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.

Thomas Mathews



Prior to coming to the Bar, Thomas was a solicitor at one of Australia’s top tier Family Law firms.

Thomas has developed a wide practice in Family Law and has experience in all aspects of the jurisdiction including:

  • financial matters involving issues of disputed disclosure, contested valuations, third party interests and trust structures;
  • spouse maintenance disputes;
  • parenting matters involving international and domestic relocation, serious allegations of abuse and recovery of children; and
  • child support disputes.

Thomas regularly appears in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and accepts briefs to appear in the city, suburban, regional and interstate Family Law Courts and Federal Circuit Courts.

If you wish to retain Thomas Mathews, 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.

Kiel Roberts



Kiel was called to the Bar in 2018 and has since that time practiced primarily in the Family Law jurisdiction, appearing at both first instance and in the appellate division of the Family Court of Australia.

Kiel was recognised as among the Leading Junior Counsel in Family Law in New South in the 2021 edition of the Doyle’s Guide.

Prior to being called to the Bar Kiel practiced almost exclusively in Family Law at a preeminent family law firm and attained specialist accreditation in Family Law through the New South Wales Law Society.

Kiel has extensive experience in all areas of Family Law including complex financial matters involving property alteration and spouse maintenance disputes, complex parenting matters involving serious allegations of abuse, relocation, parenting arrangements and child support disputes.

Kiel was one of the Managing Editors of The Practitioner’s Guide to Family Law 5th Edition.

If you wish to retain Kiel Roberts, 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.

Terese Messner



Terese Messner was called to the Bar in 2001. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 1982 and practiced as a solicitor in both in private practice and for the Legal Aid Commission for 8 years. Her practice throughout this time was predominately in the area of Family Law and related jurisdictions.

In 1990 Ms Messner commenced working for the Family Court of Australia initially as a Deputy Registrar, then Registrar and then as a SES band 2 Registrar. Ms Messner left the Court in 2000 but returned on a temporary basis in 2004 and 2005 as an SES band 2 Registrar.

In 2006 Ms Messner joined Family Law Chambers.

Over the past 28 years Ms Messner has developed extensive experience in all areas of Family Law both in financial matters and parenting matters, including complex and high nett worth financial matters and complex children’s matters, and in relation to disputes between unmarried couples. During her time with the Court she also gained extensive experience in both mediation and conciliation.

Ms Messner has given numerous papers at various seminars and conferences on Family Law.

In 2015, Ms Messner 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.

If you wish to brief Ms Messner, 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.