We are expert family lawyers with one common goal: to help you take back control of your life. This is our team.

Rebekah Dorter

Principal
BA (Psych) LLB

Rebekah is a highly respected and sought-after family lawyer in Sydney. Her 25-year track record of integrity, technical knowledge and negotiation skills make the difference in achieving a successful resolution.

Rebekah’s background in commercial law is an invaluable asset for complex disputes involving companies, partnerships and family businesses. She brings clarity and strategic thinking to what can often be a confusing and frustrating process.

As a psychology graduate and accredited mediator, Rebekah provides the acute conflict management expertise necessary to resolve property and parenting cases outside of the courtroom. Having Rebekah Dorter on your side is having an industry beacon looking after your best interest.

Bronwyn O’Loan

Senior Associate
B ED
Dip Law (LPAB)
Masters of Applied Law in Family Law

Bronwyn is a passionate family lawyer and an expert in children-related issues including high conflict custody cases and contested relocation cases. Her warm, empathetic approach helps clients feel comfortable and well looked after.

Also adept in financial matters, Bronwyn’s attention to detail and her forensic approach assist in ensuring her clients’ needs are met.

Bronwyn strives to provide her clients with a pathway toward settlement but is equally passionate and strong in her advocacy skills in Court.  Bronwyn appears regularly in the Federal Court and Family Court of Australia, and her previous business and commercial background helps her successfully negotiate complex asset pools.

Bronwyn completed a Masters in Family Law in 2018 and her experience and dedication is evident in her communications with her clients and her efforts in Court, should the need arise.

Bronwyn is also a qualified Collaborative Lawyer.

Andrew Johnson

Senior Associate
LLB B.Com (Distinction)

Andrew has worked in family law since 2012, most recently at a large national commercial firm. He has intimate experience and knowledge in complex parenting matters (including relocation and recovery orders, and issues of family violence), complex/high value property settlement matters and child support issues, including child support departure orders, departure prohibition orders and objections to decisions of the child support agency.

Andrew often appears in the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He works with pre-eminent Counsel and Senior Counsel of leading family law barristers’ chambers, and has strong relationships with valuers, accountants and psychologists to deal with all issues facing his clients.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) with Distinction from the University of Wollongong. He also completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Timothy Nicholls

Associate
LLB
GradDipLegalPrac
LLM (Applied Law) (Family Law)

 

Timothy has worked exclusively in family law since the beginning of 2014. He is qualified with a Bachelor of Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. In 2018, Timothy completed a Master of Applied Law majoring in family law and is a Graduate Fellow of the College of Law.

Timothy represents clients across the full spectrum of family law matters including separation and divorce, parenting disputes and arrangements, financial settlements, financial agreements and de facto relationship breakdowns. His particular expertise lies in medium to high net worth financial cases and complex parenting matters with issues relating to relocation and risk.

Timothy is an experienced litigation lawyer and regularly appears as solicitor-advocate in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia. Tim has also at appeared at appellate level in the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia.

Timothy combines his technical and strategic experience with a compassionate and empathic approach. While an experienced litigator, Timothy is trained in methods of alternative dispute resolution and is committed to finding the most constructive pathway to resolve his clients disputes.

In 2017, Timothy was appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales and in 2018, he was appointed to the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales.

Lauren Sanderson

Solicitor
LLB (Western Sydney University)
B.Com (University of Technology Sydney)

 

Lauren graduated from Western Sydney University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Law. Lauren also holds a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) from the University of Technology Sydney. Lauren has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and has been admitted as a solicitor in the NSW, as well as being admitted to the High Court roll of practitioners.

Lauren has worked an Associate to a Family Law Judge and General Federal Law Judge in the Federal Circuit Court. Prior to working as an Associate, Lauren gained experience as a client officer at the National Enquiry Centre, assisting family law litigants to navigate Court procedure. As a result of her previous experience, Lauren has developed an extensive knowledge of Court practice and procedure. This sound understanding of Court procedure informs Lauren’s practical approach to family law disputes.

