Richard Schonell SC

Richard Schonell was admitted to the Bar in March 1993 having practised as a Solicitor for the previous 5 years as a specialist family lawyer. Since coming to the Bar he has continued to practice almost exclusively in the Family Court of Australia. Mr Schonell took silk in October 2010.

Mr Schonell has, for many years, been a member of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Family Law Committee and the NSW Bar Association’s delegate to the NSW Legal Aid Review Committee. He is also a regular contributor and speaker at conferences and seminars on Family Law.

Mr Schonell has, over the last 20 years, developed experience in all facets of the law as it applies to proceedings in the Family Court of Australia. A focus of his practice over many years has been appearing for high net worth parties as well as in complicated parenting disputes. Whilst based in Sydney he is regularly retained to appear in the Family Court in the other States.

Increasingly Mr Schonell is called upon to act as a Mediator to facilitate a resolution to the many aspects of dispute arising from a family breakdown. He is available to appear at or act as a Mediator and is an Accredited arbitrator in Family Law matters.

In 2015, Mr Schonell was recognised by the Doyles Guide as one of the leading family law barristers within New South Wales and has been listed as recommended throughout the whole of Australia, please see Doyles' Leading Australian Family Law Barristers and Doyles Leading NSW Family Law Barristers

Outside of the law Mr Schonell enjoys fishing, boating and travel.

If you wish to brief Mr Schonell, or enquire as to his availability, or fees, please do so by contacting his Clerk, Chanel Kuipers.  If you wish to email Chanel Kuipers click here.