Celebrating 25 years of Michael Lynch Family Lawyers
In 2021 we’re celebrating 25 years of practicing Family Law. That’s 25 years of helping people at the most difficult moments of their lives.
Relationships are at the heart of everything we do here at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers. Not just the care and concern we show for our clients, but the relationships with our staff, our suppliers, and even other lawyers.
It all started in 1996, when we launched as a new firm with a fresh approach. We were the first Specialist Family Law firm in Brisbane and we are proud to still be the leading and largest Specialist Family Law firm in Queensland.
Managing Director, Michael Lynch, says: “Family Law is a busy area of the law, and that was never more so the case than in 2020. The challenges of 2020 set a new benchmark in resilience levels for everyone, and that has only strengthened us.
Despite being in business for 25 years, the firm is still fresh-faced and growing. In the past year we have had two new lawyers commence with us and at the same time, we had two staff celebrate 10-year anniversaries with us”.
Family Law is a dynamic area of the law, social change is a constant and so are the changes in the law. There have been lots of substantial changes, in everything from parenting, to child support, to property agreements, defacto law and lots more – it’s really quite extraordinary. It’s a full-time job keeping up with it.
Michael, along with fellow Directors Tarah Tosh and Amy Honan, agreed that Family Law is a challenging area of law to practice and compassion is vital. Michael notes that “The saying that ‘no one cares about what you know, until they know how much you care’, couldn’t be more relevant than in the jurisdiction of Family Law.”
Amy said that “getting advice early, particularly with parenting matters, could be the best way to salvage a co-parenting relationship”.
“What we can offer new clients that have separated is assurance as to what the law is and give them advice as to what the next steps are in their separation. I want to make sure that when the client walks out from the initial consultation, they have tailored advice and know what the next steps are going to be for them.”
According to Tarah, it was important to have a “child-focussed” approach to Family Law.
“If you don’t have emotional intelligence, then you’re just going to tell them ‘this is what the Family Law Act says. And this is the outcome that you’re going to get’,” she said
“Keeping up to date with social science research, which will help us to advise clients what sort of parenting arrangements will suit a particular child, given their developmental needs – that’s more important than something that’s on a piece of paper that’s not actually workable for that family.
“Making sure that the person that I see on that first day in their initial consultation and ensuring they come through in one piece – that’s the most important thing. And that their children have as well.”
Michael adds: “When I think back to our humble beginnings in 1996, it’s been quite a ride but it’s been our relationships with our people and our clients that have carried us through. It is a very satisfying and rewarding area of the law to work in, for people to open up to you about their most personal challenges is a real privilege.
As a firm, we’re incredibly grateful to our clients and our wonderful team whose contributions and many achievements have made Michael Lynch Family Lawyers what it is today.”
Our plan for the future is simple, keep serving our clients with care and professionalism.