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Peer recognition for Mullane & Lindsay family lawyers


Newcastle-based Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors has again been recognised as one of the region’s leading family law specialists by the 2022 Doyles Guide of Leading Law Firms.

The practice was designated as one of only three listed Leading Family and Divorce Law Firms throughout the Hunter Valley and Central Coast.

Three of the firm’s accredited specialist family lawyers were also named in the prestigious guide, where entries are determined through online peer-based surveys as well as extensive interviews with clients, contemporaries and relevant industry bodies.

Director Mark Sullivan, who this year celebrated four decades as a family lawyer, was identified as a Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer.

He has been a principal of Mullane & Lindsay since 1985 and leads the firm’s separation, family, relationships law group. 

Fellow director Ashleigh John was cited as Recommended Family and Divorce Lawyer. 

She is president of the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and former chair of Greater Newcastle Family Law Pathways Network.

Special Counsel Catherine Williams has been listed as an NSW Family Law Rising Star. 

She boasts extensive experience in family law and general legal practice, now specialising in complex family law cases.

It’s the sixth consecutive year Mullane & Lindsay has been recognised by Doyles.

Director Kristy Nunn said the acknowledgment reflected the firm’s ongoing commitment to deliver quality, values-based services to clients and the wider community.

“Our lawyers’ dedication extends beyond supporting families through difficult relationship breakdowns,” she explained.

“Our people have always taken active roles in the community whether it be lecturing, mentoring and employing next generation lawyers from the University of Newcastle, or volunteering for leadership and advocacy roles with NSW Law Society, Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association and Women in Law.”

Mullane & Lindsay’s family law team includes Rose Laffan, who holds a Master of Applied Law (Family Law), and is ably supported by Rebecca Fren, Angela Newsome and Sally-Anne Todkill.

More than 45 years, the firm has produced family law barristers, a Family Court registrar and judge, and more recently a Federal Circuit and Family Court judge to the Court’s Newcastle registry.

“To be recognised by our industry peers as leading the way is a wonderful endorsement of the legal talents and expertise across our entire practice,” Ms Nunn said.

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