Jodylee Bartal

Jodylee is an accredited family law specialist with more than  20 years’ experience.  She advises in relation to all issues involving married and de facto couples, including same-sex couples. She is a Principal Lawyer in Aitken Partners’ Family Law team.

Her practice covers everything from separation and divorce to parenting disputes, including IVF, as well as binding financial agreements and all aspects of financial issues and property settlements.  Jodylee uses negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation tools to achieve the best outcome for her clients.

Jodylee is a regular speaker on family law related issues and is regularly quoted in the media and recognised as a leading expert in the area.

She can assist with:

  • property / financial settlements and disputes, including complex and multi-jurisdictional property matters, the joinder of 3rd parties to family law proceedings, injunctions and enforcement proceedings, and valuation disputes
  • advising and documenting inter-generational wealth transfer and family business succession
  • spousal maintenance
  • superannuation splitting orders and agreements
  • drafting and advising in relation to binding financial agreements (whether before cohabitation / marriage, during the de facto relationship / marriage, or post separation and / or divorce)
  • parenting matters including relocation applications, lives with/spends time with disputes, passport applications, paternity disputes, naming disputes and change of name applications, contravention and variation applications
  • child support and child maintenance (for over 18s and non-biological children)
  • divorce and nullity
  • family violence and intervention orders and associated criminal matters including breach of orders
  • surrogacy and IVF related advice and agreements

Her recent experience includes:

  • acting for multiple respondents in a multi-party dispute before the Family Court (Melbourne). The issues involved in this case included (i) section 106B application to reverse the issue of shares in a company to her clients, the allegation being it was a transaction to defeat the Wife’s claim, (ii) choice of correct valuation methodology for the business, (iii) multi-level trust and corporate structures, and (iv) taxation issues;
  • acting in relation to a large property dispute (approx. a $600 million asset pool) which involved assets in multiple jurisdictions and complex tax and valuation issues. This involved the appointment and instruction of various experts, including forensic accountants, real estate valuers and tax experts;
  • drafting and advising in relation to a (pre-nuptial) financial agreement to protect assets worth in excess of $1B
  • planning, documenting and advising in relation to intergenerational wealth transfer including transfer of control of a family owned business and protecting same from marital / relationship breakdown to benefit future generations of the family

Areas of Law: Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Property, Parenting, Financial Agreements and Child Support

Qualifications: Accredited Specialist Family Law BA/LLB (Monash University)

Awards
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Family Law, Melbourne (2019 & 2020)
  • Best Lawyer Listing, Family Law, 2018-20
  • Doyle’s Guide, Rising Star, 2016
Memberships
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Family Law Section
  • Law Council of Australia

Firm Description

Aitken Partners is one of the most experienced law firms in Melbourne, representing clients from across the private and business sectors for nearly 100 years.

We work for you, providing one-on-one consultations to better understand the finer details of your matters and to deliver a more personalised and supportive form of legal representation.

Our staff are approachable, compassionate and dedicated, standing up for you and your interests throughout the various legal processes and striving to deliver the very best outcome possible.

We have been in business since 1923 when we grew from being a small country firm to become one of the most respected legal firms across Victoria and throughout Australia, and have been located in William Street, Melbourne, for all that time.

We have experience in handling local, national and international matters and often coordinate with other legal experts and consultants in various fields and locations to provide our clients with a complete and trusted service on a range of cases and disputes.

For a local law firm you can trust to represent your voice and interests, turn to Aitken Partners.

Law Firms Melbourne

As a leading law firm in Melbourne, we know that clients and other firms look to us to set the standard of professional excellence in the industry. Our staff have an in-depth understanding of the law and always working to build and enhance their understanding to better serve our clients.

Unlike many other major law firms in Melbourne our focus is getting to know our clients on a more personal level, building lasting and trusted relationships over many years. We employ a small team of skilled and passionate professionals and we choose them not only on their legal and advisory skills, but also their ability to form meaningful relationships with clients and other professionals.

We are always honest with our clients, clearly describing their legal standing early in the matter and providing them with the best option available moving forward.

 

Saeeq Shajjan

Saeeq Shajjan founded SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES in 2011. Under Shajjan’s leadership, SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES achieved recognition for its services not only in Afghanistan but also abroad. With over 16 years of hands-on experience, Shajjan’s practice area mainly covers real estate law, commercial law and contract law. He also possesses expertise in corporate law, civil law, family law, criminal law, property law, citizenship law, constitutional law, Islamic law as well as banking, taxation, labor and employment and human rights.

