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About Us

Anderson Family Lawyers is a specialist family law firm established by Lucy Padula.

Anderson Family Lawyers

Accredited Family Law Specialists

At Anderson Family Lawyers we hold strong beliefs as to the values a law firm should possess. Namely, giving clients expert advice in plain English so that clients can make conscious decisions about their future. Lucy Padula, principal of the firm, is supported by an excellent team of staff with considerable experience in family law.

As parents ourselves, we understand that it can be difficult to attend at appointments in person. Thus, conferences can be arranged via telephone and Skye. However, we do consider it to be important to have an initial face to face conference. After hours and weekend telephone and Skype appointments can also be arranged.

Lucy Padula

B.A. LLB (Hons), Accredited Family Law Specialist

Principal

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Law (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts (double degree)
  • Accredited Family Law Specialist with the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia

Catherine Farres

B.A. LLB

Associate family lawyer

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Political Science)
  • Associate Diploma in Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Certified Training in Mediation
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia
Lucy is an Accredited Family Law Specialist who considers it of utmost importance to assist her clients in resolving family law matters fairly and with integrity. Lucy commenced her career in law as a law clerk whilst studying.  Lucy completed a Bachelor of Arts and A Bachelor of Law (with Honours) degrees in 2002.  She was admitted to practice law in 2004.

Lucy has developed a practice advising clients in all matters in family law, including financial matters, children’s matters and family violence intervention orders.  Given that family law matters can be complex and issues relating to other areas of law, such as property law, criminal law, taxation issues, Lucy has developed networks with other professionals to best assist her clients.

Where possible Lucy aims to assist clients to negotiate and resolve matters without litigation. However, where litigation is necessary, she will work to obtain the best result possible for her clients.

Expert advice in plain English

Since 2001, Catherine has held various positions in large city law firms as well as small suburban firms, where she had considerable involvement in Financial matters, Children’s matters, Recovery matters, Intervention Order/ Personal Safety matters, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Estate matters. Catherine was admitted to practice as a solicitor in April 2017.

Having been on the Board of Directors of two Non-Profit Organisations (that assist people with disabilities) for many years, combined with being fluent in the Italian language, Catherine has the ability to communicate and connect with people from many different cultural and religious backgrounds.

She has the ability to find innovative, practical and supportive solutions to assist her clients with empathy to navigate through the many challenging issues that arise in a person’s life and to assist them to move through these difficult periods.

Catherine is approachable, calm, understanding and empathetic to her client’s, individual circumstances and diverse needs. She effectively collaborates matters in a cost effective, timely, professional and practical manner whilst navigating through the many challenging issues that arise in their Family Law matters, while seeking the best outcomes possible for her client’s and their diverse needs.

With a passion for communication and helping people, Catherine utilises her experience and professional approach to develop strong relationships and obtain cost effective results and, where appropriate, she will assertively litigate assist her clients.

Lucy Padula

B.A. LLB (Hons), Accredited Family Law Specialist

Principal

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Law (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts (double degree)
  • Accredited Family Law Specialist with the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia
Lucy is an Accredited Family Law Specialist who considers it of utmost importance to assist her clients in resolving family law matters fairly and with integrity. Lucy commenced her career in law as a law clerk whilst studying.  Lucy completed a Bachelor of Arts and A Bachelor of Law (with Honours) degrees in 2002.  She was admitted to practice law in 2004.

Lucy has developed a practice advising clients in all matters in family law, including financial matters, children’s matters and family violence intervention orders.  Given that family law matters can be complex and issues relating to other areas of law, such as property law, criminal law, taxation issues, Lucy has developed networks with other professionals to best assist her clients.

Where possible Lucy aims to assist clients to negotiate and resolve matters without litigation. However, where litigation is necessary, she will work to obtain the best result possible for her clients.

Expert advice in plain English

Catherine Farres

B.A. LLB

Associate family lawyer

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Political Science)
  • Associate Diploma in Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Certified Training in Mediation
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia

Since 2001, Catherine has held various positions in large city law firms as well as small suburban firms, where she had considerable involvement in Financial matters, Children’s matters, Recovery matters, Intervention Order/ Personal Safety matters, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Estate matters. Catherine was admitted to practice as a solicitor in April 2017.

Having been on the Board of Directors of two Non-Profit Organisations (that assist people with disabilities) for many years, combined with being fluent in the Italian language, Catherine has the ability to communicate and connect with people from many different cultural and religious backgrounds.

She has the ability to find innovative, practical and supportive solutions to assist her clients with empathy to navigate through the many challenging issues that arise in a person’s life and to assist them to move through these difficult periods.

Catherine is approachable, calm, understanding and empathetic to her client’s, individual circumstances and diverse needs. She effectively collaborates matters in a cost effective, timely, professional and practical manner whilst navigating through the many challenging issues that arise in their Family Law matters, while seeking the best outcomes possible for her client’s and their diverse needs.

With a passion for communication and helping people, Catherine utilises her experience and professional approach to develop strong relationships and obtain cost effective results and, where appropriate, she will assertively litigate assist her clients.

Anderson Family Lawyers

Anderson Family Lawyers is a specialist family law firm established by Lucy Padula. Lucy is dedicated to assisting clients in resolving family law issues with dignity. The breakdown of a relationship is an extremely difficult time, particularly where there are children involved. We understand that there are numerous considerations in addition to legal factors which may impact your needs and goals. We can assist you in creating solutions to meet the needs of your family. This includes financial settlement and making appropriate care arrangements for your children, which are in their best interests. We can also help you to address financial and other matters at the commencement of a relationship. As a busy parent Lucy understands that it can be difficult to attend appointments during business hours and/or in person and thus will arrange phone conferences outside business hours where necessary.