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Family Law

Hemmant’s List Members have specialised expertise and experience in providing advice and acting for clients in relation to a variety of Family Law issues, including:

  • Property Proceedings (including Superannuation)
  • Parenting Orders and matters involving Children
  • Enforcement of Court Orders

Hemmant’s List have qualified Family Law Mediators and Arbitrators

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Rebekah Bassano

Rebekah was called to the Bar in 2021. Before coming to the Bar, Rebekah practiced as a solicitor for over 18 Years: Originally being admitted as a legal practitioner in Tasmania in 2003; Then, after moving to Far North Queensland in 2006, she worked in a range of roles from Associate in a large firm in Cairns to Principal Solicitor…

Rebekah Bassano

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Crime
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Rebekah was called to the Bar in 2021.

Before coming to the Bar, Rebekah practiced as a solicitor for over 18 Years:

  • Originally being admitted as a legal practitioner in Tasmania in 2003;
  • Then, after moving to Far North Queensland in 2006, she worked in a range of roles from Associate in a large firm in Cairns to Principal Solicitor at an Indigenous legal service;
  • in 2014, Rebekah established her own practice which she successfully ran until she decided to come to the Bar.

​Rebekah’s experience as a solicitor uniquely informs her practice as a barrister.

The areas of law Rebekah accepts briefs include:

  • Family Law
  • Child Protection
  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • All types of Civil Matters (including alternative dispute resolution avenues including Mediation and Arbitration)
  • Estate Litigation
  • Criminal
  • Inquests and Inquiries

Rebekah has extensive experience acting as an Independent Children’s Lawyer and Separate Representative (Child Protection matters).

Rebekah practices in all jurisdictions and is available, in addition to regionally based matters, to appear in Courts and Tribunals based in South East Queensland and interstate (especially New South Wales).

Rebekah is also a NMAS qualified Mediator and Arbitrator.

Zoë Brereton

Zoë Brereton was called to the Queensland Bar in October 2021. Zoë has over 24 years’ experience as a lawyer, having previously practiced as a solicitor being first admitted in England and Wales in 1997 and then in Australia in 2006, including as principal of her own private practice. Zoë practises in a broad range of commercial matters, family law,…

Zoë Brereton

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries

Overview

Zoë Brereton was called to the Queensland Bar in October 2021. Zoë has over 24 years’ experience as a lawyer, having previously practiced as a solicitor being first admitted in England and Wales in 1997 and then in Australia in 2006, including as principal of her own private practice.

Zoë practises in a broad range of commercial matters, family law, domestic violence, estate litigation and immigration law.

Zoë is also a nationally accredited mediator (NMAS).

In addition to Zoë’s undergraduate qualifications in Law, she holds a Post Graduate qualification in Australian Migration Law and Practice from the Australian National University.

Other relevant affiliations and positions held by Zoë are:

Member of the Queensland Bar Association

Member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association

Treasurer of the Gold Coast Bar Association

Member of Gold Coast District Law Association

Member of LawRight

Paula Eviston

Paula was called to the Bar in Queensland in 2022. Prior to coming to the Bar, Paula: graduated with a Juris Doctor of Laws from Bond University in 2014; was admitted in 2015 to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia; and Following her admission, Paula worked predominately in Family and Criminal law in Brisbane and…

Paula Eviston

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Crime
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Paula was called to the Bar in Queensland in 2022.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Paula:

  • graduated with a Juris Doctor of Laws from Bond University in 2014;
  • was admitted in 2015 to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia; and
  • Following her admission, Paula worked predominately in Family and Criminal law in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

Paula’s primary areas of interest are:

  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law/Personal Injuries
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity
  • Family Law and Guardianship and
  • Regulatory Law (all types)

Paula is a dedicated and compassionate Barrister, providing detailed advice and advocating strongly on her client’s behalf.

Paula was called to the Bar in Queensland in 2022.

