Full Name: Ms Alison J Burt
Phone: +61 3 9225 6214
Mobile: 0418 902790
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0311
Called to the Bar: 22 Oct 2015
Previous Occupation: Solicitor, Deputy District Judge (England)


Alison Burt is available to accept briefs in all areas of family law and related jurisdictions, including appearing at court and providing advice in matters involving parenting disputes, property cases, de facto cases, and child support.

Alison has twenty years’ experience as a solicitor in England, where she was admitted to practice in 1993. Her practice consisted exclusively of family matters, and she conducted most of her own advocacy including trials before the Family Division of the High Court. In 2010 she was appointed as a Deputy District Judge with a broad civil jurisdiction. She was ranked by Chambers and Partners UK as a top-rated family lawyer until she relocated to Australia in 2013.

Alison studied law as an undergraduate at Queens’ College, Cambridge. Since moving to Australia, Alison has undertaken a Master of Laws degree at Monash University. 

Alison read with Marylyn Smallwood and her senior mentor is Geoff Dickson QC.

Since coming to the bar, she has appeared in the Children's Court, the Federal Circuit Court (in Melbourne and on circuit) and the Family Court of Australia. Her recent appearances include:


  • Millar & Oakley  [2016] FCCA 1283 (children overseas whilst parents in Australia, whether Australia was appropriate forum, court's power to restrain father from leaving jurisdiction)


  • Doyle & Rusedski [2016] FamCA 317 (review of parenting arrangements where final consent orders made previously, impact of conviction for assault on finding of family violence where facts disputed, restraint on international travel where one party alleged flight risk)


  • Quinn & Ryder  [2017] FCCA 1129 ( where mother had unilaterally attempted to remove children both from the jurisdiction and later from a contact centre, sole parental responsibility, no time for mother and father authorised to change surname)


  • Seabrooke & Seabrooke [2017] FamCA 386 (where mother alleged that the father had sexually abused his step-daughter and thus presented an unacceptable risk of harm to the subject child, finding that he had made a video recording of the step-daughter and that he did represent an unacceptable risk, order for sole parental responsibility to mother and no time for father)


  • Holbert & Holbert [2018] FamCA 410 (where husband sought orders to prevent wife's solicitor from continuing to act in circumstances in which the solicitor had faciliated the wife's access to confidential information stored on the husband's computer, resulting in orders that all information thus obtained be returned to the husband)


  • Higgins & Higgins [2018] FamCA243, led by Bruce Geddes QC (property settlement and spousal maintenance sought by wife where husband had purchased a home for her before marriage and the couple had never lived together)


  • Joyner & Elliston [2018] FCCA 3412 (interim property settlement sought by husband, where a similar application had been made previously and compromised)


Alison presented a paper comparing the English and Australian approaches to fairness in property settlement at the 2016 National Family Law Conference in Melbourne. She has also presented papers at the 2017 conference of the Australian chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, for Victorian Legal Aid, for the Law Institute of Victoria and a number of other training organisations.

Alison is a nationally qualified mediator, a committee member of the Family Law Bar Association and sits also on the  Student Engagement Committtee of the Victorian Bar.  She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Australian Institute of Family Arbitrators and Mediators. Alison undertakes regular pro bono work for Justice Connect and for the Mirabel Foundation.


Arbitration Qualifications

  • AIFLAM (Member)

Areas of Practice


Family Law

  • Care & Protection
  • Child Disputes
  • Parenting Orders
  • Property Disputes

Committee Memberships

  • (CPD Co-Ordinator) Family Law Bar Association
From 30 Oct 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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