Shajjan has worked with clients in and beyond Afghanistan. He has advised international clients and leading foreign law firms on the applicability of the laws of Afghanistan. He has represented cases and provided expert testimonies on Afghan law related matters before the courts in the United States and the United Kingdom. He has represented several clients in international arbitration cases as a co-counsel. And he has advised different foreign diplomatic missions and advised and represented various international organizations and contractors before courts and administrative agencies in Afghanistan. Shajjan is member of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association; registered arbitrator with the Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries and chairman of arbitration and dispute resolution commission of Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce. He is also board member of Public- Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, PARSA Afghanistan and interim member of AmCham Afghanistan.

He participated in numerous academic panels in international forums and spoke on diverse legal issues particularly the rule of law in Afghanistan. He delivered talks at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Boston University Law School, La Verne College of Law, Williams College, Simmons College, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies and the University of Sciences Po, Paris. In addition, he has done numerous interviews with both local and western media outlets on scores of topics pertinent to legal issues. Prior to starting his own practice, Shajjan worked for the Government of Afghanistan as Senior Advisor on Policies and Legislation with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC). Since 2003 Shajjan contributed, in different capacities, to the development of legal community in Afghanistan by training Afghan judges, prosecutors, attorneys and fresh law graduates from across the country. He has made promising efforts in advocating the rule of law, furthering principles of constitutionalism and strengthening legal profession.

Firm Description

In Afghanistan provision of legal services trace back to as early as 1964 when the then Afghan Constitution for the first time stipulated the right to defense counsel. However, the profession suffered a setback in the years to come as the entire justice system was heavily affected by different phases of war from late 1970s to 1990s. Contrary to this backdrop, post-2001 with the advent of the international community, a vigorous campaign was initiated to improve the legal sector and strengthen the rule of law in Afghanistan. This has transformed the justice sector immensely and strengthened the legal institutions to a noteworthy level. SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES remained an essential contributor to this campaign since it was founded.
SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES was founded in 2011 by Saeeq Shajjan and registered under the laws of Afghanistan. Soon SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES established itself as a ‘go-to law firm’ in Afghanistan. The firm’s scope of practice includes but is not limited to legal counseling, litigation, legislative drafting and legal capacity building. Additionally, provision of pro-bono legal services to the needy people is inherited as a core culture in each of our attorneys. Client service is our shared professional value. We believe that SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES is not about us; it is about services to our clients. This attitude helped us to emerge as the ‘firm of choice’ in Afghanistan and beyond.

 

Mary Barton

Wide ranging experience in international private and public law family issues.  I specialise in all matters where issues arise out of ‘family’ relationships, such as:

Breakdown of relationships, separation and divorce as well as cross-border, residence and contact disputes in relation to children and finance and property issues.

I also help couples looking to prevent difficulties arising in the future by entering into Nuptial Agreements.

I have the experience to not only litigate in the appropriate forum but to also utilise Collaborative Law principles and offer mediation as an alternative.  It is essential to remember that reaching agreement always works best, rather than enduring the additional emotional distress and financial expense of litigation.

Formerly based in London and Essex, latterly in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and now in Bulgaria I have  a global client base.  Not only do I have extensive  experience of representing individuals before Courts, but I also have extensive experience as an individual party’s appointed expert witness and as a single joint expert witness, providing written reports or Affidavits and giving oral evidence to Courts in various jurisdictions.  My experience and expertise in UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi etc) family law, is recognised at The Academy of Experts, London and in my accreditation as a Member of that body.

I am an energetic parent and grand-parent who came to the legal profession ‘by accident’. In 1992 I graduated from the impressive Law Department of The University of Essex, where my tutors included the late Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton and Professor Francoise Hampson (to name but a few). I then worked as a Paralegal with a local law firm in Essex until my youngest child reached an age where I could travel to complete the Academic Stage of my training, which I did in 1997. After completion of my Solicitor’s Training Contract in London (and taking numerous further examinations to complete my post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) I was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 1 February 2000.

