In The Press2019-05-13T09:00:37+10:00


Here you can learn about Michael Lynch Family Lawyers’ latest internal news, views, upcoming client events and relevant media articles.

Notable achievements

This is where we celebrate exciting new hires, promotions, career milestones and team achievements.

Generally, we believe in giving back by providing legal advice to the most vulnerable members of our community. Below you can find out more about our community work.

Our principal, Michael Lynch, was recently acknowledged by the Queensland Law Society for 25 years service as a Solicitor. Read more below.

Family law in the news

Local news articles relating to family law matters are also collated in this space, so you can learn as much as you can in the field in one place.

The social pages

We’ll also recap recent industry events and other notable happenings in our firm and in Brisbane legal circles.

If you have any questions or if you want to speak with a legal expert, call us at (07) 3221 4300.

Congratulations for making it to the Doyle’s guide of recommended lawyers for 2020.

4 December 2019|

Michael Lynch Family Lawyers are proud to announce the listing of two of our staff on the 2020 Doyle’s awards for Family & Divorce Lawyers. Our Director Tarah Tosh is in the Leading Parenting & Child Matters Lawyers (Brisbane) list and our Associate Zoe Adams is in the Family Law Rising Stars (Queensland) list. Doyle’s guide is a prestigious and independent organisation that ranks individual lawyers and law firms based on extensive research and various sources of information. These include: online peer-based surveys, extensive telephone and face-to-face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies. As a result, the individual lawyers are identified and recognised for their expertise and abilities in various aspects of Family Law. Both Tarah and Zoe have years of dedicated experience within various aspects of Family Law including: divorce proceedings, property settlement matters, child support, children’s issues, as well as [...]

“The questions you never thought to ask before getting a divorce” – Amy Honan’s interview for channel Nine Honey

22 May 2019|

Channel Nine (Nine Honey) has approached Amy Honan, one of our Directors, to share "the questions you never thought to ask before getting a divorce". Channel Nine Honey states that according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) most recent study, 49, 032 divorces were granted in 2017. Before you walk away from your relationship for good, it can be helpful to take some time to think about steps you can take to minimise the pain, stress and financial hurt that accompanies any divorce. So Amy Honan's tips that are based on her extensive family law experience, provide those steps; read the article and watch the episode to find out more. Also, if you'd like to read other opinion pieces by Amy, please visit her blog, The Trailblazing Lawyer. The place where Amy shares her knowledge, expertise and compassion. [...]

We Made It to the Doyle’s List of Recommended Lawyers for 2019.

9 January 2019|

Michael Lynch Family Lawyers are proud to announce that our Directors, Tarah Tosh and Amy Honan, have been listed as Recommended Family Lawyers on the Doyle’s Family & Divorce Lawyers list once again. Tarah in the Leading Parenting & Child Matters Lawyers (Brisbane) and Amy Leading Family Lawyers (Brisbane). Doyle’s guide is a prestigious and independent organisation that ranks individual lawyers and law firms based on extensive research and various sources of information. These include: online peer-based surveys, extensive telephone and face-to-face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies. As a result, The individual lawyers are identified and recognised for their expertise and abilities in various aspects of Family Law. Both Tarah and Amy are accredited family law specialists. They have years of dedicated experience within all aspects of Family Law including: divorce proceedings, property settlement matters, child support, [...]

“The secret to winning arguments every single time” – Amy Honan’s interview for channel Nine Honey

28 November 2018|

Channel Nine (Nine Honey) has approached Amy Honan, one of our Directors, to share her "secret to winning arguments every single time". If we argue, we usually do it to get our point across, get what we want, or simply to win. Any Honan knows exactly how to declare ‘Case Closed’ on a topic... Even if you’re the kind of person who is likely to become emotional and forget what it is you were trying to achieve in the first place. Click here to read the article and watch the episode. Also, if you'd like to read other articles and opinion pieces by Amy, please visit her blog, The Trailblazing Lawyer. The place where Amy shares her knowledge, expertise and compassion.

