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New awards underline professional development and client service

With three new Accredited Specialists in family law recognised in early October, Clancy and Triado has further cemented its place in the front rank of family law firms in Australia.

The three — Associates Natasha Cecic and Sheree Molloy, and Nicky Neville-Jones — represent our firm’s continuing dedication to sector-leading excellence in the discipline.

The latest accreditations take the number of family law specialists from six to nine, or 70 percent of all practising lawyers in the firm. It underpins Clancy and Triado’s determination to offer family law services at the highest level.

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) introduced the concept of Accredited Specialists in 1989 as and several initiative for encouraging solicitors to consistently better their knowledge, skills and professional practice in their chosen fields. Allied legal jurisdictions around Australia soon followed.

In the latest round of more than 60 specialists announced by the LIV this year, over half gained the accreditation in family law. The family law accreditations were double those of the nearest law sector, personal injury. A total of a further 10 specialist awards were shared between administrative, costs, and property law.

Held biennially in Victoria, the examination covers 16 areas of legal practice. Candidates who missed out this year would have to wait till 2019 for another attempt.

Accredited Specialist status is considered the pinnacle of legal recognition for practising lawyers in Australia. The procedure passes less than 50 percent of participants in a rigorous regime requiring candidates to pass all three components of a strenuously invigilated examination over several weeks.

The syllabus listed multiple areas of family law with which they might have to contend throughout the assessment. Among them were:

  • Divorce
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child maintenance and child support
  • Nullity
  • Property
  • Injunctions
  • Binding financial agreements
  • Section 87 agreements
  • Inherent, associated, and accrued jurisdiction
  • Procedures
  • Evidence
  • Costs
  • Reviews and appeals.
  • The assessment challenges applicants’ technical and theoretical knowledge as well as their practical skills. The three assessment modules were:
  •  A take home exam based on a mock set of facts requiring candidates to prepare detailed advice and court documentation
  • A three and a half hour open book written paper
  • A scenario-based simulated interview, video taped for review by the Specialisation Board panel. All three were both delighted and relieved to have made it through an ordeal they hadn’t faced since university days. They felt current clients were already confident they received the best possible advice from such a well established and reputable family law practice. The recognition given them by a prestigious, independent panel of expert examiners such as LIV also reflected powerfully on the standing of the firm. If you have queries on family law, divorce and separation, or mediation, call Georgina Gregory on 03 9813 1111, or visit www.clancytriado.com.au.
  • And all three agreed that their attraction to family law came about because it offered the unique combination of humanity, compassion, and complexity.
  • Natasha spoke for her two colleagues when she said: ‘The fact that I achieved it was a significant personal achievement for me. But choosing to sit the exam is a signal to the family law community that we’re serious in our commitment to family law.’
  • That all three of our candidates received their accreditation says much about their individual talent and skills. Substantially larger firms enjoyed proportionally less success in an area of law seen today as vital to our national health.