Helga á Borg

Helga á Borg is an attorney-at-law who has experience in advising private clients in all aspects of family law, including drafting and revision of appropriate wills and prenuptial agreements, representing clients in custody- and matrimonial cases etc., and conducting cases before Danish and Faroese courts and boards of appeal. 

Helga is experienced in representing private and commercial clients in matters regarding real estate, including building and construction, sale/purchase and dispute resolution. She also represents clients in matters regarding the law of torts.  

Helga also represents corporate clients regarding general commercial matters, investments and financing; litigation; debt recovery and insolvency. 

Advokatskrivstovan advises most of the large Faroese corporations and businesses.

There are five  lawyers working at the firm, who all studied law at universities in Denmark and have extensive experience of advising corporations, public authorities, private individuals and foreign governments on all legal aspects of operations in the Faroe Islands, also in relation to international negotiations and drafting of legislation. 

Key practice areas are corporate and commercial law; litigation and arbitration; criminal, international, administrative, tax, bankruptcy, insolvency and receivership; private clients; real estate and investments and financing. The firm provides advice on the establishment of companies, mergers, demergers and reconstructions, and to foreign companies regarding the establishment of companies and branches in the Faroe Islands. The lawyers, working at the firm, are also board members in a number of the large businesses in the Faroe Islands.

 

Daniela Horvitz Lennon

Daniela Horvitz has specialized in different subjects: Diploma in “ISL S-DAY” from Harvard University, 2001; Diploma in “Criminal Procedure Reform” of the University of Chile, 2003; Graduated in “Introduction to the Law of the United States” of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, year 2004; Graduated in “Oral Litigation” from California Western School of Law, year 2011; among others.

She is a member of Chile bar association, since the year 1999; Of the family commission of the Chilean Bar Association, since 2009; Founder and former president of the Family Lawyers Association of Chile, 2009; Member UIA (International Union of Lawyers), since 2011; Member ABA (American Bar Association), since 2012; Member of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, since 2012; Member of honor of IBDFAM (Brazilian Institute of Family Duty), since 2012; And founding member of the Ibero-American Academy of Family Law in 2014.

She has participated in various exhibitions and publications at national and international level: Exhibitor with “Family businesses and insolvencies”, insolvency commission UIA Zaragoza-Spain year 2012; “Compensation for damages in family relations”, family commission UIA and FACA Buenos Aires-Argentina year 2012; “The Economic Compensation”, Congress of the Argentine Nation year 2012; “Children facing the change of domicile and regulations of patrimonial regulation in the old age”, Annual Congress UIA Dresden-Germany year 2012; “Surrogate paternity in Mercosur”, annual IBDFAM Gramado-Brazil year 2012; “The Hague Convention in Chile”, symposium organized by IAML Buenos Aires-Argentina in 2013; “Collaborative Law in Chile”, XXI Day of AEAFA Family Law Madrid-Spain year 2014.

She has been honored to be pro bono as a curator ad litem in cases of children in violation, at the request of the Family Courts. In addition, her activity in the field of Bankruptcy and Insolvency was worth incorporating into the Societé de Legislation Comparee the year 2013.

Areas of Practice:

Appeals, Arbitration, Child Care/Public Law, Child Custody/Residence/Visitation/Contact, Child Support, Cohabitation, Collaborative Law, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence/Protection Orders, Emergency Procedures/Injunctions, Enforcement: Child Custody, Enforcement: Child Support, Enforcement: Property Division, Enforcement: Spousal Support, Finance: Capital Provision, Finance: Insolvency, Finance: Pensions/Superannuation/Retirement and Employment Benefits, Finance: Property Issues, Finance: Trusts, Hague Convention/Child Abduction, Mediation, Modification/Variation: Child Custody, Modification/Variation: Child Support, Modification/Variation: Property Division, Modification/Variation: Spousal Support, Parentage/Paternity, Pre-nuptial/Post-nuptial Agreements, Relocation/Removal from Jurisdiction, Same Sex Partnerships, Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony

Horvitz & Horvitz Abogados:

Horvitz and Company Lawyers was founded in 1964 by Mr. Gustavo Horvitz. Since then, the prestige and reputation gained in the national legal field, are based on our vast experience, high standards in legal services rendered, total adherence to professional ethics and efficiency in fulfilling professional duties.

Thanks to our seriousness, experience, dedication, since we are a multidisciplinary team and of no big size, we can offer and deliver to our clients a personalized and integral service, with due respect for the ethical principles that govern the practice of the profession.

