Family Law experts in Perth

Finding the best Separation Lawyer to deal with complex divorce and separation processes can be difficult in an already emotionally taxing time.

It's important that you find a Perth family lawyer who is both highly experienced in divorce and separation, and takes an approach that sits comfortably with you. At Leach Legal, we are focused on supporting fair outcomes by promoting functional divorce where possible.

When choosing a Perth law firm to formalise all aspects of your separation and divorce, ensure they can service all of your needs. Leach Legal can assist by providing legal representation or help you to achieve a functional settlement.

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The Leadership Team

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Catherine Leach - Managing Director
Elizabeth O'Sullivan - Consultant
Annemarie Papelard - Chief Financial Officer
Julie Visser - Practice Manager

In 1989 Catherine commenced working as an Articled Law Clerk.  She completed her legal studies part time and was admitted to practice in 1996.  

From 1994 she was articled to the Honourable Peter Dowding S.C. at DCH Legal Group and she worked with him, assisting with many complex financial and children’s cases, including trials in the Family Court.  

In 1998 Catherine became a partner of DCH Legal Group, resigning in 2001 to form the partnership of Maughan & Leach.

In March 2004 Catherine commenced Leach Legal. 

Catherine is passionate about assisting clients to explore options that enable them to avoid Court proceedings and obtain an optimum outcome.  She trained as a mediator and a collaborative lawyer and supports and advocates those methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as encouraging and facilitating ongoing negotiation.

Catherine completed her Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) in 2012 and in 2013 she lectured for the Masters Course in Perth in Family Law.   

Catherine is a member of the Law Society of WA, the Family Law Council of Australia and the Family Law Practitioners Association. 

She is a member of the international Entrepreneurs’ Organization and sits on the Board of the Perth Chapter.

Elizabeth O'Sullivan worked full-time as an Articled Clerk and studied law part-time and was admitted to practice in 1994.

Elizabeth practices in the areas of Commercial Law, particularly Property Law, Business Law and Wills and Probate.

Elizabeth was a former partner in a boutique commercial firm in St Georges Terrace.

Elizabeth now practices as Leach Legal's Commercial and Estate Lawyer.

Annemarie Papelard is an experienced and people oriented Chief Financial Officer.  She has operated at an executive level for many years, both in Europe as well as in Australia, within professional services, retail, wholesale and manufacturing businesses after gaining the necessary accountant experience with one of the Big Five accounting firms, Deloitte.  She has managed international finance departments dealing with countries including Australia, the Netherlands, the US, UK, Hong Kong, France and China.

Annemarie's experience and skills include restructuring financial and operational processes, financial analysis, forecasts including cash flow and team related issues.  Before moving to Australia in autumn 2011 she had her own small business for six years, offering CFO services to medium sized enterprises in Europe.  After moving to Australia, Annemarie started working with CFO Centre and continued offering her CFO skills to SMEs in and around Perth on a part-time permanent basis. As such, she manages to restructure businesses to be ready for growth, prepare for take-over by private investors and accompanying bankruptcy processes.

Annemarie started working with Leach Legal in May 2013 to help with strategy, forecasts and processes in order for management to be able to further focus on the growth of the business.

Julie has worked in a variety of fields of law and has extensive experience in Litigation.  Julie is responsible for the management of the administrative staff, procedures, practices and the smooth running of the office.

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