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Our People

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

Catherine Farres

B.A. LLB

Senior Associate

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 Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Masters of Applied Family Law at the College of Law (In progress)
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.

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.