Stacy

Asked her biggest challenge to date and Stacy will point to raising three teenage daughters.  Studying for bar exams, orchestrating divorce trials, handling depositions, or arguing with other lawyers pales in comparison to mediating disputes over daughters borrowing shoes or makeup without asking.

Stacy is the founder and managing partner of Right Lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada. For over a decade Stacy has been one of the top divorce attorneys in the area. Her ability to negotiate disputes and knack for uncovering important issues has been key to her success as a divorce attorney and mother.

Stacy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Whittier College in 1991. She went on to earn her law degree from the University Of San Diego School Of Law in 1996. Stacy is admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Personal Insights

Married for 22 years and mother of the girls; Jenna, Jordan and Jessica.

What would you do if not a lawyer? Be a park ranger. I love being in nature.

Favorite movie seen recently? The Hunger Games.

A proud moment from your childhood? Winning my 6th grade spelling bee with the word “coincidentally”.

Most Memorable Case?

When I was in law school, I was forced to sue my landlord in San Diego County Court.  He wouldn’t return my deposit.  It was the first time I had been in a real court as a new attorney.   I was fully prepared for every question the judge was going to ask and every answer the landlord was going to say.  I won.   15 years later,  after winning dozens of much bigger cases, it’s still my favorite case.

What Makes You a Good Divorce Attorney?

I am over prepared, maybe to a fault.  Like in the lawsuit involving my landlord in law school,  I prepare for every possible situation or scenario. I want to have thought out every question that can be asked, and every answer  that can be given.

 

Fion Wong

Fion Wong is a Partner of Shang & Co. and holds an LL.B. (Hons) Degree from the University of London and a Certificate in Legal Practice (C.L.P.) from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia.

Fion is actively involved in:

  • Matrimonial and Family Law: mainly in contested matters of family and divorce including but not limited to claiming/enforcing wife and children maintenance orders, child custody, cross-border child abduction, matrimonial property division, adultery, adoption and international aspects of family law, involving matters in Malaysia and other jurisdictions.
  • Contracts and Agreements: for family and marital agreements, including but not limited to divorce settlements and also the drafting of Endorsement Agreements involving celebrities in Malaysia.

Fion is often sought by clients and peers for representation in Family and Divorce matters in Malaysia as well as in other jurisdictions as a result of her dedication in implementing different efficient and effective strategies for her clients which have delivered excellent results.

Jeffrey P. Weinstein

Jeffrey P. Weinstein has practiced matrimonial law for more than 40 years and is well-known as a trial attorney and a compassionate advisor to his clients. He has represented thousands of clients, argued innumerable cases before the Trial Courts and Appellate Courts of the State of New Jersey and is recognized for his experience in the field of family law. Jeff has been called upon by other matrimonial attorneys to serve both as an expert and mediator in their own cases and receives referrals on a regular basis from other attorneys, including those whom he has opposed in previous matters.

His articles have appeared in Fair$Share, Journal of Divorce, New Jersey Family Lawyer, and National Business Institute, and he has been cited in both national and local publications. He has conducted many seminars for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Jeff is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers, as well as a member of the Essex County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Jeff has chaired the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, and he was one of two lawyers who assisted the Supreme Court committee of New Jersey in establishing the Family Part in the New Jersey Court system. In addition, Jeff has been appointed by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part, as a Standing Master to assist in the resolution of complex matrimonial matters. He has also been a Master of the New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court, an association which enables young matrimonial practitioners to learn trial techniques from seasoned matrimonial lawyers.

Jeff has been selected for Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Jeff is also a Member of the Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, an organization comprising the top matrimonial lawyers in New Jersey.

Law Firm Overview:

A titan of the New Jersey matrimonial bar, Jeffrey P. Weinstein had a vision for a different kind of family law firm. With a rising rate of divorce and an ever-changing body of law, he sought to create a firm that combined legal savvy with an intense and exclusive focus on clients. He recognized that facing a deeply painful time of life, clients needed to call upon trusted advisors, not merely technical practitioners.

He established a firm governed by these principles. That commitment lasts today.

With Jeffrey’s son, Evan, now taking the helm, WL&W has emerged as a nationally recognized practice with a deep bench of attorneys wholly committed to client service.