Jane FitzGerald

After more than 10 years as a solicitor with large national and international firms, Jane commenced practice as a barrister in 2009.  As an advocate she has a broad practice including commercial, insurance, personal injury, professional negligence, medical negligence, building and construction, administrative, estate and family disputes. As a mediator she has worked with public, corporate and private clients involved…

Jane FitzGerald

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law
  • Property Law
  • Resources, Construction & Infrastructure Law

Overview

After more than 10 years as a solicitor with large national and international firms, Jane commenced practice as a barrister in 2009.  As an advocate she has a broad practice including commercial, insurance, personal injury, professional negligence, medical negligence, building and construction, administrative, estate and family disputes. As a mediator she has worked with public, corporate and private clients involved in a range of family, commercial, personal and interpersonal disputes.

Jane appears alone and as junior counsel in applications, trials, appeals and other hearings in both State and Federal jurisdictions.  She holds degrees in Law and Business (Accounting) from QUT, as well as a Master Advocate Designation from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in the US.  She is nationally accredited mediator, an accredited farm debt mediator and an FRDP. She has chambers in Brisbane and also on the Gold Coast.

In addition to her practice at the Bar, she has taught advocacy and trial skills to trial lawyers and barristers in Australia, Bhutan and the US since 2010.

 

Emma Fitzgerald

As a solicitor, Emma spending 8 years working in Government and Private Practice in defendant insurance litigation representing insurers in both personal injuries and property damage litigation.  She then went on to establish the Financial Abuse Prevention team at a Queensland community legal service. Emma has been at the bar since April 2021.  She has a broad practice in what…

Emma Fitzgerald

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

As a solicitor, Emma spending 8 years working in Government and Private Practice in defendant insurance litigation representing insurers in both personal injuries and property damage litigation.  She then went on to establish the Financial Abuse Prevention team at a Queensland community legal service.

Emma has been at the bar since April 2021.  She has a broad practice in what she calls ‘human’ law – including personal injuries, insurance, consumer law, abuse law, guardianship, wills & probate, family law and domestic violence.

Emma is regularly briefed to appear both led and unled in State and Federal Courts.

Emma is a proud single mum and mental health advocate and regularly speaks about her experience.

If you believe Emma can assist you or your clients, are interested in coming to the bar, or ever feel the need to phone a friend – Emma warmly welcomes a phone call or a visit to the Hemmant’s List Centre for a cup of tea.

Stephen Hartwell

Stephen has been practicing since 1990 and was called to the Bar in 2016. Over more than three decades Stephen has practiced broadly, but his particular areas of interest are: Family Law (including Domestic Violence) Criminal Law & Professional Discipline Administrative & Public Law Stephen holds a Bachelor of Laws and is also a qualified and experienced costs assessor having…

Stephen Hartwell

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Crime
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Stephen has been practicing since 1990 and was called to the Bar in 2016.

Over more than three decades Stephen has practiced broadly, but his particular areas of interest are:

  • Family Law (including Domestic Violence)
  • Criminal Law & Professional Discipline
  • Administrative & Public Law

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Laws and is also a qualified and experienced costs assessor having been appointed to the Supreme Courts panel in December 2008.

Other relevant affiliations and positions held by Stephen are:

  • Member Bar Association of Queensland
  • Member of LawRight

His present practice calls for him to appear regularly in the courts of Queensland, N.S.W. and Victoria in matters including:

  • The conduct of appeals as sole Counsel (unled) before the Court of Appeal and the Full Court of the Family Court. (These appearances include the following reported cases: Yein & Zihao (2019) FLC ¶ 93-889; Allen v Ruddy Tomlins & Baxter(2019) 1 QR 225; Beckham & Quarrington (2019) FLC ¶93-913; Weng & Wah and Ors (2019) FLC ¶93-933; and McLaren v Wiltshire Lawyers Pty Ltd [2019] 3 QR 158.)
  • Complex property and parenting trials in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Courts of Australia.
  • Criminal trials (including matters involving allegations of historical sexual abuse and serious assault) in the District Court of Queensland.
  • Investigations and reports (briefed by Church body) of allegations of physical and sexual abuse.
  • Civil penalty hearings in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Civil trials in the District and Supreme Courts of Queensland.
  • Applications for review under the Migration Act 1958(Cth) in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Rachel Hew

Rachel was called to the Private Bar in October 2023. Prior to being called to the bar, Rachel: was employed as a solicitor at Legal Aid Queensland for some 7 years (criminal law and child protection); was an Associate to His Honour Judge Brendan Butler AM SC in the District Court in 2016; and lived in the Hague as part…

Rachel Hew

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Crime
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Rachel was called to the Private Bar in October 2023.

