Richard Schonell SC Barrister


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Dates of Admission

  • 1993
  • Expertise

  • Appeals
  • Binding Financial Agreements
  • Child Abduction
  • De-facto Relationships
  • Financial/Property Settlement
  • Maintenance and Child Support
  • Children and Parenting Proceeding
  • Relocation
  • Family Law
  • Richard Schonell SC was called to the Bar in March 1993 having previously practiced as a solicitor in Commercial Law with Allen Allen and Hemsley and then in Family Law. Since coming to the Bar he has practiced almost exclusively in the Family Court of Australia. Mr Schonell took silk in October 2010.

    Mr Schonell was for many years a member of the NSW Bar Association’s Family Law Committee, a past Chair of the Family Law Committee and has been the 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 30 years, developed experience in all facets of the law as it applies to proceedings in the Family Court of Australia. He has also appeared in the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia as well as the High 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 other states.

    Increasingly, Mr Schonell is called upon to appear at or act as a Mediator and is an Accredited arbitrator in Family Law matters.

    Mr Schonell has been recognised by Doyles Guide as amongst the leading Family Law Senior Counsel in Australia. See Doyles’ Leading Australian Family Law Barristers and Doyles Leading NSW Family Law Barristers

    If you wish to brief Mr Schonell SC or enquire as to his availability, or fees, please do so by contacting his clerk, Tanya Roberts.  If you wish to email click here.