Michele J Brooks


Barrister | Accredited Mediator

Secretary:
Admitted:
5 May 1997
Bar:
9 Nov 2006
Location:
Room 0316, Owen Dixon Chambers East,
205 William Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

FAMILY LAW BARRISTER & MEDIATOR

Michele Brooks (nee Michele Bates) has been practising as a lawyer exclusively in Family Law since 1997.  Prior to coming to the Bar in 2006, Michele was a partner at Harwood Andrews Lawyers, based in Melbourne and Geelong.  Michele worked as a family law solicitor for 10 years, during which time she regularly appeared as a solicitor advocate.  Since 2006, Michele has been a Barrister specialising in family law.

Michele is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS) with a special interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution in family law.

Michele prides herself on being thorough, proactive and straightforward in all her professional dealings.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Michele accepts briefs to appear in Court and at Mediations as advocate, prepare Advices, draft Documents and Confer/Advise with clients and solicitors in a wide range of family law matters. Michele also regularly conducts mediations in her capacity as an independent Mediator (Nationally Accredited).  Michele has extensive experience across the following areas of family law:

Children’s welfare disputes including:

  • allocation of parental responsibility;
  • where children live, travel, spend time (and with whom);
  • specific issues affecting children’s day to day and long term welfare;
  • children’s name disputes;
  • recovery and relocation of children; and
  • exploring options for dispute resolution outside of Court.

Division of property after relationship breakdown including:

  • injunctions to prevent removal or wastage of assets;
  • transfer, sale or division of real estate, family businesses, farming properties and other investments assets subject of family law disputes;
  • transfer or dissolution of business partnerships and complex company/trust structures;
  • ensuring identification/ valuation of all assets and resources including overseas assets;
  • handling cases involving tax, bankruptcy or deceased estate issues;
  • superannuation splitting, including self-managed superannuation funds; and
  • Binding Financial Agreements (including pre- or post-nuptial) where parties wish to exclude or limit jurisdiction of the Court to deal with their assets.

Division of income and financial resources after relationship breakdown including:

  • pursuing spouse maintenance claims for regular or lump sum income payments;
  • terminating spouse maintenance claims via binding financial agreements;
  • pursuing child support entitlements, including private child support agreements (limited and binding) for regular and/or lump sum payments;
  • private agreements for child school fees or special needs costs; and
  • over 18 child maintenance.

LECTURER - Master of Applied Law (Family Law) – College of Law

Michele has over a number of years since 2013 been employed as an Adjunct (Sessional) Lecturer in the Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) course, at the College of Law.  In addition to lecturing, Michele has been employed by the College in the past to create curriculum and assessment content and update lecturing materials for the Masters Course.

Michele as also presented numerous workshops and webinars for College of Law. 

PUBLICATIONS/ LEGAL PAPERS

Author of various newspaper articles, brochures and booklets in relation to family law including the following  legal papers delivered (see links in “Publications”):

 

TRIBUNAL MEMBER - University of Melbourne Grievance Tribunal 

In 2013 Michele was appointed by the Students' Council of Melbourne University as a member of the University Student Union (UMSU) Grievance Tribunal. The Tribunal hears and resolves disputes between student members whenever they arise.

BACKGROUND

Michele has been actively involved in the family law community for over 23 years:

  • Member for over 17 years of the “Family Lawyers Expert Panel” convened by Relationships Australia Victoria The panel meets regularly with RAV Mediators and panel members provide advice to Mediation clients by referral from RAV.
  • Extensive experience appearing as an advocate for family law clients in Mediations, Conciliations and other forms of Dispute Resolution.
  • Presenter of family law papers as a guest speaker for major legal CPD providers in Melbourne including the Leo Cussen Centre for Law, as well as presenting family law seminars to community and professional groups around regional Victoria. 
  • Founding member of the “Intervention Order Support Scheme” piloted by Springvale Monash Legal Service Inc at the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court in 1994
  • Founding member of “Crimes Compensation Assistance Scheme” piloted at the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) in 1995.
  • Regular past volunteer solicitor at Community Legal Centres in both Melbourne and Geelong. 

OTHER MEMBERSHIPS

  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)
  • Law Section - Law Council of Australia
  • Law Section - Law Institute of Victoria 
  • Past Deputy Chair – New Barrister’s Standing Committee (Victorian Bar)
  • Fixed Fee Mediation Scheme - AIFLAM - member since inception of scheme 
  • Family Law Bar Association 

 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation. The information referred to above has been supplied by the barrister concerned. Neither Victorian Bar Inc nor the barrister's clerk have independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information and neither accepts any responsibility in that regard.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Criminal Law
Family Law

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FAMILY LAW BARRISTER & MEDIATOR

Michele Brooks (nee Michele Bates) has been practising as a lawyer exclusively in Family Law since 1997.  Prior to coming to the Bar in 2006, Michele was a partner at Harwood Andrews Lawyers, based in Melbourne and Geelong.  Michele worked as a family law solicitor for 10 years, during which time she regularly appeared as a solicitor advocate.  Since 2006, Michele has been a Barrister specialising in family law.

Michele is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS) with a special interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution in family law.

Michele prides herself on being thorough, proactive and straightforward in all her professional dealings.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Michele accepts briefs to appear in Court and at Mediations as advocate, prepare Advices, draft Documents and Confer/Advise with clients and solicitors in a wide range of family law matters. Michele also regularly conducts mediations in her capacity as an independent Mediator (Nationally Accredited).  Michele has extensive experience across the following areas of family law:

Children’s welfare disputes including:

  • allocation of parental responsibility;
  • where children live, travel, spend time (and with whom);
  • specific issues affecting children’s day to day and long term welfare;
  • children’s name disputes;
  • recovery and relocation of children; and
  • exploring options for dispute resolution outside of Court.

Division of property after relationship breakdown including:

  • injunctions to prevent removal or wastage of assets;
  • transfer, sale or division of real estate, family businesses, farming properties and other investments assets subject of family law disputes;
  • transfer or dissolution of business partnerships and complex company/trust structures;
  • ensuring identification/ valuation of all assets and resources including overseas assets;
  • handling cases involving tax, bankruptcy or deceased estate issues;
  • superannuation splitting, including self-managed superannuation funds; and
  • Binding Financial Agreements (including pre- or post-nuptial) where parties wish to exclude or limit jurisdiction of the Court to deal with their assets.

Division of income and financial resources after relationship breakdown including:

  • pursuing spouse maintenance claims for regular or lump sum income payments;
  • terminating spouse maintenance claims via binding financial agreements;
  • pursuing child support entitlements, including private child support agreements (limited and binding) for regular and/or lump sum payments;
  • private agreements for child school fees or special needs costs; and
  • over 18 child maintenance.

LECTURER - Master of Applied Law (Family Law) – College of Law

Michele has over a number of years since 2013 been employed as an Adjunct (Sessional) Lecturer in the Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) course, at the College of Law.  In addition to lecturing, Michele has been employed by the College in the past to create curriculum and assessment content and update lecturing materials for the Masters Course.

Michele as also presented numerous workshops and webinars for College of Law. 

PUBLICATIONS/ LEGAL PAPERS

Author of various newspaper articles, brochures and booklets in relation to family law including the following  legal papers delivered (see links in “Publications”):

 

TRIBUNAL MEMBER - University of Melbourne Grievance Tribunal 

In 2013 Michele was appointed by the Students' Council of Melbourne University as a member of the University Student Union (UMSU) Grievance Tribunal. The Tribunal hears and resolves disputes between student members whenever they arise.

BACKGROUND

Michele has been actively involved in the family law community for over 23 years:

  • Member for over 17 years of the “Family Lawyers Expert Panel” convened by Relationships Australia Victoria The panel meets regularly with RAV Mediators and panel members provide advice to Mediation clients by referral from RAV.
  • Extensive experience appearing as an advocate for family law clients in Mediations, Conciliations and other forms of Dispute Resolution.
  • Presenter of family law papers as a guest speaker for major legal CPD providers in Melbourne including the Leo Cussen Centre for Law, as well as presenting family law seminars to community and professional groups around regional Victoria. 
  • Founding member of the “Intervention Order Support Scheme” piloted by Springvale Monash Legal Service Inc at the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court in 1994
  • Founding member of “Crimes Compensation Assistance Scheme” piloted at the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) in 1995.
  • Regular past volunteer solicitor at Community Legal Centres in both Melbourne and Geelong. 

OTHER MEMBERSHIPS

  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)
  • Law Section - Law Council of Australia
  • Law Section - Law Institute of Victoria 
  • Past Deputy Chair – New Barrister’s Standing Committee (Victorian Bar)
  • Fixed Fee Mediation Scheme - AIFLAM - member since inception of scheme 
  • Family Law Bar Association 

 

Arbitration Qualifications

  • AIFLAM (Member)