At Umbrella Family Law we do more than just provide you with legal advice, we help you start your new life.

At Umbrella Family Law we are dedicated and experienced lawyers working exclusively in family law and with problems that arise for families.


We believe your law firm should have integrity, empathy and personality.

We offer a range of legal services depending on your needs, which might include:

  • Providing guidance so you can have direct discussion with your partner
  • Supporting you while you work with a mediator
  • Negotiating with your spouse/partner or their lawyer by letter or around the table
  • Collaborative practice
  • Preparing and running a matter in court
  • Discussing how to deal with your child being bullied at school

We offer a fresh approach to Family Law.


Separating doesn’t have to mean bitter courtroom battles and huge legal bills.

With over thirty years of combined family law experience, we believe that with the right people by your side, your family law matter can be resolved amicably.

Family Lawyer Bayside Jane Libbis

Partner and founder

Having lived with her step-children full time for many years now, Jane personally understands the twists and turns of the post-separation journey and has watched children adapting to new arrangements.

As well as being a lawyer, Jane has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and enjoys working empathically with her clients to help them start their new life, whether by collaborative practice, negotiation or litigation. She finds it very rewarding to support people through difficult times in their life.

Although she has spent her career working with people who are separating, Jane remains passionate about love, the colour red and all things heart-shaped.



Partner and founder

Eve is a mum of two very active boys and knows the demands that life can place on a family. Having children changed Eve’s approach to family law with Eve training as a Collaborative Family lawyer to provide her with the tools to empower her clients and provide them with a choice other than litigation. Having trained and practised as a lawyer in England for many years Eve then moved to Melbourne with her family, Eve knows all about starting a new life and is dual qualified in both English and Australian law.

Eve loves everything glitzy and glamorous. She believes there is always a place to sparkle.


Family Lawyer Bayside Eve Smith


With over 18 years of Family Law experience Bani brings a broad range of technical legal skills and life experience. However, understanding her client’s needs and assisting them to navigate through a very personal and emotional time is what keeps Bani passionate about family law.

Providing practical advice and a strategic pathway for clients, tailored to their needs, is the basis of Bani’s approach to resolving and litigating family law disputes.

When she’s not in the office Bani is likely chasing after her toddler, enjoying a laugh, sharing care of her little dog Poppy with her father-in-law and dreaming of post-covid travels to exotic locations.



Cat is an experienced family lawyer with a passion for innovation and thinking outside the box. Her approach is empathetic, practical and solutions driven. Understanding what is important to clients underpins Cat’s approach. Cat is interested in what motivates behaviour and finds that understanding this can help find common ground and resolve disputes.

Cat believes in empowering clients by enabling them to clearly understand their rights and options, and generating solutions that are specific to their circumstances.

Cat has worked in both private practice and the community legal sector. She has particular experience in family violence matters and can walk with you through any situation you are facing.

Cat grew up on the Mornington Peninsula and loves swimming in the ocean (even when it is cold!), her dog Milly, community and a good coffee.

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Sebastian hails from Western Australia and is a calm head in stormy waters. He studied at the Australian National University in Canberra before making the right choice to move to Melbourne.

Sebastian favours practical and pragmatic solutions to family law matters. He ensures clients never lose sight of the big pictures – be it the best interests of your child or children or helping you achieve a just and equitable property settlement.

Sebastian has a particular interest in assisting clients navigate separation where their family business interests are involved. He will help you unpick the tough and curly problems that arise when you and your former spouse have operated a business together.

Prior to family law, Sebastian has worked in marketing and news publication.



Briony has extensive experience in all things family law – from “pre-nup” agreements to property settlements and parenting arrangements following separation and all things in between.

With dual qualifications in both law and psychology, Briony is acutely aware of the interplay between the two and prides herself on working closely with clients to minimise the effects of separation on both them and their families. By ensuring that people are dealt with in a way that resonates with them specifically, Briony helps clients find clarity in what can otherwise be very murky times.

When not working, Briony is kept busy with her role as a board member and legal advisor for the Peace of Mind Foundation and getting her hands dirty with home renovations. Most of all, however, Briony loves hiding out in a National Park somewhere for some much needed R&R with her husband and dog.

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Senior PA

Ana Maria has 10 years’ experience working in family law and loves it so much she even has a law degree. Within Team Umbrella, Ana is our super awesome Senior PA and keeps the office running smoothly.

When Ana Maria is not working, she is a small business owner onya clothing and in her rare spare time she enjoys weekends away and spending time with her husband.

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Personal Assistant

Sinead is currently studying law and has a strong passion for family law in particular. Sinead loves to have a chat and, her friendly personality helps client’s feel at ease when going through such a difficult time in their lives.

When Sinead is not working or studying, she enjoys doing pilates, playing netball, and relaxing with her partner and dogs.


Personal Assistant

Geraldine is studying law and is our hands-on helper with document drafting. With a background in US college basketball, Geraldine keeps us all inspired with her daily sporting and healthy eating regime.


We also have access to offices in the City, Carlton, Kensington and Bentleigh and we are happy to discuss being wherever you need us.