Ashley Stevens – Family Law Specialist
Partner, Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Ashley joined Gillard Family Lawyers in January 2018, bringing with her specialist expertise as an Accredited Specialist in Family Law from the NSW Law Society, as well as prior experience in Conveyancing, Wills and Estates.
Ashley was admitted as a solicitor in 2007, attaining a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Forensic) from Newcastle University. After completing university and her practical legal training with the College of Law, Ashley worked in a small generalised practice for 3 years, and then in a medium-sized practice in its Family Law team for over 7 years. There she undertook regular court work, and became highly specialised in all aspects of Family Law, representing her clients in the Federal Circuit and Family Courts, and at mediations on a regular basis. Ashley has an in-depth knowledge of the law, and tenaciously keeps up-to-date with the principles and any changes, so that her clients continue to get the best outcomes.
Ashley’s success has been in being able to balance and manage client expectations during highly emotionally-charged situations, from her genuine interest in talking to people, being their advocate and solving complex parenting and property matters so that the parties and children benefit from the outcomes. Ashley has experience in complex property matters, including those that involve complex asset pools and asset structures.
Ashley has a natural empathy and interest in wanting the best for the children and eagerly deciphers the principals of law in order to steer her clients in the right direction. Being able to quickly sort through the issues comes from a genuine desire to make the process easier, particularly through conciliation when times are difficult and upsetting for clients. Ashley feels that every challenge has a solution, and will bring the right energy forward to work tirelessly to get that best outcome for her clients.
Ashley’s professional passion lies in Family Law and getting the best outcome for the child, and Ashley intends to further this passion by becoming an Independent Children’s Lawyer in the future.