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.

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.

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.

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.