We provide legal advice, care and guidance to people experiencing relationship breakdown, to successfully navigate their financial settlement
Both outside the Court, through processes including negotiation, mediation and
collaboration and by litigation, where necessary.
Our firm is recognised as leader in complex property settlements, having been instrumental in effecting a number of high profile rural property settlements and settlements for a wide range of family business and multiple entities and corporate structures. We do so without the fanfare that accompanies some larger firms. Discretion is one of our core values.
Because we deal frequently with complex property settlements, our team is well apprised at advising in matters involving corporate interests, trusts or assets situated both in Australia and overseas. We bring these skills to all that we are privileged to assist, regardless of the complexity or size of the asset pool involved.
Critical to every property settlement is getting the right advice so you can make informed decisions. The law encourages parties to sensibly discuss and negotiate a division of property, wherever possible. This means understanding both what a Court would do and what is best for you and your family – in keeping with your goals.
Integral to achieving the best outcomes for you may involve if required, working with our other professionals including valuers, accountants, financial planners, commercial lawyers and barristers, if required to assist you to finalise your property settlement by the best possible method to ensure immediate and future tax advantages.
As we regularly encounter recalcitrant and difficult former spouses, we maintain consistent and assertive advocacy for those we assist.
Where an amicable settlement is reached, we work with our clients to draft the necessary documents to properly formalise the terms of their agreement (in a Consent Order and/or Financial Agreements to appropriately finalise the division, without the need for court appearances.
Where parties are unable to reach agreement, we provide proactive and determined advocacy to maximise your case at arbitration or before the Court.
The type of work we do:
Divisions Involving Businesses
Phillips Family Law has extensive experience dealing with multiple entity corporate structures and with the tracing and valuation of those structures. In conjunction with forensic accountants, we undertake a process of unraveling the structures to quantify and value the extent of the interests in companies, partnerships and trusts.
Our Managing Director, Tony Philips, has practiced in both Toowoomba and Brisbane since the early 1980’s. He has been instrumental in effecting a number of high profile rural property settlements throughout Australia. Since relocating to Brisbane in 2004, Tony continues to deal with matrimonial settlements involving rural property.