Congratulations: 10 years of community service

31 October 2018|

It is our pleasure to congratulate Amy Honan, director at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers, and Polly Richardson, associate at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers, on both having achieved 10-year anniversaries of community service at the Caxton Legal Centre Inc. Amy and Polly have attended over this time to provide Family Law advice at evening legal sessions as volunteer lawyers. Amy talks fondly of this experience: “Even when there have been busy work days, where I have left work to go to volunteering feeling exhausted, every time after volunteering I will walk out of the Centre feeling completely revitalised. Helping those who truly need it, is incredibly satisfying work.”   Polly has also shared her feelings regarding this rewarding experience: “Volunteering adds such richness to my professional life. Meeting and speaking with people, from all walks of life about [...]

National Volunteer Week

29 May 2018|

This week is National Volunteer Week (NVW), the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. Our Director, Tarah Tosh with our solicitors Debra Effeney and Belinda Jeffrey attended Women’s Legal Service Volunteer Thank you last night to accept their Certificates of Appreciation for volunteer efforts with the service. Well done!

Well Done Amy!

1 May 2018|

Amy Honan, Director has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the year Awards 2018 in the Family Law category. This prestigious and competitive awards program showcases Australia's top legal experts in various divisions of law and those who are celebrated as finalists and winners demonstrate exceptional performance in their area of practice. The winners will be announced at a black-tie event in Sydney on 15 June 2018. We are excited and proud of Amy and wish her luck!

Congratulations Michael! 

30 April 2018|

We are delighted to announce that our Managing Director, Michael Lynch has been recognised as one of Australia's leading Family Lawyers in the independent peer reviewed ‘Best Lawyers report 2019′. The award was recently published in the Australian Financial Review and reflects Michael's experience and expertise in Family Law.  Michael has over 27 years’ experience in Family Law and is respected as one of Queensland’s leading Family Law Specialists.  The prestigious list, ‘Best Lawyers’ is one of the most well-known and respected peer reviewed publications in the legal profession and is compiled from extensive peer review surveys. Congratulations Michael!

Commonwealth Games 2018

26 April 2018|

Congratulations! Our Associate Belinda Jeffrey was a 'Games Shaper' (volunteer) at the recent 21st Commonwealth Games. Belinda was involved in the Games 'news service department' as a flash quote reporter for Squash. Belinda has a strong commitment to voluntary work both within and outside of Family Law. She says she is grateful to have been a part of such a special event and that she thoroughly enjoyed her time as a volunteer. We are proud and supportive of Belinda's community commitment. Well done Belinda!

Introducing The Trailblazing Lawyer

23 April 2018|

Amy Honan, Director at our firm has recently launched her own website! Introducing the "Trailblazing Lawyer". Amy has created this unique space to share her personal take on the many complex issues that arise in family law and how best to navigate through a separation. The site includes a variety of blogs, Amy's history as a family lawyer, testimonials from previous clients and much more! Subscribe today to ensure you are the first to know about recent updates and changes in family law.  You can also follow Amy on Instagram @thetrailblazinglawyer.

Achievement Recognition for Belinda Jeffrey – Inspirational Women 2018

9 March 2018|

Belinda Jeffrey is “the quiet achiever who is a straight talker and knows how to get things done,” states the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ). Over the last 40 years, WLAQ committee have worked with and have been inspired by incredible, unstoppable, generous and achieving women. In addition to being an experienced Family Lawyer, Belinda has a strong commitment to voluntary work and has always made it a priority to volunteer her time with a number of community legal services.  Currently she is a volunteer solicitor at Women’s Legal Service and a mentor to a law student as part of the Women Lawyers Association Mentoring program. Congratulations to Belinda from all the team at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers, on being named as one of the 100 women that WLAQ have considered inspired them. A justly deserved credit for all [...]

