Averil joined the firm in April 2017 and is one of our partners, specialising exclusively in family law. Averil graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in psychology) and a Bachelor of Laws. After university, she spent two years working as an Associate in the then Federal Magistrate’s Court (now the Federal Circuit Court) in Melbourne. Averil then practised in Melbourne for 12 months in a boutique family law firm before she moved to Canberra. Averil has worked for several well known family law firms in Canberra in the last seven years, culminating in her joining us here at Phelps Reid Foster Johnson.
Averil’s experience ranges from dealing with parenting and child support matters, to property divisions which involve married or defacto couples, spousal maintenance, divorce, and companies and trusts. Averil also has experience in dealing with domestic violence matters in both the Magistrates and Supreme Court of the ACT. Her speciality lies in helping clients to solve their problems in a way that is pragmatic, efficient and child-focussed.
Averil is collaboratively trained and is one of the leading collaborative lawyers in Canberra. She is a senior and active member of the Canberra Collaborative practice group. She is passionate about helping clients to solve problems, often in creative ways.
While Averil prefers to work collaboratively, she is an experienced and clever litigator. She knows the Court system well and secured many good outcomes for clients. Averil has won multiple appeals, most recently two, in the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia at Sydney.
Hailing from Bathurst, Averil is a country girl at heart. She brings a down-to-earth attitude to her work, and is able to build rapport with people from all walks of life (even though she supports the Collingwood Magpies).