Stuart was admitted to practice in 1990 and has been an accredited specialist in family law for more than 20 years.
He takes pride in successfully guiding his clients through one of the most difficult times of their lives and leaving them more confident about their future.
Before establishing his own specialist family law firm in 2006, Stuart led the family law sections of commercial law firms in Melbourne and Darwin, and the family and civil law section of the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission. Stuart joined Norman Waterhouse in 2014 and became a Principal of the firm in 2018.
In addition to his qualifications in law, Stuart holds an MBA with dual majors in international business management and human resource management. In the course of his career, he has lectured in business law and served on the board of Relationships Australia (NT). He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the current Chair of the Australia Japan Business Council of South Australia.
Stuart is a family law arbitrator and has decided appeals in child support cases as a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. He has served as an Independent Children’s Lawyer appointed to represent the interests of children in complex parenting cases and he is a former contributing author to LexisNexis Family Law Forms and Precedents.
He is an accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System and has successfully conducted hundreds of mediations as an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. He is also a qualified collaborative family law practitioner.
Stuart is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He has expertise in all aspects of family law, with a particular interest in resolving difficult or complex disputes, and international family law cases.
- International Family Law
- Financial Agreements
- Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
- Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
- International Academy of Family Lawyers
- International Bar Association
- Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR)
- Churchill Fellowship (2017)
- Doyle’s Guide: Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers (2013 – 2019)
- Doyle’s Guide: Leading Family Lawyers: High-Value & Complex Property Matters (2017)
- Doyle’s Guide: Leading Family Law Mediators (2018 – 2019)
Stuart's Areas of Practice
After separation a party to a relationship is able to seek financial support from their former partner. It is separate to the payment of child support. We are able to tailor our advice to ensure that the individual needs and financial…
If your child or children have been abducted and taken overseas by your partner or former partner you should immediately obtain advice from an experienced family lawyer. Any delay in doing so could have an adverse impact on your position.
Domestic & International Relocation of Children
After a separation it is not unusual for one party to want to move a significant distance away from the other parent. If that situation arises, it is important that you obtain advice from an experienced family lawyer as soon as possible…
Child Support & Children's Living Arrangements
We understand that the emotional and financial welfare and safety of their children is of the utmost importance to our clients. We listen to our client’s concerns and provide appropriate advice to meet those concerns.
De Facto Relationships & Domestic Partnerships
We provide advice in relation to both financial matters and children’s arrangements in circumstances where there has been a breakdown of a de facto relationship or a domestic partnership.
We can assist our clients with a divorce or provide them with the names of marriage guidance counsellors, should they want to explore the possibility of reconciliation. It is important to obtain our expert advice in relation to the…