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Briefing a Barrister in Family Law Matters

Speakers: Kate Mooney SC, Michael Kirby Chambers, Mary Anne Ryan, Derwent and Tamar Chambers, and Michael Tresize, Malthouse Chambers

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  • Audio only - listen online or download MP3
  • Paper - 5 pages - The Dos and Don'ts of Briefing and Working With Counsel in Family Law Matters


Panel seminar delivered at the Law Society of Tasmania, 26 July 2019
CPD Guide: 1 (PS)
Join this panel of barristers for their invaluable insights on the tips and traps to briefing a barrister. 

Session Outline:

What is the distinction between an independent barrister in Tasmania and a solicitor advocate? 
What are the advantages of briefing a barrister in a family law case?
At what stage should you brief a barrister and why?
How do you do it effectively?

Key takeaways:
How to improve the presentation of evidence of your case.
The benefits of an early and objective assessment of the real strengths and weaknesses of your case.  
Enhancing the written advocacy of your case. 

What others said about this event:

"I found all aspects of this session to be of a high standard in all areas."
"Handout provided was very helpful"
"Everything was very helpful! So good to hear direct from the barristers"
"I enjoyed the casual nature of the event. It was very pragmatic and touched on key points in the material provided."

About the Speakers

Mary Anne Ryan

Mary Anne practices principally in the areas of civil law and relationships law.  She frequently appears as Counsel in the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Children’s Division of the Magistrates Court.  Mary Anne has experience appearing before the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia. 

Mary Anne is recognised for her advocacy in complex children’s matters.  She is often appointed as Independent Children’s Lawyer in the family law jurisdiction and Separate Representative in the child protection jurisdiction.

In addition, Mary Anne is experienced in preparing matrimonial property matters for trial and appearance as Counsel.

Mary Anne was appointed a part-time member of the Guardianship and Administration Board of Tasmanian in 2019.  She is a member of Bar Council of Independent Bar Association of Tasmania.  


Michael Tresize

Michael was admitted in 1985 and is now practising as a barrister with the Tasmanian Independent Bar at Malthouse Chambers. He held long and happy partnerships in the Hobart law firms Butler McIntyre and Butler and Dobson Mitchell Allport and, between them, experienced the joys and challenges of sole practice as a barrister and solicitor for a period of six (6) years. He is a specialist family lawyer but necessarily has a broad, working knowledge of other areas of law, including commercial, trust, estates and insurance law.


Kate Mooney SC




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