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Penny has been a lawyer since 1976 initially working in civil litigation, crime and family law but achieving accreditation in and turning her primary focus to family law in 1992.  Since the early 1990s, Penny has trained in mediation focussing on resolving client’s issues prior to them reaching the formal legal process.  She has pursued an holistic approach to the law.

Trained in collaborative practice and a nationally accredited mediator, Penny helped found Collaborative Professionals WA in 2007 and is also a founding member of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals.

Penny has been involved in the running of numerous organisations in the wider community including school parents’ associations, a sporting club, a hospital and a number of associations related to the practice of law in WA.  She was named Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2010 by the Women Lawyers of Western Australia.

Areas of practice:
  • Family law
  • Marriages and de facto relationships
  • Financial Agreements
  •  Collaborative Practice
  • Conducting Mediation
  • Representing clients at mediation
  • Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals (Inc) – inaugural Board member
  • Collaborative Professionals of WA (Inc) - inaugural Council member, past president
  • Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
  • Resolution Institute
  • Women Lawyers of WA (Inc) - (past president)
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators – member and Nationally Accredited Mediator
  • Family Law Practitioners Association (Western Australia) - past president
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Law Society of Western Australia - former council member