Ayako Ikeda

Background

  • University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1982)
  • London University (LL.M., 1985)
  • with Steptoe & Johnson (1990-1992)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1991)
Major Activities
  • A fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

  • Professor at The Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan (2002-2005)
  • Deputy Secretary General of Japan Federation of Bar Associations (2006-2008)
  • Member of Information Disclosure and Personal Information Protection Review Board, Cabinet Office (2010-)
  • Member of Subcommittee for Legislation on International Jurisdiction (Regarding Personal Status Litigiation Cases and Domestic Dispute Cases), Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice (2014-2015)
  • Vice President of Daini Tokyo Bar Association (2015-2016)
  • Executive Director of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (2015-2016)
Bar Admissions

admitted in Japan, 1984; New York, 1991
Daini Tokyo Bar Association

 

Ros Bever

I am a Partner in our Manchester office and national head of Irwin Mitchell’s Divorce & Family Law team.

I offer help and advice to people when their relationship comes to an end – or assist them in planning for the potential consequences of that happening. Pre-marital and post-marital agreements may not be the most romantic prospect, but they can be vital to map out next steps for couples and families in the event that things do break down in the future.

I have a particular specialism in financial provision for children, where the parents were never married. I’m a Resolution accredited specialist and in 2016 I was the only divorce lawyer outside London to make The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list. My team has been successfully nominated and short-listed for a number of national legal awards in the past two years, of which we have won several.

I am part of the Private Wealth team and have extensive experience acting in high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases, frequently involving complex international issues, high value trust structures and pension arrangements. However, I do not exclusively represent these cases and am always passionate about fighting for a fair outcome for my clients, whatever their situation.

The benefits of working as part of a national family team are tremendous. I am part of one of the largest, if not the largest family team in the country. This facilitates knowledge sharing on a level which cannot be beaten by our competitors. As part of a full-service law firm, I have unrivalled support from the firm’s other teams, across all disciplines and I work particularly closely with our private wealth offering.

In recent years, I have been involved in a number of high profile cases, many of which have been reported. I represented Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil in their successful “landmark” appeals to the Supreme Court, where the seven Supreme Court judges unanimously determined that the orders which had been made in their cases should be set aside, each of the women successfully securing costs orders against their opponents. I also represented Helen Roocroft, in her successful appeal to the Court of Appeal last year, which was said to be another “landmark ruling”.

The law is not one size fits all. I will always work to get the result that is right for each client, whilst also making sure they have a clear understanding of the possible outcomes from the start.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

In 1993 I met two incredible women. They were family lawyers. They supported me in changing career paths and qualifying as a solicitor.

I love a challenge, and I thrive on it – though I always prefer to reach an agreement wherever possible. Although the family Court is a difficult place for everyone, I believe we have a fair system in this country and can influence decisions and change things for the better.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

People come to us at what is usually a distressing time in their lives. Helping them work through that and achieve a resolution in the face of adversity is very rewarding.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I absolutely love the Archers. I’m also a Kindle convert and make time to read every night. While I’d love to say I have many energetic pursuits, unfortunately it’s not true! I enjoy baking and periodically do go on a baking spree. I have three sons, so life outside work is a bit hectic as they take up most of my time when I’m not working.

Testimonials:

“Her work is outstanding and she has a fabulous reputation for getting results.” – Chambers & Partners, 2017

Ros is “simply brilliant” and is “very caring with an impressive level of attention to detail” – Legal 500 2016

She is “very experienced, personable, down to earth and a fighter,” according to interviewees, with a “warm and engaging” approach. – Chambers & Partners 2016

“She oozes empathy and her advice was spot on.” – Chambers & Partners 2015

Highly regarded for her expertise in both complex financial matters and children’s issues. She is highly praised by her clients, with one noting: “Ros Bever was outstanding: intelligent, diligent, willing to go beyond the call of duty – and thoroughly nice with it.” – Chambers & Partners 2014

Ros Bever is “incredibly skilled and delivers excellent client care” – Legal 500 2014

Cases I’ve Been Involved In:

  • Sharland v Sharland: [2015] UKSC 60
  • Gohil v Gohil: [2015] UKSC 61
  • Roocroft v Ball: [2016] EWCA Civ 1009
  • M v F [2016] EWHC B12 (Fam) (25 July 2016)
  • DB v PB [2016] EWHC 3431 (Fam) (22 December 2016)