anniversary of O’Sullivan Davies and we are so happy this year to have supported Ride for Youth, Parkerville Children and Youth Care, and this quarter, the Perth Homeless Support Group Inc, as part of our giving back to the community. Join us to support this wonderful organisation here.

OSD Presents – Video Series

We have recently released a couple of videos on our website and you can access them as follows:

  1. Released on 31 July 2020, Special Counsel Trevor O’Sullivan talks about property settlement and what to do to document it if both parties are in agreement. Watch his video here.
  2. Released on 7 August 2020, Partner Nicola Watts talks about practical tips on what you can do straightaway if you separate. Watch her video here.

This video series is being released weekly on our website here and coming up we have:

  • Senior Associate Sherlene Heng on financial support after separation – available 14 August 2020;
  • Consultant Nicola Jansen on the difference between parenting orders and a parenting plan – available 21 August 2020;
  • Partner James Claringbold on binding financial agreements (“pre nups”) – available 28 August 2020;
  • Partner Nicola Watts on tips to talk about separation with your children – available 4 September 2020.

Check back on our website on those dates to access the videos. If you know anyone who may benefit from these topics, please feel free to forward a copy of this newsletter to them.

Staff Updates

Finally, we are pleased to announce that we have appointed Senior Paralegal Marie Ryan to the newly created position of Client Engagement Liaison. Elevating our client service is important to us and this will be a way to ensure client expectations are met and areas of improvement discussed at an early stage. You can read our announcement here.

As COVID-19 restrictions were eased, most of the O’Sullivan Davies team have returned to the office in May 2020. Some who preferred working from home have been able to continue these arrangements with the support of the partnership. We look forward to meeting up with all of you in our networks and hope you and yours have been doing well in these challenging times.

Articles in this newsletter

This quarter, both Rachel and Victor have looked at issues relating to forward planning; a timely reminder of the intersections between family law and estate matters.

What happens when a party passes away during Family Court property proceedings?

What happens should both parties pass away during Family Court property proceedings?