Elizabeth Mathews

I specialise in complex international family law matters.

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Elizabeth Mathews

Associate

Elizabeth is an associate in our Family Law team and is based in the Melbourne office. In 2017 Elizabeth gained her Specialist Accreditation in Family Law with the Law Institute of Victoria.

"At Barry.Nilsson. our outcomes-focused approach resolves our clients’ matters as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, without losing sight of the legal aspects of each individual’s case. Internally, the firm’s culture is supportive and flexible, and acknowledges that a positive working environment ensures that each lawyer can work to their potential to achieve the best possible outcome for their client."

Elizabeth has practiced exclusively in family law since joining Barry.Nilsson.’s Brisbane office as graduate in 2013. Elizabeth has significant experience in both Queensland and Victoria in all areas of family law including:

  • Divorce
  • Property settlements
  • Parenting and financial matters
  • Domestic violence matters.

Elizabeth has also developed a specialisation in complex international family law matters, including child abduction, cross-border financial matters and applications for international relocation.

Elizabeth represents a variety of clients, ranging from high net worth individuals seeking a practical resolution to financial or parenting disputes with their former spouse, to pro bono clients assisted through her own regular volunteering at Women’s Legal Service.

"As a family lawyer, helping my clients get through the most difficult time of their lives, and successfully move forward, is most rewarding. I admire my clients’ resilience during this challenging period."

Prior to joining Barry.Nilsson. Elizabeth was a Judge’s Associate in the Family Court of Australia. As a result of this valuable experience, Elizabeth is confident when conducting trials and appearing in court on behalf of her clients. Elizabeth has conducted litigation in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and can assist clients litigating across both Australian and overseas jurisdictions.

In 2012, the University of Queensland awarded Elizabeth the Una Prentice Award, given to the female graduate from the School of Law with the highest Grade Point Average, and the University of Queensland Law Society Medal for Most Outstanding Graduate awarded to the most outstanding graduate for the previous year.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Law Institute of Victoria. Elizabeth sits on the Courts Practice Committee and Property and Maintenance Committees of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria.