DIP Law (S.A.B)
Accredited Family Law Specialist
Anthony was admitted to practice in New South Wales in 1980.
After he moved to Western Australia, Anthony was accredited by the Law Society of Western Australia as a Family Law Specialist in 1994, a year prior to starting his own practice, Anthony R Clarke and Associates, in 1995.
The practice of law is a complex business and it is very difficult for one lawyer to be proficient in all areas of the law. In various States, including Western Australia, Law Societies have recognised this and have devised schemes for practitioners with expertise in Family Law to become accredited specialists.
To qualify as an Accredited Specialist in Family Law in Western Australia a lawyer must:
- Demonstrate a high standard of ability and experience in Family Law
- Have at least five years experience in Family Law
- Have at least twenty five percent of his or her practice devoted to Family Law
- De facto relationships
- Knowledge of pensions, Social Security and Legal Aid requirements are also covered.
You must also have complied with one of the requirements for accreditation in that he or she must pass a written examination which tests his or her knowledge of Family Law. The examination covers:
- Divorce procedures
- Property settlement
- Jurisdiction of the Court
- Child welfare matters
- Court practice and procedure
- Residence and contact
- Child and spousal maintenance
To remain an Accredited Family Law Specialist a lawyer is required to keep up to date with developments in the law and must prove each year that he or she has continued to keep up to date with developments by attending compulsory continuing legal education. This shows that the lawyer maintains the required high level of involvement in the jurisdiction.
Anthony therefore regularly attends conferences and seminars relating to all areas of Family Law.
Anthony has extensive experience in dealing with both property and parenting related proceedings in the Family Court of Western Australia, including international relocation matters, farming cases and a range of cases with high value asset pools.
Anthony accepts instructions in relation to all aspects of Family Law including:-
- Property settlement;
- Financial matters involving complex issues;
- Parenting matters;
- Financial Agreements;
- Child Support Agreements;
- Spousal maintenance;
- Relocation matters, including international relocation and matters covered by the Hague Convention;
- International and cross-jurisdictional matters.
Anthony is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia and the Family Law Council of Australia.
Cassandra was admitted to practice as a Solicitor in August 2015 and joined the firm in early 2016.
Although she has a particular interest in parenting related matters, Cassandra accepts instructions in relation to all Family Law Matters including property settlement, parenting, spousal maintenance, divorce, child support and financial agreements.
Cassandra volunteers as a Moot Court Judge at Murdoch University and also for the Law Society of Western Australia.
Cassandra is a keen netballer and has interests in travel and literature.
Cassandra is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia and the Family Law Council of Australia.
BAC Sci BA Psych
Senior Paralegal / Practice Manager
Elsa was born on the island of Reunion, a French overseas department. She is bilingual in French and English and has a keen interest in languages generally.
Elsa originally moved to Western Australia in 1998 to study Law and Psychology. After 4 years of study, she returned home to Reunion where she entered the work force.
She returned to Western Australia in 2005 when she joined the firm.
Elsa has extensive experience in Family Law and has been involved in many cases over the years, including cases involving the Hague Convention, relocation matters and complex financial matters. Elsa has instructed Counsel and Senior Counsel at trials on many occasions.
Elsa is not a qualified legal practitioner, however, she provides extensive support at the firm to both Anthony and Cassandra and also to Counsel when instructed.
Elsa is the Practice Manager. She is responsible for the management of the staff and the smooth running of the office in general.
Elsa is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia and in on the Perth Sub-Committee of the French Australian Lawyers Society.