Prior to being called to the bar, Rachel:

  • was employed as a solicitor at Legal Aid Queensland for some 7 years (criminal law and child protection);
  • was an Associate to His Honour Judge Brendan Butler AM SC in the District Court in 2016; and
  • lived in the Hague as part of the prosecution team for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

She holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology) from the University of Queensland. She was the winner of the University of Queensland Law Society Medal for Outstanding Achievement for her graduating class.

Rachel was also a finalist in the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year Award in 2017.

Rachel accepts briefs in all areas of criminal law, domestic violence, family law and child protection as well as personal injuries and coronial inquests.  She also accepts briefs for applications in the Supreme Court pursuant to the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act (2003).

Rachel is experienced in representing some of the most vulnerable people in the State. In addition to her courtroom advocacy experience, Rachel has a particular interest in mental health law, having appeared in over one hundred Mental Health Review Tribunal hearings for Forensic Order reviews, treatment authority reviews, fitness for trial applications and electro-convulsive therapy applications, routinely involving the cross-examination of medical experts.

Rachel has also previously worked as a research assistant for the University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law in the area of immigration and refugee law. Rachel has extensive advocacy experience. As counsel, she regularly runs criminal law jury trials and summary trials (unled) as well as family law trials and defended interim hearings, child protection trials and domestic violence hearings (all unled).

Reimen Hii

Reimen is a barrister and nationally accredited mediator. He has a broad generalist practice which includes commercial litigation, administrative law, family law, property law, and human rights. He predominantly focuses on commercial and international disputes. Before being called to the Bar, Reimen worked as an associate at a leading international insurance law firm. He has also worked as a lawyer…

Reimen Hii

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Reimen is a barrister and nationally accredited mediator. He has a broad generalist practice which includes commercial litigation, administrative law, family law, property law, and human rights. He predominantly focuses on commercial and international disputes.

Before being called to the Bar, Reimen worked as an associate at a leading international insurance law firm. He has also worked as a lawyer at a boutique Brisbane commercial litigation firm, as a registrar of the Supreme Court of Tonga, at a top-tier national firm, as a judge’s associate, and as a legal officer at a UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia.

Reimen is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland’s human rights committee; he also a member of the Australian Lawyers for Human Right’s Queensland committee and Business & Human Rights subcommittee. He was awarded the Australian Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by the Law Council of Australia.

Reimen is also a member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.

Deanna Musumeci

Ms Deanna Musumeci was called to the Queensland Bar in October 2021. Previously, Deanna practiced as a solicitor for 8 years in Townsville with a particular practice interest in Family Law and Commercial Litigation. Deanna has acted in complex Family Law and Commercial Litigation matters involving: The interpretation and enforcement of a Deed of Family Arrangement; Acting for third party…

Deanna Musumeci

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Crime
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Personal Injuries and Health Law

Overview

Ms Deanna Musumeci was called to the Queensland Bar in October 2021.

Previously, Deanna practiced as a solicitor for 8 years in Townsville with a particular practice interest in Family Law and Commercial Litigation.

Deanna has acted in complex Family Law and Commercial Litigation matters involving:

  • The interpretation and enforcement of a Deed of Family Arrangement;
  • Acting for third party intervenors in a family law property dispute involving issue of trust, debts and gifts;
  • Acting for a legally aid funded respondent mother in relation to parenting and access issues involving complicated social issues such as drugs, alcohol, neglect and abuse.

Deanna, in addition to a busy private practice, is passionate about social justice and volunteers her time to various social justice institutions such as:

  • Townsville Community Law; and
  • North Queensland Women’s Legal Service.

