Awais Ahmad



Awais was called to the Bar in May 2011 after working in corporate law at a national commercial law firm and as a Judge’s Associate.

Given his passion for legal problem solving, Awais has developed a reputation as a leading ‘senior junior’ across a number of fields. He is known for possessing a strong knowledge of legal principle, being thoroughly prepared and a meticulous cross examiner.

Awais has appeared (as lead counsel) in multiple appellate jurisdictions, including most notably succeeding in an appeal before the High Court of Australia concerning a question of statutory construction.

With a significant background in complex commercial matters (including a degree in applied finance), Awais has specialised expertise in personal insolvency and company liquidation which equips him with skills in financial matters involving trusts structures, bankruptcy, equitable relief and complex business valuations.

Moreover, given Awais’ experience as a criminal defence barrister he is most suited to complex parenting matters with an overlay of criminal allegations.

Finally, Awais is a nationally accredited mediator and has a sound track record in assisting parties resolve their disputes at mediation.

If you wish to brief Mr Ahmad or enquire as to his availability, or fees, please do so by contacting his clerk, Humeira Ali. If you wish to email Humeira Ali click here.

Giles Stapleton



Giles was called to the Bar in October 2012 after a 20 year career in banking and commerce in Sydney and London.

Giles’ practice in Family Law involves appearing in all types of property and parenting disputes and appearing led and unled in reviews and appeals of family law decisions.

Giles is also a member of Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers, Sydney from where he also appears in property law and equity disputes in the NSW Supreme Court.

Giles accepts briefs in all New South Wales Courts, all Federal Courts and the Federal Circuit & Family Courts across Australia.

If you wish to brief Mr Stapleton, or enquire as to his availability, or fees, please do so by contacting his clerk, Humeira Ali. If you wish to email Humeira Ali click click here.

The Hon. Stephen O’Ryan KC



The Hon. Stephen O’Ryan KC is a leading Family Law barrister whose legal career spans
more than four decades.

If you wish to brief Mr O’Ryan KC, or enquire as to his availability, or fees, please do so by contacting his clerk, Humeira Ali. If you wish to email Humeira Ali click here.

Grahame Richardson SC



Grahame Richardson SC is a specialist in Family Law at both trial and appellate level.

He has been a barrister for in excess of 32 years, including over 20 years as Senior Counsel. Family Law has been his predominant area of practice throughout that time and he has participated in many significant cases at first instance and on appeal that have contributed to the developing jurisprudence of the area.

During that time he has developed a keen interest in complex financial cases particularly those involving disputed disclosure of wealth and contested valuations. He has wide ranging experience in all nature of proceedings in courts exercising a Family Law jurisdiction.

He appears throughout Australia with regular involvement in large and complex hearings and appeals interstate. He is often retained in proceedings involving international issues including forum disputes and proceedings arising under the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Mr Richardson served as Chairman of the New South Wales Bar Association Family Law Committee for 17 years and served on a Bar Association Professional Conduct Committee for approximately 7 years. Since 2000 he has been a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is a former Director of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators.

He has been continuously recognised by the highly regarded Doyle’s Guide of Leading Family Law Barristers as pre-eminent in Australia throughout the time that Doyle’s has surveyed barristers in New South Wales.

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

Dixie Coulton



In 2015, Ms Coulton was recognised by the Doyles Guide as one of the recommended family law barristers in New South Wales.

If you wish to brief Ms Coulton, or enquire as to her availability, or fees, please do so by contacting her clerk, Humeira Ali. If you wish to email Humeira Ali click here.