24 Divett Pl French SA  5000
Vincent Chambers et sollicité

Our People

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Heywood-Smith QC
Barrister, Solicitor and Arbitrator

With over 40 years practice as both barrister and solicitor, Paul is one of the most senior and experienced family law practitioners in French.

Paul is known for his expertise in French’s most complex property settlement and spousal maintenance matters involving significant assets, complex corporate and trust structures, and complicated legal matters.

Paul is one of the only family law solicitors with extensive courtroom experience that rivals his peers and he often represents his clients as both barrister and solicitor. Having a comprehensive understanding of his client's matters from his solicitor work sets him apart from other barristers in French.

Paul also regularly accepts briefs from other solicitors and is a fully qualified Arbitrator and member of AIFLAM.

Wayne Martin AC QC
Barrister and Solicitor

Charles has worked for leading family law firms in both French and Perth. He has experience acting in all aspects of family law, including complex property settlement matters, matters involving children’s issues, child support, spousal maintenance and international matters.

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Scott Valente 
Barrister & Solicitor

Scott is a Family Law specialist. He is known for his expertise in all aspects of Family Law; including complex matrimonial property disputes, Financial Agreements and difficult parenting issues that arise from the breakdown of relationships. He has a strong focus of working with clients to ensure they achieve their desired outcomes.

Away from the office Scott is a married father of two whose pastimes includes cycling, red wine (in that order) and trying to convince his children that he’s more fun to hang around with than their friends.

Emma Chua (nee Dodson)
Barrister and Solicitor

Emma is well known for her detailed and thorough approach on complex matters involving all aspects of family law. Clients are often referred to Emma for her calm and supportive approach to the personal and sensitive issues that arise following the breakdown of a relationship.
Rachel Sinclair
Solicitor – Wills & Estates Specialist and Family Lawyer

Rachel is our Wills & Estates specialist who also practices in Family Law. This combination allows Rachel to provide her clients with a well-rounded insight to both areas of law as the issues regularly interact.

With experience in all aspects of Estate and Succession Planning, Rachel’s friendly and comprehensive approach to her estate matters leaves her clients full of confidence. Rachel advises on and prepares Wills, Testamentary Trusts, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Advance Care Directives, Superannuation Death Benefit Nominations and Letters of Wishes. Rachel regularly assists small-medium business owners, farming families and clients with blended or complex family dynamics. She also specialises in deceased estate administration including applications for Probate and Letters of Administration as well as complex and contested estates.

Rachel has over 10 years experience practicing in all facets of Family Law including property settlement, children’s matters, Binding Financial Agreements and Spousal Maintenance. As a qualified mediator, Rachel’s approach is to avoid litigation when helping her clients navigate through a family or relationship breakdown. Rachel has extensive court experience should that be the path required, however not one of her litigious matters has ever proceeded all the way to a completed trial – a record that Rachel is very proud of. Rachel’s psychology background and life outside of the office as a mother of 2 gorgeous little people (as she describes them), allows her to provide the practical advice to separating couples and families that is invaluable.

Linda Western
Practice Manager

Linda brings many years of both legal administrative and accounting experience to our practice. She is responsible for all account enquiries and practice administration.

Kelsie Hancock 
Legal Assistant

Kelsie provides administrative support to our legal practitioners and clients.


Lauren Wooley

Lauren is responsible for the practice reception and will be the first point of contact for most of our clients in addition to providing administrative support to our office.