Prior to joining Dorter Family Lawyers, Lauren worked as a solicitor in a national commercial law firm in Sydney. During this time Lauren worked in Government litigation and regularly appeared in the Federal Circuit Court. Lauren’s experience in a commercial firm has helped her to develop a strategic and pragmatic approach to family law matters.

In her leisure time, Lauren is an enthusiastic cook.  Lauren also volunteers at Marrickville Legal Centre as an evening solicitor, providing advice in relation to parenting and property matters.

Julie Cheung

Solicitor
LLB, BA with Distinction
(Philosophy & Sociology/Anthropology)

Julie is dedicated to providing high quality legal services and is passionate about supporting clients in all areas of family law. Having worked as the Associate and Deputy Associate to a Family Law Judge in the Federal Circuit Court for two years, Julie has invaluable insights into how to navigate the Court process. Her extensive knowledge of Court procedures and her sound understanding of judicial discretion come from her integral involvement in contested divorces, high conflict parenting, complex property and other jurisdictional matters. Clients benefit from Julie’s advice on what to expect from Court proceedings which puts them in a better position to make informed decisions about their family law disputes.

Julie graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2017 with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts with distinction and a philosophy major.

In her leisure time Julie enjoys challenging hikes in the wilderness and photography.

Maeve Cooper

Solicitor
BA (Counsell) LLB

Maeve has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Counselling from the University of Notre Dame. Maeve’s communication skills and ability to multi task are her core strengths.

Her experience in counselling and working with children as a swimming teacher means that she is well placed to deal with the complexities involved in supporting clients with their family law matters.

Tim Russell

Dip Law (LPAB)

Tim’s passion for family law comes about as a direct result of his own personal experience in a family law matter. His aim is to help those who find themselves in a similar situation through his first hand understanding of the difficulties that often arise for clients  as they navigate the family law process.   Clients value Tim’s empathy and ability to relate to their situation and offer a clear plan to move forward.

Tim joins the Dorter Family Lawyers team with over two decades of experience in the commercial business environment and clients benefit from Tim’s keen commercial understanding.

Tim was a professional Rugby League player with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and the Widnes Vikings (UK) in the early 90s.

Chantelle Drake

Law Graduate
BA (Psychology) LLB

Chantelle has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Chantelle is empathic and has a strong work ethic, which are some of her core strengths developed through completion of her degrees and experience as a law clerk. Most recently Chantelle has gained invaluable experience at a global financial services company.

Chantelle has a passion for family law and assisting those going through significant and stressful events in their life.

In her spare time, Chantelle likes going to the gym, being outdoors and swimming.

Harriet McLean

Paralegal to Bronwyn O’Loan

Harriet is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Technology Sydney. Harriet has always maintained a passion for family law.  Harriet’s work ethic, dedication to supporting our team and our clients, and her empathic approach, makes her an invaluable member to the Dorter Family Lawyers team.

Caitlin Tao

Paralegal

Caitlin is currently in her final semester of a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney. Her previous volunteer work with disadvantaged communities has allowed her to develop an empathetic and nuanced approach when handling our client matters.

Caitlin has a long-standing passion for family law and her strong work ethic and attention to detail enable her to support our team.

Olga Milutinovic

Practice and Accounts Manager

Olga brings to our team over 17 years of administrative experience in office management and accounting. Her dedication to supporting both clients and colleagues together with her warm and friendly disposition makes her a valuable addition to our team.

Olga is always more than happy to assist with any queries clients may have and handles their queries sensitively.

Lauren Page

Client Manager and Assistant Practice Manager

Hailing from an Advertising and Post Production background, Lauren brings vitality & warmth to the role of front of house / Assistant Office Manager at Dorter Family Lawyers. Her ability to make clients feel supported is part of her dedication to her team.

As first point of contact on the telephone, Lauren will be happy to assist you and direct your enquiry appropriately. Lauren’s background in yoga therapies and with children also brings lovely insight.

Christine D’Aguiar

Executive Assistant

With over 17 years of experience, Christine’s empathy and attention to detail are critical to ensuring the smooth operation of the practice.

Christine is delighted to assist with any general queries you may have about our practice or our office/trust accounts. Her robust knowledge of law office management and strong legal secretarial experience in Family Law allow her to handle client queries efficiently and sensitively.