Family Law Practitioners Christmas Celebration

21 December 2017|

The Solicitors from Michael Lynch Family Lawyers enjoyed being a part of the Practitioners Association (FLPA) Christmas Celebration along with 200 Family Law Professionals from other firms.  Building and maintaining professional relationships and industry insight, is not only for seminars, conferences and staff training events. Getting together, keeping in touch and networking with colleagues and friends in a more casual environment is just as important for professional growth and development.  Thank you FLPA for having us! Image credit: FLPA Round Table Magazine, Summer Edition.

Family Law Implications on Clinical Practice – Polly Richardson Presents – Family Law for Psychologists

10 November 2017|

Family Law for Psychologists and Impact of NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) on CHQHHS (Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services) was the theme of this year’s CHQHHS Annual Psychology Event that took place last Tuesday, 7th November 2017 at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Ms Polly Richardson, Associate, from Michael Lynch Family Lawyers, was one of the presenters and participants of this important discussion. Polly discussed a range of issues in relation to family law and their implications on clinical practice.  “Parenting arrangements, domestic violence and orders for medical treatment of children are sensitive matters and require consideration from all relevant professionals, including family law specialists,” noted Mr Richardson. “It is important to continue to increase awareness and offer practical advice on each of these matters for the professionals working in the area of family relationships.” Applications for ‘Special [...]

Announcement – New Directors

4 August 2017|

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tarah Tosh and Amy Honan as Directors.  Michael is proud to have Tarah and Amy join him as Directors of the firm. Both are dedicated to their clients and the client care culture that is Michael Lynch Family Lawyers. Amy is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and has over 10 years’ Family Law experience.  Amy has extensive expertise and knowledge as a family lawyer and has successfully represented clients across the full spectrum of family law matters. Tarah is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and has over 15 years’ Family Law experience.  Tarah has experience in all facets of family and relationship law including complex property matters involving family company and trust structures and valuation issues. Tarah and Amy will play an integral role in assisting Michael to continue to develop Michael [...]

“Style” Networking Night

29 June 2017|

We recently hosted a ‘style’ networking night at our new offices with, personal stylist, Megan Potter. Solicitors and guests enjoyed an entertaining evening as Megan enlightened us on the finer points of personal styling and how to dress to make a great first impression. The night was a huge success! “I mingled around afterwards, offering personal style advice and answering questions. It really was a pleasure making a room full of beautiful, intelligent women feel good about themselves” – Megan Potter.

Parenting Orders – Compliance and Contravention

12 May 2017|

Amy Honan, Senior Associate, recently presented on Contravention Applications at the WLS Advocacy Accurately conference. The event provided essential legal training for frontline and specialist domestic and family violence workers, including strategies and tools to help women in crisis navigate the legal system. Amy appears in the photo with Julie Hearnden and Zoe Rathus.

Women’s Legal Service’s White Ribbon Breakfast

18 November 2016|

Staff at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers and guests attended the Legal Profession White Ribbon Breakfast at City Hall yesterday. Many moving speeches including guest speaker Tara Moss. The breakfast successfully raised over $100k for Women’s Legal Service. Well Done!

25 Year Milestone!

11 November 2015|

Our Principal, Michael Lynch has recently been acknowledged by the Queensland Law Society for 25 years service as a Solicitor. In presenting the 25 Year Pin, the President of the Queensland Law Society stated "a quarter of a century in the legal profession is a considerable and notable achievement. This milestone is a great credit to you". In achieving the milestone Michael said "Serving as a Solicitor is a privilege. I am also fortunate as not only is Michael Lynch Family Lawyers one of Queensland's most highly regarded Specialist Family law firms but it is a joy to work with the high calibre people here."

Proctor Article (February 2014): Four For The Family

21 February 2014|

Four of Michael Lynch’s leading family law practitioners – Amy Campbell, Amy Honan, Clare McCormack and Elizabeth Millar – successfully completed the Queensland Law Society’s family law specialist accreditation. Michael Lynch Family Lawyers now boasts seven accredited specialists (family law) and claims the title of the firm with the most family law accredited specialists in Queensland. Read the press release online

Specialist Accreditation 2013

19 December 2013|

Amy Campbell, Amy Honan, Clare McCormack and Elizabeth Millar – successfully completed the Queensland Law Society’s family law specialist accreditation. On 6 December 2013, they were presented with their certificates by the Honourable Chief Justice Paul de Jersey AC at a presentation breakfast.

