Our Family Law Experts

Learn more about our team of family law solicitors on the Gold Coast.

Meet our Director & Principal Solicitor, Clare Quinn.

Clare was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2008 and the High Court of Australia in 2009.

After finishing her secondary school education at St Hilda’s School in Southport, Clare attended Bond University on the Gold Coast where she attained a Bachelor of Laws.

With over 10 years practising exclusively in family law, Clare has a wealth of experience representing clients in a wide range of matters arising out of divorce and separation, including property and financial matters ranging from a simple division of assets to complex investment structures and high net worth individuals, and parenting matters involving care arrangements, surrogacy, relocation, child recovery and child support. She also has significant experience representing clients in respect of their family violence and child protection matters.

Clare is known for her empathetic, yet pragmatic and commercially minded approach.  She is a strong advocate for her client and is well appraised of the Court processes and pertinent case law concerning family law.  Although Clare has a keen focus on early resolution, she is also a skilled yet respectful litigator, dedicated on minimising the impact of litigation on the parties and any children of the relationship.

Clare’s passion for the modern more conciliatory approach to the practice of family law saw the conception of Quinn Family Law in 2018.

A proud Gold Coast local (and working parent), in her spare time Clare enjoys spending time with her adorable young son and partner and family and friends, water sports and bush camping in the Great South East.

Clare has followed both of her parents into law.

Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Gold Coast District Law Association
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners

Meet our Senior Associate, Ella Thomas.

Ella was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2014 and the High Court of Australia shortly thereafter.

After completing her secondary schooling, Ella attended James Cook University in Cairns where she attained her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). During her tertiary studies, Ella spent a semester studying abroad at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. 

In 2014, Ella was employed as the Associate to His Honour Judge Harrison of the District Court of Queensland whilst she completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through the Australian National University. 

In 2015, Ella began working as a family law solicitor in Cairns before relocating to the Gold Coast in June 2017. Ella continued her work as a family lawyer at a local firm on the Gold Coast before she joined Quinn Family Law in April 2019.

Ella has a keen interest in all facets of family law, particularly complex property and financial settlements.

Ella is committed to providing her clients with pragmatic and tailored expert family law advice in order to support and guide them towards achieving a resolution.

In her spare time, you will find Ella exploring southern Queensland/northern New South Wales with her family, two dogs and surfboards in tow.

Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Gold Coast District Law Association
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association

Meet our Associate, Rebecca Halpin.

Rebecca was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2017 and was appointed to the role of Associate at Quinn Family Law in September 2020. 

Rebecca holds a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) from Monash University, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law and Bachelor of Communications from Griffith University. 

Rebecca was drawn to the legal profession as an opportunity to combine over 10 years of communications expertise with a passion for advocacy and helping people navigate arguably the most difficult time in their lives. She has practised solely in family law since her admission in 2017.

Rebecca’s ethos centres around empowering clients to proactively take control of their family law matters, whilst remaining commercially-minded. Rebecca delivers clients tailored and high quality legal advice whilst articulately advancing clients positions throughout the negotiation process and in litigation. 

Areas of particular interest include Financial Agreements, complex parenting disputes and family violence matters. 

 Rebecca is a well-travelled foodie who has chosen to raise her two beautiful children on the Gold Coast, where she was also lucky enough to grow up. 

Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Gold Coast District Law Association
  • Family Law Practitioners Association

Meet our Legal Administration Associate, Rebecca Lawson.

After completing her secondary schooling, Rebecca attained a Bachelor of Arts (Security Studies) from Murdoch University. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at Griffith University.

Rebecca is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Certificate (Domestic Violence) at QUT.

Rebecca has forged a career in legal support roles over the past 10 years, and has been providing administrative support exclusively in the area of family law for the past 5 years. Rebecca is fundamental to the efficient operation of Quinn Family Law and the delivery of our service to our clients.

Rebecca has a keen interest in all facets of family law, particularly complex parenting and family violence matters.

In her spare time, you will find Rebecca spending time with her young family, playing football and gardening.

Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Law Council of Australia – Family Law Section
  • Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners
  • Tax Institute of Australia

Meet our Legal Administration Assistant, Bianca Gaven.

Originally a New South Welshman, Bianca completed her secondary schooling at Redlands (Formerly SCECGS) in Sydney before moving to the Gold Coast where she acquired her Bachelor of Law from Bond University in 2019.

Bianca is currently undertaking her Graduate Diploma of Practical Legal Training also at Bond University, whilst working at Quinn Family Law as a Legal Administration Assistant.

Bianca has a keen interest in Human Rights Law, but is enjoying her time in Family Law and has subsequently chosen it as an elective within her Graduate Diploma program.

In her spare time, you will find Bianca enjoying all the things life has to offer our young professionals on the glorious Gold Coast, spending time with friends and family and reading.

Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Family Law Practitioners Association
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