Other relevant affiliations and positions held by Deanna are:

  • Townsville Hospital Ethic Committee;
  • Townsville District Law Association Committee Member; and
  • North Queensland District Law Association Committee member.
Andrew Preston

Andrew Preston

Andrew conducts a diverse practice as a barrister with his base in Brisbane.  He was admitted to the bar on 15 May 1989 and has advised or acted in proceedings on behalf of and against the Commonwealth, the State of Queensland and its executive arms, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative bodies, corporations and individuals.  He has appeared in the…

Andrew Preston

Andrew Preston

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Crime
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Family Law
  • Inquests & Inquiries
  • Native Title Law
  • Property Law

Overview

Andrew conducts a diverse practice as a barrister with his base in Brisbane.  He was admitted to the bar on 15 May 1989 and has advised or acted in proceedings on behalf of and against the Commonwealth, the State of Queensland and its executive arms, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative bodies, corporations and individuals.  He has appeared in the High Court, Full Federal Court, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Queensland Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland, District Court, Land Court, Magistrates Court and in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Andrew has previously worked, in his capacity as a barrister, in various areas of the Crown Solicitors Office working in the Crown Law Office in various areas including general litigation and general advocacy appearing for the Crown in a range of matters including coronial inquiries, statutory compliance and enforcement prosecutions across a range of legislation, mental health appeals, professional disciplinary proceedings and child protection.

During this time he was seconded to the Commission of Inquiry into Possible Illegal activities and Associated Police Misconduct (Fitzgerald Inquiry).  Andrew also worked in the Policy and Legislation arm of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General as a Ministerial adviser and then on various amendments to the Criminal Code and Serious Violent Offenders legislation. He became the Executive Legal Consultant of the Native Title Law Branch before departing to work as the Principal Legal Officer for an Aboriginal Land Council.  He commenced practice at the private Bar in 2000.

Between February 2014 and March 2016, Andrew was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Solomon Islands and appeared at trial and on appeal for the tribal groups of Isabel successfully overturning a the registration of Torrens system title in a large mining corporation and having the land back placed in the hands of its traditional owners.

Andrew has been consistently recognised in Doyles Guide as a leading Native Title Junior Counsel – Australiawide since 2012.  Most recently he has been recognised in the 2022 rankings.

 

 

Giles Stapleton

Giles was called to the NSW Bar in October 2012 after a 20 year career in banking and commerce in Sydney and London, holding senior positions in Banking and Investment companies. Giles was previously called to the London Bar in 1994. He maintains chambers in QLD and NSW. Giles practices predominantly in Family Law and Property and Equity. In Family…

Giles Stapleton

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Property Law
  • Taxation Law

Overview

Giles was called to the NSW Bar in October 2012 after a 20 year career in banking and commerce in Sydney and London, holding senior positions in Banking and Investment companies.

Giles was previously called to the London Bar in 1994.

He maintains chambers in QLD and NSW.

Giles practices predominantly in Family Law and Property and Equity. In Family Law cases he appears for clients in all types of property and parenting disputes.

He has extensive experience having appeared led and unled in in excess of 120 contested interim and final hearings since 2013.

He also has ever increasing appellate experience.

Giles also acts for clients in all aspects of commercial law in all jurisdictions, bringing his extensive commercial property, banking and finance experience to his advocacy practice for the significant benefit of his clients.

Other areas of law in which Giles accepts briefs include:

  • Commercial, Property and Equity disputes
  • Estate Law matters including Family Provision Applications

Jessica Tree

Jessica was called to the Bar in mid 2023. Prior to coming to the Bar, Jessica undertook was accredited Independent Children’s Lawyer. Jessica is available to be briefed in all matters relating to family breakdown including: representing clients in mediation parenting arrangements property settlement interim and final hearings advices and contravention proceedings. Jessica accepts briefs in Child Protection litigation for…

Jessica Tree

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Crime
  • Family Law

Overview

Jessica was called to the Bar in mid 2023.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Jessica undertook was accredited Independent Children’s Lawyer.

Jessica is available to be briefed in all matters relating to family breakdown including:

  • representing clients in mediation
  • parenting arrangements
  • property settlement
  • interim and final hearings
  • advices and
  • contravention proceedings.

Jessica accepts briefs in Child Protection litigation for parents, intervening parties and Separate Representatives. She can assist with providing advice, attending family group meetings, court ordered conferences, interim and final hearings as well as administrative reviews.

Jessica provides advice and representation in domestic violence proceedings including, applications for protection orders, applications to vary protection orders, appearances at mentions, interlocutory applications and final hearings.

Jessica has finalised all requirements for accreditation as a mediator with the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) and is now available to provide family law mediation services. Jessica is unable to issue s 60i certificates.

 

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