ABOUT US

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.

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OUR APPROACH

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.

WHY WORK WITH US?

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.

Our People
JANE LIBBIS

Partner and founder

As a long-time step-parent, Jane personally understands the twists and turns of the post-separation journey and has watched children adapting to new arrangements.

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.

Jane is passionate about love, family and Melbourne’s café scene.  Having worked in Bayside for 14 years, Jane is also our resident expert on all things North of the Yarra.

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EVE SMITH

Partner and founder

Eve is a mum to 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 Eve then moved to Melbourne two years ago with her family, Eve knows all about starting a new life and is dual qualified in England and Australia.

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

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CATHERINE MORONEY

Lawyer

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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OUR FABULOUS SUPPORT CREW
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BRITTANY NEELY

Personal Assistant

Brittany keeps everything ticking at Umbrella Family Law.

She has a degree in social work, a passion for supporting children with diabetes by running camps in her spare time and a love for keeping us organised. She is also our resident green-thumb.

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GERALDINE McCORKELL

Personal Assistant

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

Both Brittany and Geraldine are smart, sympathetic and have a passion for supporting
people at what can be a very difficult time in their lives.

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UMBRELLA HOUSE

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