Sherlene graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) (majoring in Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance) and also has a Master of Laws (Family Law) (LLM). She’s worked in family law in Perth and Sydney since 2009.
A strong advocate for negotiated settlements, Sherlene always takes a strategic approach from the outset with the goal of resolving a matter quickly and respectfully. Wherever possible, Sherlene focuses on trying to help her clients remain amicable through the settlement/judgment. She has experience dealing with complex financial matters, including situations involving multiple trusts and corporate structures and parenting issues that involve allegations of family violence or abuse or drug and alcohol use. She sees it as a privilege to work with all clients, regardless of the complexity of the case.
Sherlene is driven to finding options to resolve a difficult situation, often the most difficult of someone’s life. She enjoys meeting new people and working in an area of law that can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender, religious beliefs or socio-economic status. The ability to assist people and detangle a thorny issue gives her enormous job satisfaction.
Sherlene’s warm demeanour means she connects on a personal level with those she works with, clients and opposition. She is task-oriented and ensures her clients know what their options are and the likely outcomes from the outset in order to aid them through difficult choices.
With a genuine interest in people, Sherlene attributes the stories of her clients to helping her expand her own views of the world.
Sherlene is part of a provisional Rotary club aimed at families with young children and is a member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. She speaks conversational Mandarin.