Will Stidston is a Principal in our Melbourne office. He has more than a decade of family law experience and has practised exclusively in the area since 2010. In 2013, Will became accredited as a family law specialist by the Law Institute of Victoria.
‘Prior to specialising in family law, I gained experience practising in commercial litigation, commercial law and criminal law. The exposure to those other areas assists my approach to family law matters to this day.’
Will specialises in:
- Complex financial matters, including those encompassing corporate interests, discretionary and unit trusts, rural / farming properties, taxation issues, superannuation and international assets.
- Matters involving complex legal questions, including those relating to equitable interests, contractual principles, third party issues, questions associated with jurisdiction, the establishment of de facto relationships and court proceedings commenced to set aside a court order or financial agreement.
- Urgent financial issues, including applications for spousal maintenance and injunctions.
- Difficult parenting cases encompassing relocation (both international and domestic), issues arising under the ‘Hague Abduction Convention’, parental alienation and child support.
- Urgent parenting issues, including Family Law Watch List and recovery applications.
- Asset protection and the preparation of financial agreements.
Will has worked on a number of large multi-million dollar financial matters involving intricate corporate structures, together with difficult parenting cases involving international relocation. He also has extensive experience with respect to matters involving family violence, including Victorian Intervention Orders.
‘At BN I am lucky to be able to work with a team of recognised leaders in family law. I enjoy the broad spectrum of issues that my work requires me to address, encompassing both legal and non-legal challenges.’
Will recognises that there is no ‘one size fits all’ in family law. He tailors the approach adopted to meet the objectives of his clients in a transparent manner.
Will regularly appears in the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. He also works closely with experienced family law Counsel, including Queen’s Counsel / Senior Counsel, when appropriate.
‘I work with clients from all facets of life. I enjoy working with them to understand the complexities of their family (whether financial or otherwise) and assist with the resolution of what, at times, can be extremely difficult legal issues.’
Will was named as a Doyle's Guide Rising Star in Family Law in the 2018 and 2019 editions, and a Leading Family & Divorce Lawyer in the 2022 edition. He was also recognised in the 2021 and 2022 edition of Best Lawyers for Family Law.
Will also contributes substantially to thought leadership. These contributions include as contributing author to the property and financial agreements sections of Thomson Reuters’ Encyclopaedia of the Laws of Australia.
Will holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
- “Resolving Family Law Matters by Mediation or Arbitration” – presented for the Television Education Network in February 2020.
- “Social Media and Family Law – Is it a recipe for disaster” – Presented for LegalWise in March 2019.
- “Social Media and Family Law: Dealing with Court Matters in the Public Domain” – presented for the Television Education Network in May 2017.
- “What’s Yours is Mine” – article in the Law Institute of Victoria’s Law Institute Journal, March 2017.
- “Justice, Equity and Alteration of Individual Property Interests” – co-written with Dr Anna Parker of Counsel for the Family Law Review (2017).
- “Are there really no strings attached?” – article in the Law Institute of Victoria’s Law Institute Journal, December 2012.
- Contributing author to the “Financial Agreements” and “Property – General Principles” sections of Thomson Reuters’ Encyclopaedia of the Laws of Australia.
- Previous presenter of “Case Watch” for the Television Education Network.
- Previous presenter to the Law Institute of Victoria as to the establishment of de facto relationships.
- Deputy Chair of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria (Executive Committee).
- Chair of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria Property and Maintenance Committee.
- Committee member, Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria Courts Practice Committee.
- Member, Law Institute of Victoria.
- Member, Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.