Client Testimonials

Your team’s communication with me was exceptional, I knew exactly what was happening.
A.A., Eatons Hill
The professionalism and reliability delivered by Amy Honan was fantastic. I had an urgent matter around my property sale and Amy offered to provide assistance over a weekend if I required it – that’s above and beyond!
E.F., Nundah
So pleased to have had a good, sound and knowledgeable firm.
C.W., Brookfield
I really liked the personable service by Michael, the simple plain language he adopts and his patience.
A.O., Kedron
Amy, thanks very much to you and your team. Throughout my dealings with MLFL I have been continually impressed with your level of professionalism and, in particular, your understanding of circumstances and the articulate way you conduct yourself. I was completely satisfied with today’s outcome and without your experience and expertise in family law I doubt that the result would have been achieved.
M.R., West End
I always felt that the service provided by Michael Lynch Family Lawyers was of a high standard. Each time, after appointments I came away feeling secure. Keep doing what you are and maintain the ‘family feel’ that permeates your services.
C.W., Brookfield
Amy’s work was extremely professional but above all she has a manner and wisdom in dealing with people under stress. I will be recommending your firm to anyone that requires assistance.
K.H., Augustine Heights
Michael Lynch Family Lawyers always gave me competent and knowledgeable advice. I was consistently kept up to date. The meetings and phone calls were kept business-like, yet caring and thoughtful of my emotional state at the time. Thank you.
J.S., Holland Park
Your newsletters are great, I appreciate them.
K.B., Carina
I liked my solicitor keeping things as simple as possible.
S.M., Clayfield
My lawyer acted with professionalism in all her dealings with me and with the lawyer on the other side. I was always kept in the loop. I liked her approach. Thanks.
D.S., Coorparoo
Michael Lynch Family Lawyers have really listened to me. I felt confident my case was handled well. The law has changed recently, and I did not feel that a previous law practice I spoke to was suitably up-to-date.
P.B., Carindale
Michael is a good listener. My documentation maintained the high moral ground.
S.S., Hamilton
Thank you for providing me with a professional yet empathetic approach to gain the best outcome for me. My solicitor was excellent in explaining the processes and in representing me in Court. You have great customer service!
T.V., Everton Park
I appreciate you being upfront with fee estimates. You also have a fantastic website and the seminars REALLY helped to get me focussed.
T.C., Tarragindi
You guys provide extraordinary service.
A.O., North Brisbane
I was impressed by my solicitor’s attention to detail and her concern for me, and that the process was explained to me and that I understood it at all times.
B.W., Chapel Hill
The staff at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers were great. Everyone was fantastic, professional, understanding, caring and always communicated with me. I knew I was in good hands.
A.A., Eatons Hill
I appreciate my lawyer’s professional approach and her being on top of my situation.
N.S., Mt Gravatt
Amy, thank you. You have been diligent, accurate and pro-active for the entire duration of my matter. I appreciate it.
R.P., Cleveland
Michael knew what he was talking about.
R.M., Warwick
I really appreciated the happiness of your secretarial staff.
G.C., Clayfield
Thank you, you placed my needs first, you were aware of the need to reach a final result and not get caught up in the personal issues of the other party.
S.L., Moranbah
I like your friendly service and the ability to speak to my solicitor directly.
R.G., Wishart
Your team is professional, warm, friendly and real.
N.R., Crows Nest
I was also always confident that I was getting the very best advice.
T.S., Flinders
May I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you and your staff for the excellent professional services I received. In a word, priceless.
D.H., Hendra
Michael Lynch Family Lawyers are easy to deal with and their systems are good.
D.T., Ferny Grove
I was very impressed with the first initial interview. Everything was well explained and the advice was honest about what I should expect.
C.M., Morningside
Your staff is knowledgeable, professional and very calm.
A.C., Helensvale
My family lawyer was very helpful in assisting me to combat a very ugly situation without stooping to the low levels that the other solicitor attempted to take us.
M.J., Manly
If I need a family lawyer in the future I’ll be heading to Michael Lynch Family Lawyers again.
C.W., Brookfield
I’m very glad Michael is my lawyer and not the other side’s solicitor.
S.S., Hamilton
Thank you, you kept me sane in a difficult situation and gave me the encouragement and the confidence to keep going. You made me feel extremely comfortable.
A.M., Chambers Flat
At Michael Lynch Family Lawyers I got professional and no nonsense advice, costs were within quoted amounts and my matter was resolved quickly – well done!
L.R., Ascot
Many thanks for your assistance – life is now great – I’m moving on.
J.K., Mansfield
My solicitor provided a personalised service, prompt and quick responses and cost information prior to my commitment.
G.C., Southport
I like that my lawyer treated me like a friend and kept jargon to a minimum. She was easy to contact and kept me informed.
L.R., Samford
Thank you for your ongoing conciliatory approach in this matter and as always I appreciate your level headed advice. I certainly feel that I ended up with the right Solicitor.
S.C., Nundah
A personalised and professional service. Information has been clear and provided timely to assist my decision-making.
S.S., Hamilton
Lovely to deal with and provides a balanced view in what are very difficult circumstances.
A.C., Morningside
Thank you for the outstanding legal advice you have provided and professionalism in which you conduct yourself. I am truly thankful that it was you who represented me.
M.T., Stafford
Michael is very personable and very good at covering the material and explaining the strategy.
J.O., Hawthorne
Michael was the most knowledgeable of all lawyers I spoke to when looking for a lawyer. He showed professionalism.
R.R., Brighton
Thank you for being very personable, professional and always providing me with the most appropriate advice in my times of difficulty. The other party’s lawyers were extremely aggressive, while Michael Lynch Family Lawyers remained calm and professional.
S.D., Parkinson
Amy, thank you for all that you have done during this matter. You impressed me with your professionalism from our initial meeting, and you have proven beyond doubt, to have had the skills and knowledge required. You are a credit to the company, and I would highly recommend you to anyone in a similar situation.
R.P., Cleveland
Thank you for the great newsletter. Your article on “Coping with Christmas” is brilliant – clear, caring and helpful. Thanks again!
C.T., Bribie Island

