Anne Payne

Director, Accredited Family Law Specialist

Anne has extensive experience in the full scope of Family Law practice and specialises in financial and child disputes, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and trials that involve both straightforward and complex matters. She is a founding member of the Women Lawyers Association and as a member of the Law Society has served on various committees over the years. In addition she is a member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators. Anne served as a member of the Board and then Chair of the Board of the Women and Infants Research Foundation from 1985 to 2011. As a result of her service Anne was awarded Honorary Life Member status of the Foundation. S…

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Julia Mansfield


Julia is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and has practised exclusively in the area of family law since 2010.

Julia graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).  Her thesis explored the creation of children after the death of a parent.

Julia’s previously employment has included a period as a Legal Associate at the Family Court of Western Australian, where she gained a detailed understanding of court processes and procedure. She has also been a consultant author for a legal publication in respect of family law in Western Australia.

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James Mansfield


In 2014, James graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours).  He received several university awards, including the Vice Chancellor’s Award for the School of Law for 2012. 

James began his career at a top-tier commercial law firm.  He spent part of his time seconded to Street Law Centre WA, where he provided legal services to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and developed a passion for assisting people who are disadvantaged.

In 2016, James commenced practising in family law at Paynes Lawyers.  Between 2018 and 2019, he spent 18 months working as the Legal Associate to the Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia.

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