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Lara is a working parent, social justice warrior and law nerd. Born and raised in Tasmania, Lara moved to Western Australia in 1999 after completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tasmania. Soon after, Lara took up a role as a Judge’s Associate in the Family Court of Western Australia.

Now, as a partner at Clairs Keeley, she practises family law collaboratively; helping negotiate agreements between couples before relationships start or after relationships (both marital and de facto) reach an end.  Lara assists clients in negotiating financial agreements, child support and parenting responsibilities as well as advising on estate planning in the context of a relationship.  Lara works closely with accountants, financial planners and family counsellors to achieve durable, workable settlements for clients.

Areas of Practice:
  • Family law
  • Marriages and de facto relationships
  • Financial Agreements
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Representing clients at Mediation
  • Council member of the Family Law Practitioners Association (Western Australia)
  • Law Reform and CPD/Social subcommittees of Family Law Practitioners Association (Western Australia)
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Women Lawyers of Western Australia
  • Collaborative Professionals WA
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Legal Aid ADR and Restraining Order panels
Lara has presented papers and written articles focussed on protecting victims of family and domestic violence, and has made submissions to parliamentary inquiries on this issue.