Kirstie Colls

Always very well prepared; kind but clear.

- Client Perception Survey, 2015
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Kirstie Colls

Special Counsel

Kirstie is a special counsel in our Family Law team. She joined Barry.Nilsson. in 2011 and is based in our Brisbane office. In 2009 Kirstie gained her Specialist Accreditation in Family Law with the Queensland Law Society.

"Barry.Nilsson. is a well respected and innovative firm that enables me to have access to interesting matters, and supports me to further my interest in international family law."

Kirstie has specialised in family law since 2002. She first practiced law in South Australia before moving to Queensland in 2004 and is admitted to practise in the Supreme Courts of South Australia, Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Kirstie assists her clients with all aspects of family and de facto law with particular expertise in:

  • matters involving complex parenting issues
  • matters arising under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • international and domestic child relocation law
  • negotiating complex property settlements involving multiple parties and world wide assets.

"I pride myself on approaching every matter with a professional and positive manner. I strive to gain a solid understanding of each of my client’s individual needs and I work hard to assist them in reaching resolution to the difficult matters arising out of the breakdown of their relationship."

Kirstie is listed in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer for Queensland. She also became a board member of the executive committee of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Australian Chapter the same year. 

Kirstie is a passionate advocate in the area of Domestic Violence and has published multiple articles in relation to this issue, and in respect of various other issues including domestic and international spousal maintenance, changing a child’s name and property settlements involving trust structures.

Kirstie has been a volunteer at Women’s Legal Service in Brisbane for over 10 years and was formerly a volunteer at the Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre in Adelaide. 

She is a member of the Family Law Practitioners' Association of Queensland, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Women Lawyers' Association of Queensland.