I have appreciated the way that you and the staff at your firm have handled my situation. I would especially like to mention the professional and caring way my lawyer conducted my case, I am deeply grateful and extremely happy with the results. I will be referring others to your service.

J.H., Wellington Point

Thank you for helping me through this difficult time. You have been caring, compassionate and efficient. Some of my divorcing friends have not been so fortunate. In my mind you are the best family lawyer in Brisbane. If anyone I know needs a good family lawyer, I will tell them to speak to you. Thanks again.

B.T., Clayfield
I was guided through a really difficult time with expertise of Michael Lynch Family Lawyers. I am more than happy with the outcome of mediation.
J.H., Windaroo
Michael, thank you again for your presence here yesterday. We really appreciated the clarity and accessibility of your presentation. It is a rare thing to find somebody who not only has expertise, but also has a skill in communicating it.
J.S., Brisbane

I just wanted to get in touch to say thanks for helping me get through my custody and settlement. Thanks again to you and your staff. You have had a significant positive impact in my kids’ lives!

B.S., Brisbane

Thank you Debra and Helen for all the work you did for me, you both made the process manageable and brought sense to the chaos.

R.B., Toowong

I would like to thank your company Miss Brown for the support and compassion shown while dealing with my matter.

C.M., Brisbane

Thank you very much to everyone at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers. Thank you for helping me get my life back and make a fresh start. To have that fresh start without fear and anxiety is priceless.

A.A., Perth, Your Content Goes Here

“Many thanks to Stephanie for her help and support through this time, I was incredibly impressed with her work.” 

L. K., North Lakes, Your Content Goes Here