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.

Sydney Williams KC



Sydney Williams was admitted to the Bar in 2004 and soon commanded a wide practice in cases involving equity and trusts, expert valuation issues, and in professional negligence claims. That varied experience laid the groundwork for his expanding Family Law practice.

With similar application to commercial disputes and with particular focus on financial cases involving significant asset pools and complex company, trust, partnership and valuation issues, Mr Williams has successfully developed a large practice in the Family Law jurisdiction, including in disputes between de facto marital couples as well as complex parenting trials.

Having appeared in the High Court of Australia, and the appellate divisions of the Family Court of Australia and various State and Territory Courts, Mr Williams is regularly sought after for interlocutory applications, trials and appeals.

In 2016, Mr Williams was recognised by the Doyle’s Guide as one of the preeminent barristers throughout the whole of Australia practising in the family law jurisdiction, please see Doyles’ Leading Australian Family Law Barristers.

If you wish to brief Mr Williams, 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.

Michael Todd



Michael, since being called to the Bar in 2018, has practiced exclusively in the Family Law Jurisdiction, both at first instance and appellate level. He has conducted cases across the broad spectrum of Family Law and regularly appears in the Federal Circuit and Family Court (Divisions 1 and 2), the Full Court of the Federal Circuit and Family Court, both in New South Wales and interstate, and the High Court of Australia.
Prior to being called to the bar, Michael was a Director of a preeminent specialist Family Law firm in Sydney and frequently appeared as solicitor advocate. Since 2009, Michael has practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law, and attained specialist accreditation in Family Law through the Law Society of New South Wales in 2015.
Michael has developed a wide practice in Family Law and has substantial experience in all aspects of the jurisdiction; including:
  • Complex parenting disputes involving issues such as relocation (intrastate, interstate and international); child abduction and recovery; alienation; mental illness; drugs and alcohol;
  • Complex property disputes between married or de facto partners and involving high net wealth and complex corporate and trust structures;
  • Child support disputes; and
  • Spouse Maintenance disputes.
Michael is regularly invited to present papers and seminars, and was recognised as among the Leading Junior Counsel in Family Law in New South Wales in the 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 editions of the Doyles Guide.
Michael accepts briefs to appear in the city, suburban, regional and interstate registries of the Federal Circuit and Family Court.

If you wish to brief Michael, 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.

Liam O’Reilly



Liam O’Reilly is a Barrister at Family Law Chambers. He practices predominately in Family Law, including both Parenting and Property matters, following the breakdown of a marriage or de-facto relationship.

Liam was admitted as a solicitor in 2011, and during this time he developed experience in all facets of the law with a particular interest in Family Law.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Liam previously worked at one of Australia’s Top-Tier Family Law Firm’s as recognised by the Doyles Guide.

Called to the Bar in 2017, Liam commenced practicing at Family Law Chambers as a reader. Since coming to the Bar, Liam has developed a strong Family Law practice, practicing predominately in Family Law.

Liam regularly appears in The Family Court of Australia, The Federal Circuit Court of Australia. He also appears both interstate and on circuit in country sittings of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court.

If you wish to brief Mr O’Reilly, 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.