Family Law and Divorce. Central Queensland.
Peter was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1997 having read law and business for his bachelor’s degrees. His admission to the High Court of Australia followed very quickly thereafter and the Master of Laws was subsequently conferred on Peter by the University of Queensland in 2002.
Peter brings a wealth of experience having practiced in multi-disciplinary areas combining family law with corporate law and litigation. Peter provides advice in respect to all areas of family law including divorce, complex parenting matters, complex property disputes, relocation, de facto relationships, same sex relationships, spousal maintenance, child support, domestic violence orders, child protection (DOCS), paternity testing and family estate disputes.
He appears in the Federal Circuit Court, Family Court, Magistrates Court and Childrens Court.
He assists his clients through a legal process which can be particularly traumatic for those who are separating or otherwise vulnerable.
Peter's interests in family law are wide ranging from cases involving complex child related proceedings, such as relocation cases involving allegations of child abuse right through to complex property disputes involving businesses, trusts, companies and large property settlements. His interests in international family law matters inspired his admission to the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2009.
Peter is a standing member of the family law section of the Law Council of Australia, a long standing member of the Family Law Practitioners' Association and a long standing member of the Queensland Law Society. Peter also worked as an accountant for an international firm of accountants prior to being admitted as a solicitor. This experience has assisted Peter's clients in relation to property matters and the understanding and interpretation of financial statements and taxation returns.
His passion in law is found in his desire to gain new skills through continued further education, specialised training, teaching and applying those skills in practice.
Peter is the founding member of Duffield Lawyers, which was founded in 2002.
Wynnita's practice focuses on parenting matters, matrimonial property matters and defacto property matters.
Wynnita's passion for parenting matters is unsurpassed. Wynnita welcomes the enhanced domestic violence regime and the allocation by the Court system of specific periods for consideration of such matters. The crossover between family law and domestic violence matters is followed closely by Wynnita including the interplay between the State domestic violence regime and the federal family law system.
This interest is further inspired by Wynnita's involvement in parenting matters involving very serious abuse allegations, domestic violence and parenting matters involving children experiencing trauma.
Wynnita's appointment to Duffield Lawyers follows on from her significant involvement in family law matters for another boutique family law practice in the Townsville region, prior to her admission.
Wynnita is a standing member of the Queensland Law Society and a member of the Family Law Practitioners' Association (Queensland). After receiving her bachelor's degree in law from James Cook University, she was also bestowed with a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.
Wynnita is also interested in various programmes at the Queensland Law Society and regular family law case updates are closely monitored by Wynnita. During 2015, Wynnita was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland.