Our Practice

Costs sensitive

We understand that costs are a concern to every client, and so they should be. We work with each and every one of our clients to ensure that all costs incurred are appropriate and necessary. It is not our practice to incur unnecessary fees. 

Client focused

Each and every one of our clients are important to us. We pride ourselves on providing to our clients with a direct, supportive and outcome focused service. Families, their relationships and their ongoing welfare are at the forefront of what we do. 

Dedicated to being different

Our lawyers are problem solvers. With specialised collaborative training and a passion for people, we pride ourselves on reaching sustainable long term outcomes for the benefit of our client and their families. Where possible we use alternate dispute resolution processes and avoid court proceedings. 

Collective knowledge

Maeve O'Brien has been practising as a lawyer for 35 years and the practice has been operating in Melbourne's Inner East for over 80 years.  Our staff come from all walks of life and each bring individual skills and knowledge to our hand picked team. 

Our team

Maeve O'Brien - Principal

 Maeve O'Brien is our Principal and has unparalleled experience in law relating to private clients, especially family law and wills and estates matters. 


Maeve was involved in the successful pilot of Arbitration in Melbourne and has been involved in making significant case law during the course of her practice. 


Maeve is a graduate of Melbourne University, a Member of the Law Council Family Law Section, a Member of the Law Institute of Victoria, a Member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Law Council, a Founding Member of the Collaborative Professionals of Victoria, a Member of the Executive Committee of the Collaborative Law Section, a Member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals and a Member of the Institute of Mediators and Arbitrators.

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Pip Walker - Associate Family & Divorce Lawyer

Pip has practised exclusively in family law and associated criminal matters since her admission to practice and has appeared on behalf of parties in contested Magistrate Court Intervention Order matters. 


Pip recognises that the best possible outcome looks different for every client and every family. Pip has completed her collaborative practice training and is a Member of the Executive Committee for the Victorian Association of Collaborative Professionals (VACP). 


When litigation is required, Pip is a passionate and diligent advocate. 


Pip is a Richmond Tigers FC supporter and is a Member of the Executive Committee for the Tigers @ Law, the group dedicated to professionals who support the Richmond Tigers. 

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